• The Champions


    The Champions (Miami, Floride)

    Personnel :


    Discography :

    The Champions

    1954 - Annie Met Henry / Keep-A-Rockin' (Scott/Chart 602)
    1956 - Come on and Love Me / Big Bad Beulah  (Chart 631)
    1956 - No Good Woman (Chart) (Unreleased)
    1958 - I'm so blue / Cute little Baby (Ace 541)

    The Champions & Sonny Thompson
    1956 - Pay Me Some Attention / Same Old Story (Chart 620)
    1956 - Mexico Bound / It's Love It's Love (Scott 1211/Chart 611) 

    Biography :

    In August of 1955 Chart records pushes their new release of "Annie Met Henry" and "Keep A Rocking" by The Champions on # 602. In early 1956 Sonny Thompson released his first records for Chart Records. First was # 611 which featured The Champions on the songs "It's Love It's Love" and "Mexico Bound".


     From the same session came another two part extended tune featuring his tenor sax man David Brooks. The song was "Slow Rock" parts 1 and 2 and was issued on Chart # 612. In May Sonny and his combo with The Champions do a week long engagement at the Zanzibar Lounge in Buffalo, New York.

    After those dates Sonny and his combo head back out to the West Coast. In June The Champions record with Sonny and his band on the tunes "Pay Me Some Attention" and "The Same Old Story" on Chart # 620. In November King Records releases an LP called "After Hours" that features some recordings by Sonny Thompson made for King in the last three years.

    Sonny Thompson, Lula Reed

    That same month Chart releases another two part Thompson tune called "Juke Joint" on # 633, and soon it becomes Thompson's best seller for the Miami based label. Sonny Thompson and his band with The Champions, Lula Reed, and Paul Tate, tour the Eastern states and then head back to California for further one nighters.




    Songs :

    I"m so blue                       No Good woman                Big Bad Beulah

    Mexico Bound                Annie Met Henry         Pay Me Some Attention

    Keep-A-Rockin'                  It's Love It's Love           Same Old Story

    Come on and Love Me              Cute little Baby



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