Brother
John Sellers

b. May 27, 1924 in Clarksdale, Mississippi
d. March 27, 1999 in New York City (Manhattan)

discography
B R O T H E R   J O H N   S E L L E R S; source: front cover of London LL 1705
source: front cover of London LL 1705

This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
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Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Brother John Sellers 78 rpm / EPs / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes

10 inch 78 rpm
11945BROTHER JOHN SELLERS

- Let Us Run While The Sun Is Shining (You Better Run) (N 570) #
- My Crown (N 574) *

rec. May 1945 most likely in New York
# BROTHER JOHN SELLERS Gospel Singing with Melba Pope and Her Gospel Trio
* BROTHER JOHN SELLERS Gospel Singing with Piano by Melba Pope
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Chicago 108
21945Big Johnny Sellers / Melba Pope Trio

Big Johnny Sellers
- Shorty Come Out From Under My Bed (IN 115)
Melba Pope Trio
- ???


rec. May 1945 most likely in New York; John B. Sellers, voc; Melba Pope, p; Huey Long or Johnny Johns, g; Allan Lott, b

Southern 128
31945Brother John Sellers

- He Came All the Way Down
- Bye And Bye

rec. May 1945 most likely in New York; John B. Sellers, voc;

Southern 132
41946JOHN SELLERS

- Rockin' Mama Blues (UN 30)
- Mirror Blues (UN 23)

rec. May 1945 most likely in New York; John B. Sellers, voc; Melba Pope, p; Huey Long or Johnny Johns, g; Allan Lott, b
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Queen 4114
[Syd Nathan's 1945-1947
sublabel of King Records]
51947BROTHER SELLERS

- Precious Lord (2654-3)
- Beginning Of Sorrow (2656-5)

rec. c. October 1946 in Chicago, IL; John Sellers, voc; Floyd Hunt, vibes; Clarence Hall, p; Al McDonald, b
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Miracle 106
   

- Precious Lord (2654-1)
- Precious Lord (2654-2)
- Beginning Of Sorrow (2656-1 fs)
- Beginning Of Sorrow (2656-2)
- Beginning Of Sorrow (2656-3 inc)
- Beginning Of Sorrow (2656-4 inc)

rec. c. October 1946 in Chicago, IL; John Sellers, voc; Floyd Hunt, vibes; Clarence Hall, p; Al McDonald, b
Miracle unissued
61947BROTHER SELLERS

- Move On Up A Little Higher (2655-2?)
- Just Wait A Little While (2657)

rec. c. October 1946 in Chicago, IL; John Sellers, voc; p; Floyd Hunt, vibes; Clarence Hall, p; Al McDonald, b
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Miracle 107
   

- Move On Up A Little Higher (2655-1)

rec. c. October 1946 in Chicago, IL; John Sellers, voc; Floyd Hunt, vibes; Clarence Hall, p; Al McDonald, b
Miracle unissued
71947John Sellers

- Farewell Night Life (D7VB 312)
- Play Around With My Head (D7VB 315) ["Since My Baby Left Me"]

rec. February 12, 1947 in Chicago, IL; John B. Sellers, voc; James Clark, p; Leonard Caston, g; Willie Dixon, b; Charles Sanders, dr
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RCA Victor 20-2238
81947John Sellers

- Let Me Be Your Sidetrack (D7VB 313)
- Mama, What You Gonna Do (D7VB 314)

rec. February 12, 1947 in Chicago, IL; John B. Sellers, voc; James Clark, p; Leonard Caston, g; Willie Dixon, b; Charles Sanders, dr
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RCA Victor 20-2418
97/1949Rev. John Sellers

- Coming Back Home (UB9514)
- Day Is Passed (UB9517)

rec. c. December 1948
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Miracle 138
101959 

"CALDONIA" PALMER AND "BROTHER" JOHN SELLERS with Little Brother And His Jazz Blues Band
- Busy Bootin And You Can't Come In (A) #
CAL "CALDONIA" PALMER with Little Brother Montgomery's Blues Band
- Michigan Water Blues (B) *


# rec. 1959 in Chicago; Lil Palmore, voc; John Sellers, voc; Le Roi Nabors, tp; Little Brother Montgomery, p; Robert Lockwood, g; Ransom Knowling, b; Jack Cooley, dr
* rec. c. 1959 in Chicago; Lil Palmore, voc; Verna "Baby Sis" Rogers, voc; Le Roi Nabors, tp; Little Brother Montgomery, p; b; dr

