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Red Prysock Discography on Mercury

[Portrait of Red Prysock]

Red Prysock, who took part in such famous bands as Cootie Williams, Tiny Grimes and Tiny Bradshaw, made his own solo debut in the 1950s. His honking and growling tenor sax is super-bad and awesome - as we could hear on his play in above bands. Mercury recordings of Red Prysock also holds most of his cream of his super-bad honking sax.

The greatest sessions would be: MG-20088 “Rock 'N Roll”, a compilation LP (also his first LP) from his 1954-1955 singles. Also, MG-20434 / SR-60106 “Battle Royal!“, tenor sax battle LP with Sil Austin is inevitable. On both LPs we can enjoy surging and rushing tenor sax by Red Prysock.

Interestingly, there are a kind of moody tunes with strings in his later years - which reminds us of Sil Austin's moody music. Except such a few recordings, most of Red Prysock's Mercury era is full of powerful R&B instrumental tunes which we must get excited.

The period Red Prysock recorded on Mercury: 1954 - 1961.



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The Red Prysock Release Listing on Mercury

No.
(78rpm)
No.
(45rpm)
Title Artist(s) (Note)
EmArcy
16004
EmArcy
16004x45
Jump, Red, Jump
c/w Body and Soul
Red Prysock -
Mercury
70367
Mercury
70367x45
Jump, Red, Jump
c/w Body and Soul
Red Prysock -
Mercury
70419
Mercury
70419x45
Happy Feet
c/w Blow Your Horn
Red Prysock pink label
Mercury
70460
Mercury
70460x45
Fat's Place
c/w Hey There
Red Prysock pink label
Mercury
70540
Mercury
70540x45
Little Jamie
c/w Rock 'N Roll
Red Prysock -
Mercury
70602
Mercury
70602x45
Zonked
c/w The Horn Blows
Red Prysock -
Mercury
70674
Mercury
70674x45
That's The Groovy Thing
c/w Hand Clappin'
Red Prysock -
Mercury
70698
Mercury
70698x45
Jumbo
c/w Hand Clappin'
Red Prysock black label
red vinyl
2nd issue?
Mercury
70733
Mercury
70733x45
Short Circuit
c/w Finger Tips
Red Prysock black label
Mercury
70787
Mercury
70787x45
Red Speaks
c/w Zip
Red Prysock black label
Mercury
70918
Mercury
70918x45
Rock And Roll Party
Rock And Roll Mambo
Red Prysock -
Mercury
70985
Mercury
70985x45
Teen Age Rock
c/w Paquino Walk
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71054x45
Pog Wog
c/w Head Snappin'
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71175x45
Rooster Walk
Two Point Eight
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71214x45
Satellite
c/w What's The Word? Thunderbird!
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71358x45
Willow Weep For Me
c/w Billie's Blues
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71411x45
Margie
c/w Chop Suey
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71476x45
And The Angels Sing
c/w Riffin' With Red
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71573x45
Off Shore
c/w Deep Purple
Red Prysock white label
promo copy
- Mercury
71683x45
Kenny's Blues, Pt.1
c/w Kenny's Blues, Pt.2
Sil Austin & Red Prysock -
- Mercury
71735
Twistin' And Bendin'
c/w More Handclappin'
Red Prysock white label
promo copy
- Mercury
71786x45
Charleston Twist
c/w Boney Moronie
Red Prysock -
- Mercury
C-30117x45
Jumbo
c/w Hand Clappin'
Red Prysock reissue of 70698x45
Wing
90070 ?
Wing
90070x45
Fruit Boots
c/w Plaid Laces
Red Prysock -



No.
(Mono)
No.
(Stereo)
Title Artist(s) Jacket (Note)
Mercury
MG-20088
- Rock 'N Roll Red Prysock [MG-20088] black Mercury
MF2/MF5
Mercury
MG-20089D
- Hit Parade, Vol.7 Various Artists - promo issue?
Mercury
MG-20167
- The Best In Bands - Sweet & Solid Various Artists - -
Mercury
MG-20211
- Fruit Boots Red Prysock - reissue of MGW-12007
Mercury
MG-20307
- The Beat Red Prysock [MG-20307] black Mercury
Mercury
MG-20434
Mercury
SR-60106
Battle Royal!! Sil Austin and Red Prysock [MG-20434] white Mercury
promo copy
Mercury
MG-20512
Mercury
SR-60188
Swing Softly Red Red Prysock [SR-60188] black Mercury
Mercury
PPMD-1-12
Mercury
PPSD-1-12
Mercury Perfect Presence Various Artists - -
- SRM-2-600 Original Gold Soul: 21 All Time Soul Greats Various Artists - -
Wing
MGW-12007
- Fruit Boots Red Prysock [MGW-12007] blue Wing
MS1/MS1



