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samedi 3 décembre 2022

A.C. REED/ Early Recordings (Re-post)

 

A.C. REED/ Early Recordings 

           
Aaron Corthens dit A.C. Reed (ceci afin de se faire passer pour le cousin du célèbre Jimmy Reed, une parenté guère prouvée) est né à Wardell dans le Missouri le 9 mai 1926. Après des tâtonnements à la guitare et aux claviers, Aaron, un grand fan des big bands, a opté pour le saxophone. Venu jeune à Chicago, il commence sa carrière auprès de Willie Mabon et de Earl Hooker (avec qui il enregistrera substantiellement), gagnant au passage un "saxophone d'or" et un titre de "Roi du Chicago blues, version saxophone"! Durant les années 60, il multiplie les 45t pour une nuée de petits labels, collant le plus possible au style vocal de son cousin présumé, le célèbre Jimmy Reed. Le paresseux This little voice évoque bien Jimmy, mais I stay mad et surtout l'excellent My buddy buddy friends sont des pièces débordant de cet humour désabusé et décapant qui est la marque de la plume d'A.C. Entre 1970 et 1983, Reed est surtout le sideman attitré de Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Son Seals puis Albert Collins, ornant leurs concerts et leurs disques de ses sonorités râpeuses et carrées. Cet style simple mais essentiel au vrai Chicago blues amène nombre de musiciens de rock à utiliser ses talents pour certains de leurs enregistrements, tels Eric Clapton ou les Rolling Stones. Tout cela permet enfin à A.C. Reed d'entreprendre une carrière de leader à l'âge de la retraite. I am fed up with music, un 45t sorti en 1983 en deux versions, l'une "hard", l'autre plus chaste pour les oreilles sensibles est d'une irrésistible drôlerie. Aaron Corthens récolte même un W.C. Handy Award pour le microsillon correspondant: Take these blues and shove'em (Ice Cube)I'm in the wrong business (Alligator) dans lequel A.C. regrette de n'avoir pas embrassé la carrière de boxeur comme Rocky ou Mr T. est dans la même veine, avec le soutien de Stevie Ray Vaughan et Bonnie Raitt. A.C. Reed a enregistré d'autres disques pour Wolf ou Black & Blue, a excellemment figuré dans la célèbre anthologie Living Chicago blues (Alligator). Juste avant son décès (le 25 février 2004 à Chicago), A.C. a signé sans doute son meilleur album pour Delmark, le décapant Junk Food.
            Nous proposons ici l'intégrale des 45t enregistrés par cet intéressant bluesman de Chicago entre 1961 et 1970.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT


Born Aaron Corthen (Warden, Missouri; May 9th 1926), this honking saxophone player has been a mainstay of the Chicago blues clubs and the recording studios. He began his career with Willie Mabon, then Earl Hooker which whom he worked and recorded during most of the 1960's. He always said he was a real cousin to the then famous Jimmy Reed, thus taking' the name A.C. Reed but it is unsure the fact is true!
            Anyway, A.C. Reed started to record a string of excellent 45's in 1961 with the minor hit This little voice in which he emulates the lazy phrasing of Jimmy Reed. All his records are full of humour, particularly I stay mad and the superb My buddy buddy friends that will enter the Top 100 R&B.
            After Earl Hooker's death, A.C. played in the bands of Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Son Seals and Albert Collins, demonstrating all over the world his forceful sax playing. This collaboration earned him a strong reputation among the blues fans everywhere and he was asked to record with British stars Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. He then finally launched his career as a leader in the 1980's, fronting his own band and recording several excellent LP's (Take these blues and shove it) and CD's for Alligator (Living Chicago blues and I'm in the wrong business with Stevie Ray Vaughan), Wolf or Delmark (Junk Food, maybe his best album).
            A.C. died in Chicago on February 25th 2004, leaving a strong recorded legacy.
            This compilation gathers all his early 45s.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT

