Roger ‘Jellyroll’ Troy: Soul Rocker

Roger Troy‘s band, Jellyroll – as we learned from the previous piece – had inked a contract with Kapp Records around the same time Rick Powell and Wayne Perry enlisted Troy’s help on their “Pain” b/w “Gonna Have a Good Time” single.  Troy would co-write the flip side of the band’s debut single, “Help Me Over”  (what timing – this YouTube audio track was only posted three months ago):

“Help Me Over”     Jellyroll     Recorded in 1970

Roger Troy:   Lead vocals & bass
Tim Hedding:  Keyboards & backing vocals
Ed Setser:  Guitar
Stu Perry:  Drums & percussion
Les Asch:  Alto, tenor & baritone saxophones
Dave Parkinson:  Tenor sax
Bob Thorne:  Trumpet
Cosme Joseph Deaguero:  Conga

Curiously, Kapp would issue a total of two singles for Jellyroll — and “Help Me Over” would be the B-side for each one!

Photo courtesy of the Roger “Jellyroll” Troy Facebook page

Roger TroyAccording to the person who posted this audio track on YouTube, Troy’s musical career would include a professional association with these artists:  The Fendermen, The Hollywood Argyles, Michael Bloomfield & Friends, Maria Muldaur, Mick Taylor, Lonnie Mack, Nick Gravenites, Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales, Mike Finnigan, Timmy Goshorn & Larry Goshorn of Pure Prairie League, and Dave Widow.   This same person would also note that at least three of the band members (Tim Heding, Ed Setser & Les Asch) had prior experience with James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, and/or The Dapps.

1970 Kapp LP

Jellyroll LP coverRoger Troy would have a hand in writing all but two of the songs on their debut Kapp LP. Discogs.com has this historical note about the album:

“This LP probably was released in 1970.  At the very least, a promotional copy was available to radio as early as July 1970.  It was listed on playlist reports by WLOF (July 17), KTLK (August 13), and KLIV (September 3).”

German 45 issued in fancy picture sleeve

Jellyroll German 45         US 45                                                  New Zealand 45

Jellyroll 45Jellyroll NZ 45