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DETROIT Jr/ Early Recordings



DETROIT Jr/ Complete Early Recordings


            De l'Arkansas (où il est né à Haynes le 26 octobre 1931) à Detroit et Flint - un séjour qui lui donnera son surnom - puis Chicago en 1955, l'itinéraire d'Emery Williams Jr ne diffère guère de celui de la plupart des bluesmen de sa génération. Les années d'apprentissage passées dans les juke-joints du Sud laissent leur marque sur son jeu de piano, sans subtilités mais puissant et carré, ainsi que sur sa voix qui semble perpétuellement essayer de dissiper une brume épaisse de fumées et de vapeurs d'alcool. Son ton laconique fait encore davantage ressortir l'humour grinçant de la plupart de ses compositions.
            Pris sous l'aile protectrice d'Eddie Boyd dès son arrivée à Chicago dans les années 50, Detroit Jr devient un pilier des clubs de la ville. Il fait partie des orchestres de Morris Pejoe, Lefty Dizz, Little Mack Simmons et enregistre pour Bea & Baby, Chess, CJ, Palos plusieurs blues marquants dont certains sont des succès locaux: Money tree et le désopilant Call my job en 1965. Mais le Chicago blues de cette époque est en crise et seuls les grands noms vont réussir à survivre. Detroit Jr reprend son rôle d'accompagnateur dans divers groupes, en particulier derrière Howlin' Wolf. Le Blues Revival ne fait que l'effleurer malgré, en 1971, un excellent microsillon, Chicago urban blues, produit par Al Smith où Detroit Jr, en grande forme, est accompagné par le guitariste Mighty Joe Young. Cette verve est intacte sur les quatre titres que le pianiste enregistre en 1980 pour l'anthologie Living Chicago blues (Alligator).
           
Par la suite, Detroit Jr a continué d'écumer les clubs de Chicago, parfois en compagnie du guitariste L.C. Roby, enregistrant encore quelques excellents albums, notamment Blues on the Internet, son dernier pour Delmark. Il décède le 9 août 2005 à Chicago.
            Tous nos remerciements pour Steve Wisner, Robert Barleigh, Scott Arnold et Blues4Sale qui nous ont généreusement fourni les titres les plus rares de Detroit Jr.
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

            From Haynes, Arkansas (where he was born on 26 October, 1931) to Detroit and Flint where he get his nickname and where he worked three years in automobile plants to Chicago in 1955, Emery Williams Jr has followed the same path that many Chicago bluesmen. He learned the church organ at an early age and became a noted piano player in local juke joints. He will always keep his no-nonsense «barrelhouse» style of playing and his effective and fascinating voice, seeming always winning a hard battle against alcohol vapors and curls of smoke. All along his career he will also be able to write some first rate blues filled with a very personal wry and caustic humor.
            When in Chicago, Detroit Jr was taken under his wing by Eddie Boyd who introduced him in clubs and studios. During the 1950’s and 60’s Detroit Jr played with several bands (Morris Pejoe, Lefty Dizz, Little Mack Simmons) and recorded substantially for Bea & Baby, Chess, C.J., Palos, gaining local hits with Money tree or Call my job, two titles that have become blues classics until this day. But in the mid-60’s, the times were hard for the blues. Despite a very good LP for Al Smith, his solo career went nowhere and Jr found a better and steady job as a regular member of the Wolf Gang, behind Howlin’ Wolf and, after Wolf’s death, with Eddie Shaw’s Wolf Gang. He will have to wait the 1980’s and his excellent participation to Alligator’s legendary series Living Chicago Blues to resume his solo career, touring Europe quite often, staging on the main blues festivals and recordings several good albums whose the best might be his last for Delmark, Blues on the Internet. Detroit Jr died in Chicago on August 9th, 2005.
            A lot of thanks to Steve Wisner, Robert Barleigh, Scott Arnold and Blues4Sale who have generously shared their very rare records.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT


DETROIT Jr/ Early Recordings
Complete Recordings
Detroit Jr (Emery Williams Jr), vcl/pno; Little Mack Simmons, vcls; Eddie King, g/vcls; Bob Anderson, bs; Robert Whitehead, dms. Chicago, Ill. 18 février 1960
01. Money tree
02. So unhappy
Detroit Jr, vcl/pno; saxes; Eddie King, g; Willie Dixon, bs; Fred below, dms. Chicago, Ill. Mai 1960
03. Too poor
04. You mean everything to me
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Milton Bland, t-sax; Phil Upchurch, g/bs; Freddy Robinson, g/bs; Billy Davenport, dms; Harold Burrage, bells/sp. Chicago, Ill. 1960
05. This time for Xmas
06. Christmas day
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Johnny Campbelle, t-sax; saxes; band; The Troyettes, vcls. Chicago, ill. 1962
07. Money’s no problem
08. Different dances
Detroit Junior, vcl; saxes; James Wheeler, g; Lafayette Leake, pno; Johnny Howard, bs; dms. Chicago, Ill. 11 juillet 1964
09. Zig zag
10. I’ll find me another girl
11. Can't take it
12. Mother in law
13. Don't unpack
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Ike Perkins, g; band. Chicago, Ill. 29 mai 1965
14. Talk fast
15. It’s bad to make a woman mad
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Maria, vcls; Lonnie Brooks, g; bs; Harold Tidwell, dms. Chicago, Ill. juillet 1965
16. Call my job
17. The way I feel
Detroit Jr, vcl/pno; Fenton Robinson, g; Burgess Gardner, t-sax; Bob Anderson, bs Billy Davenport, dms. Chicago, Ill. 1966
18. All through with love
19. Come on in
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Lafayette Leake, pno; band; Louis Satterfield, bs. Chicago, Ill. 27 septembre 1967
20. Secret love
21. Young blood
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Mighty Joe Young, g; Little Mack Simmons, hca; Jimmy Richards, bs; Bill Warren, dms. Chicago, Ill. 1972
22. Money crazy
23. Windy city blues
24. Dance with me baby
25. So unhappy (1972)
26. Welfare blues
27. Don’t get in my shape
28. Call my job
29. My weakness is women
30. Alice
31. Christmas blues (1972)

