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TEDDY REYNOLDS, 1950-69

TEDDY REYNOLDS, 1950-69

           
Un des meilleurs pianistes de blues texan de l'après-guerre, Teddy Reynolds est né à Houston le 12 juillet 1931 d'une famille musicale (son père Theodore jouait du piano dans les clubs du quartier du Third Ward de Houston) et élevé par sa grand mère Hallie Robinson, elle-même une pianiste qui lui a appris son instrument.
            Dès l'adolescence, Teddy peut ainsi se produire dans certains clubs du 3d Ward peu regardants sur l'âge réel du pianiste, tel le Jeff's Playhouse dont il devient membre de l'orchestre maison où passeront Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins, Joe Medwick ou Henry Hayes. Il accompagne aussi nombre de grands noms en tournée...
            C'est grâce à Henry Hayes que Reynolds fait ses débuts discographiques pour Sittin' In With en 1950 en tant que chanteur de l'orchestre de Ed Wiley (And his After Hours Band). Cette première séance engendre un succès régional avec Cry, cry, cry, ce qui pousse le label à éditer d'autres morceaux de ces séances mais cette fois sous le nom de Teddy "Cry Cry" Reynolds! Les années suivantes, Teddy fait partie de plusieurs orchestres, tourne dans tous les Etats du Sud Ouest et participe en tant que pianiste et organiste à de nombreuses séances, particulièrement pour le label Duke/ Peacock à Houston derrière Bobby Bland, Junior Parker, Texas Johnny Brown, Johnny Copeland.... Mais il doit attendre 1958 pour graver de nouveaux titres sous son nom, obtenant un nouveau succès avec le classique Puppy dogs.
            Au début des années 1960, Reynolds s'installe à Los Angeles, joue dans des clubs californiens et enregistre sous son nom (pour les frères Bihari), même un album entier de blues "Twists" (sic) ou en tant que musicien de studio.

            Mais avec l'avènement du Disco, les engagements se font rares. Teddy retourne à Houston, doit travailler dans le bâtiment et l'industrie pétrolière avant d'être redécouvert par Hammond Scott et à nouveau enregistré avec les Texas Upsetters du saxophoniste Grady Gaines. Il décède à Houston le 1er octobre 1998.
            Malgré tous les efforts, nous n'avons pu rassembler la totalité des titres enregistrés par Teddy Reynolds entre 1950 et 1969. Merci à tous ceux qui pourront compléter cette discographie. Et merci à Jose Yrrabera et Johnny Lee Ramirez pour leur aide.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

            One of the best post-war Texan pianists, Teddy Reynolds was born in Houston on 12th July 1931 from a musical family: his father (also named Theodore) was a noted pianist in the Third Ward's clubs and his pianist grandmother Hallie Robinson who really raised him taught him well this instrument.
            Still a teenager (and despite his young age), Teddy starts to play in Houston's clubs and get a regular job as the piano man in Jeff's Playhouse house band where he meets and befriends Johnny Copeland, Albert Collins, Joe Medwick or Henry Hayes.
            Thanks to Hayes, Teddy makes his recording debut as the singer of the Ed Wiley's After Hours Band for the Sittin' In With label, waxing a regional hit with Cry, cry, cry. Other tracks from those sessions are thus issued, this time under Teddy "Cry Cry" Reynolds name! The following years, Teddy is constantly in demand as a studio man for several labels, particularly Don Robey's Duke/Peacock, recording behind a lot of blues and R&B acts (Bobby Bland, Junior Parker, Texas Johnny Brown...)... But he has to wait 1958 to record under his name, Puppy dogs, another local hit.
            During the early 60's, Reynolds moves to Los Angeles where he also plays in local clubs and records behind a lot of artists for several West Coast label like those of the Bihari Brothers. He records also under his name, even a whole Crown album in which his blues are recycled as "Twists" to cope with the then current trend.
            But with the beginning of the Disco craze, the 1970's are lean years for many bluesmen and Teddy has to come back to Houston to make a living working on the oil and construction industries. Happily, the late 1980's blues boom brings him to the attention of producer Hammond Scott who brings him in the studio again for several sessions with the new reformed Grady Gaines' Texas Upsetters.
            Teddy Reynolds dies in Houston on 1st October 1998.
            Despite our efforts, we have not been able to gather all the titles recorded under his name by this great pianist between 1950-69. Thank you by advance to all of those who would like to complete this collection. And a lot of thanks to Jose Yrrabera and Johnny Lee Ramirez for their already great help.
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

