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mercredi 4 août 2021

LITTLE MACK SIMMONS/ Complete Recordings 1959-76

LITTLE MACK SIMMONS/ Complete Recordings 1959-76
     



 

Little Mack Simmons (né à Twist, Arkansas le 25 janvier 1933) a été quelque peu dans l'ombre des autres harmonicistes de Chicago. S'il n'est certainement pas "le plus grand harmoniciste de Chicago" comme il le proclamait fièrement, il est un bluesman d'importance qui a substantiellement enregistré et beaucoup de bonnes choses.
         Ami d'enfance de James Cotton, Mack apprend l'harmonica en écoutant les disques de John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson et joue dans les rues de Saint Louis avec Robert Nighthawk avant de gagner Chicago en 1954. Il fait rapidement partie du groupe d'harmonicistes de la ville qui rêvent de voler sur les traces de Little Walter et Jimmy Reed: Slim Willis, Dusty Brown, Good Rockin' Charles, Lester Davenport... En 1955, il forme son premier groupe avec Detroit Junior, Bobby Anderson, Eddie King et Robert Whitehead. Mack réussit à enregistrer en 1959 pour le producteur Carl Jones, Come back et My walking blues qui sont de petits succès. Cela lui permet de retourner fréquemment dans les studios les années suivantes et de sortir des disques sur Bea & Baby, Checker, New Breed, Palos... Mack y fait preuve d'un jeu d'harmonica dynamique, très dérivé de ceux de Little Walter et Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) et d'une voix chaude qui veut parfois évoquer Bobby Bland. Mais les goûts du public noir ne sont plus au blues et les tentatives faites par Little Mack pour devenir un musicien de Soul tournent court. Il s'installe un instant à la frontière mexicaine, vit du trafic de drogue et avec l'argent ainsi gagné s'achète le Club Zodiac et crée son studio d'enregistrement et son label P.M. Records qui produit les disques de Arelean Brown, notamment son humoristique I'm a streaker qui est un hit local.
         Simmons n'émarge que très accessoirement au Blues Revival. Durant les années 70, il doit se contenter d'une tournée en France durant laquelle il grave son premier album (Blue lights (Black & Blue)) de quelques autoproductions et surtout d'une activité d'harmoniciste de studio.


         La décennie suivante le voit s'embarquer dans une "carrière" religieuse. Il devient Révérend, enregistre du gospel. Mais son église reçoit bientôt la visite du FBI car le Révérend Mack Simmons se servait de sa tenue de clergyman pour faire un trafic de drogue! Condamné à de longues années de prison, Mack reprend son harmonica et le blues dans les années 90. Il enregistre enfin plusieurs excellents CDs pour St George, Wolf et Electro-Fi.
         Après une longue bataille contre le cancer, Little Mack Simmons décède à Chicago le 24 octobre 2000 laissant une œuvre qui mérite qu'on s'y attarde.
        

                                                        Gérard HERZHAFT

         Little Mack Simmons (born in Twist, Arkansas on January 25 1933) wasn't the "greatest Chicago harp player" as he used to present himself but anyway an important bluesman who has recorded many a great sides throughout four decades.
         Mack learn to play the harp with his childhood friend, James Cotton, in the shadow of Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller). He leaves the South for Saint Louis where he plays in the street with Robert Nighthawk and then comes to Chicago in 1954, playing in the many clubs of the Windy City. In 1959, Mack makes his recordings debut for producer Carl Jones and Come back and My walking blues are small hits that establish Simmons as a new promising bluesman. He then records quite prolifically for several labels but the mid and late 60's are quite hard for the blues. Mack relocates himself on the Mexican border where he makes a living with the drug traffic, earning enough money to go back to Chicago, buy a club and a recording studio. His P.M. label features several good singles by himself and by others like the excellent singer Arelean Brown whose her witty I'm a streaker is a local winner.
         Alongside Lonnie Brooks and Hubert Sumlin, Little Mack appears on the Chicago Blues Festival in France where he records his first album (Blue Lights) on the Black & Blue label. His religious feelings make him to become a preacher, running a church in Chicago where faith mixes with drug traffic. And in the early 1980's he is arrested by the FBI and put in jail. After his release in 1990, he starts a new blues career, recording several excellent CD's for St George, Wolf or Electro-Fi. But he dies of a cancer in Chicago on October 24, 2000.
         Most all of his recordings deserve to be heard. 
                                               Gérard HERZHAFT


