Polka Dot Slim

Real name: Willie Monroe Vincent
Born: December 9, 1926, Woodville, Mississippi
Died: June 22, 1981, Oakland, California

 


SINGLES

EXCELLO 45-2089 (45 rpm, blue & white promo) – VINCE MONROE WITH ERNIE HOLLAND AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Give It Up (Or Tell Where It’s At) / If I Had My Life To Live Over (8/1956 US)

EXCELLO 45-2089 (45 rpm) – VINCE MONROE WITH ERNIE HOLLAND AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Give It Up (Or Tell Where It’s At) / If I Had My Life To Live Over (8/1956 US)

ZYNN NO. 508 (78 rpm) – MR. CALHOUN
On The Sunny Side Of Love / Hello My Friends, Hello Pal (1959 US)

ZYNN NO. 508 (45 rpm) – MR. CALHOUN
On The Sunny Side Of Love / Hello Friends, Hello Pal (1959 US)

INSTANT 3269 – POLKA DOT SLIM
A Thing You Gotta Face / Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry (12/1964 US)
(Note: Also available as an identical 2010 UK/US repro edition)

APOLLO AM 009/010 – POKA-A-DOT SLIM
Go-Ahead-Slim / Trick Bag (1966 US)

EXCELLO 45-2094/45-2089 (reissue, unofficial release) – VINCE MONROE WITH ERNIE HOLLAND AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Give It Up (Or Tell Where It’s At) / (reverse by Guitar Gable: Guitar Rhumbo) (2014 US)

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COMPILATIONS

FLYRIGHT 3503/LP 3503 [LP] – V/A: JAMBALAYA ON THE BAYOU, VOL. 2 – THE BLUES (1969 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry

PYTHON PLP-22 [LP] – V/A: THE DOWNHOME BLUES, VOLUME 3 (1970 UK)
Mr. Calhoun: Hello Friends, Hello Pals

BLUES OBSCURITIES BOV9 [LP] – V/A: NATURAL BORN MAN – BLUES OBSCURITIES, VOLUME 9 (1971 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: On The Sunny Side / Hello Friends, Hello Pals

FLYRIGHT FLY 517 [LP] – V/A: GONNA HEAD FOR HOME – THE LEGENDARY JAY MILLER SESSIONS, VOL. 2 (1976 UK)
Mr. Calhoun: On The Sunny Side Of Love / Hello Friends, Hello Pals (alt. take) / Vince Monroe: Hey Mattie

FLYRIGHT FLY 518 [LP] – V/A: ROOSTER CROWED FOR DAY (1977 UK)
Mr. Calhoun: I’m Ragged And Dirty / They Call Me Mr. Calhoun / Change Your Ways

BANDY 70009 [LP] – V/A: REAL BLUES FROM NEW ORLEANS (1981 US)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry / A Thing You Gotta Face

FLYRIGHT FLY 601 [LP] – V/A: GOING TO NEW ORLEANS – UNISSUED SIDES FROM 1954-1959 (1984 UK)
Vince Monroe: If I Had My Life To Live Over (alt. take)
(Note: in addition, Monroe is also accredited co-writer with Jay Miller on title “Gimme My Money Back”, an alternative to Monroe’s issued take “Give It Up” recorded at the same 1956 Excello session and sung by Ernie Holland)

CHARLY CRB 1170 [LP] – V/A: LOADED DOWN WITH THE BLUES (1987 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry / A Thing You Gotta Face
– Japanese edition: P-Vine PLP-346, 1987 –

STOMPIN’ ST 103 [LP] – V/A: STOMPIN’, VOLUME THREE (19?? UK)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

FLYRIGHT FLYCD 09 [CD] – V/A: LOUISIANA SWAMP BLUES (1989 UK/FRA)
Mr Calhoun: Hey Mattie

FLYRIGHT FLYCD 21 [CD] – V/A: LOUISIANA SWAMP POP (1990 UK/FRA)
Mr Calhoun: On The Sunny Side Of Love (prev. unissued take)

FLYRIGHT FLYCD 24 [CD] – V/A: MORE LOUISIANA SWAMP BLUES (1990 UK/FRA)
Mr Calhoun: Change Your Ways

FLYRIGHT FLYCD 50 [CD] – LEROY WASHINGTON: WILD CHERRY – ORIGINAL J.D. MILLER RECORDINGS (1992 UK)
Mr Calhoun: Hello My Friends, Hello Pal / They Call Me Mr Calhoun / I’m Ragged And Dirty

CHARLY CD DIG 3 [4-CD] – V/A: A MODERN BLUES ANTHOLOGY – AIN’T TIMES HARD (1995 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry

CHARLY CD 220 [CD] – V/A: BLUES HARP BOSSES (1998 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry

ACE CDCHD 682 [CD] – V/A: LOUISIANA ROOTS – THE JAY MILLER R&B LEGACY (1998 UK)
Vince Monroe: If I Had My Life To Live Over

STOMPIN’ 02 [CD] – V/A: STOMPIN’, VOLUME 2 (199?)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

RARE NORTHERRN SOUL RNS-5011 [CDR] – V/A: THE RARE NORTHERN SOUL, VOLUME #2 (199?)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

STOMPIN’ ST 303 [CD] – V/A: STOMPIN’ 3 – 22 CRAZED RHYTHM’N’BLUES POUNDERS! (2001 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

PAST PERFECT 220240-325 [15-CD] – V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 1 (2002 GER)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

STOMPIN’ ST 310 [CD] – V/A: STOMPIN’ 10 – 22 CRAZED RHYTHM’N’BLUES POUNDERS! (2002 UK)
Vince Monroe: Give It Up

DIAMONT 001 [LP] – V/A: NEGERMUSIK (2002)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

FLAT-TOP FTB-069 [CD] – V/A: SHAKE ‘EM ON DOWN, VOL. 2 (2003 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

NIGHT TRAIN INTERNATIONAL NTI CD 7131 [CD] – V/A: SAX KARI: FUMIGATE FUNKY BROADWAY – THE NEW ORLEANS SESSIONS (2004 US)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face / Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry

CHARLY/SNAPPER SNAJ 731 CD [3-CD] – V/A: THE INSTANT & MINIT STORY (2005 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: A Thing You Gotta Face

CHARLY SNAD664CD [2-CD] – V/A: MR JOE’S JAMBALAYA & LOADED DOWN WITH THE BLUES (2012 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry / A Thing You Gotta Face

FANTASTIC VOYAGE FVTD140 [3-CD] – V/A: JAMAICA SELECTS JUMP BLUES STRICTLY FOR YOU – JAMAICAN SOUND SYSTEM CLASSICS 1944-1960 (2012 UK)
Vince Monroe: Give It Up (Or Tell Where It’s At)
– 2-lp reissue: Fantastic Voyage FVDV140, 2014 UK –

ACE CDCHD 1363 [CD] – V/A: RHYTHM’N’BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU (2013 UK)
Vince Monroe: Hey Mattie / Hard Working Girlfriend

JSP JSP77180 [4-CD] – V/A: LOUISIANA SWAMP BLUES (2014 UK)
Mr. Calhoun: They Call Me Mr. Calhoun / I’m Ragged And Dirty / Hello Friends, Hello Pal

FAREWELL BWR 01 [10″ LP] – V/A: BLUES WITH A RHYTHM, VOL. 1 (2014 FRA)
Mr. Calhoun: Hello Friends, Hello Pal

ACE CDCHD 1403 [CD] – V/A: BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU – ROUGH’N’TOUGH (2014 UK)
Vince Monroe: Change Your Ways / They Call Me Mr Calhoun

DOCUMENTS/THE INTENSE MEDIA 600133 [10-CD] – V/A: ROOTS OF ROCK & ROLL (RPUHG AND ROWDY) (2014 GER)
Vince Monroe: Give It Up

ACE CDCHD 1471 [CD] – V/A: BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU – I’M NOT JIVING (2016 UK)
Vince Monroe (Mr Calhoun): Prisoner’s Song

ACE CDCHD 1506 [CD] – V/A: BLUESIN’ BY THE BAYOU – AIN’T BROKE, AIN’T HUNGRY (2017 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: Ain’t Broke, Ain’t Hungry / A Thing You Gotta Face

HISTORY OF SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES RANDB052 [CD] – V/A: NEW ORLEANS SOUL 1962-1966 (2018 UK)
Polka Dot Slim: Trick Bag

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 21 [CD] – V/A: TORE UP! (HOT HARPS COME TOGETHER) (2019 GER)
Polka Dot Slim: Thing You Gotta Face

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Benoit Billot

Published sources: Walking To New Orleans (John Broven, 1974) | Blues Records 1943-1970 Volume Two (Mike Leadbitter-Leslie Fancourt-Paul Pelletier, 1994) | The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006)

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | http://www.bsnpubs.com | http://www.ebay.com | http://www.gemm.com | http://www.musicstack.com | http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads | https://www.discogs.com/artist/2078429-Polka-Dot-Slim | https://www.discogs.com/artist/3069794-Vince-Monroe | https://www.discogs.com/artist/1807502-Monroe-Vincent | https://www.discogs.com/artist/3945257-Mr-Calhoun | http://www.45cat.com/artist/polka-dot-slim | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polka_Dot_Slim

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

Revised on October 14, 2021

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