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The Imperial Singles 1950-1964

Imperial released in the period 1950-1964 a total of 68 singles. The first 42 singles were released as 78 rpm's and also as 45 rpm's beginning in 1952 with the song "The Fat Man" (worth a $2000 !). The last song released as a 78 rpm was "Whole lotta loving/Coquette" in 1958. 17 Singles became millionsellers, the first one was "The Fat Man" in 1950, the last one was "Walking To New Orleans" in 1960. They are labelled in this view withlabelmillionseller

London Records (subsidiary of Decca, England) represented Imperial in Great Britain, Germany, France and Holland (till October 1958), specific cataloguenumbers has been added (in GB starting with HL, in Germany with DL, in France with .., in Holland with FL) as far as known. In Holland, London Records was represented by Phonogram (Philips). Imperial was represented by Bovema starting in 1958. There was almost no airplay for music in the fifties made by black artists. That's why Fats became in Holland years later popular than in the States.The singles were not simultaneously released, but much later. They had a sometimes different b-sides and a different catalogue number. The info about the different b-sides you can find here : See this link for more information.

 

Title

Cat.No.

Year

manplayingrecord
thefatman

The Fat Man / Detroit City Blues

5058

Febr. 1950

no.2 in the R&B chart

labelmillionseller

single_littlebee

Boogie Woogie Baby / Little Bee

5065

March 1950

fatsring
single_hideawayblues

She's My Baby / Hide Away Blues

5077

May 1950

 

Hey! La Bas Boogie / Brand New Baby

5085

July 1950

single_everynight

Everynight About This Time / Korea Blues

5099

Sept. 1950

no.5 in the R&B chart

 

Tired Of Crying / What's The Matter Baby

5114

Feb. 1951

 

 

Don't Lie To Me / Sometimes I Wonder

5123

May 1951

 

 

Right From Wrong / No No Baby

5138

July 1951

 

single_rockinchair

Rockin'Chair / Careless Love

5145

Sept. 1951

no.9 in the R&B chart

 

You Know I Miss You / I'll Be Gone

5167

Jan. 1952

 

reelingandrocking

Goin' Home / Reeling And Rocking

5180

March 1952

no.1.in the R&B chart / no.30 in the USA Hot 100

labelmillionseller

 

Poor Poor Me / Trust In Me

5197

Aug. 1952

no. 10 in the R&B chart

 

How Long / Dreaming

5209

Nov. 1952

no.9 in the R&B chart

 

Nobody Loves Me / Cheatin'

5220

Jan. 1953

 

goingtotheriver

Going To The River / Mardi Gras In New Orleans

5231

March 1953

no.2 in the R&B chart / no. 24 in the USA Hot 100

labelmillionseller

pleasedontleaveme

Please Don't Leave Me / The Girl I Love

5240

June 1953

no.3 in the R&B chart

labelmillionseller

 

Rose Mary / You Said You Love Me

5251

Sept. 1953

no.10 in the R&B chart / In GB on London HL-8007 (Febr. 1954)

 

Something's Wrong / Don't Leave Me This Way

5262

Nov. 1953

no.6 in the R&B chart / In GB released on London HL-8096

 

You Done Me Wrong / Little School Girl

5272

March 1954

no.10 in the R&B chart / In GB released on London HL-8063 (July 1954)

 

Where Did You Stay / Baby Please

5283

May 1954

 

 

You Can Pack Your Suitcase / I Lived My Life

5301

Aug. 1954

 

 

Love Me / Don't You Hear Me Calling You

5313

Oct. 1954

In GB released on London HL-8124

single_thinkingofyou

Thinking Of You / I Know

5323

Dec. 1954

no. 14 in the R&B chart. In GB released as HL-8133

labelmillionseller

single_helpinghand

Don't You Know / Helping Hand (A long way from home)

5340

Febr. 1955

no.7 in the R&B chart

aintthatashame

Ain't That A Shame / La-La (I don't know why)

