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Henry Juggy Murray
on 11 March 2018
Henry Juggy Murray owned several imprints, but SUE was his greatest achievement.
Many SUE releases were chart hits, and Juggy often absorbed artists from other labels, such as Barbara George from SUE-distributed AFO Records out of New Orleans. Her 1961 smash I Know can be found on both AFO and SUE.
After the massive hit Kansas City in 1959 for Bobby Robinson's Fury imprint, the late great Wilbert Harrison struggled for almost a full decade to get back on the charts, and it was Juggy who gave him a shot at another hit in 1969 Let's Work Together, also covered by Canned Heat.
Wilbert had actually recorded Lets STICK Together for Fury years before this modified version.
SUE was not immune to the one-shot oddity. The label picked up a master from a small Los Angeles imprint and had a hit with Stick Shift by two guitarists who called themselves The Duals.
Of course, though they have recorded for many labels, some of Ike and Tina Turner's best output in their early days was for SUE.
Ditto for brother and sister Charlie and Inez Fox with Mockingbird on the SUE subsidiary SYMBOL Records.
By the way, it is THAT Charlie Fox who wrote themes for television including The Love Boat.
Juggy came out to Los Angeles and opened an office that was located in a tower block that was headquarters for an oil company.
By this time, musical tastes had drastically changed, and unlike his cohorts like Bobby Robinson and Paul Winley, Juggy shuttered SUE for good.
He managed to strike a deal with a UK company who retained the name SUE, but was not directly linked to US SUE though some output was from Juggy's productions.
None of this is from the liner notes.
RIP Henry Juggy Murray.