Ernie Young, J.D. Miller and Excello Recordscompiled by JCMarion


The Excello Record label was started by Ernie Young owner of The Record Mart, in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1952. It was a subsidiary label of Nashboro records and was originally set to offer a catalog of Black Gospel music. An important factor in the Excello Records story is the radio station that helped spread the story of R & B through the Eastern half of the country - WLAC. The fifty thousand watt clear channel beacon of the rhythm & blues express electrified many a listener far from the city of Nashville. With Bill "Hoss" Allen, Gene Nobles, and John R. Richbourg behind the mikes, WLAC was "school" for many a teenager in the midnight hour and later. The continuing commercials for Randy Woods Record Shop (he would soon launch Dot Records) crackled through the night and remain in the memories of so many all those years ago. In 1956 record producer J. D. Miller joined Excello and developed the sound of what became known as "swamp rock". Here is a discography of this important label through the nineteen fifties (excluding gospel sides).

The first five releases on the label were gospel records until their very first R & B tune -
2005 - Charlie Dowell Orchestra (voc. Willie Lee Patton) : Allotment Blues (Dear John) / Wait Daddy ( Jan 1953)
2006 - Del Thorne & her Trio : I Let Him Move Me / Down South In Birmingham ( March 1953)
2007 - "Little Maxie" Bailey : Brownskin Woman Blues / Tear Drops Are Falling (March 1953)
2008 - "Shy Guy" Douglas : Detroit Arrow / New Memphis Blues ( May 1953)
2009 - Kid King's Combo : Skip's Boogie / Banana Split ( May 1953) This is the first Excello   R & B record to sell well outside of Nashville

2011 - "Good Rockin'" Beasley : Long Goody / Happy Go Lucky ( May 1953)
2014 - The Leap Frogs : Dirty Britches (harp - Jimmy Johnson) / Things Gonna Change (voc. Louis Campbell) ( July 1953)
2016 - "Little Maxie" Bailey : Drive Soldier Drive / My Baby's Blues ( July 1953)
2017 - Del Thorne & her Trio : Fly Chick Blues / Goof Train (1953)
2018 - Kid King's Combo : The Brass Rail / Gimmick (Oct1953)                                                                                               
2020 - Bernie Hardison : Love Me Baby / Yeah It's True (Nov 1953)
2022 - Roosevelt Lee : Lazy Pete / I'm So Glad ( Nov 1953)
2023 - Dixie Doodlers : She Was All I Had (voc. Sam McNeese) / Best Of Friends (voc. James Campbell) (1953)
2024 - Shy Guy Douglas : I'm Your Country Man / Wasted Time (12/1953)
2025 - Kid King's Combo : Chocolate Sundae / Greasy Feet ( Dec 1953)