5348

April 1955

ad_aintthatashame

no.10 in the Billboard Hot 100 labelmillionseller and no. 23 in the British charts / In GB on London HLU 8173/ on LP 9004(a-side) and LP 9028(b-side)

allbymyself

All By Myself / Troubles Of My Own

5357

Aug. 1955

no.3 in the Billboard Hot 100/on LP 9004(a-side) and LP 9028(b-side)

labelmillionseller

single_poorme

Poor Me / I Can't Go On (Rosalie)

5369

Nov. 1955

no.3 in the Billboard Hot 100/ on LP 9004(a-side) and LP 9055(b-side)

single_boweevil

Bo Weevil / Don't Blame It On Me

5375

Jan. 1956

no.35 in the Billboard Hot 100 / no. 5 in the R&B charts labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1068 (June 1956) & HLU-8256 / In Holland on London FL L544 (May 1956 on 78rpm) & FL 1544 (March 1958 on45rpm)/ on LP 9004

iminloveagain

I'm In Love Again / My Blue Heaven

5386

March 1956

no.5 in the Billboard Hot 100

labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1074 (June 1956) / no.12 in the British charts / In Holland on London FL L550 (August 1956-78 rpm) & on FL 1550 (Febr.1958 on 45 rpm)/on LP 9009

single_whenmydreamboat

When My Dreamboat Comes Home / So Long

5396

July 1956

no.22 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1098 (Oct.1956) & London HLU 8309 / In Holland on London FL L554 (Nov.1956-78 rpm) & FL 1554 (Dec.1957 on45 rpm)/on LP 9028(a-side) and LP 9009(b-side)

blueberryhill

Blueberry Hill / Honey Chile

5407

Sept. 1956

ad_blueberryhill

no.4 in the Billboard Hot 100 labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1118 (Feb.1957) & London HLU 8330 / no.6 in the British charts / In Holland on London FL L558 (Dec.1956 on 78 rpm) & FL 1558 (July 1957 on 45 rpm). The Dutch London release was with b-side 'I can't go on'./on LP 9028

bluemonday

Blue Monday / What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You

5417

Dec. 1956

no.9 in the Billboard Hot 100

labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1153 (April 1957) & London HLU 8377 / In Holland on London FL L589 (April 1957 on 78 rpm) & on FL 1589 (June 1957 on 45 rpm)/on LP 9028

imwalking

I'm Walkin'/ I'm In The Mood For Love

5428

Feb. 1957

ad_iminthemood

No.5 in the Billboard Hot 100

labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1162 (May 1957) & HLP 8407 / no.23 in the British charts / In Holland on London FL L596 (May 1957 on 78 rpm) & on FL 1596 (June 1957 on 45 rpm) / on LP 9038

valleyoftears

Valley Of Tears / It's You I love

5442

April 1957

no.13 in the Billboard Hot 100 labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1220 (Oct.1957) & HLP 8449 / In Holland on London FL 1618 (Aug.1957 on 45 rpm) / on LP 9040

single_whatwillitell

When I See You / What Will I Tell My Heart

5454

July 1957

no.36 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1257 (Nov.1957) & HLP 8471 / In Holland on London FL 1640 (Nov. 1957 on 45 rpm)/ on LP 9238(a-side) and LP 9055(b-side)

waitandsee

Wait And See / I Still Love You

5467

Sept. 1957

ad_waitandsee

no.27 in the Billboard Hot 100

labelmillionseller

In GB on London HL-7028 & HL-1265 & HLP 8519 / In Holland on London FL 1662 (Febr.1958 on 45 rpm)/ on LP 9170(a-side) and LP 9103(b-side)

 

The Big Beat / I Want You To Know

5477

Dec. 1957

no.36 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1290 (April 1958) & HLP 8575 / In Holland on London FL 1684 (April 1958 on 45 rpm)/ on LP 9055

single_yesmydarling

Yes My Darling / Don't You Know I Love You

5492

Feb. 1958

no.55 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1333 / In Holland on London FL 1713 (June 1958 on 45 rpm)/ on LP 9239

single_sickandtired

Sick And Tired / No No (The River)

