Johnny Acey

Real name: John Acey Gowdelock
Born: September 3, 1925, Gaffney, South Carolina
Died: February 19, 2009, Macon, Georgia

 


SINGLES

ARROW 740 – JOHNNY ACEY
Our Love Is Over / Be Fair To Me (1958 US)

FIRE 1015 (promo) – JOHNNY ACEY
Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore) / Why (3/1960 US)

FIRE 1015 – JOHNNY ACEY
Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore) / Why (3/1960 US)

FIRE 1036 (promo) – JOHNNY CHEF (= Johnny Acey)
Can’t Stop Moving / Baby Please Come Back (3/1961 US)

FIRE 1036 – JOHNNY CHEF (= Johnny Acey)
Can’t Stop Moving / Baby Please Come Back (3/1961 US)

FLING 728 (promo) – JOHNNY ACEY
I Go Into Orbit / What Am I Going To Do? (9/1962 US)

FLING 728 – JOHNNY ACEY
I Go Into Orbit / What Am I Going To Do? (9/1962 US)

FALEW! FAL 101 (promo) – JOHNNY ACEY AND HIS FINGERPOPPERS
You Walked Out (And Left Me) / Stay Away Love (11/1963 US)

FALEW! FAL 101 – JOHNNY ACEY AND HIS FINGERPOPPERS
You Walked Out (And Left Me) / Stay Away Love (11/1963 US)

FALEW! FAL 105 – JOHNNY ACEY
Don’t Deceive Me / At The Same Time (4/1964 US)

FALEW! FAL-10001 – JOHNNY ACEY
The Greatest Is You / The Greatest Is You (instrumental) (196? US)

D.J.L. 616 – JOHNNY ACEY
Forever More / My Home (1968 US)

STANG ST 5006 – JOHNNY ACEY
You / Forever More (1969 US)

TURBO TU-025 (promo) – JOHNNY ACEY
My Home / My Home (6/1972 US)

TURBO TU-025 – JOHNNY ACEY
My Home / Nobody’s Woman “But My Own” (6/1972 US)

SMOG CITY RECORD CO. BC 744 – JOHNNY ACEY WITH ESQUIRES LTD.
Christmas Keeps On Coming – Pt. 1 / Christmas Keeps On Coming – Pt. 2 (1974 US)

FIRE 506 (unofficial reissue) – JOHNNY CHEF
Can’t Stop Moving / (reverse by Tarheel Slim and Little Ann: Can’t Stay Away From You) (2020 US)

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ALBUMS

TURBO RECORD COMPANY TU-7010 [LP] – MY HOME (1972 US)
My Home / The Watchman / Can’t Keep You Home / You / Nobody’s Woman / Love Stay Away / Hungry For Affection

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COLLECTIONS

LI-JAN LJCD.06 [CD] (unofficial release) – THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS! (200? THAILAND)
Our Love Is Over / Be Fair To Me / Why / Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore) / Baby Please Come Back / Can’t Stop Moving / What Am I Going To Do / I Go Into Orbit / You Walked Out (And Left Me) / Stay Away Love / The Greatest Is You / At The Same Time / Don’t Deceive Me / Forever More / My Home (original version) / My Home / The Watchman / Can’t Keep You Home / You / Nobody’s Woman / Love Stay Away / Hungry For Affection / Christmas Keeps Coming / Christmas Keeps On Coming Pt. 2

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COMPILATIONS

FLYRIGHT LP 4706 [LP] – V/A: NEW YORK CITY BLUES (1973 UK)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit
– reissue: Magpie PY 1818, 1980 UK –

RIPETEGOLD NUGGETS REP-1010 [7″ EP, 33 1/3 rpm] – V/A: GOLD NUGGETS (1980 US)
Johnny Chef [sic]: I Go Into Orbit

P-VINE PLP-6101/02 [2-LP] – V/A: N.Y. ON FIRE – BOBBY’S HARLEM ROCK, VOL. 2 (1986 JPN)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit / What Am I Going To Do / Johnny Chef: Baby Please Come Back

CHARLY CRB 1208 [LP] – V/A: NEW YORK BLUES, VOL. 2 (1989 UK)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit / What Am I Going To Do

SAVAGE KICK SK 504 [LP] (unofficial release) – V/A: SAVAGE KICK, VOLUME FOUR – BLACK ROCK’N’ROLL (19?? UK)
Johnny Chef: Can’t Stop Moving

STILL SL 1151 [LP] (unofficial release) – V/A: LONG BLACK TRAIN (199? HOL)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit

RIPETE 2390005 [CD] – BOSS BLUES, VOL. 2 (1990 US)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit

P-VINE PCD-5461 [CD] – V/A: N.Y. ON FIRE – BOBBY’S HARLEM ROCK, VOL. 2 (199? JPN)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit / What Am I Going To Do / Johnny Chef: Baby Please Come Back

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-5208 [CD] – V/A: HARLEM ROCK N’ BLUES, VOL. 1 (1991 US)
Johnny Acey: Why
– reissue: Collectables COL-CD-5208, 1995 US –

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-5209 [CD] – V/A: HARLEM ROCK N’ BLUES, VOL. 2 (1991 US)
Johnny Acey: Baby Please Come Back / Johnny Chef: Baby Please Come Home
– reissue: Collectables COL-CD-5209, 1995 US –

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-5210 [CD] – V/A: HARLEM ROCK N’ BLUES, VOL. 3 (1991 US)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)
– reissue: Collectables COL-CD-5210, 1995 US –

TITANIC TR-CD44204 [CD] – V/A: DEEP SOUL DISCOVERIES, VOL. 4 (1995 ITA)
Johnny Acey: Forever More

