The Nite Riders

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Backing band for Doc Starkes
Sometimes referred to as "The Night Riders".

The Nite Riders were:
James "Doc" Starkes: Bass /Trombone,
Melvin Smith: Vocals / Baritone Saxophone
Harry Van Walls: Piano
Harry Crafton: Guitar / Vocals
Joe Sewell: Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Johnson: Drums

Before forming this group, all the members had attended several studio sessions and some of them had also done solo recordings. Van Walls had appeared on numerous Atlantic r'n'b-hits since the late 1940s (Ruth Brown, Joe Turner, Sticks McGhee, Joe Morris, Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, The Clovers etc.), and Harry Crafton had worked with Doc Bagby, The Jive-Tones, The Sonotones and The Craft Tones. Joe Sewell had recorded with Tiny Grimes' and Harry Crafton's Orchestras, and Melvin Smith with Clyde "Blow Top" Lynn & his House Rockers and Big John Greer.
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460 The Nite Riders - Women And Cadillacs / Say Hey! album art The Nite Riders Women And Cadillacs / Say Hey!(Shellac, 10") Apollo Records (2) 460 US 1954 Sell This Version
111 The Nite Riders - Whim, Wham, Whop / Makin' A Fast Get-A-Way album art Fay Simmons And The Nightriders Orch.* Fay Simmons And The Nightriders Orch.* - Whim, Wham, Whop / Makin' A Fast Get-A-Way(7", Single) Grand Records (7) 111 US 1954 Sell This Version
1094 The 5 Royales / The Nite Riders The 5 Royales / The Nite Riders - Take All Of Me / Women And Cadillacs (Single) Disques Festival 1094 Belgium 1955 Sell This Version
114 The Nite Riders - Apple Cider / Way In The Middle Of A Dream album art Doc Starkes And His Nite Riders* Doc Starkes And His Nite Riders* - Apple Cider / Way In The Middle Of A Dream (Single) Teen (2) 114 US 1955 Sell This Version
F3236 The Nite Riders - Vacation Train / Night Ridin' album art Doc Starks* And The Night Riders* Doc Starks* And The Night Riders* - Vacation Train / Night Ridin' (Single) Sound (4) F3236 US 1955 Sell This Version
118 The Nite Riders - Got Me A Six Button Benny / Don't Hang Up The Phone album art The Nite Riders Got Me A Six Button Benny / Don't Hang Up The Phone(7") Teen (2) 118 US 1955 Sell This Version
B1002 The Nite Riders - Diane / Souvenir D'Italie album art Doc Starks* And The Nightriders* Doc Starks* And The Nightriders* - Diane / Souvenir D'Italie(7", Single, Mono) Bernlo B1002 US 1957 Sell This Version
S4003 The Nite Riders - Apple Cider / Six Button Benny album art Doc Starkes And His Nite Riders* Doc Starkes And His Nite Riders* - Apple Cider / Six Button Benny (Single) Swan S4003 US 1958 Sell This Version
K1806 The Nite Riders - Love Me Like Crazy / Rockin' To School album art Doc Starkes And His Niteriders* Doc Starkes And His Niteriders* - Love Me Like Crazy / Rockin' To School (Single) Quality K1806 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
719 The Nite Riders - St. Loo / Lookin' For My Baby album art The Nightriders* St. Loo / Lookin' For My Baby (Single) Sue Records Inc. 719 US 1959 Sell This Version
713 The Nite Riders - Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Sox) album art The Night Riders* Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Sox) (Single) Sue Records Inc. 713 US 1959 Sell This Version
731 The Nite Riders - Night Ridin' album art The Nite Riders Night Ridin'(7", Single) Sue Records Inc. 731 US 1960 Sell This Version
CH 7886 The Nite Riders Aleph Beth / Ko-Ko-Nut Bread(7") Cherry (4) CH 7886 US 1963 Sell This Version
RSV079 The Nite Riders - Lookin' For My Baby / Honkey Tonk Woman album art The Nightriders* / Fabulous Playboys* The Nightriders* / Fabulous Playboys* - Lookin' For My Baby / Honkey Tonk Woman(7") Outta Sight RSV079 UK 2019 Sell This Version
1001 The Nite Riders - I've Been Thinkin' album art The Nite Riders I've Been Thinkin' (Single) Courtesy Records (2) 1001 US Unknown Sell This Version
K12487 The Nite Riders - Sittin' Sippin' Coffee / Tank Town album art The Nite Riders Sittin' Sippin' Coffee / Tank Town(7", Single) MGM Records K12487 US Unknown Sell This Version
460-45, 466-45 The Nite Riders - Women And Cadillacs / Doctor Velvet album art The Nite Riders Women And Cadillacs / Doctor Velvet(7", RE) Apollo Records (2), Apollo Records (2) 460-45, 466-45 US Unknown Sell This Version
E-509 The Nite Riders - Heartless / Apple Cider album art Jesse Belvin / Doc Starkes And His Nite Riders* Jesse Belvin / Doc Starkes And His Nite Riders* - Heartless / Apple Cider(7", RE) Excalibur Records (6) E-509 US Unknown Sell This Version