5515

April 1958

no.30 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-7040 & HL-1350 (July 1958) & HLP 8628 / In Holland on London FL 1741 (Sept. 1958 on 45 rpm)/on LP 9055 and LP 9208(b-side)

single_littlemary

Little Mary / Prisoner's Song

5526

June 1958

no.49 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-7054 with b-side I want you to know (Sept. 1958) & HL-1383 (b-side Prisoner's Song) & HLP 8663 / In Holland on London FL 1765 ( Oct. 1958 on 45 rpm)/ on LP 9055(a-side) and LP BOSP 10(b-side)

single_youngschoolgirl

Young School Girl / It Must Be Love

5537

Aug. 1958

no.92 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HLP 8727/ on LP 9055(a-side) and LP BOSP 10(b-side)

single_wholelottaloving

Whole Lotta Loving / Coquette

5553

Oct. 1958

no.6 in the Billboard Hot 100

labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1462 (Jan.1959) & HLP 8759/ on LP 9062(a-side) and LP 9164(b-side)

single_whenthesaints

Telling Lies / When The Saints Go Marching In

5569

Jan. 1959

no.50 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1504 (March 1959) & HL-P 8822/ on LP 9239(a-side) and LP 9065(b-side)

single_imready

I'm Ready / Margie

5585

April 1959

no.16 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1535 & HLP 8865/ on LP 9103(a-side) and LP 9065(b-side)

single_iwanttowalkyouhome

I Want To Walk You Home / I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday

5606

July 1959

no.8 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1559 & HLP 8942 / on LP 9065

single_bemyguest

Be My Guest / I've Been Around

5629

Oct. 1959

no.8 in the Billboard Hot 100

labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1587 & HLP 9005/ on LP 9103

single_countryboy

Country Boy / If You Need Me

5645

Jan. 1960

no.25 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1623 & HLP 9073/on LP 9103

single_tellmethatyouloveme

Tell Me That You Love Me / Before I Grow Too Old

5660

April 1960

no.51 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1646 & HLP 9133/ on LP 9164

walkingtoneworleans

Walking To New Orleans / Don't Come Knockin'

5675

June 1960

no.6 in the Billboard Hot 100

labelmillionseller / In GB on London HL-1679 & HLP 9163/ on LP 9127

 

Three Nights A Week / Put Your Arms Around Me Honey

5687

Aug. 1960

no.15 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1709 (Oct. 1960) & HLP 9198 / on LP 9127

 

My Girl Josephine / Natural Born Lover

5704

Oct. 1960

no.14 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1727 (Nov.1960) & HLP 9244/ on LP 9127

 

What A Price / Ain't That Just A Woman

5723

Jan. 1961

no.22 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1767 (March 1961)/ on LP 9138

 

Shu Rah / Fell In Love On Monday

5734

March 1961

no.32 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1798 & HLP 9327/ on LP 9127(a-side) and on LP 9138(b-side)

 

It Keeps Rainin' / I Just Cry

5753

May 1961

no.22 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1821 & HLP 9374/ on LP 9164(a-side) and on LP 9138(b-side)

blackwhitefoto

Let The Four Winds Blow / Good Hearted Man

5764

July 1961

no.15 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1857 & HLP 9415/ on LP 9153

What A Party / Rockin' Bicycle

5779

Sept. 1961

no.22 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1885 & HLP 9456/ on LP 9164

Jambalaya / I Hear You Knocking

5796

Nov. 1961

no.30 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1907 & HLP 9520 (b-side You win again)/ on LP 9195(a-side) and on LP 9138(b-side)

You Win Again / Ida Jane

5816

Febr. 1962

no.23 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1931/ on LP 9153(a-side) and on LP 9065(b-side)

 

My Real Name / My Heart Is Bleeding (my bleeding heart)

5833

May 1962

no.59 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1957 & HLP 9557/ on LP 9195(a-side) and on LP 9138(b-side)

 

Dance With Mr. Domino / Nothing New (is the same old thing)

5863

July 1962

no.98 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HL-1985 & HLP 9590/ on LP 9208

hoes_didyouever

Did You Ever See A Dream Walking / Stop The Clock

5875

Sept. 1962

no.79 in the Billboard Hot 100 / In GB on London HLP 9616/ on LP 9164(a-side) and on LP 9208(b-side)

single_wontyoucomeonback

Hands Across The Table / Won't You Come On Back

5895

Nov. 1962

on LP 9065(a-side) and on LP 9153(b-side)

