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CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday Volume 24

CHICAGO/ The Blues Yesterday/ Volume 24

Our most popular Chicago/ The Blues Yesterday Series are here again... for a 24th Volume!
            Jimmy Binkley (born James H. Binkley 1st March 1923 in Chicago) was a popular blues, R&B and jazz pianist and bandleader who was quite active in the studios during the 1950's, playing several times a week in ballrooms and night clubs. He recorded behind many singers and the recordings under his own name are quite interesting, featuring vocalists like Harold Burrage and George Green. He relocated in Peoria (Illinois) during the early 1960's, becoming a local favorite until his death on 26th January 2015.

            Pianist and singer Jesse James (maybe a nickname) remains largely a mysterious artist. He was from Cincinnati, quite active during the 1930's and, according to Pigmeat Jarrett interviewed by Steve Tracy, Jesse was mainly a noted moonshiner who also played piano on the side. He recorded behind Walter Coleman and under his own name only those four very down home tracks at Chicago in 1936. His version of Roosevelt Sykes' Highway 61 is particularly striking.

Floyd Smith (1917-1982) is reputedly one of the first jazz and blues guitar player having recorded with an electric guitar (in fact, it was George Barnes in march 1938 and you may go years before if you accept to include Western Swing as a jazz form). Floyd recorded as a sideman in the early 1930's with different bands, particularly Andy Kirk's with his memorable solo Floyd's guitar blues that he would record again several times during his career. He then formed his own trio in Chicago, recording a handful of 78s in the Windy City before joining Bill Doggett and touring and recording until his death.

And then here are Bertha Chippe Hill's postwar Chicago recordings. Bertha (born Charleston, SC, 15 March 1905) was a star during the 1920's, in the Vaudeville circuit as well as on theatres and clubs. She was singing, dancing, playing the comedy and started a successful prewar recording career in 1925 for Okeh, waxing a good number of blues backed by stars of the era like Louis Armstrong, Richard M. Jones, Lonnie Johnson, Scrapper Blackwell and Tampa Red. After 1929, she retired from singing to raise her many children. She resumed her musical career in 1946, enjoying quite a following and even appearing at the Carnegie Hall and touring Europe. She died untimely when she was run over by a car in a street of New York on 7 May 1950.

JIMMY BINKLEY, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. 26 mars 1951
01. Nite life
02. Way down boogie (vcl: Harold Burrage)
Hot smoke
Jimmy Binkley, pno; George Green, vcl/dms, band. Chicago, Ill. février 1953
03. Say hey Sugar Ray
04. Finance man (vcl: George Green)
05. Brand new rockin' chair (vcl: George Green)
06. Midnite wail
Jimmy Binkley, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. juillet 1953
07. Blue blue night
08. The judge (vcl: George Green)
Jimmy Binkley, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. 6 janvier 1954
09. Boogie on the hour
10. Wine, wine, wine (vcl: George Green)
Jimmy Binkley, pno; band. Chicago, Ill. 24 janvier 1956
11. You made a boo-boo (vcl: unknown)
Messin' around (Thanks to Apesville for sharing this rare track)
Jimmy Binkley, vcl; band. Chicago, Ill. décembre 1956 (as Boogaloo and his Gallant Crew)
Talk about a party + Big fat lie (Thanks to Apesville for sharing those rare tracks)
JESSE "PIANO" JAMES, vcl/pno. Chicago, Ill. 1936
12. Highway 61 blues
13. Lonesome day blues
14. Southern Casey Jones
15. Sweet Patuni
FLOYD SMITH, g; Andy Kirk, b-sax; horns; Mary Lou Williams, pno; Booker Collins, bs; Ben Thigpen, dms. New York City, 16 mars 1939
16. Floyd's guitar blues
Floyd Smith, g;  Nat Jones, a-sax; Bill Huff, pno; Booker Collins, bs; Curtis Walker, dms. Chicago, Ill. décembre 1948
17. Floyd's guitar blues (Hy Tone)
Floyd Smith, vcl/g; Bill Huff, pno; Booker Collins, bs. Chicago, Ill. 8 juin 1949
18. Blue moods
19. Saturday nite boogie
BERTHA "CHIPPIE" HILL, vcl; Lee Collins, tpt; J.H. Shayne, pno; John Lindsay, bs; Baby Dodds, dms. Chicago, Ill. 4 février 1946
20. Charleston blues
21. How long blues
Bertha "Chippie" Hill, vcl; Lee Collins, tpt; Lovie Austin, pno; John Lindsay, bs; Baby Dodds, dms. Chicago, Ill. 5 février 1946
22. Trouble in mind
23. Careless love
24. Around the clock blues
25. Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Bertha "Chippie" Hill, vcl; Montana Taylor, pno; Almond Leonard, kazoo/wbd. Chicago, Ill. 18 avril 1946
26. Worried jailhouse blues
27. Black market blues
28. Mistreatin' Mr Dupree

19 commentaires:

  1. Chicago/ The Blues Yesterday Vol. 24

    OK? And thanks for any feedback

  2. Lovely collection of Chicago artists that's less well known but oozes Chicago Blues. TYVM Gerard,

  3. Thanks again. Love these compilations from Chicago. Was just there again last week.

  4. Checker (IL) 45 - 835 : Jimmy Binkley - Messin' Around (1956)

    1. Thanks so much for filling this gap in Jimmy's early discography.

  5. Crest (CA) 45 - 1014 : Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew - Big Fat Lie / Talk About A Party (1956) Maybe Jimmy ?

    1. Thanks a lot Apesville. Of course you're right, Boogaloo is no one else than Jimmy Binkley.

    2. I have the singer Boogaloo as Kent L. Harris. If you need missing tracks a good place to fill the gaps is I'm sure with your knowledge, you may be able to help others there as well. Dean

    3. Thanks Apesville. I guess you're right! Boogaloo's tracks have been issued on CD as Kent Harris's. I really don't know what to think: the disco I have given come partly from Bruynoghe's... Anyway I leave this like that and the listener will judge by himself. And thanks for the forum!

  6. This looks like a whole lot of research! Thank you very much for this collection and the info that goes with it.

  7. I always enjoy the entries in this series. Thanks!

  8. Thank You So Much For All Your Great Shares!

  9. Thank you very much!

    Stuffy from Sweden

  10. Would You be kind if you could set the download addresses for CHICAGO / The Blues Yesterday from number 16 to number 22. The problem is that the old dowels have expired.

    With respect

    1. All the volumes on this series have links still available.
      Volume 16:
      Volume 17:
      Volume 18:
      Volume 19:
      Volume 20:
      Volume 21:
      Volume 22:

      Grab them while it lasts

  11. Many thanks, especially for the Bertha Hill recordings with the great Baby Dodds!