Little Brother Montgomery discography

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Ebony MMF 1040
("South Center Records")

# Ebony EB-1095

10a1959 

BROTHER JOHN SELLERS AND HIS TAMBOURINE WITH SONNY ARCHER
- Shakin That Thing (A) #
BROTHER JOHN SELLERS AND HIS TAMBOURINE WITH SOUL SISTER CALDONIA
- Busy Bootin (B) * [Ebony MMF 1040]

# rec. 1959 in Chicago, IL; John Sellers, voc; Sonny Archer, voc; Le Roi Nabors, tp; Little Brother Montgomery, p; Robert Lockwood, g; Ransom Knowling, b; Jack Cooley, dr
* rec. c. 1959 in Chicago, IL; Lil Palmore, voc; John Sellers, voc; Le Roi Nabors, tp; Little Brother Montgomery, p; Robert Lockwood, g; Ransom Knowling, b; Jack Cooley, dr

Little Brother Montgomery discography

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Ebony EB-1095
111951LUCKY MILLINDER And His Orchestra

- The Right Kind Of Lovin' #
- It's Been A Long Long Time *

# feat. Annisteen Allen, Melvin Moore & John Sellers
* feat. Melvin Moore

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King 4496
121952JOHNNY SELLERS

- Don't Knock At My Door (K 8054)
- Turn The Lights Down Low (K 8055)

rec. September 20, 1951 in New York; John Sellers, voc; David "Bubber" Brooks, ts; Sonny Thompson, p; Jimmy Shirley, g; Carl Pruitt, b; Kelly Martin, dr

King 4498
131952JOHNNY SELLERS

- Heavyweight Mama (K 8052-1)
- I Really Love You (K 8053-2)

rec. September 20, 1951 in New York; John Sellers, voc; David "Bubber" Brooks, ts; Sonny Thompson, p; Jimmy Shirley, g; Carl Pruitt, b; Kelly Martin, dr
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King 4567
148/1952JOHNNY SELLERS

- Josie Jones (U-2129) #
- Rock Me In The Cradle (U-2130)

rec. May 1, 1952 in Chicago, IL; John Sellers, voc; John 'Schoolboy' Porter, ts; bs, # org, b, dr
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Chance 1120
151952JOHNNY SELLERS

- Mighty Lonesome (U-2200)
- Blues, This Ain't No Place For You (U-2197)

rec. September 1952 at Universal Recording, Chicago, IL; Johnny Sellers, voc; King Kolax Orchestra (more info)
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Chance 1123
   

- Too Many Heartaches (U-2198)
- The Jay Bird Story (U-2199)
- Christmas Time Blues (U-2201)
- The World (U-2203)

rec. September 1952 at Universal Recording, Chicago, IL; Johnny Sellers, voc; King Kolax Orchestra (more info)

Chance unissued
161953JOHNNY SELLERS   King Kolax Orchestra

- Mirror Blues (U-2202)
- Newport News (U-2204)

rec. September 1952 at Universal Recording, Chicago, IL; Johnny Sellers, voc; King Kolax Orchestra (more info)
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Chance 1138
171955JOHNNY FRANK

- Li'l Lover (H 1175)
- Oh Darlin' (H 1176)

rec. c. November 1955 in New York; John Sellers, voc; ts; bs; Ernie Hayes, p; Mickey Baker, g
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Herald 453
   

- Sorrowful Soul (H 1174)
- There Is No You For Me (H 1177)

rec. c. November 1955 in New York; John Sellers, voc; ts; bs; Ernie Hayes, p; Mickey Baker, g
Herald unissued

LP / CD compilations
181954Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs

- John Henry
- Farewell Work Life
- Doretha Boogie

- Boll Weevil
- Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves Of Bread
- Down By The Riverside   @ youtube

rec January 22, 1954 in New York City; Brother John Sellers, voc; Sir Charles Thompson, p; Ruby Braff, trumpet: Freddie Greene, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, dr (Count Basie rhythm section); production supervision by John Hammond

cover drawing by Charles White

10 inch LP
notes by John Hammond
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Vanguard VRS 8005
(Jazz Showcase series)

