22 de febrer de 2017

JOHNNY FULLER

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 Johnny Fuller (April 20, 1929 – May 20, 1985) was an American West Coast and electric blues singer and guitarist. Fuller showed musical diversity, performing in several musical genres including rhythm and blues, gospel and rock and roll. His distinctive singing and guitar playing appeared on a number of 1950s San Francisco Bay Area recordings, although he ceased performing regularly by the late 1970s.He worked as an auto mechanic from 1968 to 1983. His best known recording, "Haunted House", was later covered with some success by Jumpin' Gene Simmons. His other better known tracks were "Crying Won't Make Me Stay", "All Night Long", "You Got Me Whistling" and "Johnny Ace's Last Letter."
He is not to be confused with, nor was related to, the American blues musician, Jesse Fuller.

Fuller was born in Edwards, Mississippi, United States. He relocated with his family in 1945 to Vallejo, California.
His musical styling often masked his upbringing in the Deep South, but he spent the majority of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. As such, he is usually classified as a West Coast bluesman, although he did not stick with one particular genre. Fuller recorded for a number of independent record labels, sometimes those associated with Bob Geddins. These included Heritage, Hollywood, Flair, Specialty, Aladdin, Imperial and Checker Records. His debut recording was made in 1948 on the obscure Jaxyson record label, with a couple of gospel based songs. In 1954, he began a regular recording career which lasted until 1962. Fuller recorded twenty sides in 1954 alone for Geddins.
Fuller had local hits with his singles "All Night Long" and the original version of "Haunted House," the latter of which was written and produced by Geddins. Fuller's ability to switch styles, saw him appear in late 1950s rock and roll package tours, performing on the same bill as Paul Anka and Frankie Avalon. However, this same factor lost his black audience, which left him neglected in the 1960s blues revival.
In 1974, Fuller issued his debut album, Fuller's Blues which was well received, but saw little commercial success. Fuller played at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 1973 and 1977.

He latterly worked as a mechanic in a local garage until his death from lung cancer in Oakland, California, in May 1985, at the age of 56.


                                                       
            


                                                       
             

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4 de febrer de 2017

ELZADIE ROBINSON

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Elzadie Robinson:Vocal

Shirley Clay:Cornet

Hartzell "Tiny" Parham:Piano

Recorded in Chicago, IL. c. September, 1926

Originally issued on the 1926 single (Paramount 12420) (78 RPM)

This recording taken from the 1977 album "Paramount Cornet Blues Rarities Chicago 1924-1927" (Herwin 111) (LP)



               


              






La  vocalista de blues de los años 1920 Elzadie Robinson procedía  de Shreveport, Luisiana, pero permaneció en Chicago, después de ir allí para grabar. Sus grabaciones abarcan 1926-29, y durante ese tiempo trabajó con varios pianistas como Bob Call, y su acompañante regular y compañero , nacido en su misma ciudad Shreveport  Will Ezell. Elzadie Robinson grabó principalmente para la etiqueta de Paramount, pero también grabaría  algunos temas  para Broadway bajo el pseudónimo de  Bernice Drake
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Elzadie Robinson (possibly April 24, 1897 – January 17, 1975) was an American classic female blues singer and songwriter. She recorded 34 songs between 1926 and 1929. Unusually for the time, Robinson composed or co-composed most of her work. Details of her life outside of the recording studio are sketchy.

AllMusic noted that "Robinson was a second-level blues singer whose voice seemed to get stronger with time".
Music researchers Bob Eagle and Eric S. LeBlanc suggest that she was born Elzadie Wallace in Logansport, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, United States, in 1897, although 1900 is also possible.

