Reference – Discographies

This section provides a selection of discographies and related information.

The Great R&B Files – Created by Claus Röhnisch

The Great R&B Files (R&B Pioneers Series) cover the history of Rhythm & Blues in its classic era – 1940s, especially 1950s, and through to the 1960s.

There are thirteen volumes in the R&B Pioneers Series plus three ‘updates’ volumes totalling some 1,500 pages, all available to view on-line. The titles are:

Top Rhythm & Blues Records  – The Top Hits from 30 classic years of Rhythm & Blues

The John Lee Hooker Session Discography – Part 1

The John Lee Hooker Session Discography – Part 2

Those Hoodlum Friends – The Coasters

The Clown Princes of Rock and Roll – The Coasters Part 2

The Blues Giants of the 1950s – Twelve Great Legends

The Top Ten Vocal Groups of the Golden ‘50s – Rhythm & Blues Harmony

Ten Sepia Super Stars of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Idols Making Music History

Transitions from Rhythm to Soul –Twelve Original Soul Icons

The True R&B Pioneers–Twelve Hit-Makers of the Early Years – Twelve Famous Favorites

Predecessors of the Soul Explosion in the 1960s

Clyde McPhatter –The Original Soul Star

Special supplement : Top 30 Favorites

Click here to view the catalogue and browse each volume.


Claus Röhnisch lives in Sweden and has been collecting R&B and blues records since late 1958. He has been involved in several reissue CD projects as consultant, co-producer and annotator. Information from his works on The Coasters and on John Lee Hooker have been widely used on the internet and in late “public domain” CD releases.

Thank you Claus for such a wonderful achievement and for sharing on-line.

The Great R&B Files are © copyright Claus Röhnisch 2015-2020.