Little Mack Simmons/ The Complete Recordings 

*the albums recorded by Little Mack Simmons as such are not included

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; James Cotton, hca on *; Detroit Jr, pno; Eddie King, g; Bob Anderson, bs; Robert Whitehead, dms. ChicagoIll. 1959

01. Come back

02. My walking blues

03. Jumping at Cadillac*

04. I need you

05. Blues for Atomic H.

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; John Jackson, t-sax; Eddie King, g; Detroit Jr, pno; Kinner Scott, bs; Richard Robinson, dms. ChicagoIll. 15 janvier 1960

06. Times are getting tougher

07. Don't come back

08. You mistreated me

09. Broken heart n°1

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; Georgia Hinton, vcl; Freddie Robinson, g; Eddie King, g; Detroit Jr, pno; Lafayette Leake, og;  Bob Anderson, bs; Billy Davenport, dms. ChicagoIll. août 1960

10. I need love

11. I'm happy now

12. Don't leave me now

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; Jimmy Dawkins, g; Jerry Mundo, og; bs; dms. ChicagoIll. janvier 1961

13. I'm so unhappy

14. Woman help me

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; Detroit Jr, pno; band. ChicagoIll. juin 1961

15. Drivin' wheel

16. Broken heart n°2

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; James Cotton, hca on *; Eddie King, g; Detroit Jr, pno;  John Jackson, t-sax; Willie Henderson, b-sax; Bob Anderson, bs; Billy Anderson, dms. ChicagoIll. 19 septembre 1963

17. I'm your fool

18. Let's hootenanny out of jail*

19. Help me

20. Mother in law

Push and pull

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; William MacDonald, g; Paul Meyers, g; John Jackson, t-sax; Buddy Scott, bs; Billy Davenport, dms. ChicagoIll. mai 1968

21. A tribute to Dr Martin Luther King

22. Getting out of the ghetto

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; Detroit Jr, kbds; William MacDonald, g; Nat Charles, g; Paul Meyers, bs; Billy Davenport, dms. ChicagoIll. novembre 1969

23. Mother in law blues

24. You got to help me

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; horns; Mighty Joe Young, g; William MacDonald, g; Paul Meyers, bs; Robert Covington, dms. Chicago, février 1970

25. Goose walk

26. Giving me a hard time

Check out my baby

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; James Cotton, hca; band. ChicagoIll. juin 1970

27. Never leave my homework undone

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; Carey Bell, hca; Homesick James, g; Odell Campbell, bs; Willie Williams, dms. ChicagoIll. juillet 1970

28. Hoochie koochie man

29. The sky is crying

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; Carey Bell, hca; Hubert Sumlin, g; Eddie Taylor, g; Sunnyland Slim, pno; Odell Campbell, bs; Fred Below, dms. ChicagoIll. 13 décembre 1971

30. Trouble no more

31. I'm tore down

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; James Cotton, hca; band. ChicagoIll. janvier1972

32. You're so fine

33. Blue lite

34. I'm gonna keep on searching

35. Rainy night in Georgia

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; band. ChicagoIll. 1974

36. Snap your fingers

37. Next time you see me

38. Jesus so wonderful

39. Skin tight

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; band. ChicagoIll. 1975

40. The turning point I & II

Little Mack Simmons, vcl/hca; band. ChicagoIll. 1976

41. Inflation blues

42. Key to the highway

43. The same one

44. Messing with the Kid

45. Mama was right

46. I play for keeps

lundi 26 juillet 2021

DAVE DICKERSON/ Piedmont blues

 

