LA VERN BAKER
Born: Nov 11, 1929, Chicago, IL.
Trivia: Many of her recordings was covered by other artists.
Songs: Bop-Ting-A-Ling/Bumblebee/C. C. Rider/Hey, Memphis/How Can You Leave A Man Like This?/I Can't Hold Out Any Longer/I Cried A Tear/I Want To Rock/I'll Try/Jim Dandy/Jim Dandy Got Married/Just A Closer Walk With Thee/Living My Life For You/Saved/Shake A Hand/Soul On Fire/Still/Substitute/Take Out Some Time/Tomorrow Night/Tra La La/Tweedle Dee - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: Elvis performed songs like "Saved", "Tweedle Dee"...
LITTLE ESTHER (Esther Mae Jones aka Esther Phillips)
Born: Dec 23, 1935, Galveston (Galveston Co), TX - Died: Aug 7, 1984.
Quote: "More subtle than Tina Turner, less sophisticated than Dinah Washington, she is in her way a great blues singer" - Steve Voce.
Instr: Drums/Organ/Piano/Trumpet - rec extensively various labels - including Savoy, Modern, Federal.
Trivia: Started to work with Johnny Otis at the age of thirteen.
Songs: Aged And Mellow/Cherry Wine/Cupid's Boogie/The Deacon Moves In/Do You Ever Think Of Me/Double Crossing Blues/Flesh, Blood And Bones/Hollerin' And Screamin'/Hound Dog/I'm A Bad, Bad Girl/I've Paid My Dues/I'll Be There/Last Laugh Blues/Looking For A Man/Main Line Baby/Mistrusting Blues/Oo Papa Do/Ramblin' Blues/Ring-A-Ding Doo/Saturday Night Daddy/So Good/Somebody New/The Storm/Street Lights/Sweet Lips/Turn The Lamps Down Low/Wedding Boogie/When You See My Baby/You Took My Love Too Fast - just to mention a few.
LITTLE WALTER (Marion Walter Jacobs)
Born: May 1, 1930. Marksville (Avoyelles Parish), LA - Died: Feb 15, 1968, Chicago, IL.
Quote: "He almost single-handedly fashioned the stylistic approach for harmonica which has since become standard for the genre and has been emulated by virtually every blues harmonica player" - Mike Leadbitter.
Instr: Guitar/Harmonica - rec extensively as sideman or single various labels - including Chess/Checker.
Songs: Ah'w Baby/Back Track/Blue Lights/Blues With A Feeling/Break It Up/Can't Hold Out Much Longer/Crazy Legs/Everything Gonna Be Alright/Flying Saucer/I Got To Find My Baby/I Got To Go/I Just Keep Loving Her/It Ain't Right/Juke/Just A Feeling/Just Your Fool/Last Night/Leaving In The Morning/Lights Out/Mean Old World/Moonshine Blues/Muskadine/Off The Wall/Oh Baby/One More Chance With You/Quarter To Twelve/Rock Bottom/Rocker/Sad Hours/Shake Dancer/Take Me Back/Teenage Beat/Tell Me Mama/Thunderbird/The Toddle/Up The Line/You Better Watch Yourself/You're So Fine - just to mention a few.
Born: Mar 9, 1933 or '34, New Orleans (Kenner), LA.
Songs: Baby, Come Home/Carry Me Home/Come Into My Heart/Have You Ever Had The Blues?/I'm Goin' Back/I'm Gonna Get Married/I Want You To Know/I Wish Your Picture Was You/Jimmie Lee/Just Because/Lady Luck/Lawdy Miss Clawdy/Mailman Blues/Oh Oh Oh/Personality/Question/Stagger Lee/So Long/Tell Me Pretty Baby/Too Late For Tears/What Do You Do To My Heart?/Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?/Why/You Need Love - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: Price's first record was for the Specialty label in 1952. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (his own composition) was recorded with Dave Bartholomew's band with Fats Domino on piano and by May '52 had the hottest R&B hit in America. An R&B/Rock 'n' Roll standard, recorded by many others, including, most famously, Elvis Presley.