 

Hum Diddy Doo / Those Eyes

5909

Jan. 1963

on LP 9208

single_youalwayshurttheone

You Always Hurt The One You Love / Trouble Blues

5937

March 1963

In GB on London HLP 9738/ on LP 9127(a-side) and on LP 9153(b-side)

 

 

Isle Of Capri /True Confession

5959

May 1963

on LP 9138(a-side) and on LP 9239(b-side)

 

One Night / I Can't Go On This Way

5980

July 1963

on LP 9127(a-side) and on LP BOSP 10(b-side, overdubbed version))

 

Your Cheatin' Heart / Goin' Home

5999

Aug. 1963

single was not released

 

I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Goin' Home

66005

Aug. 1963

these tracks were overdubbed with a female chorus / tracks are also on LP 9248

single_yourcheatinheart

Your Cheatin' Heart / When I Was Young

66016

Jan. 1964

the a-side was overdubbed with a female chorus. The a-side is also to be found on LP 9248; the b-side comes from the LP "I Miss You So" (LP9138)standbeeld

His statue in New Orleans

Thanks to Global Dog Productions and Mr. Rien Boellaard.    
 

Different Single releases in Holland

AI and IH series by Bovema Imperial  

AI serie was with violet label and Bovema Imperial company sleeve /I H serie was with photo sleeve and black label

  Honey Chile / Don't you know London FL L577 / FL 1577

March 1957 / Oct.1958

the 78 rpm was first released ; the 45 rpm single later.

single_dontyouhearme Love me / Don't you hear me calling you London FL 1737

July 1958

 
single_lillizajane Mardi Gras in New Orleans / Lil Liza Jane Imperial AI-103    
  Blueberry Hill / I'm in the mood for love AI-107    
  Blue Monday / When my dreamboat comes home AI-108    
single_myblueheaven My blue heaven / Little Mary AI-109    
  Rose Mary / I can't go on AI-110    
  Bo weevil / Please don't leave me AI-115    
  Ain't that a shame / I'm in love again AI-116    
  I'm walking / Ida Jane AI-117    
  Stack & Billy / I want you to know AI-118    
  Shu Rah / The rising sun AI-121    
  My girl Josephine /The sheik of Araby AI-122    
  I hear you knockin' / It keeps raining AI-123    
  Fell in love on Monday / I miss you so AI-124    
  Once in a while / When I was young AI-125    
  So long / Natural born lover AI-129    
  Jambalaya /Won't you come on back AI-133    
  I can't give you anything but love / Your cheating heart AI-136    
  You win again / Hold hands AI-137    
  Teenage love / Goin' Home AI-153    
  Hands across the table / I want you to know AI-157    
  No No / Isle of Capri AI-158    
  One night / 44 AI-163    
  Birds & Bees / Hum diddy doo AI-164    
  The big beat / I'll be glad AI-165 1960

a-side same as US single release 5477 b-side from LP 9055

  Young school girl / I still love you AI-166 1963

a-side same as US single release 5537 b-side same as US single release 5467

  I know / Don't deceive me AI-167 1963

a-side same as US single release 5323 b-side from LP 9170

  Ain't gonna do it / I'll always be in love with you AI-168 1963

a-side from LP 9164; b-side from LP 9138

  Easter Parade / True confession AI-171 1963

a-side same as US single release 5959 b-side from LP 9138

single_Icantgive I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Goin' Home I H 572 1964

a-side same as US single release 66005; b-side from LP 9247; but both tracks were overdubbed with a female chorus in 1963.

  The Fat Man / Hey! Fat Man I H 589 1964

a-side from LP 9162 "Fats Domino presents Dave Bartholomew". It's an instrumental version of The Fat Man. The b-side is from LP 9038 (Here Stands Fats Domino)

  Valley Of Tears / Love Me I H 590 1964

a-side same as US single release 5442; b-side is same as the US single release 5313.