BO DIDDLEY (Ellas McDaniel)
Born: Dec 30, 1928, McComb (Pike Co), MS - Died: Jun 2, 2008, Archer, FL
Quote: "A major figure in the R&B scene since 1955" - Paul Oliver.
Instr: Guitar/Harmonica/Trombone/Violin - Rec extensively Checker/Chess label, Chicago, IL, 1955-74 + other labels later
Songs: Before You Accuse Me/Bo Diddley/ Bo Diddley Is Loose/Bo Diddley's A Gun Slinger/Bo's A Lumberjack/Bring It To Jerome/Cops And Robbers/Crackin' Up/Dearest Darling/Diddley Daddy/Hey Bo Diddley/Hush Your Mouth/I'm A Man/I'm Bad/I'm Looking For A Woman/Live My Life/Mona/Mr. Khrushchev/Pretty Thing/Road Runner/Run Diddley Daddy/Say Man/Who Do You Love?/You Can't Judge A Book By Lookin' At The Cover - just to mention a few. See some private photos
Born: 1920, Texas City (Galveston Co), TX - Died: Jan, 1999
Quote: "Charles' vocal style definitely opened the door for a whole school of musicians including Floyd [Dixon]" - Dick Shurman.
Instr: Organ/Piano - rec extensively various labels.
Songs: All Is Forgiven/All My Life/Alley Batting/Black Night/Cryin' Mercy/Don't Fool With My Heart/Don't Leave Poor Me/Driftin' Blues/Evening Shadows/Foolish/Gee/Hard Times/I'm Gonna Push On/I Lost Everything/I Want To Go Home/I'll Always Be In Love With You/Jilted/Let's Walk/Lonesome Feeling/Merry Christmas Baby/The Message/Moonrise/My Last Affair/My Silent Love/Once There Lived A Fool/Please Come Home For Christmas/Please Don't Drive Me Away/Seven Long Days/Still Water/Sunrise/Take Me/Tell Me You'll Wait For Me/Tender Heart/Trouble Blues/Without Your Love - just to mention a few.
CHUCK BERRY (Charles Edward Anderson)
Born: Jan 15, 1926, San Jose (Santa Clara Co), CA - Died: Mar 18, 2017, St. Charles County, MO
Quote: "One of the enduring legends of rock'n roll, and its single most influential figure" - Nick Logan/Bob Woffinden.
Instr: Guitar/Piano/Sax - rec extensively Chess label, Chicago, IL, 1955-64 + other labels later.
Songs: Almost Grown/Back In The USA/Brown-Eyed Handsome Man/Bye Bye Johnny/Carol/Don't You Lie To Me/Down The Road Apiece/I'm Talking About You/Johnny B Goode/Let It Rock/Little Queenie/Maybellene/Memphis Tennessee/Nadine/No Money Down/No Particular Place To Go/Oh Baby Doll/Oh Carol/Promised Land/Reelin' And Rockin'/Rock 'n' Roll Music/Roll Over, Bethooven/Run Rudolph Run/School Day/Sweet Little Rock And Roller/Sweet Little Sixteen/Thirty Days/Too Much Monkey Business/Wee Wee Hours/You Never Can Tell - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: Elvis recorded several of Berry's songs. See some private photos
Born: Jan 31, 1928, Atlanta, GA - Died: Apr 10, 1958, Atlanta, GA
Quote: "Chuck Willis lived to make others happy and/or sad - aware of themselves - through his music" - Peter Guralnick.
Composer/singer - rec for Okeh & Atlantic.
Trivia: Started to wear turban (he had 54 of them) on stage. The Shiek of The Blues gradually became the King of the Stroll.
Songs: Betty And Dupree/C. C. Rider/Caldonia (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?)/Change My Mind/Charged With Cheating/Don't Deceive Me/Don't Go/Ease The Pain/From The Bottom Of My Heart/Going To The River/Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes/I Feel So Bad/I Rule My House/It Ain't Right To Treat Me Wrong/It's Too Late/Juanita/Kansas City Woman/Keep A-Driving/Lawdy Miss Mary/Love Me Cherry/My Crying Eyes/My Heart's Been Broke Again/My Life/My Story/Need One More Chance/Salty Tears/That Train Is Gone/Thunder And Lightning/Two Spoons Of Tears/What Am I Living For/You're Still My Baby - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: Even if countless versions of his songs was done by artists like The Band, Buddy Holly, Charlie Rich, Little Milton, Otis Redding, the Elvis Presley version of "I Feel So Bad" was virtually a note for note copy.
