MEL SMITH / DOC STARKES & THE NITE RIDERS





SINGLES

RCA VICTOR 22/50-0110 BLOW-TOP LYNN AND HIS HOUSE ROCKERS (feat. Melvin Smith on vocals) School Boy Blues / Reliefin' Blues1951 US
RCA 22/50-0124 BLOW-TOP LYNN AND HIS HOUSE ROCKERS (feat. Melvin Smith on vocals) Up On The Hill / They Ain't Gonna Tell It Right1951 US
RCA 22/50-0139 BLOW-TOP LYNN AND HIS HOUSE ROCKERS (with Freddy Jackson's Orchestra) Rampaging Mama / Real True Gal1952 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-4328 BLOW-TOP LYNN AND HIS HOUSE ROCKERS (feat. Melvin Smith on vocals) Homesick Blues / Come Back My Darlin'1952 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-4558 MELVIN SMITH Everybody's Got The Blues / California Baby1952 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-4735 MELVIN SMITH Looped / Woman Trainer1952 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-4907 MELVIN SMITH Baby I'll Be There / I'm Out Of My Mind1952 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-5037 JOHN GREER & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS (feat. Melvin Smith on vocals) I'm The Fat Man / Since You Went Away From Me1952 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-5058 MELVIN SMITH Sarah Kelly (From Plumnelly) / Call Me Darling, Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear1952 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-5170 JOHN GREER (poss. feat. Melvin Smith on vocals on a-side) I'll Never Let You Go / You Played On My Piano1953 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-5226 MELVIN SMITH I Don't Have To Hunt No More / Every Pound1953 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-5406 MELVIN SMITH It Went Down Easy / Why Do These Things Have To Be1953 US
RCA VICTOR 20/47-5578 MELVIN SMITH Letter To My Baby / I Feel Like Goin' Home1953 US
GROOVE 0010 MELVIN SMITH No Baby / You Can't Stay Here1954 US
GRAND 111 FAY SIMMONS & THE NIGHTRIDERS ORCHESTRA Whim, Wham, Whop / Makin' A Fast Get-A-Way1954 US
APOLLO 460 THE NITE RIDERS Women And Cadillacs / Say Hey! (A Tribute To Willie Mayes)1954 US
APOLLO 466 THE NITE RIDERS Rags / Doctor Velvet1954 US
TEEN 114 DOC STARKES & HIS NITE RIDERS Apple Cider / Way In The Middle Of A Dream1955 US
TEEN 116 THE NITE RIDERS I Know You're In There / Starlight And You1955 US
TEEN 118 THE NITE RIDERS Got Me A Six Button Benny / Don't Hang Up The Phone1955 US
TEEN 120 THE NITE RIDERS Waiting In The Schoolroom / When A Man Cries1955 US
SOUND 119 DOC STARKS AND THE NIGHTRIDERS The Vacation Train / Night Ridin'1955 US
CAPITOL 3236 DOC STARKS AND THE NITE RIDERS The Vacation Train / Night Ridin'1955 US
SOUND 128 THE NITE RIDERS Tell The Truth / Never1955 US
MGM 12487 THE NITE RIDERS Sittin' Sippin' Coffee / Tank Town1957 US
SWAN S-4003 DOC STARKES AND HIS NITE RIDERS (a) / THE NITE RIDERS (b) Apple Cider / Six Button Benny1957 US
RONNEX 1094 THE NITE RIDERS Women And Cadillacs / (reverse by The Five Roayles: Take All Of Me)1957 BEL
QUALITY K 1715 DOC STARKES & HIS NITE RIDERS Apple Cider / Six Button Benny1958 CAN
LINDA 109 DOC STARKES Love Me Like Crazy / Rockin' To School1958 US
MODERN SOUND 6908 DOC STARKES & THE NITE RIDERS Love Me Like Crazy / Rockin' To School1958 US
QUALITY K 1806 DOC STARKES & THE NITE RIDERS Love Me Like Crazy / Rockin' To School1958 CAN
CAMEO 135 MEL SMITH Open The Doot Richard / Zukie Sue1958 US
METRO 2023 MELVIN SMITH A Tree And A Love Will Grow / Oh Promise Me5/1959 US
SUE 713 THE NITE RIDERS Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Socks) / I'll Never Change
(Note: This release is also available as an identical 2010 UK repro edition)
6/1959 US
SUE 719 THE NITE RIDERS Lookin' For My Baby / St. Loo
(Note: This release is also available as an identical US repro edition)
1959 US
SUE 731 THE NITE RIDERS Night Ridin' / Talk To Me Baby1960 US
CHERRY 7886 THE NITE RIDERS Aleph Beth / Ko-Ko-Nut Breed1961? US
CHERRY 7887 MEL SMITH Yes Love / Honker's Dream1961? US
CHIME CR-101 THE NITE RIDERS PRESENT MELVIN SMITH Ugly George / Nobody's Fault1962 US
SMASH 1775 MEL SMITH Ugly George / Nobody's Fault1962 US
COURTESY 1001 THE NITE RIDERS I've Been Thinkin' Pt.1 / I've Been Thinkin' Pt.21964 US
COURTESY # MEL SMITH Chicken Backs / Love Is Gone1964 US
ITZY #9 DOC STARKES & THE NITE RIDERS Apple Cider / Six Button Benny1965? US
ROCK-A-BYE CH 7887 Yes Love / (reverse by Peter Roberts: The Ho-Ho Laughing Monster)  (reissue)2010? UK




