Checker gospel discography (1953-69)


Checker gospel

  • Checker was a subsidiary of the Chess label (Chicago, IL). The label was founded in 1952 by the Chess brothers who ran the label until they sold it to General Recorded Tape (GRT) in 1969.
  • Many early Checker singles were originally released on other labels. This is noted on the applicable single pages with links to the original issues when available.
  • Checker LP 10002 is by the Oak Ridge Quartet (a white group), LP 10005 is probably unreleased (Sammie Bryant?).
  • Gene Viale (Checker LP 10054) was a latin soul singer, included in the discography for reasons of completeness. He was associated with James Cleveland and sang with the James Cleveland Singers.
  • This page lists all Checker gospel singles and LP’s until 1970. Later singles and albums have been omitted.




78 & 45rpm releases:

releaseartistartist as shownsongsyear
Checker 776Silver StarsTake It To The Lord b/w Twelve Years Old1953
Checker 785Smith, Rev. UtahTwo Wings b/w Take A Trip1953
Checker 861Franklin, ArethaNever Grow Old b/w You Grow Closer1957
Checker 941Franklin, ArethaPrecious Lord, Pt. 1 b/w Precious Lord, Pt. 21960
Checker 953Five Blind Boys of MississippiOriginal Five Blind Boys of MississippiA Weeping For A Mighty Long Time b/w Take Your Burdens To Jesus1960
Checker 966Bells Of JoyWhat A Fellowship b/w I Found Another Soldier1961
Checker 978Southern EchoesSouthern EchosSeeking Me b/w The Story Of Job1961
Checker 993Windy City FourLord Send Me b/w Deep River1961
Checker 1000Christland SingersThe Lord Will Make A Way Somehow b/w God Has Done So Much For Me1961
Checker 1008Southern EchoesSouthern EchosThe Old Account b/w I’m Waiting1962
Checker 1044Turner, CarloMy Mother Bowed And She Prayed For Me b/w On The Battle Field1963
Checker 1059Morning StarsMorning Stars (of Savannah, GA)Somehow b/w Come Over here1963
Checker 1066Barrett and Walton Bros., Rev.I Have A Friend Above All Others b/w Pray For The Nation1963
Checker 1176Meditation SingersI Feel It b/w It’s Wrong To Fight1967
Checker 5001Flying Clouds of DetroitMy Mother b/w When They Ring The Golden Bells1964
Checker 5002ViolinairesTell Mother There Will Be No Separation Now b/w Things That Worry Me1964
Checker 5003Hawkins, StevieOpen Our Eyes b/w He Loves Me1964
Checker 5004Pope and Pearly Gates, SisterJesus Tore My Heart To Pieces b/w Highway1965
Checker 5005Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyI’m Glad About It, Pt. 1 b/w I’m Glad About It, Pt. 21965
Checker 5006Clefs of CalvaryThank You b/w He Promised To Meet Me There1965
Checker 5007Soul StirrersI Know I’ll Be Free b/w Christmas Joy1965
Checker 5008Franklin, Rev. C.L.Mother Loves Her Children b/w I Will Trust In The Lord1965-66
Checker 5009Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyThe Lord Will Provide, Pt. 1 b/w The Lord Will Provide, Pt. 21966
Checker 5010Soul StirrersJesus, Wash My Troubles Away b/w Were You There?1966
Checker 5011Davis SistersI Want You To Move b/w He'll Understand1966
Checker 5012Hayes and Universal Kingdom of Christ Choir, FatherTell Me How Do You Feel, Pt. 1 b/w Tell Me How Do You Feel, Pt. 21966
Checker 5013ViolinairesOld Time Religion b/w My Mother Used To Hold Me1966
Checker 5014Hawkins, StevieI’m Willing b/w Gospel Train1966
Checker 5015Sensational SaintsJesus b/w The Love Of Jesus1966
Checker 5016Bass, MarthaI’m Getting Nearer To My Home b/w I’m So Grateful1966
Checker 5017Holy Wonders of Detroit, MichiganThe Storm Of Life b/w I Had To Stoop Down And Buckle Up My Shoes And Keep On Pushing1966
Checker 5018Moore, Rev. C.L.God Specializes, Pt. 1 b/w God Specializes, Pt. 21966
Checker 5019Cleveland Golden EchoesI Was On My Knees b/w Looking Back On My Life1966
Checker 5020Meditation SingersDon’t You Want To Go, Pt. 1 b/w Don’t You Want To Go, Pt. 21966
Checker 5021ViolinairesChildren Are You Ready b/w I’ll Never Stop Loving God1966
Checker 5022Soul StirrersSoulstirrersHe’s My Friend b/w Resting Easy1966