A.C. REED
Early Recordings
A.C. Reed, vcl/t-sax; Pinetop Perkins, pno; Earl Hooker, g; Earnest Johnson, bs; Bobby Little, dms. Chicago, Ill. juin 1961
01. This little voice
A.C. Reed, vcl/t-sax; Little Ray Charles, pno; Reggie Boyd, g; Earnest Johnson, bs; Bill Stepney, dms. Chicago, novembre 1961
02. I wanna be free
03. Come on home
A.C. Reed, vcl/t-sax;Earl Hooker, g; Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, pno; Reggie Boyd, g; Earnest Johnson, bs; Bill Stepney, dms. Chicago, Ill, 1962
04. Mean cop
05. That ain't right
06. Crying blues
A.C. Reed, vcl/t-sax; Dusty Draper, a-sax; Bobby Fields, t-sax; Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, pno/og; Ivory Parker, g; Earnest Johnson, bs; Frank Swan, dms. Chicago, Ill. 1963
07. I stay mad
08. Lotta lovin'
A.C. Reed, vcl/t-sax; Detroit Junior, pno; Ivory Parker, g; Earnest Johnson, bs; Buddy Ray, dms. Chicago, Ill. 1965
09. I'd rather light than switch
10. I got money to burn
A.C. Reed, vcl/t-sax; horns; Lafayette Leake, pno; M.T. Murphy, g; Ivory Parker, g; Leroy Stewart, bs; Tyrone Harris, dms/perc. Chicago, Ill. 1966
11. My baby is fine
12. My baby's been cheating
13. Talking about my friend
14. Boogaloo tramp
A.C. Reed, vcl/t-sax; Pinetop Perkins, kbds; Johnny Twist Williams, g; Earnest Johnson, bs; Charles Hicks, dms. Chicago, Ill. 1970
15. Things I want you to do
16. Three short two

mardi 22 novembre 2022

WILLIE MABON/ Complete Recordings 1949-69

 

WILLIE MABON/ Complete Recordings 1949-69

          


 I guess everybody following this blog knows for sure that the post war Chicago blues was not only Muddy Waters-Howlin' Wolf and such Delta blues transplanted in the Windy City. Chicago had its own burgeoning R&B scene, jazz inflected blues and cocktail lounges bluesy music.

          Willie Mabon (born in Hollywood, Tn, near Memphis 24th October 1925) is certainly, in his look as well as in his music, closer to Charles Brown and the California blues than to the Delta-Chicago style. His laid back manners, his soft insinuating voice, his halftones blues with humorous lyrics put Willie Mabon apart from the other Chess artists of the 1950's. After his service in the Marines, Willie came to live permanently in Chicago and embarked himself in a musical career. Influenced by Cripple Clarence Lofton, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Maceo and Sunnyland Sim, he developed a brilliant, classy piano style, also sometimes blowing a harmonica (his first instrument) on a rack. After being the pianist and sometimes vocalist of The Blues Rockers, Mabon waxed many records under his name and enjoyed some good hits (Poison Ivy, I'm mad, The seventh son, I don't know; I'm a fixer). But as so many bluesmen, he couldn't cope with the new Soul trends of the 60's and almost disappeared from the US blues scene. Thanks to French Black & Blue's Chicago Blues Festival tours, Mabon resumed his career in Europe after 1972, touring extensively and recording very good albums for French, British and German labels.

          He died of illness in Paris, France, on 19th April 1985.

          We have been able to gather all his US recordings from his Blues Rockers' beginnings in 1949 to his last Checker session in 1969. Thanks a lot to Jose Yraberra, Marc D. and Tom Thumb for providing some rare records.

                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

The complete Mabon's 1949-69 discography is on the comments' links






lundi 14 novembre 2022

DRIFTING SLIM/ Complete Recordings

 

 

DRIFTING SLIM (Elmon Mickle)  Complete Recordings

(as: Drifting Slim, Harmonica Harry, T-Model Slim, Elmon Mickle)

 

          


  Aujourd'hui bien oublié sauf des habituels cercles d'amateurs de blues, Driftin' Slim nous laisse cependant une oeuvre relativement étoffée et de grande qualité. 