HARRY CRAFTON : SINGLES

GOTHAM 195 HARRY CRAFTON WITH DOC BAGBY'S ORCHESTRA Saturday Night Boogie / (reverse by Tiny Tim with Doc Bagby Orchestra [feat. Harry Crafton:gtr]: In The Middle Of The Night)1949 US
GOTHAM 196 HARRY CRAFTON WITH DOC BAGBY'S ORCHESTRA Roly-Poly Mama / Don't Want Your Money, Honey1949 US
GOTHAM 211 HARRY CRAFTON WITH DOC BAGBY'S ORCHESTRA Bring That Cadillac Back / (reverse by Tiny Tim with Doc Bagby Orchestra [feat. Harry Crafton:gtr]: So Long, Baby)1950 US
GOTHAM 227 HARRY CRAFTON I Can't Forget / Get Off, Mama1950 US
GOTHAM 245 HARRY CRAFTON Let Me Tell You, Baby / It's Been A Long Time, Baby1950 US
OSCAR 106 HARRY CRAFTON & THE CRAFTONES (feat. Agnes Riley:vcl on b-side +
poss. Doc Starkes:bs, Joe Sewell:ten.sax & Jimmy Johnson:dms)
She's Got A Mule Kick In Her Eyes / Big Fat Hot Dog1954 US
JARMAN 100 HARRY CRAFTON AND THE SONOTONES Long Time Baby / ?195? US




VAN WALLS : SINGLES

ATLANTIC 904 VAN WALLS Ain't Gonna Scold You / Tee-Nah-Nah1950 US
DERBY 733 VAN WALLS Air Mail Boogie / Easter Parade1950 US
COLUMBIA 30220 VAN WALLS Chocolate Candy Blues / ?195? US
ATLANTIC 980 VAN "PIANO MAN" WALLS AND HIS ORCHESTRA Blue Sender / After Midnight1952 US
ATLANTIC 988 VANN WALLS & THE ROCKETS Open The Door / Big Leg Mama1952 US




