Larry Birdsong

Real name: Lawrence E. Birdsong
Born: June 15, 1934, Pulaski, Tennessee
Died: August 7, 1990, Nashville, Tennessee

 


SINGLES

EXCELLO 45-2064 (45 rpm, promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG
It Won’t Be This Way Always / You Won’t Be Needin’ Me No More (10/1955 US)

EXCELLO 2064 (78 rpm)/45-2064 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG
It Won’t Be This Way Always / You Won’t Be Needin’ Me No More (10/1955 US)

EXCELLO 2076 (78/45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG, LOUIS BROOKS AND HIS HI-TOPPERS
Pleadin’ For Love / You’ll Never Never Know (3/1956 US)
(Note: a-side Billboard/r’n’b #11 & Jockey #11; also available as a multi color label repro edition, original pressing on orange label)

REO 8128 – LARRY BIRDSONG, LOUIS BROOKS AND HIS HI-TOPPERS
Pleadin’ For Love / You’ll Never Never Know (1956 CAN)

CALVERT 102 (78 rpm)/45-102 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG
Now That We’re Together / We’ll Never Part (6/1956 US)

CALVERT 104 (78/45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG, JIMMY BECK AND HIS BAND
Three Times Seven / Tell Me The Truth (9/1956 US)

DECCA 9-30186 (45 rpm, pink label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG, VOCAL, WITH TED JARRETT AND HIS BAND
Let’s Try It Again / Oo Wee Honey (2/1957 US)

DECCA 30186 (78 rpm)/9-30186 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG, VOCAL, WITH TED JARRETT AND HIS BAND
Let’s Try It Again / Oo Wee Honey (2/1957 US)

VEE-JAY VJ 254 (45 rpm, promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG
If You Don’t Want Me No More / I’m Pleading Just For You (8/1957 US)

DECCA 9-30186 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG
Let’s Try It Again / Oo Wee Honey (1957 CAN)

VEE-JAY VJ 254 (78/45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG
If You Don’t Want Me No More / I’m Pleading Just For You (8/1957 US)

VEE-JAY VJ 262 (45 rpm, promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG (a) / LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE DICK NOEL SINGERS (b)
Oh, Oh, My Darling / Time Will (Time) (12/1957 US)

VEE-JAY VJ 262 (78/45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG (a) / LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE DICK NOEL SINGERS (b)
Oh, Oh, My Darling / Time Will (Time) (12/1957 US)

VEE-JAY VJ 277 (45 rpm, promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG WITH AL SMITH’S ORCHESTRA
Fannie’s Place / Goodbye Goodbye (5/1958 US)

VEE-JAY VJ 277 (78/45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG WITH AL SMITH’S ORCHESTRA
Fannie’s Place / Goodbye Goodbye (5/1958 US)

CHAMPION 1003 (78/45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG WITH HIS SONGBIRDS & JIMMY BECK & ORCHESTRA
Live The Life I Sing About / Every Night In The Week (12/1958 US)

CHAMPION 1006 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG WITH JIMMY BECK ORCHESTRA
Do You Love Me / Try Me One More Time (1959 US)

CHAMPION 1009 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG WITH JIMMY BECK ORCHESTRA
Scooter Poofin’ / Wish I Didn’t Love You So (1959 US)

CHAMPION 1015 (45 rpm, promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG WITH JIMMY BECK AND HIS ORCHESTRA
You’re My Baby / Somebody Somewhere (8/1959 US)

CHAMPION 1015 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG WITH JIMMY BECK AND HIS ORCHESTRA
You’re My Baby / Somebody Somewhere (8/1959 US)

CHEROKEE 1018 (45 rpm) – LARRY BIRDSONG AND HIS ORCHESTRA (a) / LARRY BIRDSONG (b)
Young And Fancy Free / Since You Left Me Behind (1959 US)

ACE 589 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG
I’m So Glad You’re Home / Who Do You Love (5/1960 US)

ACE 589 – LARRY BIRDSONG
I’m So Glad You’re Home / Who Do You Love (5/1960 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 116 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE LARRYETTS
Stay With Me / Today (2/1961 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 116 – LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE LARRYETTS
Stay With Me / Today (2/1961 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 231 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG (a) / LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE LARRYETTES (b)
‘Little School Girl / Continental Time (3/1961 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 231 – LARRY BIRDSONG (a) / LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE LARRYETTES (b)
Little School Girl / Continental Time (3/1961 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 121 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE LARRYETTES
I’ll Let Nothing (Separate Me From Your Love) / Sooner Or Later (6/1961 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 121 – LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE LARRYETTES
I’ll Let Nothing (Separate Me From Your Love) / Sooner Or Later (6/1961 US)

