Single on W&G, B-side of Twenty Flight Rock, also on Mar-vel (USA) #401.
Merv Benton was a popular rock'n'roll singer in the heart-throb mould, backed by The Tamlas. He did especially well in his home town of Melbourne, where he had 15 charting records 1964-67 (see I Got Burned), but retired from music after suffering disabling voice problems.
Further reading: Tony Wilkinson's account of Merv Benton, reprinted at Black Cat Rockabilly.
Single on Duke by gospel-influenced soul-r&b singer from Tennessee (b.1930).
See also Normie Rowe – Call On Me,
another Bobby Bland original and Deadric Malone composition.
1. Bobby Bland discography (1951-2001) at SoulfulKindaMusic.net.
2. Sean Elder's comprehensive 2000 appreciation of Bobby 'Blue' Bland at Salon.com.
3. Snowy Bowie has a playlist at Multiply.com (registration required) that includes a number of later versions by artists including The Cate Brothers (1977), Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas & Tracy Nelson (1998 on Sing It!) and Derek Trucks Band (1999, on Wintertime Blues: Benefit Concert).
4. Notes on Don Robey's songwriting credits at Year of the Blues. Main article: Don Robey and Duke-Peacock Records by Christine M. Kreiser.
Same title but not the same song as ‘Yield Not To Temptation’ by Merv Benton.
Hymn written in 1868, recorded by numerous artists including Edgar Kiefer (1923), Jed Tompkins (1928), Aretha Franklin (1956, on her first album, aged 14), Pat Boone (1957), Bobby Womack & The Valentinos (1961) and Al Green (1987).
Single on Parlophone, October 1965, B-side of The Music Played On. Herbie Goins (like Geno Washington) was a US serviceman who stayed on in the UK. The Night-timers were a club band who played, for example, at the Flamingo Club in Soho.
Same song: Confirmed by Snowy Bowie via Multiply.com; thanks to Walter for the heads up.
Reference: Herbie Goins & The
Night-timers page at British Beat Boom.
Thanks to Terry Stacey for version alert.