LOUISIANA RED aka Cryin' Red/Elmore James Jr./Guitar Red/Iverson Bey/Playboy Fuller/Richard Lee Fuller/Rocky Fuller/Rockin' Red/Walkin' Slim (Iverson Minter)
Born: Mar 23, 1936, Vicksburg (Warren Co), MS
Quote: "... he has the ability to make a guitar talk and a harmonica cry in the manner of the great bluesmen of the past" - Herb Abramson.
Instr: Guitar/Harmonica - rec extensively various labels - including Chess/Checker.
Songs: Back On The Road Again/Bad Case Of The Blues/Caught My Man And Gone/Cold Feeling/Cold White Sheet/Country Playboy/Dead Stray Dog/Death Of Ealase/Don't Cry/First Degree/Freight Train To Ride/Going Home/Had A Date With Barbara Last Night/Held Up In One Town/I Was Out Walking/I Wonder Who/I'm A Roaming Stranger/I'm Going Back To Georgia/I'm Louisiana Red/Keep Your Hands Off My Woman/My Baby's Coming Home/New Jersey Women/Red's Dream/Sad News/Some Day/Sugar Hips/Sweet Alesse/Sweetblood Call/Thirty Dirty Women/Too Poor To Die/Two Fifty Three/Where Is My Friend?/Who Been Fooling You?/The Whole World/Working Man Blues - just to mention a few. See some private photos
Born: Mar 31, 1921, Tulsa (Tulsa Co), OK.
Quote: "Lowell's heritage may be Indian but he rides to the rhythm of a guitar... and he comes into his own when he sings the blues" - Paul Oliver.
Instr: Guitar - rec extensively various labes - including Aladdin, Checker.
Songs: Blue Soul/Check Yourself/Cloudy Day/Comin' Home Someday/Country Boy Blues/Crying Won't Help/Do You Love Me?/Don't Be So Evil/Don't Destroy Me/Don't Drive Me Baby/Fed Up/I Believe I'll Give It Up/I Still Love You Baby/KC Bound/Lady In The Raw/Love Grow Cold/Man On The Run/Miss Lillie Brown/Pay Day Blues/Please Don't Go/Reconsider Baby/Rock 'Em Dead/Rock This Morning/Rollin' Blues/Shed No Tears/So Long So Long/Stoned To The Bone/Tramp/Trouble With The Blues/Worry Worry - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: "Reconsider Baby" recorded by Elvis. See some private photos
MUDDY WATERS (McKinley Morganfield)
Born: Apr 4, 1915, Rolling Fork (Sharkey Co), MS - Died: Apr 30, 1983, Chicago, IL.
Quote: "Virtually alone, Muddy Waters developed the ensemble style of play which has come to characterize... Chicago Blues" - Peter Guralnick.
Instr: Guitar/Harmonica - rec extensively various labels - including Chess.
Songs: Baby Please Don't Go/Blind Man/The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll/Country Boy/Down South Blues/Feel Like Going Home/Forty Days And Forty Nights/Got My Mojo Working/I Got My Brand On You/I Just Want To Make Love To You/Mean Mistreater/Mojo Hand/Mud In Your Ear/My Home Is In The Delta/Rollin' Stone/She's Nineteen Years Old/Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone?/You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Dead And Gone - just to mention a few.
NAPPY BROWN (Napoleon Brown)
Born: Oct 12, 1929, Charlotte, NC.
Rec extensively Savoy label.
Songs: A Long Time/Baby I Got News For You/Am I/Bye Bye Baby/Coal Miner/Didn't You Know/Deedle I Love You/Don't Be Angry/I Cried Like A Baby/Down In The Alley/I Wonder (What's Wrong With Me)/Is It True, Is It True/It Don't Hurt No More/I've Had My Fun/Little By Little/Love Baby/Love Locks/My Baby/Open Up That Door (And Walk Right In My Heart)/Pitter Patter/Pleasing You/Sittin' In The Dark/The Right Time/That Man/There'll Come A Day/Two Faced Woman (And A Lyin' Man)/Well Well Baby/What's Come Over You, Baby - just to mention a few.
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR (Roy Byrd)
Born: Dec 19, 1918, Bogalusa (Washington Parish), LA - Died: Jan 30, 1980, New Orleans, LA.
Quote: "Roy Byrd... is the most colorful and influential pianist to emerge from the New Orleans milieu since Jelly Roll Morton" - Robert Palmer.