# (acetate) – LARRY BIRDSONG
I Need Your Good Loving / I Can’t Keep From Crying / Someone Is Calling / Aunt Mattie (1962 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 240 – LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE LARRYETTES
Aunt Mattie / I Can’t Keep From Crying (2/1962 US)

SHOWBOAT 1506 – LARRY BIRDSONG (a) / LARRY BIRDSONG WITH PAMELA KELLY (b)
You’re Not Gonna Worry Me / Girl, Be Careful (1964 US)
(Note: poss. 1960 recordings)

SUR-SPEED 218 – LARRY BIRDSONG
If I Could Only Hold Back My Tears / Somebody Help Me (Find The One That I Love) (1966 US)

SUR-SPEED 226 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG AND BUFORD MAJORS BAND
I’m So Glad You’re Home / Every Night In The Week (1967 US)

SUR-SPEED 226 – LARRY BIRDSONG AND BUFORD MAJORS BAND
I’m So Glad You’re Home / Every Night In The Week (1967 US)

REF-O-REE 704 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG, ARRANGED & CONDUCTED BY BOB HOLMES
Tell Me The Truth / Sea Sand (1969 US)

REF-O-REE 704 – LARRY BIRDSONG, ARRANGED & CONDUCTED BY BOB HOLMES
Tell Me The Truth / Sea Sand (1969 US)

REF-O-REE 705 – LARRY BIRDSONG & THOMAS HENRY (a) / THOMAS HENRY (b)
Sugar / The Next Time (1969 US)

REF-O-REE 710 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG
Digging Your Potatoes / Fairly Well (1969 US)

REF-O-REE 710 – LARRY BIRDSONG
Digging Your Potatoes / Fairly Well (1969 US)

REF-O-REE 719 (white label promo) – LARRY BIRDSONG
I’d Like To Try It One More Time / I’ll Pick My Own Chicken (1969 US)

CARRIE C 974 – LARRY BIRDSONG, THE GOSPEL D.C’S
I Felt Alright / Do You Love My Jesus (1981 US)

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ALBUMS

RICARE R 501 [LP] – LARRY BIRDSONG AND THE GREATER ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH MASS CHOIR: I’M GLAD I CHOSE GOD (1982 US)
I’m Glad I Chose God (vocal Larry Birdsong) / You Ought To Take The Time Out (vocal Larry Birdsong) / We Have A Wonderful God-PD (vocal Elaine Watkins) / Why Don’t You Take The Time Out (vocal Marylyn Holmes) / Do You Love My Jesus (vocal Larry Birdsong) / Intersessory Prayer (Dr F.M. Spence, Pastor) / (I’m A Wretch)-PD (vocal Janice Brown) / (Heaven On My Mind)-PD (vocal Larry Birdsong) / I Felt Alright (vocal Larry Birdsong)
(Note: recorded at Champ Studio feat. Larry Birdsong:vcl/pno/org, Marion Sanders:gtr, Johnny Terrell:bs, Guy Moreland:bs, Ronnie Yates:dms, Al Garner:dms, William Hailey:3rd piano/org, The Gospel D.C.’s:bckgr.vcls + Debra Hailey, Elaine Watkins & Janice Brown:vcls)

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COLLECTIONS

BLACK MAGIC BM 9203 [CD] – EVERY NIGHT IN THE WEEK (2003 HOL)
Tell Me The Truth (vers. 1) / Live The Life I Sing About / Three Times Seven / Now That We’re Together / We’ll Never Part / Every Night In The Week (vers. 1) / Scooter Poofin’ / Do You Love Me / Somebody Somewhere / Since You Left Me Behind / Somebody Help Me (Find The One That I Love) / Try Me One More Time / Wish I Didn’t Love You So / You’re My Baby / Young And Fancy Free (vers. 1) / I’m So Glad You’re Home / If I Could Only Hold Back My Tears / Tell Me The Truth (vers. 2) / Young And Fancy Free (vers. 2) / Sugar / I’d Like To Try It One More Time / Every Night In The Week (vers. 2) / Digging Your Potatoes / The Sea Sand / Fairly Well / I’ll Pick My Own Chicken

