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In January : 8154 - Dinah Washington w/Teddy Stewart - Richest Guy In The Grooveyard / Good daddy Blues
8159 - The Bachelors - Yesterday's Roses / Hereafter
8160 - Big Bill Broonzy & His Fat Four - I Stay Blue All The Time / You've Been Mistreating Me
8161 - Smiley Turner - Lonely Boy Blues / Until I Feel For You
8163 - Dinah Washington w/Teddy Stewart - I Only Knew / New York,Chicago,and Los Angeles
In February : 8165 - Steve Gibson & The Red Caps - They Ain't Gonna Tell It Right / I Wake Up Every Morning
In March, jazz promoter Norman Granz is hired by the label to do A & R for Mercury's blues line.
8168 - Cootie Williams - Mercenary Papa / You Gotta Pay Those Dues voc-Mack Edmundson
5380 - Steve Gibson & The Red Caps - I Want A Roof Over My Head / I'll Never Love Anyone Else
In April: 8169 - Dinah Washington w/Teddy Stewart - It Isn't Fair / Journey's End
In May Mercury Records buys a pressing plant from Modern Records in Los Angeles to increase West coast production for the label. Dinah Washington's "Journey's End" is a big seller across the country.
8175 - Roy Byrd - Bald Head
8177 - Billy Valentine - I Want You To Love Me / You Ain't Gonna Cry No More
In June: 8179 - Theard Johnson w/ George Miller's Mid-Riffs - I Walk In My Sleep / Lost Love
8180 - Little Joe Gaines - She Won't Leave Me No More / Snuff Dipper
8181 - Dinah Washington w/ Teddy Stewart - I Wanna Be Loved / Love With Misery
In July Norman Granz gives up his recent position at Mercury to devote full time to his Jazz At The Philharmonic shows.
8183 - George Miller - Boogie's The Thing / Bat-Lee Swing
In August Roy Byrd's "Bald Head"is the label's biggest R & B seller of the year.
In September : 8184 - Roy Byrd - Oh Well / Her Mind Is Gone
8185 - Roy Byrd - Hadacol Bounce
8186 - Steve Gibson & The Red Caps - Dirt Dishin' Daisy / Steve's Blues
8187 - Dinah Washington - I'll Never Be Free / Big Deal
8190 - Alma Mondy - Street Walkin' Daddy / Miss Lollipops Confession
8192 - Dinah Washington w/Teddy Stewart - How Deep Is The Ocean / Why Don't You Think Things Over
In October Mercury buys 37 master recordings by Herb Jeffries made originally for the Exclusive label.
5488 - Dinah Washington - Harbor Lights / I'll Cross My Fingers
Steve Gibson & The Red Caps are let go by Mercury and they soon sign on with RCA Victor
November : 5503 - Dinah Washington w/ Jimmy Carroll's Orchestra-Time Out For Tears / Only A Moment Ago
8196 - Hal Singer - Rock Around The Clock / Fine As Wine
In December, Austin McCoy recently of Modern Records, takes over what is now called the Jazz & Blues Division of Mercury Records.
8205 - Albert Ammons - Margie / Red Sails In The Sunset
8206 - Dinah Washington w/Teddy Stewart - My Kind Of Man / If I Loved You
8207 - Dinah Washington w/ Teddy Stewart - Fast Movin' Mama / Juice Head Of A Man
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