Checkmates Ltd.

Checkmates Ltd. BIOGRAPHY

Checkmates Ltd.

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1969

Signed with A&M Records in April 1968 and guaranteed three tours with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Jerry Moss suggested Phil Spector produce the group's first album and Spector chose the songs for the album. According to Checkmates member Harvey Trees, the group did 43 takes of "Black Pearl" then Spector added balalaikas to the song and sped up lead singer Sonny Charles' voice. "Black Pearl" was the initial single from the album. The B side "Lazy Susan" was the only song by the Checkmates that A&M released.

Original copies of the single "Black Pearl" were credited to Sonny Charles. A&M Records relabeled the single to The Checkmates, Ltd. featuring Sonny Charles.

The group also recorded "Proud Mary." According to her book I, Tina, Ike and Tina Turner borrowed the Checkmates arrangement for their version of the song and had a hit record with it.

SOURCE:
The Checkmates, Ltd. Harvey Trees. Goldmine, May 15, 1992.

Sonny Charles

PLAYERS IN THE BAND
Bill Van Buskirk
   Instrument(s): electric bass
Bobby Stevens
   Instrument(s): vocals
Harvey Trees
   Instrument(s): guitar
Sonny Charles
   Born: Sep 04, 1940
   Instrument(s): vocals
   See Sonny Charles
Sweet Louie
   Instrument(s): drums


Checkmates Ltd. PHOTOS

Checkmates Ltd. DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Checkmates Ltd. U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
Love Is All I Have to GiveHip-O Select60249863202004
Love Is All I Have to GiveHip-O Select60249863202006
Love Is All We Have to GiveA&M RecordsSP 41831969

Checkmates Ltd. U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
Baby Don't You Get Crazy/Spanish HarlemA&M Records10060000
Black Pearl/Love Is All I Have to GiveA&M RecordsAM 85780000
Love Is All I Have to Give/Never Should Have LiedA&M Records10391969
Proud Mary/Spanish HarlemA&M Records11271969

Checkmates Ltd. U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Baby Don't You Get Crazy/Spanish Harlem01006
Baby Don't You Get Crazy
Spanish Harlem

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Black Pearl/Love Is All I Have to Give0AM 8578
Black Pearl
Love Is All I Have To Give

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Love Is All I Have to Give20046024986320
Proud Mary
Spanish Harlem
Black Pearl
I Keep Forgetting
Love Is All I Have to Give
Hair Anthology Suite (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Love Is All I Have to Give20066024986320
Proud Mary
Spanish Harlem
Black Pearl
I Keep Forgetting
Love Is All I Have to Give
Hair Anthology Suite (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Love Is All I Have to Give/Never Should Have Lied19691039
Love Is All I Have To Give
Never Should Have Lied

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Love Is All We Have to Give1969SP 4183
Proud Mary
Spanish Harlem
Black Pearl
I Keep Forgetting
Love Is All I Have To Give
Hair Suite Anthology
Aquarius
Ain't Got No
I Got Time
Let the Sun Shine In
Let the Sun Shine In/Ain't Go No

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Proud Mary/Spanish Harlem19691127
Proud Mary
Spanish Harlem


Checkmates Ltd. MUSIC CHARTS

Checkmates Ltd. on Record Charts

US ALBUMS
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Love Is All We Have to GiveSP 4183Billboard Pop178
US SINGLES & EPs
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Love Is All I Have to Give/Never Should Have Lied1039Billboard Pop65
Proud Mary/Spanish Harlem1127Billboard Pop69