            Né Elmon Mickle à Keo dans l'Arkansas le 24 février 1919, il a appris très jeune la guitare et l'harmonica, favorisant surtout ce dernier instrument sous l'influence de John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson qu'il rencontre à plusieurs reprises, qui lui montre comment souffler dans un harmonica et qui restera d'ailleurs son maître tout au long de sa carrière et dont il reprendra nombre de compositions.  Installé à Little Rock, Elmon joue avec les bluesmen locaux comme Robert Nighthawk, Rice Miller tout en travaillant aux chemins de fer de l'Arkansas. Il participe aussi à plusieurs émissions de radio, notamment avec les excellents harmonicistes de Country Music Lonnie Glosson et Wayne Raney dont il s'inspirera aussi. En 1952, Mickle forme son propre blues band local avec Junior Brooks, Baby Face Turner et Sunny Blair. Chargé par Joe Bihari et Sam Phillips de trouver des bluesmen de talent, c'est le tout jeune Ike Turner qui débusque Mickle et le fait enregistrer sous le nom bien plus évocateur de Drifting Slim. Les disques semblent s'être vendus modérément mais permettent cependant à Elmon d'élargir son audience et de se produire un peu partout dans le Sud. Pour avoir de meilleures conditions de vie et de travail, Mickle s'installe à Los Angeles en 1957


            Là, il enregistre sporadiquement sous son nom ou celui de T-Model Slim, en particulier une version de Flat foot Sam de T.V. Slim qui a un certain succès local. Mais pour l'essentiel, il grave des 45t pour de petits labels locaux, parfois sa propre compagnie fondée avec son amie Ernie Pruitt. Pour des raisons économiques, Slim joue essentiellement en solo, s'accompagnant lui-même à la guitare, à l'harmonica et à la batterie actionnée par les pieds et ne se produit guère que dans des réunions privées. C'est grâce à la ténacité de Bruce Bromberg, Henry Vestine, Bob Hite (des Canned Heat) ainsi que de Frank Scott que Elmon Mickle/ T-Model Slim/ Driftin' Slim est retrouvé, un peu abasourdi de l'intérêt que lui portent ces jeunes gens blancs. Mais cette "redécouverte" lui permet de relancer sa carrière, de se produire sur scène et d'enregistrer un album entier pour le producteur Pete Welding. Plusieurs projets afin de le faire tourner en Europe sont échafaudés mais atteint d'un cancer, Elmon Mickle doit y renoncer et décède le 17 septembre 1977 à Los Angeles.

            Nous avons réuni ici la quasi-totalité des excellents enregistrements réalisés par Slim-Mickle sous ses différents pseudonymes, à l'exception d'un titre Good morning little school girl (en rouge dans la discographie)... Si quelque lecteur les possède, une copie serait grandement appréciée.

            Cet article s'appuie largement sur celui de Frank Scott paru dans le n° 40 de Blues Unlimited (janvier 1967). Toutes les photos sont de Frank Scott

                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

 


            A little bit forgotten today outside the usual blues buffs, Driftin' Slim leaves anyway a substantial enough recording works and certainly one of a high blues quality.

            Born Elmon Mickle on February, 24th 1919, he learned at a young age the guitar and the harmonica, his main instrument, under the very strong influence of John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson whom he met several times. This influence is particularly prevalent in his playing and his repertoire (many titles come from Sonny Boy's songbook). Living in Little Rock and working for the local railroad company, Elmon formed his own blues band with such great musicians like Junior Brooks, Baby Face Turner, Sunny Blair... and appeared quite often in local radio programmes, sometime alongside Country Music harp masters Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney. In 1952, Ike Turner, then a young talent scout for Joe Bihari and Sam Phillips went to Little Rock and decided to record Mickle, giving him the nickname Driftin' Slim. The records have gained a worldwide reputation today but at that time they went almost nowhere and Mickle/ Slim moved to California in 1957, seeking better paid job opportunities.