DAVE DICKERSON/ PIEDMONT BLUES


 


          Here we have almost all of the recordings made by West Virginia bluesman and songster Dave Dickerson, certainly a very obscure figure of the so-called fingerpicking Piedmont blues. All the few details of his life come from legendary British researcher and label owner, Bruce Bastin from his essential book Red River blues. Bruce issued the only commercial recording made by Dickerson in 1967. All the other tracks in this post are unissued and were recorded live in April 1965 by Andrew Poly and Roddy Moore, director of the Blue Ridge Institute. Those are now at the Ferrum College Audio Archives. Thanks to all for allowing those rare and quite good records to be heard by blues fans all over the world.

            Dave was born at Tip Top, Tazewell County, West Virginia a few miles from the Virginia border on May, 4th 1913. For the era, he was quite educated, attending for 10 years at the Genoa High School in Bluefield, Va. His family was very fond of the blues records of the time, particularly Blind Lemon Jefferson's and Blind Blake's that they bought by mail order. Soon, the young Dave learned guitar from those records and during the 1930's borrowed a lot from his very favorite, Blind Boy Fuller.

            Around 1933, Dave Dickerson was making a living as a construction worker then as a miner for US Steel on various Virginia's mines. He sang and played for himself or for friends almost every week end at parties and venues but never thought to be recorded or even trying to make a few bucks with his music, despite the fact he earned a great reputation all around.

            In 1965, Roddy Moore who was heading the Blue Ridge Institute heard about Dave Dickerson, located him and brought him to play before the Institute's students, recording the concert. This gave confidence to Dave to play before wider audiences and he got a regularly gig at Balcksburg's coffeehouse where Bruce Bastin recorded The war is over in 1967. Unfortunately, Dave became very ill a few months after and had to give up playing. Dave Dickerson seems to have died a few years after but I have not been able to get an obituary or locate his grave.

                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

 

Dave Dickerson, vcl/g. Blacksburg, WV. 1 april 1965

01. Dickerson blues

02. Electric chair blues

03. Hard luck blues

04. I wrote you a twelve page letter

05. I'm goin down thats unny road

06. In the pines

07. Milk cow blues

08. Old apple tree

09. Sadie Green, vamp of New Orleans

10. Steady rolling blues

11. Sweet root blues

12. Twelve days later

13. You've done wrong baby

14. Darling you can't love but one

15. Kansas City blues

16. Key to the highway

17. The preacher and the bear


Dave Dickerson, vcl/g. Blacksburg, WV. june 1967

18. The war is over

 

 

dimanche 18 juillet 2021

NEW YORK CITY FOLK BLUES FESTIVAL

 NEW YORK CITY FOLK & BLUES FESTIVAL 1965




            C'était l'époque du Folk Boom et des grands festivals folk et blues, tout acoustiques bien sûr. On pouvait voir sans difficulté le Révérend Gary Davis chanter à Harlem, Sweet Daddy Stovepipe hanter Central Park où chaque week end, guitaristes, chanteurs, musiciens folk venaient échanger musiques, disques, conseils, informations sur tel ou tel musicien...
            Ce festival qui a eu lieu en août 1965 dans Central Park à New York - concocté et présenté par Alan Lomax - permet d'entendre plusieurs artistes de New York en compagnie d'autres venus du Sud pour l'occasion. On trouve ici uniquement des artistes Africains Américains qui représentent une large palette des musiques folk encore vivantes un peu partout dans le Sud des Etats Unis.
            Inédit en disque, ce festival est un excellent témoignage de la scène musicale du folk et blues revival du milieu des années 60.
            Tous nos remerciements à la Fondation Lomax et à http://www.culturalequity.org/
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