MEL SMITH / DOC STARKES & THE NITE RIDERS / VAN WALLS / HARRY CRAFTON : COLLECTIONS

WHISKEY, WOMEN AND... KM-711 VAN WALLS: THEY CALL ME PIANO MAN  (LP)
Whiskey Women And... / After Hours Session / Felicia Blues / Prisoner Of Love / Jivin' With G.M. Hooker / They Call Me Piano Man / Lady In Red, Drinking Wine / After Midnight / Unlock My Chains Of Love / Don't Blame Me / Open The Door / Air Mail Boogie / Sharp Little Sister / Feed Me Baby / Idaho Boogie / Pacifying Blues / Easter Parade / Chocolate Candy Blues / Big Leg Mama
(a-side 1987 recordings, b-side 1949-52 recordings)
1988 SWE
KRAZY KAT KK 818 HARRY CRAFTON: 1949-1954  (LP)
Get Off, Mama / Let Me Tell You Baby / Roly-Poly Mama / I Don't Want Your Money, Honey / Guitar Boogie (prev. unissued alt. take) / Bring That Cadillac Back / It's Been A Long Time Baby (prev. unissued alt. take) / It's Been A Long Time Baby / Rusty Dusty (prev. unissued alt. take) / In The Middle Of The Night / She Got A Mule Kick / Big Fat Hot Dog / So Long Baby / Saturday Night Boogie
-- reissue: Collectables COL/COL-CD-5318 --
1988 UK
BEAR FAMILY BCD 15703 BH MELVIN SMITH: MELVIN SMITH AT HIS BEST  (2-CD)
Up On The Hill / School Boy Blues / Reliefin' Blues / They Ain't Gonna Tell It Right / Rampaging Mama / Homesick Blues / Come Back My Darlin' / Real True Gal / Everybody's Got The Blues / I Remember (prev. unissued) / California Baby / Looped / Baby I'll Be There / I'm Out Of My Mind / Woman Trainer / Business Man's Blues (prev. unissued) / Sarah Kelly (From Plumnelly) / Six Times Six (prev. unissued) / Call Me Darling, Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear / What's To Became Of Me (prev. unissued) / Hot Ziggety Zag (prev. unissued) / Letter To My Baby / I Don't Have To Hunt No More / Every Pound / Miss Brown (prev. unissued) / I Feel Like Goin' Home / It Went Down Easy / Why Do These Things Have To Be / Things You Oughta Know (prev. unissued) / No Baby / You Can't Stay Here / Crazy Baby (prev. unissued)
1994 GER
FAMOUS GROOVE FG 971014 DOC STARKES & HIS NITE RIDERS  (CD)
Apple Cider / Got Me A Six Button Benny / Don't Hang Up The Phone / Way In The Middle Of A Dream / Keep It A Secret (prev. unissued) / Say Hey / I Know You're In There / Starlight And You / Women And Cadillacs / Never / Tell The Truth / Rags / Vacation Train / Doctor Velvet / Night Riding / Talk To Me Baby / Looking For My Baby / St. Loo / Night Riding / Pretty Plaid Skirt / I'll Never Change / Waiting In The Classroom / When A Man Cries / Sittin' Sippin' Coffee / Talk Town / Whim Wham Whop (with Faye Simmons) / Making A Fast Get-A-Way (with Faye Simmons) / I've Been Thinking Pt.1 - 2
1997 FRA