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= Vanguard PPT 12008
(UK 1955)

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= Vanguard KIJJ-2095 (Jp)

Vanguard 79036-2 (1996)
Vanguard / Ace VMD 8005 (2006)

191954Brother John Sellers:
Jack Of Diamonds


- Jack Of Diamonds
- I Love You, Baby
- Sally Go Round The Sunshine
- Every Day I Have The Blues
- Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

- Let Us Run
- I've Been Lonesome, I've Been Worried
- When I've Been Drinking
- Lonesome Road
- Great Day

rec. March 10, 1954 in New York; Brother John Sellers, voc; Sonny Terry, hca; Johnny Johns [Jones?], g
cover drawing by Charles White
10 inch LP
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Vanguard VRS 7022 (US)

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= Vanguard PPT 12017
(UK 1957; pressed by PYE)

Vanguard 79036-2 (1996)
Vanguard / Ace VMD 8005 (2006)

201957Brother John Sellers In London
... sings a programme of blues, ballads and spirituals

- In The Evening (DR 23210)
- Oh! Little Girl (DR 23211)
- Backwater Blues (DR 23212)
- Mamie (DR 23213)
- Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (DR 23214)
- All These Days Are The Beginning Of Sorrow (DR 23215)

- They Call Me A Blind Man (DR 23216)
- Oh! What Kind Of Woman (DR 23217)
- I Want A True Lover (DR 23218)
- You Been Gone Too Long (DR 23219)
- The House Of The Rising Sun (DR 23220)
- Chicago Hop (DR 23221)

rec. March 8, 1957 in London; Brother John Sellers, voc; Al Fairweather, tp; Wally Fawkes, cl; Stan Greig, p; William "Diz" Disley, g; Frank Clarke, b; Tony Kinsey, dr
12 inch LP
notes by Paul Oliver
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London LL 1705 US)

= Decca LK 4197 (UK 1957)

211957Brother John Sellers in London

- In The Evening
- Mamie

- Back Water Blues
- Oh! What Kind Of Woman

rec. March 8, 1957 in London; Brother John Sellers, voc; Al Fairweather, tp; Wally Fawkes, cl; Stan Greig, p; William "Diz" Disley, g; Frank Clarke, b; Tony Kinsey, dr
7 inch 45 rpm EP
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London DFE 6457

notes by Werner Burkhardt
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= Decca-EP DX 2033

221957"Brother John" Sellers:
Blues And Spirituals


- Lucy Mae Blues
- Railroad Man Blues

- Love Is A Story
- He Come All The Way Down

rec. May 13, 1957 in Paris, France; John Sellers, voc; Guy Lafitte, ts; George Arvanitas, p; Pierre Michelot, b; Kenny Clarke, dr
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Columbia ESDF 1157 (Fr)
(Columbia Jazz Stars series)

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= Columbia SEG 7740 (UK)

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(=) Sackville SKCD2-2074
(Can 2009) "Paris 1957"

231957"Brother John" Sellers

- Hands Off
- Baby, How Long How Long
- Morning Noon And Night
- You've Been Gone Five Years
- I Cried For You
- Woke Up This Morning

- Blue Suede Shoes
- Miss Otis Regrets
- I Have The Blues Every Day
- I'm Gonna Move On The Outskirts Of Town
- Let's Rock And Roll

rec. November 14-29, 1957 in Paris, France; Brother John Sellers, voc; Guy Lafitte, ts; Georges Arvanitas, p; Christian Garros, dr
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Columbia FPX 149 (Fr)

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(=) Sackville SKCD2-2074
(Can 2009) "Paris 1957"

241957Brother John Sellers:
Blues And Spirituals


- Doretha Boogie
- Farewell Work Life

- Down By The Riverside
- Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves Of Bread
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Vanguard EPP 14002 (UK)
251959Brother John Sellers:
Baptist Shouts! & Gospel Songs


- I'm Coming Back Home To Live With Jesus
- Precious Lord
- He's My Rock   @ youtube
- Wade In The Water
- God Is Coming On The Clouds   @ youtube
- I Had A Dream