            It was the Folk Boom/ Blues Revival era of the mid-60's, all acoustic of course. One could easily hear and see the Reverend Gary Davis singing for tips in Harlem and beyond, Sweet Daddy Stovepipe playing in Central Park where every week end musicians, singers and fans were gathering a little bit everywhere, swapping songs, records, informations on where to see and hear who in the NYC area.
            This very festival was held during August 1965 in Central Park, NYC. It was apparently set up by Alan Lomax who also MC'd the event. Some artists featured were familiar of the New York City folk scene, others were brought from the South for this event and probably other venues on coffeehouses and such. They were only African-American performers who displayed a wide range of deep musical traditions still living and played a little bit everywhere in the Southern States.
            Unissued on record, this festival is an excellent testimony of what was happening on the Folk scene during the mid-60's.
            A lot of thanks to the Lomax Foundation and http://www.culturalequity.org/
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

Reverend Gary Davis, vcl/g/bjo; Bessie Jones, vcl; Mable Hillery, vcl; John Davis, vcl; Peter Davis, vcl; Emma Ramsay, vcl; Ed, Lonnie & Lonnie Young Jr, fife and drum band; Georgia Sea Island Singers; Roger Phoenix, g. New York City, August 1965
01. Intro (by Alan Lomax)
Ed Young's Fife and Drum band.
02. Young's tune (Ed Young)
03. Jim and John
04. Ida Red
05. Sitting on top of the world
Bessie Jones & Georgia Sea Island Singers.
06. Buzzard lope
07. Old Lady from Brewser
08. Little Johnny Brown
John Davis & Georgia Sea Island Singers
09. Riley
10. Raggy levee
11. Row the boat child
12. Sink'em low
Reverend Gary Davis.
13. Kitty wants a corner
14. Candy man
15. Sally where you get your liquor from?
16. Twelve stick rag
17. Buck dance
18. Twelve gates to the City
19. Samson and Delilah
John & Peter Davis.
20. Carrie Belle
21. O Day
Mable Hillery & Ed Young
22. Chevrolet
Mable Hillery & Roger Phoenix.
23. How long blues
Bessie Jones & Gary Davis.
24. Whoa mule
Finale (all together)
25. Got on my travelling shoes

jeudi 24 juin 2021

ERVIN "BIG DADDY" RUCKER/ Complete Recordings

  

ERVIN "BIG DADDY" RUCKER/ Complete Recordings

 

         


   Despite the fact he has recorded more than 30 titles, enjoyed some minor hits and played music spanning a career of at least three decades and even having toured Europe with the Johnny Otis Show, Ervin "Big Daddy" Rucker's life has been poorly documented. As far as I know, there is almost nothing on him in the Blues Magazines throughout the world outside some chronicles about his 45s, a few lines on LP's and CD's anthologies where he is featured, and most of the time utterly irrelevant except Ray Topping's liner notes on an old LP, very few on the web and, once again, mostly wrong...

            OK, so thanks a lot to the indefatigable and very reliable Marv Goldberg for his help in sharing his information about the great and underrated blues singer Big Daddy Rucker.

            First of all, as Marv says with a great sense of humour: " Repeat after me: "Ervin Rucker IS NOT Ervin Groves" (louder; I want the whole Internet to hear you). Rucker was another entertainer from San Diego (at least in 1972). When Rucker married in 1969, he gave his age as 34, therefore born in 1935 and several years younger than Groves. He had releases on Groves' Musette and GME Records (for example, "She's Alright" & "Kids Together", both written by Groves). In 1972, when Groves was in Hawaii, Rucker was part of Johnny Otis' entourage "

          Ervin (Irvin) Rucker was born 12 July 1936 in Augusta (Ga) from Sidney and Lean (Lena?) Rucker. He began to sing into his parents' church before switching to blues and R&B around 1952, mostly under the influence of Bobby Bland. At that time, Rucker was living in Miami and he was soon singing with local bands particularly with tenor-sax/singer Mattie Jackson's Blues Nighthawks . He first recorded with them for the Linco label from Fayetteville (Tennessee) in January 1957 before being discovered by Jimmy Liggins who was looking for new talents for his fledgling Duplex label. Liggins recorded Rucker for Duplex, probably around fall 1957. While Liggins relocated his recording and musical activities in San Diego (Ca) in 1959, Rucker followed him and was again in the studio in 1959-60, backed this time by the Liggins brothers (Joe and Jimmy) for a couple of excellent tracks