Checker 5023Bryant, SammieSammy BryantHe Knows How Much We Can Bear, Pt. 1 b/w He Knows How Much We Can Bear, Pt. 21966-67
Checker 5024Franklin, Rev. C.L.Precious Lord, Pt. 1 b/w Precious Lord, Pt. 21966-67
Checker 5025ViolinairesThree Pictures Of The Lord b/w I’m Going To Serve The Lord1967
Checker 5026Franklin, ErnestErnest Franklin and the Voices of Mt. EagleWalking With The King b/w Blessed Quietness1967
Checker 5027Franklin, Rev. C.L.The Old Ship Of Zion, Pt. 1 b/w The Old Ship Of Zion, Pt. 21967
Checker 5028Rodgers, LucySister Soul and the Lucy Rodgers SingersTime Is Drawing Nigh b/w I Surrender All1967
Checker 5029Franklin, Rev. C.L.The Lord Will Make A Way, Pt. 1 b/w The Lord Will Make A Way, Pt. 21967
Checker 5030Randle, Cleo JacksonLife In Heaven Is Free b/w No One Cares For Me Like Jesus1967
Checker 5031Franklin, ArethaPrecious Lord, Pt. 1 b/w Precious Lord, Pt. 21967
Checker 5032Plummer, Betty JeanRejoice b/w I Must Tell Jesus1967
Checker 5033Gay SingersLet Me Alone b/w He’s Calling Me1967
Checker 5034Soul StirrersHe’s Been A Shelter b/w There’s A Man1967
Checker 5035ViolinairesMother’s Last Prayer b/w Wicked Man1967
Checker 5036Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyRev. "Singing" Sammy LewisPower Of The Holy Ghost b/w What Can I Do1967
Checker 5037Masonic WondersPeaceful Little Valley b/w Just To Behold His Face1967
Checker 5038Kindly ShepherdsLend Me Your Hand b/w He’ll Be Waiting For Me1967
Checker 5039Faithful WondersOl’ John (Behold Thy Mother) b/w You’ve Got To Move1967
Checker 5040Gospel CloudsLet’s Go Home b/w Do You Know Him1967
Checker 5041Treadwell Community ChoirLord Have Mercy b/w Love Is A Three Letter Word – God1967
Checker 5042Rodgers, LucyLet The Train Roll Easy b/w I Found A Friend1967
Checker 5043ViolinairesCall On Him b/w I Don’t Know1967
Checker 5044Franklin, Rev. C.L.I’m Going Through, Pt. 1 b/w I’m Going Through, Pt. 21967-68
Checker 5045Franklin, ArethaNever Grow Old b/w You Grow Closer1967-68
Checker 5047Meditation SingersStand Up And Be Counted b/w Let Love Fill Your Heart1968
Checker 5047Soul StirrersThe Love Of God b/w If I Had A Hammer1968
Checker 5048Salem TravelersGive Me Liberty Or Death b/w With God’s Love1968
Checker 5049Smith Majestic Choir, HaroldPeople Get Ready b/w What The World Needs Now1968
Checker 5050Gospel ClassicsMore Love That´s What We Need b/w You Need Faith1968
Checker 5051Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyWe Need More Love b/w Somebody Bigger Than You And I1968
Checker 5052Franklin, ErnestSince Jesus Came Into My Heart b/w A Place In The Sun1968
Checker 5053ViolinairesJust Go Ahead b/w Practice What You Preach1968
Checker 5054ViolinairesCharlie BrownThe Whole World Is Watching b/w That Evening Sun1968
Checker 5055Soul StirrersGod’s Giving b/w Peace Be Still1968
Checker 5056Soul StirrersChristmas Means Love b/w Christmas Bells Are Ringing1968
Checker 5053Meditation SingersBlue Christmas b/w The Spirit Of Christmas1968
Checker 5058Salem TravelersTell It Like It Is b/w Thank You Lord1968
Checker 5059Franklin, ErnestLift The Savior b/w Running For Jesus1968
Checker 5060Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyOnly What You Do For Christ Will Last b/w Jesus The Waymaker1968
Checker 5061Majestic Choir and Soul Stirrers b/w Harold Smith Majestic ChoirMajestic Choir and Soul Stirrers b/w Harold Smith's Majestic ChoirWhy Am I Treated So Bad b/w We Can All Walk A Little Bit Prouder1968
Checker 5062Bass, MarthaHouse Of Gold b/w I’m So Grateful1968
Checker 5063ViolinairesStand By Me b/w Salt Of The Earth1969
Checker 5064Soul StirrersIf I Were A Bird b/w Striving1969
Checker 5065ViolinairesI’m Satisfied With Jesus b/w It Will All Be Over (After While)1969
Checker 5066Soul StirrersA Few More Days b/w It’s A Wonder God Loves Us1969
Checker 5067Salem TravelersSummertime b/w I Found The Lord1969
Checker 5068Soul StirrersDon’t You Worry b/w When The Gates Swing Open1969


