Breezy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of Chicago Rock & Roll

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 16 Jun 2014

“impeccably chosen, successfully capturing the architects of Chicago’s R&B scene with big names…and cult heroes…receiving equal coverage” 4/5 Record Collector

“something for all tastes scattered around this fine compilation which…comes as a real bargain” Now Dig This

"Rock'n'Roll history being born...should satisfy any sweet tooth. Essential listening for lovers of 50s groove and jump music" Blues & Soul Magazine

"Stuart Colman's Sugar series continues with this matchless rundown of 75 of the best rhythm'n'rock sides to arrive from the Windy City" Vintage Rock

CAT No: FVTD197UPC TEXT: 5055311001975

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It’s been two years since the last instalment in Stuart Colman’s much-loved Sugar series, and the renowned record producer and music historian continues with a fascinating 75-track selection of prime rock & roll and rhythm & blues from the windy city. Mention Chicago to the general music fan, and he or she might first suggest jazz, blues, soul or house music as the genre most associated with the city. Certainly, during the fifties and early sixties (the time span of this collection) a wealth of timeless, influential blues was being released by Chess and its associated labels, but there was also no shortage of rhythm & rock to be enjoyed, as Breezy Sugar makes evident.

To be sure, Chess/Checker stalwarts Bo Diddley (our cover star) and Chuck Berry are present and correct, but as you would expect from Stuart, he casts his net wide to include singles that first saw the light of day on a wide array of labels, some of which were major or established concerns, like Vee-Jay, Mercury and Dot, but many others that were far smaller operations, like Stepheny, USA, Buddy-Buddy, Fascination, Falcon, Abner, Profile, Abco, Cobra, Acquarius, Mad, Crystal, Chief, Artistic, Chance, Tempus, and Oriole. Featured artists include Betty Everett, The Spaniels, Chuck Berry, Dale Hawkins, The Flamingos and Jimmy McCracklin, but genre aficionados will also savour the less-known names. As followers of the series have come to expect, the choice of repertoire on Breezy Sugar is equally wide-ranging, from rhythm & blues to rockabilly to country, with the single criteria that it rocks!

Breezy Sugar is companion to the much-praised Heavy (New Orleans), Savvy (West Coast), Sassy (Nashville), Raunchy (Memphis), Classy (New York) and Snazzy (West Texas) Sugar collections. Regular customers of Fantastic Voyage who have purchased our 3CD compilation Chicago Bound: Chess Blues, R&B And Rock ’N’ Roll, can rest assured that there is no overlap of tracks.



  1. Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry)
  2. It’s A Fad, Ma! (Bobby Dean)
  3. My Babe (Dale Hawkins)
  4. Let’s Do The Razzle Dazzle (The Rip-Chords)
  5. Early Morning Rock (The Deltones)
  6. Watch It, Sprocket (Bobby Charles)
  7. Bo Diddley (alternative take) (Bo Diddley)
  8. Talkin’ To The Blues (Jim Lowe)
  9. Jitterbug Mary (The Del Vikings)
  10. Hey Baby! (Duke Savage and The Arribins)
  11. Baby Sweets (The Spaniels)
  12. Seven Come Eleven (Rusty Draper)
  13. Uncle John (Wild Child Gipson)
  14. The Walk (Jimmy McCracklin)
  15. Yes, I’m Glad (Priscilla Bowman)
  16. Killer Diller (Betty Everett)
  17. Patty-Patty (The Equalos)
  18. Lazy Susan (The Brothers)
  19. Welcome To My World (Sonny Freeze)
  20. At My Front Door (The El Dorados)
  21. Oh What A Baby (The Dream Kings)
  22. Betty Jean (Harold Burrage)
  23. Do It Bop (Billy Prager and His Caravans)
  24. Da Da Goo Goo (Harvey)
  25. Universal Rock (Earl Hooker and Junior Wells)


  1. Turn-A-Bout Date (Denni Alan)
  2. Rock To The Top (Billy Peek)
  3. The Bright Light (Jim Lowe)
  4. 45rpm (The Mark IV)
  5. Cool Guitar (The Blue Echoes)
  6. Holy Mackerel, Baby (Billy Emerson)
  7. What Is The Secret Of Your Success? (The Coasters)
  8. Roll Your Money Maker (Shakey Jake)
  9. Dancing Girl (Bo Diddley)
  10. Cool It Baby! (Chuck Miller)
  11. Don’t You Know I Love You (Bobby Charles)
  12. Jump Children (The Flamingos)
  13. Carol (Chuck Berry)
  14. Q-Bop She-Bop (The Dells)
  15. Rock A Bye Rock (Bette Laine)
  16. The Convention (The Delegates)
  17. A Rockin’ Good Way (Priscilla Bowman)
  18. Speedillac (Sonny Day)
  19. Everybody Rock (Jimmy McCracklin)
  20. Cool Steppin’ Baby (Steve Bledsoe and The Blue Jays)
  21. Little By Little (Junior Wells)
  22. Just A Little Bit (Rosco Gordon)
  23. Heat (The Rockin’ Rs)
  24. Just You And I (Guitar Red)
  25. Slippin’ And Slidin’ (Tobin Matthews)


  1. Red Headed Woman (Wayne Worley)
  2. Big Green Car (Billy Carroll)
  3. Little Girl (Bo Diddley)
  4. (I Know) You Don’t Love Me (Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm)
  5. You Eat Too Much (Harold Burrage)
  6. Cry, Baby, Cry (Narvel Felts)
  7. She’s My Little Baby (Bobby Mack)
  8. Idol With The Golden Head (The Coasters)
  9. Mama Loocie (Harvey and The Moonglows)
  10. Boom Diddie Boom (The El Dorados)
  11. I Ain’t Givin’ Up Nothin’ (Priscilla Bowman)
  12. Linda (Dale Hawkins)
  13. My Soul (Clifton Chenier)
  14. Go-Go-Go (Chuck Berry)
  15. Mama, Mama, Mama (Louis Hobbs)
  16. Would You - Could You (Stanley Mitchell)
  17. Seven Nights (Dee Clark)
  18. Good Golly (Pretty Molly) (Rusty Draper)
  19. Get Up And Go (Al Smith)
  20. Just Got Some (Willie Mabon)
  21. I’m To Blame (Jimmy McCracklin)
  22. Knowing The Part (Chuck Sims)
  23. Sugar Dumplin’ (Jerry Jaye)
  24. Rock-N-Roll Romance (The Big Rocker)
  25. Shombalor (Sheriff and The Ravels)