            During the 1960's, Big Daddy Rucker continued to play in California clubs and venues and to record for several small labels, produced sometimes by Big Boy Groves (hence the confusion about the two), enjoying some hits with Big Daddy's shake and Christmas in the ghetto. The early 70's find him as a featured vocalist to the Johnny Otis Show. He recorded four titles with Johnny Otis' small band with a young Shuggie Otis as the lead guitarist. He went to Europe in 1972 with Johnny Otis. And then seems to have disappeared from the radars although even Marvin Gaye mentioned Big Daddy Rucker in his 1976 song Since I had you!

            Thanks to Marv Goldberg we know that Rucker married Diaann Brown in 1969 in San Diego, a short union that ended by a divorce in 1973. What have he done after that remains a mystery. He probably died 2 June 1996 in Los Angeles but this is not for sure!

            Anyway, here are the almost complete recordings of this very fine bluesman (I'm still missing two tracks). And once again a lot of thanks to Marv Goldberg without whom this article would have been way less documented.

                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

 

ERVIN "BIG DADDY" RUCKER, vcl; Mattie Jackson, vcls/t-sax; The Blues Knighthawks Orchestra. Fayetteville, Tn. janvier 1957

01. I want to do it

02. I want to flop (as Mattie Jackson)

03. I want to slop (I want to do it)

04. Two people in love

Ervin "Big Daddy" Rucker, vcl; Ed Collins, g; Mattie Jackson, t-sax; band. Miami, Fl. late 1957.

05. Whoa whoa whoa

06. Did you evere love a woman? I

07. Did you ever love a woman? II

08. Hurry up

09. Working man blues

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; Jimmy Liggins, g; band. San Diego, Ca. 1959

10. Searching for love

11. Done done the slop

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; Jimmy Liggins, g; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1959

12. So good

13. No more rivers to cross

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; Joe Liggins, pno; Jimmy Liggins, g; band. Los Angeles, Ca. janvier 1960

14. Baby you were meant to me

15. If you really really love me

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; Blues Blenders, band. Los Angeles, Ca. mars 1960

16. If you have it

17. Hideout

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; Froebel Brigham, tpt; Teddy Pico, t-sax; James Cole, b-sax; Sam Bolan, pno; William Brown, g; Bill Wood, bs; Jimmy Witherspoon, dms. San Diego, Ca. octobre 1960

18. I'll make it alright I & II

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; The Kings, band. San Diego, Ca. 1964

19. Christmas in the ghetto

20. Big Daddy's shake

21. Just do your thing

22. Jealous woman

Bad understanding

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; band. San Diego, Ca. 1965

23. She's alright

24. Kids together

25. True love

26. I'm going home

Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; Shuggie Otis, g/bs; Johnny Otis, kbds/dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 1972

27. He made you mine

28. This is my song

29. You got me moving

30. Best friend blues


My friend Pierre Monnery has provided me a last (?) track by Ervin Rucker, recorded in 1979 in San Diego.


Ervin Big Daddy Rucker, vcl; Larry King, pno; T-Bone Terrell, g; Nate Young, bs; Tony H.B. Robinson, dms. San Diego, Ca. 13 october 1979

jeudi 10 juin 2021

LOS ANGELES BLUES/ Volume 4

 

LOS ANGELES BLUES/ Volume 4

 

           


This fourth volume of our Los Angeles blues series gathers four quite obscure artists.

We start with Andy Belvin. I didn't find much about this singer who recorded in L.A. but with a noted New Orleans R&B manner. He issued at least five 45s with the two first (which are here) being blues and R&B. He recorded later with the Third Generation group and is also mentioned as a producer for several other Soul or Pop artists during the 1960s/70's.