MEL SMITH / DOC STARKES & THE NITE RIDERS / VAN WALLS / HARRY CRAFTON : COMPILATIONS

WYNCOTE W/SW-9008 V/A: OLDIES  (LP)
Melvin Smith: Open The Door Richard
1964 US
COLLECTOR LP 2302 V/A: SUPER ROCK AND ROLL, PART C  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Love Me Like Crazy
1975 HOL
MOONSHINE BLP 112 V/A: BIG APPLE BOOGIE  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Women And Cadillacs
198? HOL
KRAZY KAT KK-803 V/A: GOTHAM HOUSE PARTY  (LP)
Harry Crafton: Roly Poly Mama (alt. take)
198? HOL
FLAME LP 001 V/A: DESPERATE ROCK'N'ROLL, VOL.1  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Love Me Like Crazy
1987 UK
GREASY R&B 5463 V/A: TALKIN' TRASH - GREASY RHYTHM & BLUES WITH ATTITUDE '54-'63  (LP)
The Nite Riders: Ugly George
19??
SATAN SR-2120 V/A: BO DID IT!  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Socks)
19??
HONK IT 68-IOU-1 V/A: LOOKEY DOOKEY  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Lookin' For My Baby
19??
VALMOR 1369 V/A: JOOK BLOCK BUSTERS, VOL.1  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Women And Cadillacs
19?? US
RELIC/APOLLO 5078 V/A: THE BEST OF APOLLO RECORDS, VOL.2 - THE GOLDEN GROUPS, PT.48  (LP)
The Nite Riders: Rags/Keep It A Secret
(prev. unissued 1954 recording)
1989 US
RCA 9773-2-R V/A: ROCK'N'ROLL PARTY, VOL.1 - THE EARLY50'S  (CD)
Melvin Smith: Looped/It Went Down Easy
1990 US
ROMULAN UFOX-15 V/A: FROLIC DINER, VOL.2  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Apple Cider
1990
FLAME CD 001 V/A: DESPERATE ROCK'N'ROLL, VOL.1  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Love Me Like Crazy / Mel Smith & the Night Riders: Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Socks)
1992 UK
BEAR FAMILY BCD 15554 CH BIG JOHN GREER: ROCKIN' WITH BIG JOHN  (3-CD)
Big John Greer (possibly with Melvin Smith on vocals): Since You Went Away From Me / I'm The Fat Man / I'll Never Let You Go
1992 GER
EMI SUEBOX 1/EMI-CAPITOL 7243 8 28093 2 6 V/A: THE SUE RECORDS STORY - NEW YORK CITY: THE SOUND OF SOUL  (4-CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Night Riding
1994 US
STOMPIN' ST 112 V/A: STOMPIN', VOL.12  (LP)
Melvin Smith: I'm Out Of My Mind
19?? UK
STOMPIN' ST 116 V/A: STOMPIN', VOL.16  (LP)
Melvin Smith: California Baby
19?? UK
STOMPIN' ST 125 V/A: STOMPIN', VOL.25  (LP)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Lookin' For My Baby
19?? UK
RELIC 7128 V/A: GOLDEN ERA OF DOO-WOPS - APOLLO RECORDS, PT.2  (LP/CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Women And Cadillacs / Say Hey! (A Tribute To Willie Mayes) / Rags / Doctor Velvet
199? US
VALMOR 1369 CD V/A: JOOK BLOCK BUSTERS, VOL.1 - 100% BONA-FIDE RHYTHM AND BLUES  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Women & Cadillacs
199? US
CRYPT CR-CD-TTRB 5463/EFA CD 11529-27 V/A: TALKING TRASH! - LOOKEY DOOKEY  (CD)
Melvin Smith (& the Nite Riders): Ugly George / Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Lookin' For My Baby
199?/1999 GER
CCR CCR-100 V/A: DIG THAT CRAZY CHICK  (CD)
The Nite Riders: Say Hey!
19??
BLEND 4 V/A: BEST OF BLEND ROCK & ROLL COLLECTION, VOL.4  (CD)
The Nite Riders: Six Button Benny
1995 BEL
WESTSIDE WESA 831 V/A: THE GROOVE STORY - R&B FROM THE RADIO CORPORATION, VOL.2  (CD)
Melvin Smith: You Can't Stay Here
1998 UK
ROMULAN UFOX-23 V/A: FROLIC DINER, VOL.5  (LP)
Doc Starks & the Nightriders: Vacation Train
1999
ROMULAN UFOX-23 V/A: FROLIC DINER, PART 3  (CD)