Born: 1931 - Died: Jun 13, 1972
Trivia: Started to work with Billy Ward & the Dominoes in 1950. Formed the Drifters in 1953.
Songs: A Lover's Question/The Bells/Chicken Blues/The Deacon Moves In/Deep Sea Blues/Do Something For Me/Have Mercy Baby/Honey Love/I Am With You/I'd Be Satisfied/Little Bitty Pretty One/Long Lonely Nights/Lovey Dovey/Money Honey/No Says My Heart/Pedal Pushing Pappa/Rock And Cry/Sixty Minute Man/Such A Night/That's What You're Doing To Me/These Foolish Things/Treasure Of Love/Warm Your Heart/Weeping Willow Blues/What Cha Gonna Do/White Christmas/Without Love - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: "Money Honey" & "Such A Night" was recorded by Elvis.
DR. ROSS (Charles Isaiah Ross)
Born: Oct 21, 1925, Tunica (Tunica Co), MS
Quote: "There can be little doubt that Dr. Ross is one of the most individual and expressive blues singers and players around today " - Peter J. Welding.
Instr: Drums/Guitar/Harmonica/Kazoo - rec extensively various labels - including Chess and Sun.
Songs: Bad Whiskey Bad Women/Boogie Disease/Chicago Breakdown/Do The Boogie Woogie/Doctor Ross Rockin'/Don't Worry 'bout The Bear/Dr. Ross Breakdown/Freight Train/General Motors Blues/Going Away Baby/Going Back South/Going To The River/Good Thing Blues/Good Things Come To My Mind/Harmonica Boogie/How Much More Long/Industrial Blues/Juke Box Boogie/Let's Boogie All Night Long/Memphis Boogie/My Be Bop Gal/Rockin' After Midnight/Sweet Black Angel/Turkey Leg Woman - just to mention a few.
Born: Jan 27, 1918, Richland (Holmes Co), MS - Died: May 24, 1963, Chicago, IL
Quote: "... one of the most prominent and influential bluesmen of his, or any time" - Michael Bromberg.
Instr: Guitar - rec extensively various labels.
Songs: See his own page.
ETTA JAMES (Etta James Hawkins)
Born: Jan 25, 1938, Los Angeles, CA - Died: January 20, 2012, CA
Songs: All I Could Do Was Cry/At Last/Baby, Baby, Every Night/Baby What You Want Me To Do/Dance With Me Henry (The Wallflower)/Don't Cry Baby/Do Something Crazy/Fool That I Am/Good Lookin'/Good Rockin' Daddy/Hey Henry/How Big A Fool/I Hope You're Satisfied/It's Too Soon To Know/Loving You More Every Day/My Dearest darling/My One And Only/Next Door To The Blues/Pay Back/The Pick-Up/Pushover/Shortnin' Bread Rock/Something's Got A Hold On Me/Stop The Wedding/Strange Things/That's All/Tears Of Joy/Trust In Me/Tough Lover/Two Sides To Every Story/Woman/Would It Make Any Difference To You - just to mention a few.
FATS DOMINO (Antoine Domino)
Born: Feb 26, 1928, New Orleans (Orleans Parish), LA
Quote: "One of the first to penetrate the white record market was a chubby, shy man who combined blues feeling with an almost childlike sound" - Arnold Shaw.
Instr: Piano - rec extensively Imperial label, New Orleans, LA (occasionally Los Angeles, CA), 1949-63 + other labels.
Songs: Ain't It A Shame?/All By Myself/Be My Guest/The Big Beat/Blue Monday/Blueberry Hill/Boogie Woogie Baby/Cheatin'/Don't Come Knockin'/Don't Lie To Me/The Fat Man/Fats Frenzy/Goin' Home/Going To The River/Hey Fat Man/Hey La Bas Boogie/I Hear You Knocking/I Wanna Walk You Home/I Want You To Know/I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday/I'm In Love Again/I'm Walking/I've Been Around/It Keeps Rainin'/Let The Four Winds Blow/My Girl Josephine/Please Don't Leave Me/Rose Mary/Valley Of Tears/Walkin' To New Orleans/What A Price/Whole Lotta Lovin' - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: Elvis recorded several of Fat's songs.