- Sinner Man
- Only Believe
- He Took My Feet Out Of The Miry Clay
- Little Wooden Church On The Hill   @ youtube
- Sing On My Singer
- How Come Me Here

rec. May 1959 in New York; John Sellers, voc; Haywood Henry, fl, ts; Ernest Hayes, p, org; Herman Stevens, p; Mickey Baker, g; Lloyd Trotman, b; Panama Francis, dr
notes by Thomas Dorsey
and Brother John Sellers
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Monitor MF 335 (mono)
= MFS 335 (stereo)

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Smithsonian Folkways
Recordings
Custom Compact Disc
www.folkways.si.edu

261959Brother John Sellers sings "big boat up the river" and other blues and folk songs
- Big Boat Up The River
- Feeling Sad And Blue
- Trouble Is A Woman
- Something Strange Is Going On Wrong
- When I Was A Little Boy
- You Got A Line And I'll Get A Pole

- Chain Gang
- Strange Fruit
- City Called Heaven
- Watermelon On The Vine
- Prison Wall Blues  
- Martha Blues

rec. New York, May 1959; John Sellers, voc; Ernest Hayes, p; Mickey Baker, g; Panama Francis, dr; Haywood Henry, fl, ten sax; Lloyd Trotman, b
notes by John Sellers
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Monitor MP 505 (mono)

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= Monitor MPS 6002 (stereo)

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= Arteco TS 101 (Fr)

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Smithsonian Folkways
Recordings
Custom Compact Disc
www.folkways.si.edu

271960Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs

- Jack Of Diamonds *
- Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves Of Bread #
- I Love You Baby *
- Sally Go Round The Sunshine *
- Every Day I Have The Blues *
- Boll Weevil #
- Great Day *
- Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen *

- John Henry #
- Farewell Work Life #
- Let Us Run *
- When I've Been Drinking *
- Doretha Boogie *
- Lonesome Road *
- Down By The Riverside #

# from Vanguard VRS 8005
* from Vanguard VRS 7022
12 inch LP
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Vanguard VRS 9036 (mono)
= VSD 79036 (stereo)

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= Fontana TFL 6005
(UK 1962)

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= Amadeo 9023 (Austria)

Vanguard 79036-2 (1996)

28196?Folksong Digest

Odetta
- If I Had A Hammer
Joan Baez
- Banks Of The Ohio
Leon Bibb
- East Virginia
The Weavers
- The Boll Weevil
Odetta
- No More Cane On The Brazos

Brother John Sellers, Sonny Terry
- When I've Been Drinkin'
The Weavers
- Wimoweh
Odetta
- Dark As A Dungeon


Brother John Sellers, Sonny Terry
- I Love You, Baby
Leon Bibb
- Skillett
The Weavers
- Follow The Drinking Gourd
Joan Baez
- Rambler Gambler
Leon Bibb
- Darlin'
Odetta
- Pay Day At Coal Creek

Brother John Sellers, Sonny Terry
- Great Day
Joan Baez
- Fennario



Amadeo AVRS-9125
 1964Brother John Sellers
backed by J.B. Lenoir, Willie Dixon & Thomas A. Dorsey

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Jubilee Showcase 31
291965Conversation With The Blues
A Documentary of Field Recordings by Paul Oliver

Boogie Woogie Red - "So Much Good Feeling" Spoken, with own piano
Willie Thomas - "A Little Different" Spoken
James Butch Cage & Willie Thomas - "Kill That Nigger Dead" Cage, vocal and fiddle; Thomas, vocal and guitar
Lil' Son Jackson - "The Onliest Way" Spoken
J. B. Lenoir - "My Father's Style" Guitar solo
J. B. Lenoir - "So It Rocked On" Spoken
J. B. Lenoir - "Move To Kansas City" Vocal and own guitar
Otis Spann - "When She Comes Back" Spoken
Otis Spann - "Poor Country Boy" Vocal, with own piano
Lightnin' Hopkins - "Ain't No Easy Thing" Spoken
Mance Lipscomb - "Evil Heart Blues" Vocal and own piano
Blind Arvella Gray - "A Roughneck" Spoken
Roosevelt Sykes - "West Helena Blues" Vocal and guitar
Will Shade - "Days Of Nineteen-Hundred" Spoken
Will Shade - "Newport News Blues" Vocal and own guitar
Whistling Alex Moore - "Chock House Days" Spoken
Whistling Alex Moore - "Come and Get Me" Vocal and own piano
Whistling Alex Moore - "Chock House Days" Spoken

