Jimmy Beasley And The Rockers – Johnny’s House Party Pt.1
Jimmy Beasley And The Rockers – Johnny’s House Party Pt.2

Here’s a tune you can really shake to. The eponymous Johnny is Johnny Heartsman, the musician who released Johnnie’s House Party on Berkeley’s Music City label in 1957. Heartsman played bass and was credited as John Heartsman, the Rhythm Rocker and the Gaylarks. Later that same year, two other Californian labels also released versions. At the time, this was a pretty common practice in the case of killer tunes and potential big hits. Aladdin put out a raucous version credited to drummer Earl Palmer’s Party Rockers with the Jay Hawks providing the background party sounds. I love house parties, they can be so loose. Modern put out this faithful to the original version credited to pianist Jimmy Beasley and The Rockers. All three are rockin’ instrumental R&B at its finest. You can expect to hear plenty of these records when Jazzman Gerald joins Fritz Buzzsaw and myself in the DJ booth at Dalston’s The Alibi for Heavy Sugar this Friday.