After a long hiatus, we are getting back to our Chicago/ The Blues Yesterday Series. This 25th (!) volume brings the focus on some drummers who played in or around
I don't know too much about Count Demon who led a driving R&B band based on Champaign
(Illinois), a city at
Drummer and bandleader Willie Wright must not be confused with the folk/ soul singer or
the deep blues guitarist of the same name. This Willie Wright is from
Al Duncan is a
very well known name among blues fans for his long stint as a house drummer at
Vee Jay or Cobra labels, particularly behind Jimmy Reed. Born Alrook James
Duncan on 8 October 1926 he, if I'm right, recorded only two singles under his
name. He died on 3 January
Odie Payne is
also very well known, having drummed for several decades behind some of the
Blues singer and drummer Harold Tidwell was active in and around Chicago during the 1950's/early 60's, recording with Detroit Jr, Syl Johnson, M.T. Murphy, Lillian Offit and particularly Earl Hooker who is the guitarist on the two tracks we are offering here.
At last J.C. Heard
(1917-88) was a noted jazz drummer influenced by Jo Jones. He played and
recorded with several jazz greats like Teddy Wilson, Benny Carter, Louis
Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and such! He was more
COUNT DEMON, vcl/dms;
"High Priest" (prob. Jack Mc Duff), og; Chuck Fields, t-sax; Lament
Parson, g; Freddie Davis, bs; Vick Mc Guire, bongos.
01. My Isabella
02. I don't believe
03. Take it upstairs I
05. I got to work with it
WILLIE WRIGHT, dms; Sammy J. Faggit,
vcl; Jesse Anderson, t-sax; Eddie Caddell, t-sax; Gordon Sims, org; Herbie
Witch, g; Carl Wright, bs.
07. Gibble gobble
03. Got a feeling (vcl: Jesse Anderson)
09. Hard times (vcl: Sammy J. Faggit)
10. I want to love you (vcl: Sammy J. Faggit)
11. I'm gonna leave you baby (vcl: Jesse Anderson)
12. Slowly losing my mind (vcl: Sammy J. Faggit)
13. Suffering in mind (vcl: Sammy J. Faggit)
14. What will I say? (vcl: Jesse Anderson)
15. Just let me love you (vcl: Gordon Sims)
AL DUNCAN, dms; Lefty Bates, g. Red
Holloway, t-sax; Horace Palm, pno; bs.
16. Cossack walk
17. Bawana Jinde
ODIE PAYNE, vcl/dms/hca;
Herman Smith, tpt; Chrissy Brooks, tb; Horace Smith, t-sax; Ulysses Wilson, g;
Ron Wheeler, g; Sunnyland Slim, pno; Darlene Wells, dms; Odie Payne IV, perc.
18. Blues blues all the time
19. Howdy do
20. I don't know
21. I left from home
23. Tell me yes or no I & II
HAROLD TIDWELL, vcl/dms;
Lorenzo Smith, t-sax; Earl Hooker, g; Tall Paul Hankins, pno; Jack Myers, bs.
24. Señorita Jaunita
25. Sweet Suzie
J.C. HEARD, vcl/dms; Joe Newman, tpt;
Benny Powell, tb; Frank Wess, a-sax/ft: Charlie Fowlkes, b-sax; Ronnell Bright,
pno; Johnnye Pate, bs.
26. Blues for sale
27. For you my love