25 commentaires:

  1. A very fine collection! Thank you, Gerard.

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  2. A Lovely Xmas present Gerard. Thank you very much.

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  3. Thanks For Every Post From The Masters... Very Righteous Work.
    Congratulations !

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  4. Thank you Gerard!
    This is Christmas each time you post!

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  5. Thanks for all of your expert and respectful efforts.

    Track 2, "So Unhappy" seems not to be the recording from the indicated 1960 session that was issued by Bea & Baby. It is not the track issued from that session on at least two Bea & Baby CD compilations nor does its inclusion of saxophone match your session information for that date.

    I can't find any information on what version of "So Unhappy" it might actually be.

    Can you help?

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    1. Thank you very much, Scott for this. I must say I had some doubts about this version of So Unhappy being from 1960 (I don't have the original. Would you send it to me for correction?). As I recieved it as an .mp3 through mail by an anonymous helper I couldn't check it but the overall sound didn't seem to fit with the 1960 session. Anyway as I was told it was the right track from the right session I have posted it as such. But the voice of Jr seems also to be much older and now, thanks to you particularly, make me think that this "So unhappy" must come from one of the later CD's Detroit Jr recorded... Any further help?

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    2. Hi Gerard.

      The version you posted turns out to be from the 1998 Wolf Records album called Chicago Blues legends and was recorded in Chicago in 1994.

      I have sent you a copy of the correct track, Bea & Baby 111.

      Thanks again.

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    3. Thank you very much Scott! And sorry for this error

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  6. Looks good, just in time for Xmas. Many thanks Gerard, and I wish you and your loved ones a very merry Xmas and all the best for 2016.

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  7. Merci beaucoup pour ce nouveau post Gerard , comme chaque fois : c'est ici que je trouve les morceaux d'un artiste qui manquent a ma collection .
    Je vous souhaite une bonne fin d'année avec beaucoup de bonnes choses !
    Thanks for all you do .
    Marc

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  8. Thanks a lot for this collection, Gerard, and for all the fine stuff you posted!

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  9. Due to a mistake (sorry for this), the 2nd track "So unhappy" was not the original from 1960. Here is the new coorect Detroit Jr files thanks to Scott Arnold
    http://www37.zippyshare.com/v/cSSZbKsz/file.html

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  10. Thanks for the early Christmas present, Gerard. I knew Detroit well, and miss him dearly. Best, Marty

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  11. Joyeux Noël & Bonne Année 2016 à vous M. Herzhaft & à ceux qui vous sont chers.
    Merci encore pour votre travail et sincères félicitations.

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  12. i am sorry to say...
    could you post "Early & Rare Johnny Littlejohn" again?
    thank you.

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    1. Littlejohn early
      http://www27.zippyshare.com/v/dEbc8Y9E/file.html

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    2. Thank you very much!
      I really appreciate you.

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  13. Is there a link for this Detroit Jr file, please?

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    1. You should look on the comments above!
      http://www37.zippyshare.com/v/cSSZbKsz/file.html
      It was there already

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    2. Thank you very much. I was looking for it in the wrong place.

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  14. thank you very much Gerard, have a good year !!!

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  15. Mr Herzaft Je vous souhaite ainsi qu'à votre famille une année 2016 la plus satisfaisante possible.
    Je vous remercie de la grande qualité des artistes que vous nous distribuer.
    J'espere que votre partage se poursuivra le plus longtemps possible.
    Encore merci. JPVerger

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  16. Gérard,
    Bonne et heureuse année à vous et vos proches!
    Longue vie à Blue Eye, et merci pour tous ces enregistrements.
    Xavier Maire (bopping.org)

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  17. Ces faces de Detroit Jr sont extraordinaires! Comme vous le soulignez, quelle voix et quel parolier. Je connaissais quelques uns de ces disques plus tardifs, mais pas ses premiers enregistrements que vous rassemblez ici. Merci encore pour votre blog. Quel boulot!

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