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vendredi 18 novembre 2016



Ce nouveau volume de blues et R&B venant du Texas met l'accent sur quatre artistes mal connus.
            Louis Howard, un chanteur et probablement guitariste, a joué avec ses orchestres les Charms, les Red Hearts et d'autres dans l'agglomération de Dallas-Fort Worth pendant une décennie durant les années 50 et 60, se produisant dans les clubs ou bien ouvrant les spectacles de vedettes noires en tournée texane. Son premier disque donne de beaux blues où brille la guitare de Cornell Dupree. Après un disque en duo avec un certain Arthur Noiel, Howard s'est davantage tourné vers la Soul et son dernier disque a été enregistré à Miami avec le groupe les Rocketeers de Frank Williams.
            Encore plus obscur, le chanteur Charles Maxfield n'a enregistré qu'une séance en janvier 1954 à Houston en compagnie de l'orchestre du saxophoniste Leo Baxter.
            Le guitariste et chanteur Perry Cain (né le 22 février 1925 à Waverly, Tx) a été très actif sur la scène de Houston dans les années 1940-50, enregistrant une excellente petite œuvre dans laquelle brille le pianiste Buster Pickens. Durant la décennie suivante, Perry a surtout été DJ de la station de radio KCOH à Houston. Il est décédé le 24 avril 1975 à Houston, Tx.
            Enfin, Tee Bee Fisher est en fait le pseudonyme du guitariste et chanteur Cajun Joey Long (Joseph Longoria) né à Zwolle (La) le 17 décembre 1932. Long a joué à La Nouvelle Orléans avec quantité d'orchestres avant de s'installer à Houston, enregistrant notamment avec Clarence Frogman Henry, Ivory Joe Hunter, Doug Sahm, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Walter Price et T-Bone Walker ainsi qu'une oeuvre plus tournée vers le Rock sous son nom ainsi que des séances de blues en tant que Tee Bee Fisher. Long est mort le 22 mars 1995 à Houston. Johnny Winter comme Billy Gibbons ont reconnu son influence.
            Merci à Sir Shambling et Bob Eagle (Blues/ A regional experience) pour les renseignements sur Louis Howard et Perry Cain.
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

            This new opus of Texas blues and R&B puts the focus on three ill-known blues artists and one better known but recording here under a long time mysterious nickname.
            Louis Howard, a singer and probably guitarist, has been active during a decade (c. 1956-66) on the Dallas-Fort Worth area with several bands he led, namely The Charms or The Red Hearts. He played in the local clubs and opened for big touring acts. His first 45 gives two strong blues with nice guitar solos and fills by Cornell Dupree. After a record in duo with a certain Arthur Noiel, Howard made two more singles in a more Soul vein, the last being recorded in Miami with Fred Williams' Rocketeers.
            Even more obscure is singer Charles Maxfield who recorded a sole session in Houston in January 1954 backed by saxophonist Leo Baxter's band.
            Guitarist and singer Perry Cain (born 22nd February 1925 at Waverly, Tx) was very active in the Houston blues scene during the late 1940's and 1950's, recording a number of singles in which pianist Buster Pickens shines throughout. During the 1960's, Perry was a noted DJ at KCOH's Houston. He died 24 April 1975 at his Houston's home.
            Tee Bee Fisher is none other that Louisiana singer/guitarist Joey Long (Joseph Longoria, born at Zwolle, La. on 17 December 1932. Long acquired quickly a strong reputation as a guitarist and he played in New Orleans and then Houston with numerous bands, recording behind Clarence Frogman Henry, Ivory Joe Hunter, Lightnin' Hopkins, Doug Sahm, Big Walter Price, T-Bone Walker.... He also recorded under his own name on a more rock oriented genre and his influence on Johnny Winter and Billy Gibbons was very strong. Joey died in Houston on 22 March 1995.
            Thanks to Sir Shambling and Bob Eagle (Blues/ A regional experience) for the infos about Louis Howard and Perry Cain.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