LP releases:

releaseartistartist as showntitleyear
Checker LP 10001Bells of Joyno title1961
Checker LP 10003Five Blind Boys of MississippiOriginal 5 Blind Boys of MississippiI'll Go1961
Checker LP 10004Christland SingersHe's Mine1961
Checker LP 10006KYOK Koral-AiresSongs of the KYOK Koral-Aires1962
Checker LP 10007Morning StarsMorning Stars of SavannahListen to the Morning Stars of Savannah1963
Checker LP 10008Norfleet BrothersShadrach1964
Checker LP 10009Franklin, ArethaSongs Of Faith1965
Checker LP 10010Hawkins, StevieThe Spiritual Soul Of A Child1965
Checker LP 10011ViolinairesStand By Me1965
Checker LP 10012Golden Harp Gospel SingersGolden HarpsStand Up For Jesus1965
Checker LP 10013Moore, Rev. C.L.Rev. MooreMore Fools Needed (sermon)1965?
Checker LP 10014Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyRev. "Singing" Sammy LewisI'm Glad About It1966
Checker LP 10015Soul StirrersThe Best of the Soul Stirrers1966
Checker LP 10016Smith and the Majestic Choir, HaroldHarold Smith and his Majestic ChoirJust As I Am1966
Checker LP 10017ViolinairesThe Fantastic Violinaires1966
Checker LP 10018Bryant, SammieRev. C.L. Franklin Presents Sammie Bryant1966
Checker LP 10019Meditation SingersDon't You Want To Go1966
Checker LP 10020ViolinairesI'm Going To Serve The Lord1967
Checker LP 10021Soul StirrersResting Easy1967
Checker LP 10022Bass, MarthaI'm So Grateful1967
Checker LP 10023Cleveland Golden EchosOld Time Religion1967
Checker LP 10024Hawkins, StevieTwo Wings1967
Checker LP 10025Best Gospel Singers, DorothyTry Him1967
Checker LP 10026Smith and the Majestic Choir, HaroldGod Never Fails1967
Checker LP 10027Soul StirrersThe Gospel Truth1967
Checker LP 10028Hoover, Rev. O.M.The Hand Of God1967
Checker LP 10029Meditation SingersI Feel It1967
Checker LP 10030ViolinairesMove On Up1967
Checker LP 10031Franklin, ErnestErnest Franklin and the Voices of Mount Eagle ChoirBlessed Quietness1967
Checker LP 10032Lewis, Rev. Singing SammyRev. "Singing" Sammy LewisWhat Can I Do1967
Checker LP 10033Treadwell Community ChoirLove Is A 3 Letter Word: God1967
Checker LP 10034Rodgers, LucySister Soul1967
Checker LP 10035Smith and the Majestic Choir, HaroldHarold Smith Majestic ChoirThe 23rd Psalm1967
Checker LP 10036VariousThe Sunday Gospel Open House1967
Checker LP 10037Brown, O.W.I'll Be Home After 'While1967
Checker LP 10038Soul StirrersSoul Stirrers, accompanied by the Harold Smith Majestic ChoirThe Golden Gospel1968
Checker LP 10039Willing FourNearer To Thee1968
Checker LP 10040ViolinairesShout!1968
Checker LP 10041Bradford, AlexAlex Bradford1968
Checker LP 10042Inspirational SingersInspiring1968
Checker LP 10043Salem TravelersGive Me Liberty Or Death1968
Checker LP 10044Meditation SingersThe Bad Apple1968
Checker LP 10045ViolinairesLive The Right Way1968
Checker LP 10046Gospel ClassicsWe've Got To Join Hands1968
Checker LP 10047VariousMightiest Gospel Program1968
Checker LP 10048Bass, MarthaRescue Me1968
Checker LP 10049Franklin, ErnestBless This House1968
Checker LP 10050VariousA Christmas Dedication1968
Checker LP 10051Soul StirrersSoul Stirrers In Concert1968
Checker LP 10052Salem TravelersTell It Like It Is1968
Checker LP 10053ViolinairesViolinaires Live In Concert1968
Checker LP 10054Viale, GeneWhat Color Is God?1968-69
Checker LP 10055Salem TravelersThe Soulful Salem Travelers1969
Checker LP 10056Soul StirrersSoul's In, But Gospel's Out Of Sight1969
Checker LP 10057ViolinairesGod's Creation1969
Checker LP 10058Soul StirrersJudgement1969
Checker LP 10059Bass, MarthaMartha Sings Mahalia1970



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