            There he will record sporadically for small outfits, sometimes his own and very often paying himself the studio fares and under different names like his own and T-Model Slim. One title, Flatfoot Sam that he borrowed to T.V. Slim enjoyed a small local airplay. But for the most part Mickle played for private parties and rarely appeared in clubs. And for economical reasons, he performed mostly as a one-man band, playing harp with a rack, guitar and a kit drums with his feet. It will take the interest of a bunch of young local blues fans, Henry Vestine and Bob Hite (from the blues-rock band Canned Heat), Bruce Bromberg and Frank Scott for Elmon to be "rediscovered" in 1966. He then appeared in several venues, recorded a whole album for Pete Welding. He had to tour Europe but a bad cancer prevented him to be able to do so. He died in Los Angeles on September 17th, 1977.

            We have gathered here (thanks to all who shared their records for that purpose) almost all his recording works. One title Good morning little school girl (in red in the discography) is still missing. Any copy would be strongly appreciated and would receive full credits.

            This article is largely based upon Frank Scott's excellent rendition of Slim career (Blues Unlimited n°40/ January 1967). All photos are by Frank Scott.

                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

 

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; Junior Brooks, g; Baby Face Turner, g; Bill Russell, dms. Little Rock, Ark. novembre 1951

01. My little machine

02. Down South blues

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; Sunny Blair, hca; Ike Turner, pno; Baby Face Turner, g; Bill Russell, dms. Little Rock, Ark. mars 1952

03. Good morning baby (blues)

04. My sweet woman

05. Shout sister shout

06. You're an old Lady

07. I feel so good

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; Phillip Walker, g; Bobby Tinsley, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. novembre 1959

08. Flat foot Sam

09. I got to get some money

10. Lonesome highway

11. Jackson blues

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca/g; Ernie Pruitt, vcl; dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 1960

12. Whatever you're doing, keep on doing to me

13. Short'n'fat

Drifting Slim, hca; Ernie Pruitt, vcl; band. Los Angeles, Ca. 1962

14. Short and fat

AC-DC Current Swingers & The Hooks Brothers, band; Elmon Mickle, hca on *. Los Angeles, Ca. 1964

15. Natural blues*

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; Jack Wall, g; bs; dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 1966

16. Shake your boogie

Good morning little schoolgirl

17. Jackson, Tennessee

18. T-Model Ford

19. Burnt out

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; Philip Walker, g; Adolph Jacobs, g; bs; Jesse Price, dms. Los Angeles, mai 1966

20. Somebody voodooed the hoodoo man

21. You're growing old Lady

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; Little Boyd, hca; poss; Philip Walker, g; Ken Walk, g; bs; Jesse Price, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. juin 1966

22. Short and Fat

23. Woman's the glory of a man

24. 15 years my love was in vain

25. Take my hand

26. Flat Foot Sam always in a jam I

27. Flat Foot Sam always in a jam II

28. Oh baby

29. Sit there mama

30. Sir C Lee

31. Black gal

32. Whose mule is that in my stable?

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca/g/dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 3 décembre 1966

33. Jonah

34. How many more years?

35. Mama blues

36. I'm hunting somebody

37. Standing around crying

38. Jack o'Diamonds

39. This world is none of my home

40. A drip of snuff and a narrow escape

41. Till I got sixteen

42. My little machine

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca. Los Angeles, Ca. 13 janvier 1967

43. Slow train to Arkansas

44. T-Model and the train

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; Jack Wall, g; Ike Parker, bs; Guy Jones, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 26 juin 1967

45. Hoodoo man blues

46. Give an account

47. Mama don't tear my clothes

48. Christine blues

49. Jackson blues (Jackson, Tennessee)

Drifting Slim, vcl/hca; J.D. Nicholson, pno; Buddy Reed, g; Greg Schaefer, g; Jerry Smith, bs; Dick Innes, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 16 novembre 1969

Don't start me to talkin' (unissued)

 The very best harmonica shop is here

dimanche 23 octobre 2022

NEW YORK CITY/ The Blues Yesterday/ Vol. 8

 

NEW YORK CITY/ The Blues Yesterday/ Volume 8

 

 


            It has been some time now that we have not been back to New York R&B ... the yesterday years of course. 