The Red Prysock Discography on Mercury


Personnel/recorded date/master numbers confirmed with the Ruppli's discography.
(“The Mercury Labels - A Discography” by Ruppli and Novitsky, Greenwood Press, 1993)

Red Prysock Octet
Ludwig “Joe” Jordan (tp), Donald Cole (tb),
Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Ronald Johnson (vib), Jimmy Neeley (p), Herbert Gordy (b), Cornelius Thomas (ds).
Recorded at Fine Recording Studios, New York City on March 26, 1954.
(master no.) (track title) (78rpm release no.) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW10409 Jump, Red, Jump EmArcy 16004
Mercury 70367
EmArcy 16004x45
Mercury 70367x45
Mercury MG-20088
YW10410 Body And Soul EmArcy 16004
Mercury 70367
EmArcy 16004x45
Mercury 70367x45
Saxophonograph [Sw] BP-502
YW10411 Happy Feet Mercury 70419 Mercury 70419x45 Mercury MG-20088
YW10412 Blow Your Horn Mercury 70419 Mercury 70419x45 Mercury MG-20088



Red Prysock Octet
Frank Galbraith (tp), Julius Sparrow (tb),
Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Ronald Johnson (vib), Jimmy Neeley (p), Herbert Gordy (b), Cornelius Thomas (ds).
Recorded in New York City on September 13, 1954.
(master no.) (track title) (78rpm release no.) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW10936 Fat's Place Mercury 70460 Mercury 70460x45 Mercury MG-20088
YW10937 Shake A Hand unissued
YW10938 Red Speaks   Mercury 70787x45 Saxophonograph [Sw] BP-502
YW10939 Hey There Mercury 70460 Mercury 70460x45 Saxophonograph [Sw] BP-502



Red Prysock Septet
Harold “Money” Johnson (tp),
Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Roland Johnson (vib), Joe Oliver Blair (p), Herbert Gordy (b), Purnell Rice (ds).
Recorded at Fine Recording Studios, New York City on January 12, 1955.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW11111 Little Jamie Mercury 70540x45 Mercury MG-20088
YW11112 Zonked Mercury 70602x45
Mercury EP-1-3334
Mercury MG-20088
YW11113 Zip Mercury 70787x45 Mercury MG-20088
YW11114 Rock 'N Roll Mercury 70540x45
Mercury EP-1-3334
Mercury MG-20088
YW11115 The Horn Blows Mercury 70602x45  



Red Prysock Septet
Blue Mitchell (tp), (credited as “Dick Mitchell” on the liner-notes of MG-20088)
Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Joe Oliver Blair (p), Raymond Kitz (g), Herbert Gordy (b), Purnell Rice (ds).
Recorded in New York City on July 08, 1955.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW11910 That's The Groovy Thing Mercury 70674x45 Mercury MG-20088
YW11911 Alright, Okay, You Win Mercury EP-1-3334 Mercury MG-20088
YW11912 Jumbo Mercury 70698x45
Mercury C-30117x45
Mercury MG-20088
YW11915 Hand Clappin' Mercury 70674x45
Mercury 70698x45
Mercury C-30117x45
Mercury EP-1-3334
Mercury EP-1-4020
Mercury MG-20088
Mercury MG-20089
Mercury MG-20167
Mercury SRM-2-600



Red Prysock Octet
Blue Mitchell (tp), unknown (tb),
Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Oliver Blair (p), Raymond Kitz (g), Herb Gordy (b), Purnell Rice (ds).
(*1): Prysock, Blair, Gordy and Rice only.
Recorded in New York City on October 14, 1955.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW12244 Short Circuit Mercury 70733x45 Saxophonograph [Sw] BP-502
YW12245 Finger Tips (*1) Mercury 70733x45 Saxophonograph [Sw] BP-502