            Willie Garland (Garland Manuel) is a singer and harmonica player who recorded a couple of tracks under the moniker Garland The Great in 1955 and then again twelve years later in 1967 with the Maxwell Davis unit.

            Carl Green, a R&B singer, must not be confused with other Carl Greens, particularly the tenor sax player who backed many Bay Area bands. This Carl Green (on whom I don't have much details) waxed a couple of tracks in 1953 and maybe ten years later with the female vocal group The Aquinetts.

           


At last Mamie Perry (or Mamie Reed, Mamie Ree, Mamie Jenkins...) is a little better known as she was the wife of Gus Jenkins who produced most of her records. She started her career as a vocalist for the Jake Porter band and then and hereafter recorded fifteen titles, even enjoying a modest local hit with I'm hurted in 1958. A fine singer.

            I've unfortunately been unable to grab more about those blues artists, not even their birth and deaths dates! But their music happily stands as a testimony of their real talents.

                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

 

ANDY BELVIN, vcl; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1962

01. Prettiest girl

02. Walking the blues

Andy Belvin, vcl; Harmonica Fats, hca; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 16 february 1963

03. Travellin' mood

04. Flip flip

WILLIE GARLAND (Garland Manuel), vcl/hca; band. Los Angeles, Ca. november 1955

05. Tree stump jump

06. Strike a match

07. Hello Miss Sims

Willie Garland, vcl/hca; Maxwell Davis, pno; Irving Ashby, g; Thomas Cox, g; James Crutcher, bs; Abraham Mills, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 31 january 1967

08. Black widow spider

09. Soul blues

10. Address in my hand

CARL GREEN, vcl; Willard Mc Daniel, pno; Maxwell Davis, t-sax; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 4 february 1953

11. Boogie freight

12. Four years seven days

13. Horizon

14. My best friend

MAMIE PERRY, vcl; poss. Gus Jenkins or Jimmie O'brien, pno; Jake Porter, tpt;  Reginald Jones, bs; Jimmy Burns, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 1955

15. Your lovin' is just all right

16. I wake up this morning

Mamie Perry, vcl; Gus Jenkins, pno/vcls; prob. Jake Porter's band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1955

17. You lied

18. Caught

19. No need acting like that

Mamie Perry, vcl; Gus Jenkins, pno; band. Los Angeles, Ca. august 1957

20. Hambone

21. Jump with me baby

Mamie Perry, vcl; Gus Jenkins, pno; band. Los Angeles, Ca. august 1958

22. I'm hurted

23. My baby waited too long

Mamie Perry, vcl; Gus Jenkins, pno; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1959

24. Lament

25. Love lost

26. Someday baby

Mamie Perry, vcl; Gus Jenkins, pno; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1960

27. Jealous of you baby

Mamie Perry (as Mamie Lester), vcl; Gus Jenkins, pno; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1964

28. What a dream

29. All by myself

 

 


dimanche 23 mai 2021

SHELTON DUNAWAY/ Louisiana Swamp Music

 

SHELTON DUNAWAY/ Louisiana Swamp Music

 

            Although he has recorded quite a number of 45s under his own name, singer and saxophonist Shelton Dunaway is generally associated with the famous Louisiana Swamp pop band Cookie & The Cupcakes. We have tried here to gather all his recorded works under his name plus a selection of Cookie's records on which he is the lead vocalist. Sometime, to my ears, who is singing what is a little unsure although I've tried to follow what is written in Blues Discography.

            Born on 3d August 1934 in Monroe (Louisiana), Shelton Dunaway was raised by his mother in the more southern town of Lake Charles at the heart of the Acadiana country. At first influenced by the Western Swing bands heard on the local radios, Shelton took the saxophone after he watched R&B big bands touring Southern Louisiana. He quickly became a good player to be able at the age of 17 to play with several Louisiana bands, first Classie Ballou's and then Clayton Broussard's.

