Little Milton aka Milton Campball (left) formed Bobbin records in 1958 with Bill Lyons in St. Louis. Milton had a recording rejected by Mercury records the same year so looked to start his own label for his releases. Lyons was the manager of St. Louis radio station KATZ and produced and co-written the record with Milton.
The track, I’m A Lonely Man was released in 1958 becoming a local hit. The follow up single; Long Distance Operator was the first of Little Milton’s many classic R&B standards. The label recorded until 1963 releasing a total of 42 singles, sadly there was never a recording of an album. The label had some recordings released by both King and Chess records nationally. Other artists to perform for the label included Albert King, Fontella Bass, Oliver Sain and Jules Blattner. All the artists recorded on the label were from the St. Louis area.
Among the other less known artists to record were Walter J Westbrook & The Phantom 5 who recorded two 45’s on the label in 1959. The first of which features a track called Bring Your Clothes Back Baby on the b-side. An obscure unknown R&B stomper of a tune. Leon Petterson recorded a song called Searching which is a great slice of early soul and the label also had Ike & Tina producing on Delores Johnsons; Gotta Find Me A Baby, both are semi known on the northern scene and are sought after by early soul sound fans. For me though Long Distance Operator remains the best track the label recorded. Little Milton signed for Chess following the closure of Bobbin and went on to become one of the all time greats.