Red Prysock Nonet
Frank Galbreath (tp), Dickie Wells (tb),
Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Roland Johnson (vib), Oliver Blair (p), Herbert Gordy (b), Jerome Potter (ds).
(*1): add Joe Livramento (fl).
(*2): add vocal comments by Galbreath, Wright & Prysock.
Recorded in New York City on February 23, 1956.
(master no.) (track title) (78rpm release no.) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
WWW486 | YW12561 The Shakers     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW487 | YW12562 The Fox     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW488 | YW12563 Lulu     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW489 | YW12564 Rock And Roll Party (*2)   Mercury 70918x45 Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW490 | YW12565 Rock And Roll Mambo (*1)   Mercury 70918x45 Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW491 | YW12566 Rolling and Rocking     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211

Same personnel as above.
Recorded in New York City on February 28, 1956.
WWW492 | YW12567 Let's Get It     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW493 | YW12568 Red Rock     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW494 | YW12569 What's Next     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW495 | YW12570 Red's Blues     Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW496 | YW12571 Fruit Boots Wing 90070 ? Wing 90070x45 Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211
WWW497 | YW12572 Plaid Laces Wing 90070 ? Wing 90070x45 Wing MGW-12007
Mercury MG-20211



Red Prysock Octet with Harold Mills
Rufus Gore (ts), Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Lucius Weathers (vib), Oliver Blair (p), Leo Blevins (g), Herbert Gordy (b), Jerome Potter (ds).
(*1): add Harold Mills (vo).
Recorded in New York City on October 14, 1956.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW14313 Earth Rock   Mercury MG-20307
YW14314 Teen Age Rock (*1) Mercury 70985x45 Saxophonograph [Sw] BP-502
YW14315 Paquino Walk Mercury 70985x45 Saxophonograph [Sw] BP-502
YW14316 Lion's Den   Mercury MG-20307



Red Prysock Octet
Rufus Gore (ts), Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs),
Lucius Weathers (vib), Oliver Blair (p), Leo Blevins (g), Herbert Gordy (b), Jerome Potter (ds).
Recorded in New York City on January 23, 1957
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW14622 Lawdy Miss Clawdy   Mercury MG-20307
YW14623 Foot Stompin'   Mercury MG-20307
YW14624 Mashin' Potatoes   Mercury MG-20307

Same personnel as above.
Recorded in New York City on January 24, 1956.
YW14625 Rooster Walk Mercury 71175x45 Mercury MG-20307
YW14626 Pog Wog Mercury 71054x45 Mercury MG-20307
YW14627 Two Point Eight Mercury 71175x45 Mercury MG-20307
YW14628 Head Snappin' Mercury 71054x45  

Same personnel as above.
Recorded in New York City on January 31, 1956.
YW14633 Tea Bird   Mercury MG-20307
YW14634 Purple Wall   Mercury MG-20307
YW14635 He's A Real Gone Guy   Mercury MG-20307
YW14636 Moonday   Mercury MG-20307



Red Prysock and his Orchestra
Red Prysock (ts), others personnel unknown.
Recorded in New York City on August 26, 1957
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW15666 Danger unissued
YW15667 Happy Walk unissued
YW15668 Satellite Mercury 71214x45  
YW15669 Sun Spot unissued
YW15670 What's The Word? Thunderbird! Mercury 71214x45  



Red Prysock and his Orchestra
Red Prysock (ts), others personnel unknown.
Recorded in New York City on October 1957?
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW15991 The Conclusion unissued



Red Prysock and his Orchestra
Red Prysock (ts), others personnel unknown.
Recorded in New York City on November 25, 1957.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW16282 Short Stop unissued
YW16283 Little Bitty Pretty One unissued



Red Prysock and his Orchestra
Red Prysock (ts), others personnel unknown.
Recorded in New York City on December 04, 1957.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW16456 Stop And Stroll unissued
YW16457 Stop Dancin' unissued
YW16458 Vibes Lives unissued

Similar personnel as above?
Recorded in New York City on December 05, 1957.
YW16482 Red Riding Horn unissued

Similar personnel as above?
Recorded in New York City on December 10, 1957.
YW16493 Margie Mercury 71411x45  
YW16494 Number 5 unissued
YW16495 Red Blows Sax unissued
YW16496 Scraunchy unissued
YW16497 Hand Clap unissued

Similar personnel as above?
Recorded in New York City on December 12, 1957.
YW16487 Honk Horn Honk unissued
YW16488 Blow Over Blues unissued