Doc Starks & the Nightriders: Vacation Train
1999
BLAZON ? V/A: GET HOT - SLEAZY RHYTHM 'N BLUES, VOL.4  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Lookin' For My Baby
200?
HOT DOG 7052 V/A: DELICIOUS DOO-WOP AND TASTY TREATS, VOL.2  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Apple Cider
2000 US
COLLECTOR CLCD 4461 V/A: MORE SLOW BOOGIE ROCKIN'  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Rockin' To School
2000 HOL
COLLECTOR CLCD 7751 V/A: 50 EARLY ROCKIN' TRACKS  (2-CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Love Me Like Crazy
2000 HOL
STOMPIN' ST 304 V/A: STOMPIN' 4  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Love Me Like Crazy
2001 UK
STOMPIN' ST 309 V/A: STOMPIN' 9  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Socks)
2002 UK
STOMPIN' ST 310 V/A: STOMPIN' 10  (CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Lookin' For My Baby
2002 UK
PAST PERFECT 220240-325 V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOL.1  (15-CD)
Melvin Smith: California Baby/I'm Out Of My Mind
2002 GER
PAST PERFECT 220256-325 V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOL.2  (15-CD)
Doc Starkes & the Niteriders: Lookin' For My Baby / Love Me Like Crazy
2002 GER
ELECTRO-FI 3372 V/A: MIDNIGHT BLUES PARTY, VOL.1  (CD)
The Nite Riders: I've Been Thinkin' Pt.1
2002 CAN
DOCUMENTS/MEMBRAN MUSIC LTD. 222622 V/A: RHYTHM'N'BLUES SHOUTERS  (4-CD)
Doc Starkes & the Nite Riders: Women And Cadillacs / Melvin Smith: California Baby / I'm Out Of My Mind
2005 GER
MEMBRAN MUSIC LTD./DOCUMENTS 223007-321 V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES - ORIGINAL MASTERS   (10-CD)
Doc Starkes & the Niteriders: Lookin' For My Baby
2005 GER
CASTLE MUSIC CMETD 1110 V/A: 1954 - THE YEAR THAT ROCKED THE WORLD  (3-CD)
The Nite Riders: Women And Cadillacs
2005 UK
BEAR FAMILY BCD 17031 V/A: JUKE JOINT BOOGIE (33 2/3 EDITION, RHYTHM AND BLUES CLASSICS)  (CD)
Melvin Smith: It Went Down Easy
2008 GER
ROCKET 1010 V/A: JUMPERS' JIVERS' AND COME ALIVERS  (CD)
The Nite Riders: I Know You're In There
200?
OFFICIAL CD 50-001 V/A: RCA VICTOR JUMP 'N' JIVE, VOLUME 1  (CD)
Melvin Smith: California Baby
2009 DEN
FANTASTIC VOYAGE FVTD055 V/A: LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE BLUES : ATLANTA  (3-CD)
Melvin Smith: Everybody's Got The Blues
2010 UK

The Nite Riders were: James "Doc" Starkes:bs/tb, Melvin Smith:vcl/bar.sax, Harry Van Walls:pno, Harry Crafton:gtr/vcl, Joe Sewell:ten.sax & Jimmy Johnson:dms. Before forming this group, all the members had attended several studio sessions and some of them had also done solo recordings. Van Walls had appeared on numerous Atlantic r'n'b-hits since the late 1940s (Ruth Brown, Joe Turner, Sticks McGhee, Joe Morris, Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, The Clovers etc.), and Harry Crafton had worked with Doc Bagby, The Jive-Tones, The Sonotones and The Craft Tones. Joe Sewell had recorded with Tiny Grimes' and Harry Crafton's Orchestras, and Melvin Smith with Clyde "Blow Top" Lynn & his House Rockers and Big John Greer.


                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Claude Van Raefelgem

Published sources: Blues Records 1943-1970 Volume Two (Mike Leadbitter-Leslie Fancourt-Paul Pelletier, 1994) | Blues News 2/1998 | The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006)

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