            This 8th Volume opens with the great blues belter Dossie Terry (1921-1977) who, despite having continuously recorded between 1945 and 1959 is mostly an unkown. He recorded under the nickname Georgia Boy, indicating he was from this Southern State. His music is generally first rate R&B with great backing musicians like Rene Hall, Budd Johnson or Kenny Burrell. Despite our efforts and the help of the usual collectors, we have been unable to gather all his tracks, particularly his 1945-46 recordings. If anyone could fill those gapes and give more info about this very good artist, it would be much appreciated.

            Dallas Bartley (1916-1979) is much better known. Coming from Cave Springs (Mo) but growing in Springfield (Mo), Dallas learned violin, guitar, piano and bass at Springfield's Lincoln High School. He started a professional musical career as a featured bassist and songwriter in several bands like those of King Kolax, Earl Hines, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and particularly Louis Jordan, being in Jordan's Timpany Five band for


several years in the early 40's. Bartley formed his own band in New York City in 1943 and waxed a handful of records under his own name, also appearing on several movies and soundies. He was a regular at the Apollo Theatre, also touring the Southern States. He went back to Springfield in 1969, founded the Springfield Jazz Society. He died on 22nd november 1979.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MApR-puzQwE

          


  Cecil Payne (1922-2007) is of course very well known in the jazz field as one of the best baritone saxophonist from the bebop era. He played in several jazz bands (Roy Eldridge, Dizzie Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet etc...), recorded with numerous jazzmen and also fronted his own band, recording several jazz albums. Like many of his peers, Payne started in a more R&B vein, his first records from 1949 even featuring the singer Howard Johnson, a nickname (for copyright reasons) for none other than Brownie Mc Ghee. 

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                               Gérard HERZHAFT

 


DOSSIE TERRY, vcl; Melba Pope, pno; band. New York City, 1945

01. Whiskey head woman

Furlough blues (this track can be heard through hwolf comment)

The O.P.A. blues (this track can be heard through hwolf comment)

Dortehea Dorethea boogie

Dossie Terry, vcl; pno; bs. New York City, 1946

02. She's alright

New Moon blues

Dossie Terry, vcl; Budd Johnson, t-sax; Rene Hall, g; Sterling Malone, g; Howard Biggs, pno; Abie Baker, bs; Kelly Martin, dms. New York City, 5-13 december 1951

03. Lost my head

04. When I hit the number

05. Sad sad affair

06. Didn't satisfy you

07. My love is gone

08. Twenty four years

Dossie Terry, vcl; Kelly Owens, pno; Gene Redd, vb; Kenny Burrell, g; Carl Pruett, bs; Cliff Leeman, dms. New York City, 18 july 1957

09. Thunderbird

10. I got a watch dog

Dossie Terry, vcl; band. New York City, novembre 1957

11. Railroad section man

12. You will be mine

Dossie Terry, vcl; band. New York City, mars 1958

13. Skinny Ginnyo

14. Fool mule

Dossie Terry, vcl; band. New York City, 1959

15. No other love

16. Come on

Four more titles by Dossie Terry, not listed in Blues Discography are provided by Ballas. See the comments section for those. Thanks a lot to Ballas.