Born: Nov 18, 1936
Trivia: Recorded "The Twist" long before Chubby Checker triggered the dance craze...
Songs: Annie Had A Baby/Annie's Aunt Fanny/Get It/Finger Poppin' Time/Henry's Got Flat Feet/It's Love Baby/Kansas City/Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/Sexy Ways/Teardrops On Your Letter/Tore Up/The Twist/Work With Me Annie - just to mention a few.
HOWLIN' WOLF (Chester Arthur Burnett)
Born: Jun 10, 1910, West Point (Clay Co), MS - Died: Jan 10, 1976, Hines, IL
Quote: "One of the major shapers of the electrically amplified modern blues style that has been so dominant an influence on all popular music since his time" - Peter Welding.
Instr: Guitar/Harmonica - rec extensively various labels - including Sun (rel Chess), RPM, Chess.
Songs: Ain't Superstitious/Back Door Man/Bluebird/Built For Comfort/CV Wine Blues/California Blues/California Boogie/Call Me The Wolf/Change My Way/Don't Laugh At Me/Evil/Forty-Four/Hidden Charm/Highway 49/How Many More Years?/Howlin' Blues/I Asked For Water/I Better Go Now/I Didn't Know/I Walked From Dallas/I'm The Wolf/I've Been Abused/Just Passing By/The Killing Floor/Look A-Here Baby/Moanin' At Midnight/Moanin' For My Baby/Mr. Highway Man/My Country Sugar Mama/My Last Affair/Natchez Burnin'/Oh Red/The Red Rooster/Saddle My Pony/Smokestack Lightning/Spoonful/300 Pounds Of Joy/Wolf Is At Your Door/Worried About My Baby - just to mention a few.
Born: Jun 9, 1934, Detroit - Died: ?
Trivia: Started as a member of Billy Ward & The Dominoes in 1953. Solo from 1957.
Songs: Bobby Sox Baby/Doggin' Around/Give Me You/I'm Going To Move To The Outskirts Of Town/Little Lie/Little Things Mean A Lot/Lonely Teardrops/Love Me Now Or Let Me Go/Night/Reet Petite/Rags To Riches/St. Louis Blues/That's Why (I Love You So)/Until The Real Thing Comes Along/You Better Know It/You Can't Keep A Good Man Down/Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher And Higher) - just to mention a few.
JIMMY REED (Mathis James Reed)
Born: Sept 6, 1925, Dunleith (Washington Co), MS - Died: Aug 29, 1976, Oakland, CA
Quote: "Mathis James Reed sang, played and composed an enormously influential style of blues based on simplicity and a warm, relaxed sort of charm" - Jim O'Neal.
Instr: Guitar/Harmonica - rec extensively VJ label, Chicago, IL, 1953-65 + other labels.
Songs: Ain't That Lovin' You Baby?/Aw Shucks Hush Your Mouth/Baby What You Want Me To Do?/Big Boss Man/Bright Lights, Big City/Caress Me Baby/Ends & Odds/Found Love/Going To New York/Honest I Do/Hush Hush/I Know It's A Sin/I Wanna Be Loved/My Bitter Seed/Odds & Ends/Rockin' With Reed/Shame Shame Shame/Signals Of Love/Take Out Some Insurance/You Got Me Dizzy - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby?" & "Big Boss Man" recorded by Elvis.
JIMMY ROGERS (James Rogers)
Born: Jun 3, 1924, Ruleville (Sunflower Co), MS - Died: Dec 1997
Quote: "Jimmy Rogers, the superb guitarist and singer... brightened all Muddy Waters' great early sessions" - Alex Cramer.
Instr: Guitar/Harmonica/Piano - rec extensively as sideman or single various labels - including Regal, Chess.
Songs: Act Like You Love Me/Back Door Friend/Blues Leave Me Alone/Broken Hearted Blues/Brown Skinned Woman/Chicago Bound/Goin' Away Baby/Gold Tailed Bird/House Rocker/I Lost The Good Woman/I Used To Have A Woman/Last Time/Lonesome Blues/Ludella/Money Marbles And Chalk/Out On The Road/Rock This House/Shelby County/Sloppy Drunk/That's All Right/Tricky Woman/Walking By Myself/The World's In A Tangle/You Are So Sweet/You're The One - just to mention a few. See some private photos
JOE TURNER (Joseph Vernon Turner)
Born: May 18, 1911, Kansas City (Jackson Co), MO - Died: ?