Brother John Sellers - "Move Back For What?" Spoken
J. B. Lenoir - "I Been Down So Long" Vocal and own guitar

Jasper Love - "Santa Fé Blues" Vocal and piano
John Lee Hooker - "Somewhere Down The Line" Spoken
Robert Curtis Smith - "I Hope One Day My Luck Will Change" Vocal and own guitar
Otis Spann - "Only Places They Can Go" Spoken
Otis Spann - "People Calls Me Lucky" Vocal and own piano
Henry Townsend - "What Have I Committed" Spoken
James Butch Cage - "Tween Midnight And Day" Vocal and own guitar
Little Brother Montgomery - "Walking Basses" Spoken
Little Brother Montgomery - "Dud Low Joe" Piano solo
Little Brother Montgomery - "It's A Barrelhouse Blues" Spoken
Little Brother Montgomery - "Vicksburg Blues" Vocal with piano
Little Brother Montgomery - "They Beat Me To Chicago" Spoken
Roosevelt Sykes - "They All Called Him 'Pork Chops'" Spoken
Roosevelt Sykes - "Forty-Four Blues" Vocal and own piano
Robert Junior Lockwood & Sunnyland Slim - "Doctor Clayton And Me" Spoken
Robert Junior Lockwood & Sunnyland Slim - "Take A Little Walk With Me" Vocal with own electric guitar, with Sunnyland Slim, piano
Edwin Buster Pickens - "To Have The Blues Within" Spoken
Mance Lipscomb - "Blues In The Bottle" Vocal and own guitar


LP accompanying Paul Oliver's book by the same title

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Decca LK 4664

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2nd ed. (1997) of book
(with enclosed CD)

301969Ella Jenkins (with Brother John Sellers, Joseph Brewer)
A Long Time To Freedom
gospel songs, work songs, spirituals, songs of freedom

- The Wilderness
- I'm Gonna Tell God All My Troubles
- Heaven

- When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
- Tol' My Captain
- I'm Gonna Ride This Train
- Jimbo
- Another Man Done Gone

- Soft Pedal Blues

- Po' Man's Blues
- A Friendly Loan
- How High's The Water

- An Old Lady and Her House
- If You Ever Get Down
- Freedom's Coming Mighty Soon
- A Long Time
+ Guy Guilbert, g
Stu Black, engineer

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Asch AHS 850
= Folkways FC 7520

1992 reissued as CD:
Smithsonian Folkways 45034

www.folkways.si.edu

ellajenkins.com

311976Blues From The Windy City
Chicago In Transition 1946 - 1952

Bill 'Jazz' Gillum
- Country Woman Blues

John Sellers
- Let Me Be Your Sidetrack [RCA Victor 20-2418]
Sonny Boy Williamson
- Bring Another Half Pint
Willie 'Long Time' Smith
- Due Respects To You
Eddie Boyd
- I Had To Let Her Go
Bill 'Jazz' Gillum
- Take One More Chance With Me
Tampa Red
- Maybe Some Day
Guitar Pete Franklin
- Casey Brown Blues

Tampa Red
- It's Good Like That
Memphis Minnie
- Tears On My Pillow
Bill 'Jazz' Gillum
- Look What You Are Today
Walter Davis
- What May Your Troubles Be
Guitar Pete Franklin
- Down Behind The Rise
Willie 'Long Time ' Smith
- Flying Cloud Boogie
James 'Beal St.' Clark
- You Can't Make The Grade
Walter Davis
- Tears Came Rollin' Down
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Flyright LP 4713

Flyright discography

31a1993Burt Munk & Company: Black Folk Music In America Vol. 1
Songs of Slavery. Black Songs of the Civil War

- Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
- Go Down Moses (Let My People Go)
- Michael, Row The Boat Ashore
- Steal Way To Jesus

- Oh Freedom
- No More Auction Block For Me
- Give Us A Flag
- Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
- Slavery's Chain Done Broke At Last

"Brother John Sellers sings of different periods to reflect different experiences, events and emotions"; author: Milton Lamb
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SVE Educations Library
A-682 (1970 ?)