DALLAS BARTLEY, vcl/bs; Bob Mosley, pno; Bob Merrill, tpt; Porter Gilbert, a-sax; Jack Parker, dms; band. New York City, 29 september 1944

17. Cherry red (vcl: Bob Merrill)

18. Cryin' and singin' the blues (vcl: Walter Fuller)

19. We gonna pitch a boogie woogie (vcl: Bob Merrill)

Dallas Bartley, bs; Bill Martin, tpt/vcl; Porter Kibley, a-sax; t-sax; Bob Mosley, pno; Hillard Brown, dms. Los Angeles, Ca. 1945

20. Sandin' Joe

Dallas Bartley, vcl/bs; Bil Martin, tpt; John Dungee, a-sax; Joshua Jackson, t-sax; Gideon Honore, pno; Earl Phillips, dms. New York City, 1946

21. The band that really comes on

22. They raided the joint

23. All ruzzit buzzit

24. Saint Louis blues (vcl: Annie Laurie)

Dallas Bartley, vcl/bs; band. Chicago, Ill. 25 november 1947

25. I lnow what it's all about

26. You're the greatest

CECIL PAYNE, b-sax; Irvin Stokes, tpt; Bruce Hinkson, t-sax; Billy Kyle, pno; Franklin Skeete, bs; Hayward Jackson, dms. New York City, 21 june 1949

27. Egg head

28. Hippy Dippy

29. Mo chops

Big Joe

Cecil Payne, b-sax; Brownie Mc Gee (as Henry Johnson), vcl on *; Leonard Hawkins, tpt; Ray Abrams, t-sax; Billy Taylor, pno; John Simmons, bs; Joe Harris, dms. New York City, 25 november 1949

30. Block buster boogie

31. Ham hocks

32. (The deacon says) The worst is yet to come*

33. Angel child*

mardi 11 octobre 2022

DETROIT JUNIOR: Complete Early Recordings

 DETROIT Jr/ Complete Early Recordings

(New Links)

           
De l'Arkansas (où il est né à Haynes le 26 octobre 1931) à Detroit et Flint - un séjour qui lui donnera son surnom - puis Chicago en 1955, l'itinéraire d'Emery Williams Jr ne diffère guère de celui de la plupart des bluesmen de sa génération. Les années d'apprentissage passées dans les juke-joints du Sud laissent leur marque sur son jeu de piano, sans subtilités mais puissant et carré, ainsi que sur sa voix qui semble perpétuellement essayer de dissiper une brume épaisse de fumées et de vapeurs d'alcool. Son ton laconique fait encore davantage ressortir l'humour grinçant de la plupart de ses compositions.
            Pris sous l'aile protectrice d'Eddie Boyd dès son arrivée à Chicago dans les années 50, Detroit Jr devient un pilier des clubs de la ville. Il fait partie des orchestres de Morris Pejoe, Lefty Dizz, Little Mack Simmons et enregistre pour Bea & Baby, Chess, CJ, Palos plusieurs blues marquants dont certains sont des succès locaux: Money tree et le désopilant Call my job en 1965. Mais le Chicago blues de cette époque est en crise et seuls les grands noms vont réussir à survivre. Detroit Jr reprend son rôle d'accompagnateur dans divers groupes, en particulier derrière Howlin' Wolf. Le Blues Revival ne fait que l'effleurer malgré, en 1971, un excellent microsillon, Chicago urban blues, produit par Al Smith où Detroit Jr, en grande forme, est accompagné par le guitariste Mighty Joe Young. Cette verve est intacte sur les quatre titres que le pianiste enregistre en 1980 pour l'anthologie Living Chicago blues (Alligator).
            Par la suite, Detroit Jr a continué d'écumer les clubs de Chicago, parfois en compagnie du guitariste L.C. Roby, enregistrant encore quelques excellents albums, notamment Blues on the Internet, son dernier pour Delmark. Il décède le 9 août 2005 à Chicago.
            Tous nos remerciements pour Steve Wisner, Robert Barleigh. et Blues4Sale qui nous ont généreusement fourni les titres les plus rares de Detroit Jr.
                                                           Gérard HERZHAFT

