Art Rupe Tribute

Art Rupe Tribute

The story of R&B, gospel, and early rock were embellished by many performers, artists, and personalities. The early influencers behind the scenes also included people like Art Rupe, a native of Pittsburg who lept into the entertainment industry with both feet after the Second World War, co-founding a small West Coast label called Juke Box Records in 1944. Breaking away from his partners, he would later form a label of his own: Specialty Records. His keen ear for what he termed the “secret [that] lay in a big band sound with a churchy feel” was spot on. Specifically, he took the stigma out of the ‘race’ of ‘race records’ of the day and targeted larger audiences. There were dozens of performers that came from the Specialty stable, chief among them being Roy Milton, Percy Mayfield, Sam Cooke and, of course, Little Richard Penniman. Art Rupe passed away this month at the age of 104 and we’ll be sharing the early-to-mid-century classic pieces from a cross-section of Specialty performers that spanned the gospel, R&B and rock genres that Art helped bring into the mainstream.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers Little Joe's Boogie Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers Amazon
3Roy Milton & His Solid Senders R.M. Blues Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton Amazon
4Camille Howard You Don't Love Me The Specialty Story Amazon
5Paul Gayten My Rough And Ready Man R&B Outbreak CD 2 Amazon
6Percy Mayfield Strange Things Happening Poet of the Blues Amazon
7Percy Mayfield Please Send Me Someone To Love Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
8Joe Liggins One Sweet Letter Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers Amazon
9Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy Sound Of The City, The – New Orleans [UK] Disc 1 Amazon
10Marvin & Johnny Wine Woogie The Rough And Rowdy Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 5 Amazon
11Jesse & Marvin Dream Girl Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams Amazon
12Joe Houston Orchestra All Night Long Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 4 Amazon
13Marvin Phillips Mamo Mamo (Specialty 554) R&B Humdingers Volume 12 Amazon
14Tony Allen & the Champs Nite Owl Doo Wop Box, Vol. 3: 101 More Vocal Group Gems from the Golden Age of Rock-N-Roll Disc 2 Amazon
15Little Richard Keep A Knockin' (ART RUPE) The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
16Little Richard Tutti Frutti The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
17Don & Dewey Farmer John Jungle Hop Amazon
18Larry Williams Short Fat Fannie The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1957 Amazon
19Larry Williams Bony Maronie Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 2 Amazon
20Larry Williams Dizzy Miss Lizzy [Album Version] Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams Amazon
21Art Neville That Old Time Rock And Roll His Specialty Recordings Amazon
22Art Neville Belle Amie His Specialty Recordings Amazon
23Hollywood Flames Buzz Buzz Buzz Doo Wop Box Disc 2 Amazon
24Don & Dewey Koko Joe Jungle Hop Amazon
25The Original Gospel Harmonettes Get Away Jordan Good News (Vol 3) Get Away Jordan Amazon
26Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes Love Lifted Me Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 Amazon
27Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers He's So Wonderful The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 3] Amazon
28Sam Cooke, The Soul Stirrers Come and Go To That Land 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
29Swan Silvertones Trouble In My Way Gospel Music Amazon
30Clifton Chenier Eh, Petite Fille Bayou Blues Amazon
31Clifton Chenier Boppin' The Rock Bayou Blues Amazon
32Frankie Lee Sims Lucy Mae Blues Blues Masters Vol. 3: Texas Blues Amazon
33John Lee Hooker My Baby's Got Something No Friend Around Amazon
34Little Richard Shake A Hand The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
35Professor Alex Bradford What Folks Say About Me The Great Gospel Men: 27 Classic Performances By The Greatest Gospel Men Amazon
36Brother Joe May Testimony The Great Gospel Men: 27 Classic Performances By The Greatest Gospel Men Amazon

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