Ain’t Gonna Hush: The Queens Of Rhythm & Blues – 2LP

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 18 May 2015

"The joy in compilations such as this is how even the most hardcore collector can discover new gems...With a range covering uptempo rockers, R&B & slower bluesy, sexy cuts, this compilations oozes class" Record Collector

"...perfect overview of a much-undervalued source of great music...These women were more than a match for the boys what it came to rocking out. Growling, hollering, cursing, begging & pleading, as if their lives depended on it." Shindig

"Killer outpouring...slow burners...upbeat magic...the best female singers that the 50s & early 60s had to offer" Vintage Rock

Compilation of the Week, May 2015, Lauren Laverne Show, BBC6 Music

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CAT No: FVDV217UPC TEXT: 5055311072173

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From the mid-’50s to the early ’60s, R&B belonged not just to men with guitars, but to women who sang with hungry voices on stages and in studios across the US. Their roots were planted in the blues of Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, Ida Fox and Bessie Smith, the gospel of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the jazz of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. Their legacy lies in the recordings collected on Ain’t Gonna Hush by journalist (Mojo, Record Collector) and R&B authority Lois Wilson.

Selected because of their collectability and popularity on the club scene, the 32 tracks selected from the 3CD set Ain’t Gonna Hush include contributions by crowned queens of soul Etta James and Aretha Franklin, and other luminaries like Big Maybelle, Little Esther, LaVern Baker and Baby Washington. But lesser-known names are also well represented, whose recordings, like most of the songs collected here, sold poorly, but fetch huge prices today. Their lack of success was not due to ability, performance or quality of songwriting; every artist here shouts, screams and hollers as if their lives depend on it, every song is perfectly crafted. But due to bad luck, lack of promotion or simply the fact that with a market flooded with choice, the competition was tough and these 45s fell through the cracks. Here those unfortunate turns of fate are redressed with a collection that compiles the forgotten alongside the famed. Ain’t Gonna Hush reasserts the eminence of revered voices and proposes the coronation of a larger cast of R&B Queens.

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  1. Rough Lover (Aretha Franklin)
  2. Put On My Shoes (Mary Ann Fisher)
  3. Love Me Right (LaVern Baker)
  4. Ain’t Gonna Hush (Cordella De Milo)
  5. Jump Jack, Jump! (Wynona Carr)
  6. My Babe (Dakota Staton)
  7. Say Hey Pretty Baby (Lula Reed)
  8. Miss You So (Tiny Topsy)


  1. Nobody Loves You Like Me (Etta James)
  2. Move On (Baby Washington)
  3. Fujiyama Mama (Annisteen Allen)
  4. You Ain’t So Such A Much (Blanche Thomas)
  5. Tough Lover (Etta James)
  6. Whipper Snapper (LaVern Baker)
  7. Humdinger (Little Marie Allen)
  8. Hambone (Mamie Jenkins)


  1. A Little You (Dakota Staton)
  2. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Big Maybelle)
  3. Good Gravy Baby (Varetta Dillard)
  4. You Never Could Be Mine (Baby Washington)
  5. I’m Hurted (Mamie Perry)
  6. Can’t Get You Off My Mind (Jeannie Barnes)
  7. Little Annie (Anna Belle Caesar)
  8. Don’t Freeze On Me (Jessie Mae)


  1. I’ve Got A Man (Annie Williams)
  2. Till The Well Runs Dry (Wynona Carr)
  3. Puddentane (Lula Reed)
  4. You Shocked Me (Tiny Topsy)
  5. They Call Me Big Mama (Big Mama Thornton)
  6. Hound Dog (Little Esther)
  7. You Can’t Stay Here (Step It Up And Go) (Pearl Reaves)
  8. Jump With Me Baby (Mamie Jenkins)