Instr: Drums/Guitar/Piano - rec various labels.
Trivia: His "Go To The Mardi Gras" is still played every year in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras.
Songs: Bald Head/Ball The Wall/Big Chief/Boogie Woogie/Cry Pretty Baby/Doctor Professor Longhair/Doin' It/Go To The Mardi Gras/Gone So Long/Hadicol Bounce/Hey Little Girl/Hey Now Baby/How Long Has That Train Been Gone?/If I Only knew/In The Night/Junco Partner/Longhair's Blues-Rhumba/Mardi Gras In New Orleans/Mean Ol' World/Meet Me Tomorrow Night/No Buts, No Maybes/She Walks Right In/Tiptina/Professor Longhair Blues/She Ain't Got No Hair/Walk Your Blues Away/Who's Been Fooling You/Willie Mae - just to mention a few.
Born: 1933, Memphis, TN.
Rec extensively for various labels - including Duke, RPM, Sun (also recordings for Duke/RPM).
Songs: Blues For My Baby/Booted/Bop With Me Baby/Don't Have To Worry 'Bout You No More/Just In From Texas/Keep On Doggin'/Let's Get High/Lucille (Looking For My Baby)/Miserable Old Feeling/New Orleans Wimmin/No More Doggin'/Ouch! Pretty Baby/Real Pretty Mama/Rosco's Boogie/T-Model Boogie/Throwing My Money Away/Two Kinds Of Women/Whiskey Made Me Drunk/Why Do I Love You Baby - just to mention a few.
ROY BROWN (Roy James Brown)
Born: Sept 10, 1925, New Orleans (Orleans Parish), LA - Died: May 25, 1981, San Fernando, CA.
Quote: "One of the finest soulful blues singers that I had the pleasure of working with" - Henry Glover
Instr: Piano - rec extensively various labels - including DeLuxe, King, Imperial.
Songs: Ain't No Rockin' No More/Bar Room Blues/Be My Love Tonight/Boogie At Midnight/Cryin' With The Blues/Deep Down In My Soul/Double Crossing Woman/Driving Me Mad/Fannie Mae/Good Looking And Foxy Too/Good Rockin' Man/Good Rockin' Tonight/Hard Luck Blues/Hard Times/Higher And Higher/I Feel That Young Man's Rhythm/I Want My Fanny Brown/Laughing But Crying/Let The Four Winds Blow/Letter From Home/Lollipop Mama/Miss Fanny Brown/New Orleans Woman/Queen Of Diamonds/Travelin' Man/Trouble At Midnight/Worried Life Blues/Wrong Woman Blues - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: Roy wrote and recorded "Good Rockin' Tonight" back in 1946 - a classic also recorded by Elvis in the mid 50's. See some private photos
Born: Jan 30, 1928, Portsmouth, VA.
Trivia: Several of her records was covered by other singers. A big hit here in Norway was Cliff Richard's (British) version of "Lucky Lips".
Songs: As Long As I'm Moving/Daddy Daddy/Don't Deceive Me/The Door Is Still Open/Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe/Have A Good Time/Hello Little Boy/I Can Dream, Can't I?/It's Love Baby/It's Raining/Jack O'Diamonds/Love Me Baby/Lucky Lips/Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean/Mambo Baby/Oh What A Dream/Old Man River/Please Don't Freeze/R. B. Blues/Sentimental Journey/Shine On/So Long/Somebody Touched Me/Sweet Baby Of Mine/Teardrops From My Eyes/The Tears Keep Tumbling Down/This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'/Why Me?/Wild Wild Young Men - just to mention a few.
Born: Jan 22, 1935 - Died: Dec 11, 1964.
Quote: "Sam Cooke is somebody other singers have to measure themselves against, and most of them go back to pumping gas" - Keith Richards.
Trivia: Started his career as member of a gospel group called The Soul Stirrers.
Rec for Specialty, Keen & RCA.
Songs: Another Saturday Night/Bring It On Home To Me/Chain Gang/Cupid/Feel It/Forever/Having A Party/I'll Come Running Back To You/Little Red Rooster/Loveable/Only Sixteen/Pilgrim Of Sorrow/Send Me Some Lovin'/Shake/Touch The Hem Of His Garment/Twistin' The Night Away/Wonderful World/You Send Me - just to mention a few.