EN AVANT LA ZIZIQUE! EALZ1004 [10″ LP] – AN INTRODUCTION TO LARRY BIRDSONG (2014 FRA)
Every Night In The Week / I’d Like To Try One More Time / The Sea Sand / Tell Me The Truth / I’ll Pick My Own Chicken / Somebody Help Me / Fairly Well / I’m So Glad You’re Home / Diggin’ Your Own Potatoes

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COMPILATIONS

ACE LP-1020 [LP] – V/A: FOR TWISTER’S ONLY (1962 US)
Who Do You Love Twist

CHARLY CRB 1084 [LP] – V/A: THE UPSETTERS – THE NEW ORLEANS CONNECTION (1984 UK)
I’m Pleading Just For You / If You Don’t Want Me No More / Time / My Darling

CHARLY CRB 1106 [LP] – V/A: R&B VOLTS FROM THE VJ VAULTS (1985 UK)
Fannie’s Place / Ain’t Nothing But A Fool (prev. unissued 1958 recording) / Goodbye Goodbye / I’ll Run My Business (prev. unissued 1958 recording)

GREEN LINE CD5VIN05 [5-CD] – V/A: RHYTHM N’ BLUES GEMS (1989 UK)
I’ll Run My Business

STOMPIN’ ST 105 [LP] – V/A: STOMPIN’, VOL. 5 (19?? UK)
Fannie’s Place

ACE CDCHD 400 [CD] – V/A: EXCELLO HITS! (1992 UK)
Pleadin’ For Love

STAX SCD-8595-2 [CD] – V/A: SUPERBLUES, VOL. 3 – ALL-TIME CLASSIC BLUES HITS (1995 US)
Pleadin’ For Love

TIME PRODUCTIONS 104 [CD] – V/A: REMEMBER (1996 US)
Tell Me The Truth

LIVE GOLD LG 7037 [CD] – V/A: A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DOO-WOP, VOL. 17 (1996 CAN)
Now That We’re Together

ACE CDCHD 493 [CD] – V/A: ACROSS THE TRACKS – NASHVILLE R&B AND ROCK’N’ROLL (1996 UK)
Do You Love Me / Every Night In The Week / Since You Left Me Behind / Somebody, Somewhere / Young And Fancy Free

ACE CDCHD 672 [CD] – V/A: ACROSS THE TRACKS, VOL. 2 – MORE NASHVILLE R&B AND DOO WOP (1997 UK)
Live The Life I Sing About / Scooter Poofin’ / Three Times Seven / You’re My Baby

P-VINE PCD-5229 [CD] – V/A: EXCELLO RARITIES (1997 JPN)
Pleadin’ For Love

KENT CDKEND 157 [CD] – V/A: MUSIC CITY SOUL FROM NASHVILLE’S BLACK CATS (1998 UK)
I’d Like To Try It One More Time / Sugar (Larry Birdsong & Thomas Henry)

ACE CDCHD 684 [CD] – V/A: ERNIE’S RECORD MART (1998 UK)
Pleadin’ For Love

HIP-O HIPD 40150 [CD] – V/A: EXCELLO STORY, VOL. 2: 1955-1957 (1999 US)
Pleadin’ For Love

BLACK MAGIC BM 9037 [CD] – EARL GAINES: 24 HOURS A DAY (1999 US)
If I Could Only Hold Back My Tears (Earl Gaines & Larry Birdsong, 1950’s Champion recording)

BEAR FAMILY BCD 15864 HL [8-CD] – V/A: A SHOT IN THE DARK – NASHVILLE JUMPS (2000 GER)
Pleadin’ For Love

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-7205 [CD] – V/A: VEE JAY RHYTHM & BLUES : THE EARLY YEARS, PART 2 (2000 US)
I’m Pleading Just For You

P-VINE PCD-5271/4 [4-CD] – V/A: VEE JAY – CHICAGO’S BLUES MUSIC (2002 JPN)
I’m Pleading Just For You / My Darling / Ain’t Nothing But A Fool / Fannie’s Place / I’ll Run My Business

P-VINE PCD-5678/9 [2-CD] – V/A: THE NASHVILLE BLUES TREASURES (2002 JPN)
I’m So Glad You’re Home / Every Night In The Week / Somebody Help Me / If I Could Only Hold Back My Tears

LA CIENEGA LACGA 702 [CD] – V/A: THE UPSETTERS (2003 SPA)
Larry Birdsong with the Upsetters: I’m Pleading Just For You / If You Don’t Want Me No More / My Darling