2 VHS video cassettes
(duration: 15 + 16 min)
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31b1993Burt Munk & Company: Black Folk Music In America Vol. 2
Black Songs after the Civil War. Black Songs of Modern Times

- Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad
- When I Was A Cowboy
- St. Louis Blues
- Lift Every Voice And Sing

- The Ballad Of The Boll Weevil
- I Wonder When I'll Get To Be Called A Man
- Hallelujah, I'm A Travelin'
- We Shall Overcome
- Free At Last

"Brother John Sellers sings of different periods to reflect different experiences, events and emotions"; author: Milton Lamb
2 VHS video cassettes
(duration: 15 + 16 min)

321996Brother John Sellers Sings Blues And Folk Songs

- Jack Of Diamonds
- Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves Of Bread
- I Love You Bay
- Sally Go Round The Sunshine
- Every Day I Have The Blues
- Boll Weevil
- Great Day
- Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
- John Henry
- Farewell Work Life
- Let Us Run
- When I've Been Drinking
- Doretha Boogie
- Lonesome Road
- Down By The Riverside

VRS 8005 and VRS 7022

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Vanguard 79036-2

332006Brother John Seller Sings Blues And Folk Songs

- John Henry
- Farewell Work Life
- Doretha Boogie
- Boll Weevil
- Two Little Fishes
- Down By The Riverside
- I Love You Baby
- Every Day I Have The Blues
- When I've Been Drinking
- Jack Of Diamonds
- I've Been Lonesome, I've Been Worried
- Nobody Knows The Troubles I've Seen
- Let Us Run
- Great Day
- Sally Go Round The Sunshine
- Lonesome Road
VRS 8005 and VRS 7022

notes by Chris Smith



Vanguard / Ace VMD 8005

www.acerecords.co.uk

34200?Rare Chicago R&B Vol. 2

- Rock Daddy Rock - Big Bertha Henderson
- Somebody Help Me - Leon Tarver
- Tell Me Why Why Why - Bobby Prince
- Come Back Little Daddy - Lou Mac
- Brand New Man - Barrel House Blott
- Calling Baby - Johnny Rodgers
- So Many Days - Skippy Brown

- Blues This Ain't No Place For You - Johnny Sellers [Chance 1123]
- This Crooked World - Freddie Hall
- The Judge - Jimmy Binkley & His Blue Notes
- Didn't I Tell You - Dr- Jo Jo Adams
- Take Your Trouble To A Friend - Lou Mac
- Hey Hey Sugar Ray - Jimmy Binkley

- Rock Me In The Cradle - Johnny Sellers [Chance 1120]
- Chicks Going Crazy - Barrel House Blott
- Wine Wine Wine - Jimmy Binkley
- Albert Is His Name - Lou Mac
- Tears In My Eyes - Big Bertha
- You Made A Boo Boo - Jimmy Binkley
- Knock Me Out - Freddie Hall

- Mighty Lonesome Johnny Sellers [Chance 1123]
- Tale Of Woe - Skippy Brown
- I Want To Hold You - Bobby Prince
- Blue Blue Night - Jimmy Binkley
- My Sympathy - Tasso The Great
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Blue Lake 55-101 (NL)
352008Classic African American Gospel
- Jesus Going to Make Up My Dying Bed - Horace Sprott
- Oh Lord, I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion - The Starlight Gospel Singers
- Thank You, Lord - Alvin Dockett And Blessed
- When I Was Sinkin' Down - Fisk Jubilee Singers
- Just Got Over At Last - Little Brother Montgomery
- Moses Smote the Waters - The Thrasher Wonders
- Soon, One Mornin' - Willie Gresham
- Dry Bones: Ezekiel Saw the Wheel - The Missionary Quintet
- Holy Ghost - Juanita Johnson And The Gospel Tones
- Where Could I Go - Bunk Johnson
- Oh, What a Beautiful City - Big Bill Broonzy
- You've Got to Move - Two Gospel Keys
- Let the Church Say Amen - Elder Beck
- I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say - Bishop Bowen And The Combined Gospel Choirs
- If I Had My Way - Rev. Gary Davis
- Low Down Death Right Easy - Dock Reed

