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

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 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

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


CAT No: FVTD217UPC TEXT: 5055311002170

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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 76 tracks on 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, Ruth Brown, Little Esther, LaVern Baker and Betty Everett. 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 (including Kentucky-born rockabilly musician Joyce Harris) 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.




  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. Down In Texas (Mari Jones with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers)
  8. You Did Me Wrong (Big Mama Thornton)
  9. Say Hey Pretty Baby (Lula Reed)
  10. Miss You So (Tiny Topsy)
  11. Didn’t It Rain (Evelyn Freeman)
  12. Baby Please Don’t Go (Rose Mitchell)
  13. Nobody Loves You Like Me (Etta James)
  14. Mambo Baby (Ruth Brown)
  15. Fujiyama Mama (Annisteen Allen)
  16. You Ain’t So Such A Much (Blanche Thomas)
  17. Tough Lover (Etta James)
  18. John John (Aggie Dukes)
  19. Ding Dong (Carmen Taylor)
  20. Move On (Baby Washington)
  21. Scorched (Varetta Dillard)
  22. A Rockin’ Good Way (Odessa Harris)
  23. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Big Maybelle)
  24. Big Mama’s Coming Home (Big Mama Thornton)
  25. Hambone (Mamie Jenkins)


  1. G’wan About Your Business (Annisteen Allen)
  2. My Baby Has Gone (Little Miss Jessie)
  3. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Big Maybelle)
  4. Right To Love You (Myrtle Jones with Paul Gayten)
  5. Killer Diller (Betty Everett)
  6. Can’t Get You Off My Mind (Jeannie Barnes)
  7. Come On, Come On, Come On (Tiny Topsy)
  8. Whipper Snapper (LaVern Baker)
  9. Don’t Talk Back (Big Mama Thornton)
  10. I’ve Got Nothing Working Now (Ann Cole)
  11. I Called You Up Daddy (Anna Mae Rogers with Clarence Garlow)
  12. Blue And Lonesome (Jimmie Lee)
  13. If You Wanna (Baby Jean)
  14. You Never Could Be Mine (Baby Washington)
  15. Good Gravy Baby (Varetta Dillard)
  16. Bright And Early (Vikki Nelson)
  17. Lee Street Blues (June Bug Bailey)
  18. I’m Hurted (Mamie Perry)
  19. Ain’t Gonna Cry (Betty Everett)
  20. I’ve Got Troubles (Annisteen Allen)
  21. I’m Gonna Be A Fool Next Monday (Kitty White)
  22. Little Annie (Anna Belle Caesar)
  23. Oop Shoop (Shirley Gunter)
  24. Louisiana Twist (June Bug Bailey)
  25. My Baby Waited Too Long (Mamie Perry)


  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. Wild As You Can Be (Mary Ann Fisher)
  8. No Way Out (Joyce Harris)
  9. You Move Me So (Paula Grimes)
  10. I Say You’re Driving Me Crazy (Dorothy Berry)
  11. Your Money Ain’t Long Enough (Cherri Lynn)
  12. You Can’t Stay Here (Step It Up And Go) (Pearl Reaves)
  13. Medicine Man (Baby Washington)
  14. Ain’t No Need (Honey Brown)
  15. A Little You (Dakota Staton)
  16. One Gal In Town, Five Men Hanging Around (Berna-Dean)
  17. Don’t Talk That Talk To Me (Vicki Evans)
  18. Jump With Me Baby (Mamie Jenkins)
  19. I’m Wise (Ruth Durand)
  20. Don’t Freeze On Me (Jessie Mae)
  21. Hoo Wee, Sweet Daddy (Katie Webster)
  22. Big Mamou Daddy (Carmen Taylor)
  23. Humdinger (Little Marie Allen)
  24. Hollerin’ And Screamin’ (Little Esther)
  25. The Devil Is Mad (Dorothea Fleming)
  26. Love For Sale (Ernestine Allen)