From the ref o ree records story, from Amazon comments:
If you’re a collector of obscure, hard-to-fine vintage Soul/R&B then this 2007 release from Bluesland Productions will provide 25 of the most difficult to find in a quality CD setting. They were the product of Nashville DJ Ted Jarrett’s short-lived Ref-O-Ree Records, launched in 1968, and which then released just 25 singles before going under not long after, never having produced even one to make it onto any national singles charts.
But that’s not to say none of the efforts were worthy of chart ranking. Of course there were. But working against them was the lack of promotional funding, and some of these did fairly well on a local/regional basis. Especially sides like Gene Allison’s I Understand (Ref-O-Ree 709 1969 – b/w Somebody Somewhere – not included here), Digging Your Potatoes by Larry Birdsong (Ref-O-Ree 710 in 1969 b/w Fairly Well, which is included)), Freddie Waters’ early 1970 Singing A New Song (Ref-O-Ree 716 b/w I Love You, I Love You, I Love You – included at track 3), and two sides never released by Roscoe Shelton – What Is It Baby? and Worry. But while none of the other artists in the volume would ever have a charted song to boast about, each of those just named did – albeit not with Ref-O-Ree.
The one-time Gospel singer Gene Allison did score 3 times with Vee-Jay Records (You Can Make It If You Try – # 3 R&B/# 36 Billboard Pop Top 100 in Dec 1957-Jan 1958 as Vee-Jay 356; Have Faith – # 11 R&B/# 73 Top 100 April-May 1958 as Vee-Jay 273; and Everything Will Be Alright – # 19 R&B Nov-Dec 1958 as Vee-Jay 299. New Orleans-born Larry Birdsong did get to enjoy one hit, that being the July 1956 # 11 R&B Pleadin’ For Love with Louis Brooks & His Hi-Toppers as Excello 2076. Roscoe Shelton, from Lynchburg, Tennessee, had Strain On My Heart reach # 25 R&B and # 19 Pop Hot 100 Bubble Under in Feb 1965 as Sims 217 and in Feb 1966 enjoyed a # 32 R&B/# 102 Hot 100 Bubble Under with Easy Going Fellow as Sound Stage 7 2555. Nashville native Freddie Waters also scored twice, first with Aug-Sept 1977 # 62 R&B I’m Afraid To Let You Into My Life as October 1011 and then in Feb 1981 with the # 88 R&B You Can Make It If You Try (not the same song as the Allison hit) as Karl 115.