            In 1952 he joined Ernest Jacobs's Boogie Ramblers with whom he sang and played the saxophone. The group enjoyed a good following after saxophonist and singer Huey "Cookie" Thierry, a great entertainer and showman, joined the group and soon became its undisputed leader. They recorded several tracks for Eddie Shuler's Goldband label in 1953 although only one single was issued (Cindy Lou sang by Dunaway).

            From now on renamed Cookie & The Cupcakes, the band was constantly in demand all along the Gulf Coast, becoming a favorite of clubs, picnics and venues up to Houston and drawing the attention of several recording labels. One of Cookie's composition Mathilda jumped high
up the Billboard in 1958. Cookie & The Cupcakes continued to record extensively the following years as well as Shelton Dunaway under his own name. They also recorded behind several other singers like Carol Fran and Phil Phillips (on the number 1 Hit Sea of love)

           


The things changed drastically in 1965 when suddenly Thierry disappeared from Louisiana without warning anybody, apparently following his lady to California! He was replaced by singer/saxo player Lil Alfred Babino but without the charisma of Cookie, the band would never have the same fire and success.

            During the 1970's, Shelton had to make a living outside the music business. He resumed briefly his career during the 1990's, appearing at some festivals.

            He was found decades later on a nursing home by writer and researcher Gene Tomko who interviewed him for the Living Blues magazine. Most of this article comes from this interview.

                                                                       Gérard Herzhaft

 

 

SHELTON DUNAWAY, vcl/a-sax; Huey Peter Thierry, t-sax; Marshall Ladee, g; Ernest Jacobs, pno; Joe Landry, bs; Ivory Jackson, dms. Lake Charles, La. 1955

01. Cindy Lou

02. I'm going

03. Keep living

04. Such as love

05. In the evening

Shelton Dunaway, vcl/a-sax; Huey Thierry, t-sax; Sidney Reynaud, t-sax; Ernest Jacobs, pno; Marshall Ladee, g; Joe Landry, bs; Ivory Jackson, dms. Lake Charles, La. november 1958

06. Married life

Shelton Dunaway, vcl/a-sax; Huey Thierry, t-sax; Sidney Reynaud, t-sax; Ernest Jacobs, pno; Marshall Ladee, g; Joe Landry, bs; Soko Richardson, dms. Lake Charles, La. 1960

07. Just one kiss

08. I had the blues

09. Who would have thought it?

Shelton Dunaway, vcl/a-sax; Huey Thierry, t-sax; Sidney Reynaud, t-sax; Ernest Jacobs, pno; Marshall Ladee, g; Joe Landry, bs; Soko Richardson, dms. Lake Charles, La. 1962

10. Mary Lou doin' the popeye

11. Franko-Chinese cha cha cha

12. Since your love has grown cold

13. Please stand by me

14. I'm twisted

Shelton Dunaway, vcl/a-sax; Huey Thierry, t-sax; Sidney Reynaud, t-sax; Ernest Jacobs, pno; Marshall Ladee, g; Joe Landry, bs; Soko Richardson, dms. Lake Charles, La. 22 july 1963

15. Shake'em up

16. The duck

17. Honey hush

18. Betty & Dupree

Shelton Dunaway, vcl/a-sax; Huey Thierry, t-sax; Sidney Reynaud, t-sax; Ernest Jacobs, pno; Marshall Ladee, g; Joe Landry, bs; Soko Richardson, dms. Lake Charles, La. august 1963

19. Kissing someone else

20. It happens every time

21. Long time ago

Shelton Dunaway, vcl/a-sax; Huey Thierry, t-sax; Sidney Reynaud, t-sax; Ernest Jacobs, pno; Marshall Ladee, g; Joe Landry, bs; Soko Richardson, dms. Lake Charles, La. 1968

22. Send me some lovin'

23. Something on your mind

24. The peanut

25. Shake rattle and roll