New York's Representative : Sittin In With ©1999JCMarion


The Sittin' In With label was founded by Morty and Bob Shad in New York City in 1948. The label specialized in Southern blues and rhythm tunes which was a departure from most Eastern labels up to that time.
The Big Chief Trio was featured on #523 - Big Chief's Blues" and "She's Gone". The Big Chief & His Trio returned for #530 - "Mr. Radio Announcer" and "Poor Man's Blues". Johnny Beck offered "Locked In Jail Blues" and You Gotta Lay Down Mama" on #531. Blind Boy Williams with Stick McGhee does "Just Driftin'" and "Yesterday" on #538. Lil Palmore & Her Caldonia Boys recorded "Lil's Caldonia Boogie" and "I Believe I'll Go Back Home" on Sittin' In With #540. Peppermint Harris recorded ""Rain In My Heart" and "My Blues Have Rolled Away" on #543. Herb Lance recorded the old pop standard "My Buddy" on #544. Ed Wiley followed with "Cry Baby Cry" and "Blues After Hours" on #545. Elmore Nix & The Hadacol Boys recorded "Foolish Love" and "It's A Sad Sad World" on Sittin In With #546 Curley Weaver recorded "Ticket Agent" / "My Baby's Gone" on #547. The uniquely named King Tut recorded "Why Did You Leave Me" and "You've Been Fiddlin' Around" on #550. #551 was by Bill Hayes - "Highway 75" / "I Want To Cry" Ann Nichols recorded #552 - "Let Me Know" and "Lost In A Fog Over You". Peppermint Harris does "Mabel Mabel" / "This Is Goodbye" on #554. Goree Carter recorded "Love Crazy" and "Let's Rock" for #556. #557 was by Nelson Carter (Goree ?) with "My Baby Left Me" / "Crazy About My Baby" Teddy Reynolds does "Summer Is On Its Way" and "Why Baby Why" on #558. In July Joe Fritz recorded "I Love You My Darling" on #559. Bill Hayes is back with "South Texas Blues" and "I'm Sorry I Was Reckless" with vocal by Perry Cain for #560. Ed Wiley performs "Cotton Pickin' Blues" on #562.
Often recorded blues performer Smokey Hogg records for the label on #565 with "I Love You Baby". Lonnie Lyons is on #566 with "I Need Romance" and "I'm Waiting Baby". Lonnie Williams records "New Road Blues" / "Tears In My Heart" on #567. Peppermint Harris is back with "Texarkana Blues" and "Fat Girl Boogie" on #568. The historically named Jesse James records "Forgive Me Blues" and "Corinna's Boogie" on #569 Willie Johnson is featured on "I Got The Boogie Woogie Blues (parts one & two)" on #570. Teddy Reynolds offers "Right Will Always Win" on #571. Goree Carter returns on #572 with "Jumpin' At Jeff's" and "True Love Is Hard To Find" James Wayne is featured on "Gypsey Blues" and "Millionaire Blues" on #573.Tenor sax musician Joe Fritz is featured on "Bad Woman Blues" and "Cool Cool Baby" on #574. Smokey Hogg returns with "Go Home With Me" and "Back To The Country" on #575.Ed Wiley performs "Driftin' All Alone" and "Where Are You?" on #577.Sittin In With #578 features Peppermint Harris with "Ooh Wee Baby".Elmore Nixon with Henry Hayes & His Rhythm Kings do "Searching Blues" and "I'm Moving Out" on #580. Ed Wiley returns with "Molasses" and "Jumpin' With The Blues" on #582.The Shadows vocal group sings "Jitterbug Special" and "I'll Never Let You Go" in November on #583.Joe Fritz plays again on "I'm So Sorry" and "I Do Love You" on #584.Ed Wiley does "West Indies Blues" and Pack Up and Move Out" for #585.Teddy Reynolds does "Voodoo Spell" and "My Heart's Full Of Misery" on #586.#587 features Peppermint Harris with "I'm Telling You People" and "How Long Must I Suffer" In March of 1951 James Wayne records "Tend To Your Business" / "Love Me" on #588.Willis Parker performs "733 Blues" and "Five Will Get You Ten" on #589.#593 features Lonnie Williams on "Wavy Sea Blues" and "Tired Of Running Around".Teddy Reynolds on #594 with "Strange Mysterious Woman" and "Too Late To Change"Blues performer Arbee Stidham records "Nothing Seems Right" on #596.Don Gardner with the Julian Dash Sextet are featured on #598 with "Why Was I Born" and "Seems Like We Met Before"#601 features Elmore Nixon with Henry Hayes & His Rhythm Kings - "I Want To See A Gypsey" and "Shout And Rock"James Wayne records "Which Woman Do I Love" and "Junco Partner" on #607.Peppermint Harris records "I Always End Up Blue" and "I Screamed And Cried" for Sittin In With #612.Teddy Reynolds returns with "Suicide Blues" and "Waiting At The Station" on #613.Smokey Hogg returns with "She's The Girl I Need" and Lovin' Money Blues" on #615 In January of 1952 blues legend Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins records "Give Me Central 209" on #621.James Wayne returns with "Please Baby Please" and "I'm Going To Tell Your Mother" on #622.
At this time, in February of 1952, label president Bob Shad denies published reports that Sittin In With will fold. In fact he says, the label is issuing recordings on the Sittin In With label from masters purchased from Gold Star Records in Houston, Texas. The artists are L.C. Williams, Little Son Jackson, and Lightning Hopkins. C.B. Baker does "Skin To Skin" and "Going Back Home" on #625.James Wayne does "Money Blues" / "Bullcorn" on #639.L.C. Williams does "So Sorry" / "Baby Child" on #640.Lightnin Hopkins records "You Caused My Heart To Weep" on #642.Lil Son Jackson does "Gambling Blues" and "Homeless Blues" on #643.Lightnin Hopkins performs "Bald Headed Woman" and "Dirty House" on #647.L.C.Williams returns with "The Lazy J" and "Fanny Mae" on #648. Lightnin' Hopkins does "One Kind Of Favor" on #649.Peppermint Harris records "Got A Big Fine Baby" and "I Will Always Think Of You" on #650. Release #651 is an interesting mix - Ray Charles sings ""Can't Do No More" and the flip side is by Rufus Beachem ""Roly Poly". Lightnin' Hopkins records "Everything Happens To Me" and "Papa Bones Boogie" on #652. In September of 1952 the Jimmy James Orchestra records "Slow Motion Boogie" and "Fulton Street Hop" on Sittin In With #654. Bill Heyman records "I Cried Last Night" for #655. Lightnin' Hopkins sings "Broken Hearted Blues" on #658. Lightnin Hopkins returns with "Why" and "Mad Blues" on #660. "Down To The River" by Lightnin Hopkins is on #661.
With these final three releases from the Gold Star masters, Sittin In With Records does indeed fold. Morty Shad will go with an independent label Jax, while Bob Shad will go to a major Mercury Records , and in the spring of 1953 join the grand daddy of all labels Decca as they seek to make their mark in the R & B field. The R & B indie with the strange name from jazz terminology, Sittin' In With, gave it a good run. In four years based in New York, they offered a large selection of true R & B performers resulting in the sound of the late forties as the nation began to discover this great music right under their noses. Although they had no big national hits, the Sittin' In With label kept up the beat for others to follow. Let us not forget their contribution to the legacy of post war Rhythm & Blues.

(ed. note : Tamara Shad informs me that the Sittin In With catalog remains in ownership by the Shad family and has not been sold to any outside company.)

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