            From Haynes, Arkansas (where he was born on 26 October, 1931) to Detroit and Flint where he get his nickname and where he worked three years in automobile plants to Chicago in 1955, Emery Williams Jr has followed the same path that many Chicago bluesmen. He learned the church organ at an early age and became a noted piano player in local juke joints. He will always keep his no-nonsense «barrelhouse» style of playing and his effective and fascinating voice, seeming always winning a hard battle against alcohol vapors and curls of smoke. All along his career he will also be able to write some first rate blues filled with a very personal wry and caustic humor.
            When in Chicago, Detroit Jr was taken under his wing by Eddie Boyd who introduced him in clubs and studios. During the 1950’s and 60’s Detroit Jr played with several bands (Morris Pejoe, Lefty Dizz, Little Mack Simmons) and recorded substantially for Bea & Baby, Chess, C.J., Palos, gaining local hits with Money tree or Call my job, two titles that have become blues classics until this day. But in the mid-60’s, the times were hard for the blues. Despite a very good LP for Al Smith, his solo career went nowhere and Jr found a better and steady job as a regular member of the Wolf Gang, behind Howlin’ Wolf and, after Wolf’s death, with Eddie Shaw’s Wolf Gang. He will have to wait the 1980’s and his excellent participation to Alligator’s legendary series Living Chicago Blues to resume his solo career, touring Europe quite often, staging on the main blues festivals and recordings several good albums whose the best might be his last for Delmark, Blues on the Internet. Detroit Jr died in Chicago on August 9th, 2005.
            A lot of thanks to Steve Wiseman, Robert Barleigh and Blues4Sale who have generously shared their very rare records.
                                                                       Gérard HERZHAFT


DETROIT Jr/ Early Recordings
Complete Recordings
Detroit Jr (Emery Williams Jr), vcl/pno; Little Mack Simmons, vcls; Eddie King, g/vcls; Bob Anderson, bs; Robert Whitehead, dms. ChicagoIll. 18 février 1960
01. Money tree
02. So unhappy
Detroit Jr, vcl/pno; saxes; Eddie King, g; Willie Dixon, bs; Fred below, dms. ChicagoIll. Mai 1960
03. Too poor
04. You mean everything to me
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Milton Bland, t-sax; Phil Upchurch, g/bs; Freddy Robinson, g/bs; Billy Davenport, dms; Harold Burrage, bells/sp. Chicago, Ill. 1960
05. This time for Xmas
06. Christmas day
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Johnny Campbelle, t-sax; saxes; band; The Troyettes, vcls. Chicago, ill. 1962
07. Money’s no problem
08. Different dances
Detroit Junior, vcl; saxes; James Wheeler, g; Lafayette Leake, pno; Johnny Howard, bs; dms. ChicagoIll. 11 juillet 1964
09. Zig zag
10. I’ll find me another girl
11. Can't take it
12. Mother in law
13. Don't unpack
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Ike Perkins, g; band. ChicagoIll. 29 mai 1965
14. Talk fast
15. It’s bad to make a woman mad
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Maria, vcls; Lonnie Brooks, g; bs; Harold Tidwell, dms. ChicagoIll. juillet 1965
16. Call my job
17. The way I feel
Detroit Jr, vcl/pno; Fenton Robinson, g; Burgess Gardner, t-sax; Bob Anderson, bs Billy Davenport, dms. ChicagoIll. 1966
18. All through with love
19. Come on in
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Lafayette Leake, pno; band; Louis Satterfield, bs. ChicagoIll. 27 septembre 1967
20. Secret love
21. Young blood
Detroit Junior, vcl/pno; Mighty Joe Young, g; Little Mack Simmons, hca; Jimmy Richards, bs; Bill Warren, dms. ChicagoIll. 1972
22. Money crazy
23. Windy city blues
24. Dance with me baby
25. So unhappy (1972)
26. Welfare blues
27. Don’t get in my shape
28. Call my job
29. My weakness is women
30. Alice
31. Christmas blues (1972)