H-Bomb Ferguson Biography
Derby Records #759 was released in 1950 and featured Bob Ferguson on vocals with Jack Parker's Orchestra on the tunes "Wine Head Woman" and "Hard Lovin' Woman". A few months later that year #769 was out on Derby - "I'm Gone I'm Gone" and "Jumpin' And Shoutin' "Neither record did much on the rapidly expanding R & B market of 1950. Next Ferguson recorded a few sides for the Atlas label, another New York based independent company. It was here that Ferguson first used the name "H-Bomb" as a testament to his gruff blues shouting style. In 1951 Atlas released 1001 - "Rock H-Bomb Rock" / "I Love My Baby" recorded with the Charlie Singleton Orchestra. Singleton was an important figure in the R & B world in New York during the late forties to the mid fifties. Followup sides for Atlas with Singleton were #1002 - "Gone With The Wind" / "Blow Mister Singleton" and #1005 - "Good Time Gal" and "I'm On My Way". Late in 1951 there was one side for the usually jazz specific Prestige label once again with Jack Parker's band (this time called Jack "The Bear" on the label). The tunes were "Feel Like I Do" and "My Love" on #918.
In 1952 there were four sides cut for Savoy Records based in Newark, New Jersey. In January "Slowly Going Crazy" and "Good Lovin" on #830, "Big City Blues" and "Bookie's Blues" on #836 out in late February, "Preachin The Blues" and "Hot Kisses" on #848, and "Give It Up" and a duet on "Tortured Love" with R & B singer Arietta Dillard on #856. Although not big sellers, Ferguson with his catchy nickname and vocal resemblance to Wynonie Harris was becoming a known rhythm and blues commodity in the Northeast of the early nineteen fifties. In April H-Bomb joins fellow blues singer B.B. King for a tour of one nighters along with Milt Larkin and his combo. In August Ferguson signs on for a two month tour of the South along with Wini Brown, The Swallows, and the Todd Rhodes Orchestra with Lil' Miss Sharecropper. In 1953 H-Bomb hits the road again, this time with Little Esther and Tab Smith and his combo. The show does great business in Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida. During the summer H-Bomb and the Guy Dickerson combo play a number of clubs in the Northeast. ferguson records a one off for the Sp .... Click here to read the full bio on DISCOGS.