In January of 1954 "Banana Split" by Kid King's Combo on #2009 is still selling well especially in Chicago and areas of the Midwest.
2026 - The Blue Flamers (voc. Bob Elliott) : Drivin' Down The Highway / Watch On (March 1954)
2027 - Tommy McGhee : Late Every Evenin' / Poppin' (1954)
2028 - Ray Batts : Stealin' Sugar / Maybe It's You, Sweetheart, Maybe It's Me ( Apr 1954)
2030 - Louis Brooks & his Pine-Toppers : Bus Station Blues / Waddle Trot (Apr 1954)
2031 - John Christmon : My Baby's Gone / Come With Me My Love ( May 1954)
2032 - Shy Guy Douglas : She's My Kinda Girl / No Place Like Home (May 1954)
2033 - Jack Toombs : You're The Only Good Thing (That Happen To Me) / Two Cheaters In Love (1954)
2035 - Louis Campbell : Gotta Love You Baby / The Natural Facts (June 1954)
2037 - Kid King's Combo : Dreamy Moods / Memories In Melody ( June 1954)
2038 - Castaways : Teasin' / I Wish (1954)
2039 - Bobby Prince : Too Many Keys / Please Give Me Your Love ( July 1954)
2041 - Jack Toombs : Foolish Jealousy / My Imagination ( Aug 1954)                                                                                            2042 - Louis Brooks & his Hi-Toppers : Double Shot / Time Out ( Sept 1954)
2044 - Peacheroos : Be Bop Baby / Every Day My Love Is True (1954)
2046 - Kid King's Combo : Mambino / Strollin' Time (1954)
2047 - Arthur Gunter : Baby Let's Play House / Blues After Hours (11/1954) This record is soon picked up by Chess Records for national distribution and becomes the biggest seller up to that time for the label. In January the label signs Gunter to an exclusive contract.
2048 - Jack Toombs & Lucinda Lee : Still I'm Yours / If You Want Me, Catch Me (1955)
2049 - Beulah Bryant : What Am I Gonna Do? / Prize Fighting Papa (1955)
2051 - Kid King's Combo : Now Listen Baby (voc. Good Rockin' Sam) / The Sneak (1955) A good seller in Nashville and Memphis
2052 - Don Haggard & the Sunset Drifters : Somebody Clipped Your Wings (duet with Judy Bess) / Unloved, Unwed, Unwanted (1955)                    
2053 - Arthur Gunter : She's Mine All Mine / You Are Doing Me Wrong ( Feb 1955)
2055 - Slim Hunt : Welcome Home Baby / Lonesome For My Baby ( Mar 1955)
2056 - Earl Gaines with Louis Brooks & his Hi-Toppers : It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) / Chicken Shuffle ( Mar 1955) A good seller during the summer, covered by The Midnighters for Federal and Ruth Brown for Atlantic. By September it is number 3 on the national R & B charts, and a top seller for Excello.
2057 - The Marigolds : Rollin' Stone / Why Don't You (Mar 1955) The first vocal group recording by the label is a good seller and gets radio airplay in the East. It is covered by The Cadets on Modern #960.
2058 - Arthur Gunter : Honey Babe / No Happy Home ( May 1955)
2059 - Good Rockin' Sam : Baby I'm Fool Proof / Kid King's Combo : Thing-A-Ma Jig ( June 1955)
2060 - Solotones : Front Page Blues / Pork And Beans ( Aug 1955)
2061 - The Marigolds : Two Strangers / Love You-Love You-Love You ( Aug 1955)
2062 - Blues Rockers : Calling All Cows / Johnnie Mae ( Aug 1955) My favorite "A" side title !
2063 - Earl Gaines with Louis Brooks & his Hi-Toppers : Can't Keep From Cryin' / Baby, Baby, What's Wrong ( Sept 1955)
2064 - Larry Birdsong : It Won't Be This Way Always / You Won't Be Needing (Me No More) ( Oct 1955)
2065 - Crown Prince Waterford : Driftwood Blues / I'm Gonna Do Right ( Oct 1955)
2066 - Lightnin' Slim : Lightnin' Blues / I Can't Be Successful ( Oct 1955)
2067 - Rainbow Valley Boys : Broken Hearted Means Nothing To You (voc. Billy & Joe) / Culleoka (instr. feat. Hubert Binkley) ( Oct 1955)
2068 - Jerry McCain & his Upstarts : That's What They Want / Courtin' In A Cadillac ( Oct 1955)
2069 - Ted Jarrett : Love Love Love / Goofin' Off ( Nov 1955)
2070 - Good Rockin' Sam : Funny Funny Feelin' / Don't Let Daddy Slow Walk You Down ( Dec 1955)
2071 - Lindsey Brothers : Big Hearted Joe / Let's Get Down To Business ( Dec 1955)
2072 - Earl Gaines : A Long Time Ago / It's Drivin' Me Mad ( Dec 1955)
2073 - Arthur Gunter : Trouble With My Baby / Baby You Better Listen ( Dec 1955)
2074 - Rudy Green : Cool Lovin' Mama / My Mumblin' Baby ( Jan 1956)
2075 - Lightnin' Slim : Sugar Plum / Just Made Twenty One ( Feb 1955)
2076 - Larry Birdsong : Pleadin' For Love / You'll Never Never Know ( Feb 1956)
2077 - Johnny Angel : Baby, I'm Confessin' / I Realize ( Apr 1956)
2078 - Johnny Bragg : Foolsih Me / Beyond The Clouds ( Apr 1956)
2079 - Jerry McCain & his Upstarts : If It Wasn't For My Baby / You Don't Love Me No More ( May 1956)
2080 - Lightnin' Slim : Goin' Home / Wonderin' & Goin' ( May 1956)
2081 - Jerry McCain & his Upstarts : Things Ain't Right / Run Uncle John! Run ( June 1956)
2082 - Guitar Gable & the Musical Kings : Life Problem / Congo Mombo ( June 1956) "Congo" becomes label's best selling instrumental, and first record produced by J.D. Miller
2083 - Jackson Toombs : Kiss-A-Me Quick / You're Just What It Takes (July 1956)
2084 - Arthur Gunter : Hear My Plea Baby / Love Has Got Me ( July 1956)
2085 - Guitar Red : The Hot Potato / The Chili Pot ( Aug 1956)
2086 - Ole Sonny Boy : You Better Change / Blues & Misery ( Aug 1956)
2087 - Sugar & Sweet : I'll Be Good / Baby Come Back Home ( Aug 1956) Excello records an R & B duo.
2088 - Earl Gaines with Louis Brooks & his Hi-Toppers : Please Understand / I Don't Need You Now ( Aug 1956)
2089 - Vince Monroe : If I Had My Life To Live Over / Give It Up ( Sept 1956)
2090 - Rudy Green : Queer Feelin' / Teeny Weeny Baby ( Sept 1956)
2091 - Johnny Bragg & the Marigolds : It's You Darling, It's You / Juke Box Rock'n'Roll ( Sept 1956) Former lead of The Prisonaires.
2092 - Lonesome Sundown : Lost Without Love / Leave My Money Alone ( Oct 1956)
2093 - Clarence Samuels : Got No Place To Call My Own / Chicken Hearted Woman ( Oct 1956)
2094 - Guitar Gable with King Karl : Irene / Guitar Rhumba ( Oct 1956) Irene becomes good seller in New Orleans and Dallas, Texas
2095 - Lazy Lester : I'm Gonna Leave You Baby / Lester's Stomp ( Oct 1956)
2096 - Lightnin' Slim : Bad Luck And Trouble / Have Your Way ( Nov 1956)

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