Red Prysock and his Orchestra
Red Prysock (ts), others personnel unknown.
Recorded in New York City on July 29, 1958.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW17479 Chop Suey Mercury 71411x45  
YW17480A Ting Tang, Part 1 unissued
YW17480B Ting Tang, Part 2 unissued
YW17481 Willow Weep For Me Mercury 71358x45  
YW17482 Billie's Blues Mercury 71358x45  



Red Prysock and his Orchestra
Taft Jordan (tp), Emmet Perry (tp), Don Cole (tb), Dickie Wells (tb),
James Powell (as), Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Wright (bs),
Howard Whaley (p, org), Eddie McFadden (g), Milt Hinton (b), David Francis (ds),
George Laguna (conga), Bill Rodriguez (bongo).
The Ruppli book only mentions “Red Prysock (ts) + ?”,
but the liner-notes on the back cover tells us the actual members at the session as shown above.
Furthermore, the liner note also has mistakes - James Powell is credited as trombone player, while he is alto sax player;
Willam Wells as saxophonist, but maybe is a trombone player better known as Dickie Wells.
Many thanks to Masayuki Hatta-san for helping me identify the members!
Recorded in New York City, 1958.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW17483 | PB1467 I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17484 | PB1468 Moonlight In Vermont   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17485 | PB1469 Flamingo   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17486 | PB1470 Stardust   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17487 | PB1470 Spring Is Here   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17488 | PB1471 My Funny Valentine   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17489 | PB1472 Shootin' High   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17490 | PB1474 On The Sunny Side Of The Street   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17491 | PB1475 Mr. Wonderful   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17492 | PB1476? And The Angels Sing Mercury 71476x45  
YW17493 | PB1477 Teach Me Tonight   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17494 | PB1478? Riffin' With Red Mercury 71476x45  
YW17495 | PB1479 Stella By Starlight   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188
YW17496 | PB1480 Without A Song   Mercury MG-20512
Mercury SR-60188



Sil Austin and Red Prysock
Sil Austin (ts), Red Prysock (ts),
Dave Martin (p), Everett Barksdale (g), Kenny Burrell (g),
Milt Hinton (b), Dave “Panama” Francis (ds).
Recorded at Fine Recording Studios, New York City in 1959.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW18466 | PB1888 No.1 Sil   Mercury MG-20434
Mercury SR-60106
YW18467 | PB1889 Take The “A” Train   Mercury MG-20434
Mercury SR-60106
Mercury PPMD-1-12
Mercury PPSD-1-12
YW18468 | PB1890 Kenny's Blues   Mercury MG-20434
Mercury SR-60106
YW18469 | PB1891
(edited from YW18468)
Kenny's Blues, Pt.1 Mercury 71683x45  
YW18470 | PB1892
(edited from YW18468)
Kenny's Blues, Pt.2 Mercury 71683x45  



Red Prysock with Fred Norman Orchestra
Red Prysock (ts), unknown (g), unknown (b), unknown (ds), strings (section), Fred Norman (arr, cond).
The Ruppli book mentions this session as:
Red Prysock (ts), Clarence Eugene “Zack” Wright (bs), Howard Whaley (org), Eddie McFadden (g), Phillip Paul (ds).
However, it is obvious that such instrument as organ cannot be heard on this disc!
I don't understand why Mr. Ruppli made such a mistake -
are there any other Red Prysock sessions with Howard Whaley on organ?
Recorded in New York City on January 20, 1959
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW19209 | PB2575 Off Shore Mercury 71573x45  
YW19210 | PB2576 Deep Purple Mercury 71573x45  



Red Prysock
Red Prysock (ts), others unknown.
Recorded in 1960.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW20552 | PB3731 Twistin' And Bendin' Mercury 71735  
YW20553 | PB3732 More Handclappin' Mercury 71735  



Red Prysock
Red Prysock (ts), others unknown.
Recorded in New York City, January 1961.
(master no.) (track title) (45rpm release no.) (LP release no.)
YW20802 | PB3965 Charleston Twist Mercury 71786x45  
YW20803 | PB3966 Whispering Grass unissued
YW20804 | PB3967 Boney Moronie Mercury 71786x45  
YW20805 | PB3968 No Man's Land unissued



MATSUBAYASHI 'Shaolin' Kohji <shaolin@rhythmaning.org>
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