RPM/SHOUT! RPMSH 210 [CD] – V/A: THE FIRE AND FURY OF BOBBY ROBINSON (2000 UK)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061 645 2 [CD] – V/A: FUEL PRESENTS AN INTRODUCTION TO NEW YORK BLUES (2000 US)
Johnny Acey: Why

PAST PERFECT 220256-325 [15-CD] (unofficial release) – V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOL. 2 (2002 GER)
Johnny Chef: Can’t Stop Moving

BOW & ARROW #1001 [CD] (unofficial release) – V/A: THE BOW & ARROW RECORDS STORY (2003)
Johnny Acey: Our Love Is Over / Be Fair To Me

CHARLY/SNAPPER SNAJ 730 CD [3-CD] – V/A: THE FIRE & FURY STORY (2005 UK)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit / What Am I Going To Do

FUNKY DELICACIES 0075 [LP/CD] – WILLIE FEASTER & THE MIGHTY MAGNIFICENTS: ON THE DIRT ROAD – RARE & UNRELEASED N.Y. FUNK & SOUL 1969-1979 (2006 US)
Johnny Acey with The Mighty Magnificents: Forever More / The Greatest Is You / My Home

STRUT STRUT052CD [CD] – V/A: IN THE CHRISTMAS GROOVE (2009 UK)
Johnny Acey with Esquires Ltd: Christmas Keeps On Coming

AGRAM BLUES AB 2019 [CD] – V/A: KENNEDY’S BLUES (200? HOL)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit

FTM LTD # [CD] (unofficial release) – V/A: SHAKE ‘EM ON DOWN, VOL. 7 – POUNDING CLUB TRACK SHAKERS (200? UK)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Down To Baltimore)

CHEESECAKE CHCD 121 [CD] (unofficial release) – V/A: BOPPIN’ BLUES ‘N’ RHYTHM (200?)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit

FLORIDITA FRCD08 [CD] (unofficial release) – V/A: GRANDPA’S GULLY ROCK, VOL. 3 (2011)
Johnny Chef: Can’t Stop Moving

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061 880 2 [2-CD] – V/A: THE FIRE/FURY RECORDS R&B STORY (2011 US)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Do (Back To Baltimore) / Why

JSP JSP77142 [4-CD] – V/A: THE BOBBY ROBINSON STORY – SELECTED SIDES 1951-1960 (2011 UK)
Johnny Acey: Why / Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

SPOONFUL #47 [CDR] (unofficial release) – V/A: SIN CITY JUKEBOX, VOLUME TWO (2011 GER)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME SGTM 912 [CDR] (unofficial release) – V/A: THANK YOU AGAIN BOBBY! (2013 CAN)
Johnny Acey: You Walked Out (And Left Me)

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL005 [2-CD] (unofficial release) – V/A: LONELY AVENUE – SOUL FROM NEW YORK 1 (2013 UK)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

JERK BOOM! BAM! RSAB-118 [LP] – V/A: JERK BOOM BAM! VOL. 8 (2013)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

OUTTA SIGHT OSCD045 [CD] – V/A: A LITTLE TASTE OF SOUL… FROM THE OUTTA SIGHT DINER (2014 UK)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

ONE DAY MUSIC DAY2CD256 [CD] – V/A: THE SKY IS CRYING – THE FIRE RECORDS STORY (2014 UK)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore) / Why / Johnny Chef: Can’t Stop Moving

FUEL 2000 RECORDS 302 061 997 2 [2-CD] – V/A: THE FIRE/FURY RECORDS STORY – RARITIES COLLECTION (2014 US)
Johnny Chef: Can’t Stop Moving

NOT NOW MUSIC NOTLP164 [LP] – V/A: VOODOO RHYTHM & BLUES & BURLESQUE GRIND (2015 EU)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-091 [LP] – V/A: BUZZSAW JOINT – DIDDY WAH CUT 1 (2017 EU)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-093 [CD] – V/A: BUZZSAW JOINT – CUTS 1 & 2 (2017 EU)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

TITANIC TR-CD 44208 [CD] – V/A: DEEP SOUL DISCOVERIES, VOL. 8 (2017 ITA)
Johnny Acey: Forever More

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-131 [LP] – V/A: ROCKINITIS, VOLUME ONE – ELECTRIC BLUES FROM THE ROCK’N*ROLL ERA (2018 EU)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-138 [LP] – V/A: ROCKINITIS, VOL. 1 & 2 (2019 EU)
Johnny Acey: Please Don’t Go (Back To Baltimore)

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 31 [CD] – V/A: SPUTNIK DANCE – WILD SOUNDS FROM THE SPACE AGE (2019 EU)
Johnny Acey: I Go Into Orbit


In addition, Johnny Acey made his recording debut in New York in 1953 with Wilhelmina Gray for See-Co Records. He also worked as a session pianist behind Elmore James (“Anna Lee”, “Done Somebody Wrong”, “Fine Little Mama”, “Strange Angel”), Little Luther Thomas, Riff Ruffin, etc.

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Published sources: The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006) | The R&B Indies 1 (Bob McGrath, 2005) | The R&B Indies 2 (Bob McGrath, 2006) | The R&B Indies 4 (Bob McGrath, 2007) | Blues & Rhythm #241 (2009)

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | http://www.ebay.com | http://www.tuffcity.com | http://www.discogs.com/artist/761702-Johnny-Acey | http://www.sirshambling.com/artists/johnny_acey/johnny_acey.html | http://www.45cat.com/artist/johnny-acey | https://www.discogs.com/artist/2112834-Johnny-Chef

Note: The contents of this website are informative only! All the corrections/additions are welcome. E-mail: petehoppula @ hotmail.com

Revised on August 5, 2021

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