LOST HIGHWAY/CMF B0002100-01 [2-LP]/B0002100-02 [2-CD] – V/A: NIGHT TRAIN TO NASHVILLE – MUSIC CITY RHYTHM & BLUES 1945-1970 (2004 US)
Somebody, Somewhere

CLUB HARLEM RECORDINGS WWG-8006164 [LP/CD] – V/A: WHIP! WOBBLE! AND GRIND! (2004 US)
Continental Time

J&S J&S-7006265 [LP/CD] – V/A: JUMP AND SHOUT! (2004 US)
Little School Girl

CHARLY/SNAPPER SNAJ 723 CD [4-CD] – V/A: VEE JAY RECORDS – CHICAGO HIT FACTORY (2004 UK)
If You Don’t Want Me No More

R.O.A.D. RDBL-43 [CD] – V/A: MUSIC CITY BLUES & SOUL – THE BEST OF BULLET/SUR-SPEED RECORDS (2005 US)
I’m So Glad / Somebody Help Me

DEEP GROOVE DG 11101CD [CD] – V/A: BARNYARD SOUL! (2006 US)
Every Night In The Week

DEEP GROOVE DG-11102 [LP] – V/A: BARNYARD SOUL! PART TWO (2006 US)
Every Night In The Week

BLUE LABEL/SPV 95832 CD [CD] – V/A: THE CHAMPION RECORDS STORY – VOLUME 1 – BLUES & RHYTHM (2007 GER)
Oo Wee Honey / Let’s Try It Again

BLUE LABEL/SPV 49292 CD [CD] – V/A: THE CHAMPION RECORDS STORY – VOLUME 2 – ROCKIN’ R&B (2007 GER)
Scooter Poofin’

BLUE LABEL/SPV 95882 CD [CD] – V/A: THE REF-O-REE RECORDS STORY – SOUTHERN SOUL (2007 GER)
Digging Your Potatoes / Fairly Well / The Sea Sand / I’ll Pick My Own Chicken

BLUE LABEL/SPV 95892 CD [CD] – V/A: THE BULLET AND SUR-SPEED RECORDS STORY (2007 GER)
Not Gonna Worry Me / Girl Be Careful / Every Night In The Week (with The Buford Majors Band) / If I Could Only Hold Back My Tears (with The Buford Majors Band)

BOULEVARD VINTAGE BVDCD1016 [2-CD] – V/A: THE R&B YEARS 1956 – VOLUME ONE (2007 UK)
Pleadin’ For Love

JUKE BOX 102 [CD] – V/A: HE DIGS DOO-WOP, VOLUME 2 (20??)
Let’s Try It Again / Oo Wee Honey

PAN AMERICAN RECORDINGS 56018 [CD] – V/A: LOVE SLAVE (20??)
You’ll Never Never Know

JOOKIN’ JCD 18003 [CD] – V/A: JOOKIN’ 3 – 27 RAW SLICES OF MAXIMUM R&B (20?? UK)
Fannie’s Place

JOOKIN’ JCD 18008 [CD] – V/A: JOOKIN’ 6 – 28 RAW SLICES OF MAXIMUM R&B (20?? UK)
Do You Love Me

SPOONFUL #73 [CD] – V/A: MAKES ME FEEL GOOD (20?? GER)
Since You Left Me Behind

SUPERBIRD SBIRD 0016 [CD] – V/A: RARE BLUES & SOUL, VOLUME 2 – FROM NASHVILLE THE 1960S (2010 UK)
Somebody Help Me

SUPERBIRD SBIRD 0017 [CD] – V/A: UPTOWN SOUL & FUNK FROM THE NASHVILLE INDIES (2010 UK)
Tell Me The Truth / I’d Like To Try It One More Time

GOLDEN BEAVER GOBE 22-991 [CD] – V/A: DANCE FLOOR WINNERS, VOLUME 5 – 20 JIVING, STROLLING, BOPPIN’, SWINGING, MONSTER TRACKS FOR DANCERS! (2010 GER)
Aunt Mattie

BLUE LABEL/SPV 309192 3CD [3-CD] – V/A: CHAMPION RECORDS – THE SINGLES COLLECTION (2011 GER)
Somebody Somewhere / You’re My Baby / Three Times Seven / Oo Wee Honey / Let’s Try It Again / Do You Love Me / Every Night In The Week

