Something Got A Hold On Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume One: 1963–1964
Release date: January 19, 2018
First-ever audio history chronicling the Ru-Jac label with rare singles and previously unissued ’60s soul/R&B
The Baltimore soul/R&B label Ru-Jac Records was founded in 1963 by local promoter Rufus Mitchell and investor partner Jack Bennett (their names forming the Ru-Jac name). The label primarily released regional soul/R&B singles from 1963 until the mid 1970s, when Mitchell stepped away to focus on another business venture. Omnivore has already released single-artist packages by some of the label’s biggest names, including Winfield Parker – Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac (Parker also serves as the consulting producer for all of Omnivore’s Ru-Jac releases) and Gene & Eddie – True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe At Ru-Jac.
In January, Omnivore will roll out two various artists volumes followed by two more in February, collecting for the very first time anywhere the audio history of Ru-Jac Records. Each volume is produced by the Grammy® Award-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski and Kevin Coombe, East Coast soul historian. Coombe provides liner notes detailing the rise and eventual closure of the label, and its close ties to the segregated beaches and performance spaces of the region. Rare photos and ephemera will be included in each volume to help illustrate and trace the history of the label. Utilizing original tapes, extremely collectible 45s, and acetates, all four volumes underwent extensive restoration and mastering by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, Michael Graves.
Volume One, Something Got A Hold On Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume One: 1963–1964 contains 28 tracks, 10 of them previously unissued. The other 18 tracks chart the history of the first 45s issued by the label and includes songs by Winfield Parker, Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters, and Brenda Jones among others.
Fatback(Take 1) – Lamont Esquires* Please Don’t Go– Jessie Crawford with Kay Keys Band I Love You So– Jessie Crawford with Kay Keys Band A Woman Like You– Little Sonny Daye with The Shyndells Band I’m Through With You– Little Sonny Daye with The Shyndells Band Every Day I Have The Blues(Take 2) – Jeanne Dee* Saving All My Loving– (Mr. T) Tiny Tim It’s Everything To Me– (Mr. T) Tiny Tim I Want To Be Sure– Celestine* You Won– Celestine* Cross Track(Take 2) – Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters (Bobby Kinchen)* When I’m Alone– Winfield Parker Can’t You See– Brenda Jones Let’s Go Back To School– Brenda Jones That’s All You Have To Do– Brenda Jones One Of These Mornings(Take 3) – Winfield Parker* Put A Light In The Window– Charles Johnson My Father Watches Over Me– Fruitland Harmonizers Take Care Of Me– Fruitland Harmonizers Something Got A Hold On Me– unknown artist* All Over Again– The Teardrops Band featuring Marie Allen Crying Won’t Help You– The Teardrops Band featuring Marie Allen Trash Can– unknown artist* Don’t Bit Mo– Rockin’ Robin* Foolish To Try– James Hill Meadow Of Love– The Jolly Jax The Monkey Cha Cha– The Jolly Jax Joe(Take 5) – The Jolly Jax*
Tags: (Mr. T) Tiny Tim, Brenda Jones, Celestine, Charles Johnson, Flattop Bobby, James Hill, Jeanne Dee, Jessie Crawford, Jolly Jax, Little Sonny Daye, Rockin’ Robin, Ru-Jac, The Fruitland Harmonizers, The Teardrops Band, Winfield Parker