SLIM HARPO (James Moore)
Born: Jan 11, 1924, Lobdell (West Baton Rouge Parish), LA - Died: Jan 31, 1970, Baton Rouge, LA.
Quote: "Slim harpo, the man with the guitar and harmonica, has molded his art into a pure classical style and has become a legend in his own time" - Robert Holmes.
Instr: Harmonica - rec extensively in Crowley, LA - labels include Excello, Imperial.
Songs: A Man Is Crying/Baby Scratch My Back/Bobby Sox Baby/Buzz Me Baby/Buzzin'/Don't Start Crying Now/Harpo's Blues/Hey Little Lee/I'm A King Bee/I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)/I'm Your Bread Maker Baby/I Got Love If You Want It/I Love The Life I'm Living/I Need Money/Late Last Night/Midnight Blues/My Little Queen Bee/One Of These Days/Rainin' In My Heart/Shake Your Hips/Sittin' Here Wondering/Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu/Tip On In/Talking Blues/That Ain't Your Business/We're Two Of A Kind/Wonderin' Blues - just to mention a few.
Born: Jul 5, 1920, Union (St. James Parish), LA - Died: Oct 7, 1966, New Orleans, LA.
Quote: "One of the greatest blues shouters of the 1950s" - Mike Leadbitter.
Instr: Piano - rec various labels - including DeLuxe, Imperial.
Songs: Ain't Gonna Do It/Bee's Boogie/The Bells Are Ringing/Big Mamou/Blue Monday/Bumpity Bump/Caldonia's Party/Come On/Dirty People/Down The Road/Down Yonder We Go Ballin'/Growing Old/Gumbo Blues/Hook, Line And Sinker/I Hear You Knocking/Lost Weekend/Lowdown/My Baby Was Right/Oh Baby/One Night Of Sin/Playgirl/Queen Of Hearts/Real Gone Lover/The Rocks/Sad Life/Some Day/Tee-Nah-Nah/Too Many Drivers/Where Were You/You're Not The One - just to mention a few.
The EP connection: Elvis recorded both the risky "One Night Of Sin" and the cleaned up version "One Night".
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON (Aleck Ford aka Alec Miller)
Born: Dec 5, 1899, Glendora (Tallahatchie Co), MS - Died: May 25, 1965, Helena, AR.
Quote: "He was in fact one of the most genuinely creative, persuasive, strikingly individualistic performers the blues has ever seen" - Pete Welding.
Instr: Drums/Guitar/Harmonica - rec extensively various labels - including Checker/Chess.
Songs: All My Love In Vain/Born Blind/Bring It On Home/Come On Back Home/Cool Cool Blues/Crazy About You Baby/Cross My Heart/Don't Lose Your Eye/Eyesight To The Blind/I Cross My Heart/I Never Do Wrong/It's A Bloody Life/Keep It To Yourself/Keep Your Hand Out Of My Pocket/Key To Your door/Like Wolf/Little Girl How Old are You?/My Younger Days/She Brought Life Back To The Dead/Somebody help Me/Steady Rollin' Man/West Memphis Blues/When The Lights Went Out - just to mention a few.
WILLIE DIXON (Willie James Dixon)
Born: Jul 1, 1915, Vicksburg (Warren Co), MS - Died: 1992.
Quote: "In any definitive review of the postwar Chicago [and urban] blues, Willie Dixon's diverse contributions as composer, arranger, performer and organizer stand out as a major and energizing force that helped shape the blues of his era..." - Tom Fiofori.
Instr: Bass/Guitar - rec extensively as sideman or single various labels - including Chess/Checker.
Songs: After Five Long Years/Big Momma, Little Momma/Don't Let That Music Die/Evil Is Going On/Hidden Charms/Hoo Doo Blues/Jump Sister Bessie/Let Everybody Boogie/My Baby/My Hoodoo Doctor/Rub My Root/Shake For Me/You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover/You'll Be Mine - just to mention a few.
Wish I could have included even more of my favorites - but I can't keep on forever... ;-)
Please e-mail me if you got any corrections, dates etc.