- He's My Rock - Brother John Sellers
- Hallelujah, It Is Done - Elizabeth Cotten
- We Praise Your Holy Name - The Mississippi Mass Choir
- Don't Let His Name Go Down - First Independent Holy Church of God-Unity-Prayer
- Go Tell It on the Mountain - Fannie Lou Hammer
- Been in the Storm So Long - Mary Pinckney
- Every Time I Feel the Spirit / Swing Low Sweet Chariot / They Hung Him on the Cross (Medley) - Lead Belly
- It's Time to Make a Change Madison's Lively Stones
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Smithsonian Folkways
SFW CD 40194
362008The Al Fairweather Collection 1953-1957
disc 1
- Forty And Tight (a)
- Four's Company (a)
- Swinging The Blues (b)
- Dreamed I Had The Blues (b)
- Skinnie Minnie (b)
- St. James Infirmary Blues (b)
- New Orleans Hop Scop Blues (take 2) (c)
- Pauline's Blues (c)
- Margie (c)
- Yama Yama Blues (c)
- At Sundown (c)
- Royal Garden Blues (d)
- Rose Room (d)
- Winin' Boy (d)
- Ostrich Walk (d)
- Nobody's Sweetheart (e)
- New Orleans Hop Scop Blues (take 1) (c)


disc 2
- Somebody Loves Me (g)
- Miss Otis Regrets (f)
- The Lady In Red (f)
- Everybody Loves My Baby (f)
- How Long Blues (g)
- Shimme Sha Wabble (f)
- Shortnin' Bread (g)
- Willie The Weeper (f)
- Blue Post Haste (g)
- Show Me The Way To Go Home (f)

- In The Evening #
- Oh, Little Girl #
- Backwater Blues #
- Mamie #
- Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child #
- All These Days Are The Beginning Of Sorrow #
- They Call Me A Blind Man #
- Oh, What Kind Of Woman #
- I Want A True Love #
- You Been Going Too Long #
- The House Of The Rising Sun #
- Chicago Hop #

(a) Humphrey Lyttelton / Al Fairweather Trumpet; Bruce Turner - Alto; Wally fawkes - Clarinet; Sandy Brown - Clarinet; Johnny Parker - Piano; Freddie Legon - Banjo; Micky Ashman - Bass; George Hopkinson - Drums. rec. September 17, 1953
(b) Fairweather - Trumpet; Jeremy French - Trombone; Sandy Brown - Clarinet / Vocal; Stan Greig - Piano; Al McPake - Guitar; Tim Mahn - Bass; Graham Burbridge - Drums. rec. 2nd September 1957
(c) Fairweather - Trumpet; John R.T.Davies - trombone; Henrik Johansen - Clarinet; Diz Disley - Guitar; Major Holley - bass; Burbridge - Drums. rec. July 5, 1956
(d) Albert Nicholas - Clarinet; Fairweather - Trumpet; Adrian Bentzon - Piano; Fridolin Bentzon - Bass; Ole Karn - Drums. rec. September 4, 1954
(e) Fairweather - Trumpet; Davies - Trombone; Brown - Clarinet; Alan Thomas - Piano; Mo Urmansky - Banjo; Brian Parker - Bass; Burbridge - Drums. rec. April 29, 1956
(f) “John Picard’s Angels” Fairweather - Trumpet; John Picard - Trombone; Fawkes - Clarinet; Thomas - Piano; Jim Bray - Bass; Art Fryatt - Drums. rec. April 17, 1955
(g) as (f) Parker - bass replaces Bray; Burbridge - Drums replaces Fryatt. rec. April 10, 1955

# Fairweather - Trumpet; Fawkes - Clarinet; Greig - Piano; Brother John Sellers - Vocal / Tambourine; Disley - Guitar; Frank Clark - bass. Tony Kinsey - Drums; rec. March 18, 1957 in London
London LL 1705 (1957)
= Decca LK 4197 (1958)

2 CD set
notes by Ralph M. Laing
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Lake LACD 260

www.jazznblues.co.uk

372009Brother John Sellers: Paris 1957
with the Guy Lafitte Orchestra

- Lucy Mae Blues #
- Railroad Man Blues #
- Love Is A Story #
- He Came All The Way Down #
- Hands Off *
- How Long Blues *
- Morning Noon And Night *
- You've Been Gone Five Years *
- I Cried For You *
- Woke Up This Morning *
- Blue Suede Shoes *
- Miss Otis Regrets *
- I Have The Blues Every Day *
- I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town *
- Let's Rock And Roll *

# rec. May 13, 1957; previously Columbia ESDF 1157 (1957)
* rec. November 14-29, 1957; previously Columbia FPX 149 (1957)
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Sackville SKCD2-2074 (Can)

 


picture from HARRIS, Sheldon: Blues Who's Who
A Bibliographical Dictionary of Blues Singers.- p. 452
at Lincoln Cemeteary, Blue Island, Illinois. August 19, 1958.

