Wilbert Smith

Wilbert Smith

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American saxophonist, songwriter and vocalist.

Smith was a founding member of Little Richard's backing group The Upsetters. When Richard denounced rock 'n' roll in 1967 to follow religion, Smith signed on as a member of Jame's Brown's backing band. He had know Brown for many years, having played on his first single 'Please Please Please' and co-written 'Chonnie-On-Chon'. Smith was most sucessful for writing 'Tell It Like It Is' with George Davis (2)

A spell in prison curtailed Smith's career but he returned to write and record several more singles on small labels.
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Wilbert Smith Discography

Instruments & Performance

611 Little Richard Little Richard - Keep A Knockin' / Can't Believe You Wanna Leave(Shellac, 10") Specialty 611 US 1957 Sell This Version
KIX-2 Roy Brown Roy Brown - Laughing But Crying(LP, Comp, Mono) Route 66 KIX-2 Sweden 1977 Sell This Version
KIX-6, KIX no. 6 Roy Brown Brown Angel Roy Brown - Good Rocking Tonight(LP, Comp, Mono) Route 66, Route 66 KIX-6, KIX no. 6 Sweden 1978 Sell This Version
James Brown Please, Please, Please (as Wilbert Lee Diamond Smith) James Brown - CD Of JB (Sex Machine And Other Soul Classics) (Comp, Album) Polydor Germany 1985 Sell This Version
CRB 1093 Roy Brown Rock-A-Bye-Baby and 1 more… Roy Brown - Boogie At Midnight(LP, Comp) Charly R&B CRB 1093 UK 1985 Sell This Version
627 Wynonie Harris / Roy Brown Brown Angel Wynonie Harris / Roy Brown - Battle Of The Blues - 14 Blues Hits Volume 2(LP, Comp, RE) Sing 627 Denmark 1987 Sell This Version
ABOXLP 1 Little Richard Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions(8xLP, Comp + Box) Ace ABOXLP 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
James Brown Please Please Please (as Wilbert and 5 more… James Brown - Star Time (Comp, Album) Polydor US 1991 Sell This Version
SPCD-7012-2 Little Richard Little Richard - Little Richard: The Georgia Peach(CD, Comp) Specialty SPCD-7012-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
5SPCD-4412-2 Various Keep A-Knockin' and 2 more… Various - The Specialty Story(5xCD, Comp + Box) Specialty 5SPCD-4412-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
B0007029-02 James Brown James Brown - The Singles, Volume 1: The Federal Years 1956-1960(2xCD, Comp, Ltd, RM) Hip-O Select B0007029-02 US 2006 Sell This Version
UV 177 James Brown And His Famous Flames* James Brown And His Famous Flames* - Please Please Please...Plus(CD, Album, RE) Universe (3) UV 177 Italy 2007 Sell This Version
NOT2CD334 James Brown James Brown - Please, Please, Please(CD, Album, RM + CD, Album, RM + Comp) Not Now Music NOT2CD334 UK & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
Little Richard Little Richard - Here's Little Richard (Album) Doxy Europe 2011 Sell This Version
263391 James Brown And His Famous Flames* James Brown And His Famous Flames* - Please Please Please + Think!(CD, Comp) HooDoo Records 263391 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
SPCD-7063-2 Little Richard Little Richard - Little Richard, Vol. 2: Shag On Down By The Union Hall(CD, Comp) Specialty SPCD-7063-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

45-1139 The Clovers I I I Love You (as Smith) The Clovers - So Young / I I I Love You(7", Single) Atlantic 45-1139 US 1957 Sell This Version
James Brown And The Famous Flames* Chonnie-On-Chon (as Smith) and 1 more… James Brown And The Famous Flames* - Please, Please, Please (Album, Comp) King Records (3), King Records (3) US 1958 Sell This Version
The Drifters Yodee Yakee The Drifters - Rockin' & Driftin' (Album) Atlantic US 1959 Sell This Version
617 Lee Diamond Lee Diamond - It Won't Be Me / Please Don't Leave(7") Minit 617 US 1960 Sell This Version
Don Covay Please Don't Let Me Know (as Smith) Don Covay - Take This Hurt Off Me (Single) Rosemart Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Don Covay & The Goodtimers Please Don't Let Me Know Don Covay & The Goodtimers - Mercy! (Album) Atlantic US 1964 Sell This Version
ATCO 3025 Otis Redding & Carla Thomas Tell It Like It Is Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - Duo(LP, Album) ATCO Records ATCO 3025 France 1967 Sell This Version
James Brown Chonnie-On-Chon (as Smith) and 1 more… James Brown - Roots Of A Revolution (Comp) Polydor, Polydor UK 1984 Sell This Version
7 81927-2 The Drifters Yodee Yakee (as Smith) The Drifters - Let The Boogie-Woogie Roll (Greatest Hits 1953-1958)(2xCD, Comp) Atlantic 7 81927-2 US 1988 Sell This Version