FANTASTIC VOYAGE FVTD131 [3-CD] – V/A: HEAVY SUGAR – SECOND SPOONFUL – THE PURE ESSENCE OF NEW ORLEANS R&B (2011 UK)
I’m Pleading Just For You

FLORIDITA FRCD04 [CD] – V/A: GRANPA’S GULLY ROCK – 25 DYNAMITE R&B GEMS (2011)
I’m Pleading Just For You

FLORIDITA FRCD08 [CD] – V/A: GRANPA’S GULLY ROCK, VOL. 3 (2011)
Little School Girl

FLORIDITA FRCD10 [CD] – V/A: GRANPA’S GULLY ROCK, VOL. 5 (201?)
Somebody Somewhere

STOMPER TIME STCD 31 [CD] – V/A: ROCKIN’ RHYTHM’N’BLUES FROM MEMPHIS (2012 UK)
Little Schoolgirl / Continental Time / I’ll Let Nothing Separate Me From Your Love

CHARLY 915 B [10-CD] – V/A: CHICAGO HIT FACTORY – THE VEE JAY STORY 1953-1966 – 60TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION (2013 UK)
If You Don’t Want Me No More

OUTTA SIGHT OSCD038 [CD] – V/A: THE BIRTH OF NORTHERN SOUL (2013 UK)
Since You Left Me Behind

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL002 [2-CD] – V/A: WHERE SOUTHERN SOUL BEGAN 1: 1954-1962 (2013 UK)
Somebody, Somewhere / Sooner Or Later

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL017 [2-CD] – V/A: WHERE SOUTHERN SOUL BEGAN 2: 1955-1962 (2013 UK)
It Won’t Be This Way Always

TITANIC TR-CD 44206 [CD] – V/A: DEEP SOUL DISCOVERIES, VOL. 6 (2014 ITA)
Girl Be Careful

ONE DAY MUSIC DAY2CD283 [2-CD] – V/A: THE EXCELLO BLUES STORY (2015 UK)
Pleadin’ For Love

HISTORY OF SOUL SOUL022 [2-CD] – V/A: WHERE SOUTHERN SOUL BEGAN 3: 1957-1963 (2016 UK)
Every Night In The Week

FAREWELL BWR 03 [10″ LP] – V/A: BLUES WITH A RHYTHM, VOL. 3 (2016 FRA)
Every Night In The Week

REAL GONE MUSIC RGMCD256 [4-CD] – V/A: THE VEE JAY RECORDS STORY (2017 UK<)
I’m Pleading Just For You / Oh Oh My DarlingBR>
FLAME LP 023 [LP] – V/A: DESPERATE ROCK’N’ROLL, VOLUME 23 (2018 UK)
Every Night Of The Week

REEL TO REEL MUSIC COMPANY RTRCD7 [4-CD] – V/A: NORTHERN SOUL – THE EARLY YEARS – VOLUME TWO (100 CLASSIC & RARE TRACKS) (2018 UK)
Since You Left Me Behind

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 02 [CD] – V/A: FOOL MULE – THE FUNNY SIDE OF RHYTHM AND BLUES (2018 GER)
Fannie’s Place

JASMINE JASCD867 [2-CD] – V/A: THESE ARMS OF MINE – THE BIRTH OF SOUTHERN SOUL (2020 UK)
Sooner Or Later

KOKO MOJO KMCD 52 [CD] – V/A: ROCKIN’ SHOES (2020 GER)
Somebody Somewhere

KOKO MOJO KMCD 55 [CD] – V/A: JUST ROCKIN’ & ROLLIN’ (2020 GER)
Little School Girl

KOKO MOJO KMCD 56 [CD] – V/A: WOW WOW BABY (2020 GER)
I’m Pleading Just For You

KOKO MOJO KMCD 57 [CD] – V/A: COOL IT (2020 GER)
Continental Time

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Fred James

Published sources: Blues Records 1943 To 1970 Volume One (Mike Leadbitter & Neil Slaven, 1987) | Billboard Top R&B Singles (Joel Whitburn, 1988) | The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006)

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | http://www.singlesdb.com | http://www.bsnpubs.com | http://www.ebay.com | http://www.gemm.com | http://www.musicstack.com | http://www.blueslandproductions.com/roadrecords | http://www.globaldogproductions.info | http://www.discogs.com/artist/869118-Larry-Birdsong | http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/artist/larry-birdsong | http://www.45cat.com/artist/larry-birdsong | http://www.uncamarvy.com/LarryBirdsong/larrybirdsong.html

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

Revised on June 7, 2021

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