 

Brother John Sellers as subject of other Artist's recordings
#year
of release
artist / title of songs label # / notes
11975Gary Shearston: The Greatest Stone On Earth and Other Two-Bob Wonders

- Baiame (The Greatest Stone On Earth)
- Tell Old Bill
- See It Through
- Friend To Me

- Sail On Brother John

- Aborigine
- Dirty Old Town
- Lady St. George's Habit
- Higgledy-Piggledy
- The Drover's Dream



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Charisma 636 9968 (Aus)
= Charisma CSS 1106 (UK)

more info at
www.garyshearston.com

21977Ella Jenkins: Songs, Rhythms And Chants for the Dance

- A New Day's Coming Soon
- I Don't Care Where You Bury My Body
- Plenty Good Room

- Brother John Sellars
- A Bad Man From The Badlands
- Angry Words
- I Heard Him Cry This Morning
- Please Hurry Home
- That's The Way Thing Are
- What's The Matter With Tthe Team?
- A Vivo a Vavo
- Hey Moo Ma Moo Ma Moo Ma Hey
- I Climbed A Mountain
- Africa Llamando (Africa Calling)
- Yemayah, God Of The Sea
- This Is An Afro Mood
- Yemaya, God Of The Sea
- This Is An Afro Mood
- Let Yourself Go
- A Long Time
- Wading In The Water
- diverse interviews




Smithsonian Folkways 45004

www.folkways.si.edu

32001Gary Shearston: Only Love Survives

- Riverina Drover
- Riverina 1984
- Pretty Bonnie
- Hey There, Songman
- Foreign Strand
- Streets Of Forbes

- Sing On, Brother John
- Forty Days
- The Man I Might Have Been
- Song For Kimio Eto
- Love, Don't Ever Make A Fool Of Me Again
- Bonnie's Lullaby




Rouseabout CD RRR3

www.garyshearston.com

Sources:
- own record collection
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, p. 479-480
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970 (2nd edition).- Vancouver 2012, pp. 466-468, 500
- Harris, Sheldon: Blues Who's Who - A Bibliographical Dictionary of Blues Singers.- New York 1987, p. 452-453
- Klaus-Dieter Tilch: Rock LPs 1955-1970, Hamburg (Taurus) 1990,p. 1439
- http://myweb.clemson.edu/~campber/chance.html
- http://myweb.clemson.edu/~campber/ebony.html
- http://myweb.clemson.edu/~campber/miracle.html
- http://www.nugrape.net/eps.htm
- Sir Charles Thompson discography
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column: front cover of Vanguard VRS 7022 (drawing by Charles White)

thanks to Alan Balfour, Pierre Monnery, Bill Haller, Robert L. Campbell and Sonny Burnett for additional info / scans

 



Brother John Sellers at Big Bill Broonzy's burial at Lincoln Cemeteary, Blue Island, Illinois, August 19, 1958

l to r: Win Stracke, Muddy Waters, Ransom Knowling (hidden), Studs Terkel, Chet Roble,
Brother John Sellers, Tampa Red, Sunnlyand Slim (top of head), Otis Spann
photo by Mickey Pallas, Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

 

Gary Shearston's (Australian) reminiscences of Brother John Sellers

Anthony "Tony" Rotante & John Sellers: Brother John Sellers - A Revised Discography.- Record Research 39 (1961) "A Blues Souvenir Issue"
(Index Record Research 32-39/1961)

Record Research 55 (1963); click to enlarge !

Brother John Sellers obituary

 

The Christian 'praise and worship' singer/songwriter 'John Sellers' is not Brother John Sellers !!!
21984John Sellers: Let Praise Arise


Birdwing BWR 2050
21997John Sellers: Dreams & Visions


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