Okay, well we were doing strictly, well, it wasn't
called rock and roll then but that's all it was, it was just some shuffle
[plays piano] which is nothing but rock and roll but that wasn't the name,
it was just, just old blues, you know. And this was the type music we were
playing in this club. And then Chuck come up with this strange kind of music
of his, was called - Ida Red, which was hillbilly music. And they would
perform a little circle of people in the club would form a circle and they'd
start a square dance. In other words it was a big hit. Well, as you know,
people are always looking for something different. And this was different.
So he decided to take it to Chicago to Chess Records, well he took it to
several recording companies and they turned him down. So Leonard Chess say,
well, I give it a try. He say but you can't, you can't have it named Ida Red
'cause there's another group in Nashville, Tennessee is already playing Ida
Red. So we changed a few lyrics around and then, ah, we didn't know what the
name is. So we looked under the window and there was a mascara box with
Maybelline written on it. So Leonard Chess say, let's lame it Maybelline. So
then he had to do some more changing with the words. And we did
"Maybelline". And we did on the back of that, we did this, ah, this blues
"Wee Wee Hours" [plays piano]. And I thought that would be the side because
that's what I was used to playing in blues, you know, I thought that would
be the A side. They had A and B side back in those times and "Maybelline"
was the A side and it sold over a million copies less than six weeks time.
And that's when we got this big, ah, tour, this 101, 101 nighters.