She relocated to Chicago, Illinois, to make her recordings, and remained in the city for some while thereafter. Her recordings spanned the years from 1926 until 1929. Robinson's piano accompanist varied over that period, but these included Bob Call, and her most regular accompanist William Ezell. Robinson chiefly recorded for Paramount Records, but also cut several sides for Broadway Records using the alias of Bernice Drake.On two of her recordings, the pianist Bob Call or guitarist Johnny St. Cyr replaced Ezell, plus on two occasions in 1926, B.T. Wingfield or Shirley Clay played the cornet, with either Tiny Parham or Richard M. Jones on piano. In 1928, she was backed by the clarinetist Johnny Dodds, guitarist Blind Blake and either pianist Jimmy Blythe or Jimmy Bertrand on xylophone.

To add to the variation, two of her sides (Galveston Blues" and "2:16 Blues") were released under the name of Blanche Johnson, another pseudonym.

Little is known of her life after her recording career ended.[1] She is thought to have married Perry Henderson in Flint, Michigan, in 1928, and to have died there in 1975.

In 1994, Document Records issued two anthologies incorporating all of her known recorded work.

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25 de gener de 2017

COLEY JONES

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 Coley Jones grabó un total de 17 bandas para Columbia, tanto como solista como líder de la Dallas String Band. Antes de sus días de grabación, trabajó en un show itinerante de minstrel. Su banda de Dallas String, con Sam Harris en la guitarra y Marco Washington en el bajo, grabó diez canciones para Columbia entre 1927 y 1929. Posteriormente dirigió el Coley Jones String Band, notable como el grupo donde el guitarrista pionero T-Bone Walker se inició (Washington era su tío).



                       
            


                               
          

Coley Jones:Vocals & Guitar

Recorded in Dallas, TX. Saturday, December 3, 1927

Originally issued on the 1927 single (Columbia 14288-D) (78 RPM)

This recording taken from the 2004 4-CD box set "Texas Blues" (U.K.)



          


Coley Jones (circa 1880s – 1930s) was an American country blues mandolin player popular in Dallas, Texas in the 1920s. Much of Jones's background, such as residency, date of birth and death, are obscured, but he is best remembered for leading and recording with The Dallas String Band, with their most known song being the traditional Irish folk tune, "Drunkyard Special".

Jones was born sometime in the late-1880s, in Texas, and was associated with music at an early age, first with his family ensemble, which was led by his father, guitarist Coley Jones Senior. With Coley Jones split between duties as the mandolin player and an additional guitarist, the group ventured to performances in various dances, outside theaters, and town squares throughout the state. In 1903, it was first confirmed, through tentative documentation, that Jones had established residency in Dallas, where he was known to reside, until the end of the 1920s, and is presumed to remain for the majority of his life since nothing verifies a change of location During that time, Jones began his professional career as a member of a traveling minstrel show.
Between December 1927 and December 1929, Jones recorded compositions for Columbia Records, first as a solo act accompanying himself with guitar and providing vocals. Among the songs, was "Drunkyard Special", which originated as a British Isles folk music ballad with alternate titles including "The Merry Cuckold and the Kind Wife" and "Three Nights Drunk". Jones's version later was featured on Harry Smith's prominent compilation album, Anthology of American Folk Music, in 1952, along with many of his contemporaries' recordings.[3] In addition, Jones was an in-demand session musician, as he worked as a guitarist on tracks by Bobbie Cadillac and Texas Bill Day. His conspicuous presence in the music scene saw Jones as a transitional musical figure, resulting in a distinct Texas-influenced blues sound.

All the while, Jones was involved in the group, the Satisfied Five, which included Herbert Cowans, and used to broadcast live from Baker Hotel and radio station WFAA. At approximately the same timeframe, Jones was also a member of the Dallas String Band, alongside Marco Washington on double bass, Sam Harris on guitar and several sidemen. The band produced ten sides during their existence, with each one displaying the group's complex instrumental abilities. The Dallas Strings later evolved into the Coley Jones String Band, notably for including T-Bone Walker. By the end of 1929, no further documentation of Jones is found though it is generally thought he still was performing in Dallas well into the 1930s.

                                                     
            

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