Quote: "In my opinion, Joe is the greatest blues singer (or shouter, if you prefer) of them all" - Pete Johnson.
Rec extensively various labels.
Songs: Back Breaking Blues/Big Wheel/Bluer Than Blue/Boogie Woogie Country Girl/Boss Of The House/Cains Of Love/Cherry Red/The Chicken And The Hawk/Corrine Corrina/Crawdad Hole/Empty Pocket Blues/Flip, Flop And Fly/Honey Hush/Joe's Blues/Just A Travelin' Man/Life Is A Card Game/Lucille, Lucille/Messin' Around/Midnight Cannonball/Midnight Rockin'/Mrs. Geraldine/Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop/Ooh-Wee Baby/Piney Brown Blues/Poor House/Rebecca/Roll 'Em Pete/Shake, Rattle And Roll/Since I Was Your Man/So Many Women Blues/Sweet Sixteen/TV Mama/Watch That Jive/Well Oh Well/When The Rooster Crows - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: "Shake, Rattle And Roll"/"Flip, Flop And Fly" recorded by Elvis.
JOHN LEE HOOKER
Born: Aug 22, 1917, Clarksdale (Coahoma Co), MS - Died: Jun 21, 2001.
Quote: "One of the most gripping and powerful singers the blues has yet produced and a guitarist whose playing all but overwhelms one with its ferocity and rhythmic tension" - Pete Welding.
Instr: Guitar - rec extensively various labes - including Modern, King, Regent, Savoy, Chess, DeLuxe, VJ.
Songs: Bang Bang Bang Bang/Blacksnake/Boogie Chillun/Boom Boom Boom Boom/Crawling King Snake/Dimples/Endless Boogie/Gonna Boogie/Hobo Blues/House Rent Boogie/I'm In The Mood/My First Wife Left Me/No Shoes/Queen Bee/Rock House Boogie/Seven Days And Seven Nights/Stella Mae/Stuttering Blues/You Been Dealin' With The Devil/You Lost A Good Man - just to mention a few.
JOHNNY SHINES aka Little Wolf/Shoe Shine Johnny (John Ned Shines)
Born: Apr 26, 1915, Frayser (Shelby Co), TN - Died: Apr 20, 1992, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Quote: "The ultimate Delta bluesman, combining the classic styles he learned as a youth into a very personal style, fluent, creative and forcefully talented as both singer and guitarist" - Jim DeKoster.
Instr: Guitar - rec extensively various labels - including Columbia, Chess, JOB.
Songs: Abide My Wish/Arguing And Boodling/Back To The Steel Mill/The Blue Horizon/Chief Tuscaloosa/Delta Pine/Devil's Daughter/Evil Hearted Women Blues/Fat Mama/Freight Train/I Believe I Make A Change/I Want To Warn You Baby/I'm Getting Old/Just Call Me/Little Wolf/Mean Black Gobbler/Mr. Cover Shaker/My Love Can't Hide/Pet Rabbit/Poor Man's Tonic/Shotgun Whupin'/Skull And Crossbone Blues/Stop Cryin'/Too Lazy/Vallie Lee/You Don't Have To Go/You're The One I Love - just to mention a few. See some private photos
JUNIOR PARKER (Herman Parker)
Born: Mar 3, 1927, Clarksdale, MS - Died: Nov 18, 1971, Blue Island, IL (Dates not confirmed)
Quote: "He was one of the greatest blues singers of them all" - Purvis Spann.
Instr: Harmonica - rec extensively various labels - including Modern, Sun, Duke.
Songs: Backtracking/Bare Foot Rock/Blue Shadows Falling/Can You Tell Me Baby/Can't Understand/Dirty Friend Blues/Driving Me Mad/Feelin' Bad/Feelin' Good/Five Long Years/Fussin' And Fightin' Blues/How Long Can This Go On?/I Wanna Ramble/I'm Tender/I'll Forget About You/Love My Baby/Man Or Mouse/Mother-In-Law Blues/Mystery Train/No One Knows/Please Baby Blues/Pretty Baby/Sittin' At The Bar/Sittin' At The Window/Sittin' Drinkin' And Thinkin'/Stand By Me/Sweet Home Chicago/That's Alright/There Better Be No Feet (In Them Shoes) - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: "Mystery Train" recorded by Elvis.