CHARLES MAXFIELD, vcl/g; Leo Baxter, t-sax/vcls; band. Houston, Tx. 20 janvier 1954
01. Don't do me wrong
02. Somebody's got to go
03. The two timer
04. The world is turning over
TEE BEE FISHER (Joey Long), vcl/g; band. Houston, Tx. 1963
05. Don't worry about me
06. Don't change my mind
Tee Bee Fisher, vcl/g; band. Houston, Tx. 1966
07. Sweet little angel
08. Five long years
09. If you see my baby (as Wee Willie Smith)
LOUIS HOWARD, vcl/g; saxes; Cornell Dupree, g; Chuck Rainey, bs; dms. Dallas, Tx. 1963
10. You're too much
11. I've got the feeling
Louis Howard, vcl/g; band. Fort Worth, Tx. 1965-66
12. Do as you please
13. Comin' home
Louis Howard, vcl/g; The Rocketeers, band. Miami, Fl. 1966
14. I'm a happy man
15. Please forgive me
PERRY CAIN, vcl; Buster Pickens, pno; Skippy Brown, bs. Houston, Tx. 13 janvier 1948
16. All the way from Texas
Cry cry cry
Perry Cain, vcl; Nathaniel Haskins, t-sax; Ed Wiley, t-sax; Buster Pickens, pno; Skippy Brown, bs; Ben Turner, dms. Houston, Tx. décembre 1948
17. Big timing Grandma
18. My heart belongs to you
Perry Cain, vcl; Bill Hayes, a-sax; Buster Pickens, pno; Don Cooks, bs; Ben Turner, dms. Houston, Tx. 1950
19. I want to cry
20. My baby loves me so
21. Reckless
22. I'm just another fool (Goree Carter, vcl/g)
23. Hurry home baby

Found a new love

25 commentaires:

  1. Very good Gerard, there's no such thing as too much rare Texas blues, so great to get another comp from you.

    Also good to see Bob Eagle's name again. I often corresponded with Bob when I lived in Australia back in the late 60s/early 70s, and shared some of my own blues research with him.

    1. @Unknown: Hi, I'm not sure which Bob you are asking or Bob Eagle?

      Last I heard about Bob Eagle he was working for a law firm in Broome, Western Australia. A lovely part of the world by the way. I spent some time up there back in the mid-1970s.

      I live in Thailand. Left Australia in 1978 and settled in Thailand working as a photojournalist.

  2. Fantastico material. Great blog. Thanks Gerard

  3. Bob Eagle wrote: Don't know much about Louis, but here's his duet singer:
    ARTHUR NOIEL (secular vocal; musician) was born Arthur Lee Noiel (sic) in Harrison County, Texas on 7 January 1937, a son of James Noiel and Claritta Jackson. By 1963, he was the householder at 921 East Baker Street, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, “musician, Bayon Club”, with his “wife”, Ethel. He recorded duets with Louis Howard for Impact #5003 in the 1960s. He also recorded for Brownfield. Arthur Noiel, reportedly aged 30, married Ethel Rolla, aged 28, in Tarrant County on 17 November 1966. In 1968, they were still at 921 East Baker Street. Arthur died at Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington on 27 September 2002.

  4. Once again many thanks for sharing these rare tracks.

  5. Title 22 is by Goree Carter vcl/gtr, with Bill Hayes band, (not Perry Cain)

  6. Great post as usual Gerard. Thank you very much.

  7. Un vrai régal. Merci beaucoup Gérard.

  8. Thanks a lot for this excellent music!

  9. Many thanks for tis great compilation , Merci !

  10. So track 22 is Goree Carter. When I listened to this collection the other night and got to track 22 I thought....Damn! That's some low-down dirty guitar playing, wonder who that is? And Perry Cain's voice suddenly sounded different. So now I know.

    1. Thanks, Bob Mac. I don't know how this Carter's track has become here a Perry Cain's number.... Sorry for that mistake

    2. I'm just another fool is credited to Goree Carter on several Cd's ( Blue Moon - Jsp ) but on "Texas Blues 3 - Gonna Play The Honky Tonks" ( it is credited to Henry Hayes and on Houston Might Be Heaven - Rockin' R&B In Texas (Jsp 7785C) , to Bill Hayes .
      In the discographical information of the Jsp 7785C Cd Goree Carter is mentioned as the guitar player on "My baby loves me so" track 20 of your fine compilation .

  11. Muchas gracias Gerard, muy buen material, es genial.

  12. @Gerard & Marcfr. I've given Track 20 "My baby loves me so" a couple of listens and I'm not even certain I can detect any guitar, there may be some gentle chord strumming in the background, I'm not sure as I don't have sophisticated sound system and playing this on my laptop.
    Goree Carter of course was one of the early wildmen of Texas electric guitar, noted for his distorted tone and fierce playing, so I'd be inclined to rule out any possibility of Goree carter playing on Track 20.

  13. Thanks for another great one, Gerard!

  14. Texas blues Vol. 3
    New links

  15. Gerard, I cannot find any information about which label(s) the last two tracks of Perry Cain was released (Hurry Home Baby & Found A New Love). I wonder if you could be so kind as to help me with this.

    1. Unissued Sitting In With. One title was issued on a Goree Carter CD.
      But thanks to give an identity when you post a comment. Too many "Anonymous" are writing and some of them are not really friendly. I will have to refuse "Anonymous" comments in the future

  16. Hi Gerard. Thanks for the information. That "anonyme" was me - I was signed out for some reason!