TEDDY REYNOLDS/ 1950-69
Teddy Reynolds, vcl; Willie Johnson, pno; Henry Hayes, a-sax; Ed Wiley, t-sax; Don Cooks, bs; Ben Turner, dms. Houston, Tx. janvier 1950
01. Cry cry baby
Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; tpt; Henry Hayes, a-sax; Ed Wiley, t-sax; g; Don Cooks, bs; Ben Turner, dms. Houston, Tx. 1950
02. Walkin' the floor baby
03. Why baby why
04. Summer's on its way
05. Right will always win
06. You put a voodoo spell on me
07. My heart's full of misery
08. Helpless for your loving
09. Suicide blues
Strange mysterious woman
Waitin at the station
Too late to make a change
Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; Harold Bennett, t-sax; L.A. Hill, t-sax; Johnny Copeland, g; Oscar Adams, bs; Johnny Prejean, dms. Houston, Tx. 26 mars 1958
10. Puppy dogs
11. Sad and blue
Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; Phillip Walker, g; The Twisters, band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1961
12. She's only twist for me
13. Twist all night
14. Twist with me baby
15. I want to twist with my baby
16. I'll do the twist
17. You changed me
18. Eyes on you
19. Louise
20. I thought the war was over I & II
21. Do you wanna twist?
Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; Johnny Success' band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1962
22. Rockin' with you baby
If I could live my life over
Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; LaLa Wilson, bs; band. Los Angeles, Ca. novembre 1963
I'm a devil
My life all over
Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1966
23. Drop that gun
Love you like I always do
Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1969
24. Ain't that soul

Three or Four puppies

18 commentaires:

  1. TEDDY REYNOLDS 1950-69

    http://www61.zippyshare.com/v/rw3AyhZu/file.html

    OK?

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    1. Merci beaucoup pour votre admirable travail.Merci de m'en faire profiter.

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  2. Merci beaucoup Monsieur Herzhaft!

    Docteur Hepcat

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  3. Gulf Coast Blues Vol. 1 (1990) [320]
    http://www45.zippyshare.com/v/gsDIEubI/file.html
    NMR (originaly send by Maxims on October 19, 2015)
    contains 4 Teddy Reynolds songs

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    2. Thanks BDaD but those Teddy Reynolds tracks are from 1989 and thus out of the range of my comp.

      Teddy Reynolds, vcl/pno; Keith Winking, tpt; Kaz Kazanoff, t-sax; Mr Excello, t-sax; Anson Funderburgh, g; Joe Hughes, g; George Porter Jr, bs; David Lee, dms. Metairie, La. mars 1989
      Young girl's got a lot of patience
      Texas son
      I work five days a week
      I don't want your money

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  4. Merci bien Gerard, will send you the missing songs soon!

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  5. Looks good Gerard, many thanks for gathering all these rare early tracks for us.

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  6. This looks great (as always) , thanks for posting !

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  7. As always: a great collecion!
    Many thanks, Gerard.

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  8. Many thanks. I had the privilege of seeing Teddy Reynolds a number of times with Texas Johnny Brown in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin when he was a member of Johnny's band. A great artist! Great to have all this fine material in one place!

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  9. Hi Gerard,

    Thanks again for presenting a "new found" artist here. Also music is "new hears" here too. appreciate all the work & effort put into your shares. Merci.

    Ciao! For now.
    rntcj

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  10. As usual, great (and uncommon) stuff!
    Cheers Daniel, from Spain...

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  11. I give you many many thanks for this!

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