Floyd Jones appeared on a number of records as a backing guitarist including sessions by Sunnyland Slim , Little Willie Foster, Snooky Pryor and Eddie Taylor those tracks are left off as Eddie Taylor will be feature in an upcoming show.
Jones appears on all four sides by Little Willie Foster. Foster was probably from Belzoni and Johnny Williams remembers giving him first job when, with Willie and his cousin Robert, he played the Club, E.
Foster ran with the same group of musicians much of the time, playing at the Jamboree with Homesick James and Lazy Bill or with Floyd Jones. He waxed two sides for Blue Lake in and two for Cobra in Shortly after this last session he was seriously wounded by a gunshot which ended his career. Foster passed in As the first to amplify a harmonica, Pryor should rightly be recognized as a blues pioneer.
He cut a few final sides in , several unissued, for Vee-Jay before retiring from music for a spell in Brown among many others. We trawl through the entirety of their commercial recordings for labels big and small, playing well known and forgotten numbers. Artists like Otis Spann and Henry Gray did a fair bit of session working before stepping out on their own but cut only a handful of commercial records, those of which, in many case, not released at the time.
Detroit Jr played with several bands and cut a number of sides for Chicago labels garnering some local success. Born in Memphis in as John Chatman, he was exposed to the blues at a very young age by his family. His father Peter Chatman led a group called the Washboard Band, which featured the influential blues pianist Roosevelt Sykes. Inspired by Sykes, the young Chatman began to teach himself the piano and was soon touring in juke joints and dancehalls throughout the Southeast.
In he moved to Chicago to join the vibrant local music scene. As homage to his father, Chatman soon began recording with Okeh Records under the name Peter Chatman before moving to Bluebird Records in After World War II, Slim began leading bands that generally included saxophones, bass, drums, and piano.
Starting in late , he recorded with trios for the small Chicago-based Hy-Tone Records. With a lineup of alto saxophone, tenor sax, piano, and string bass Willie Dixon played the instrument on the first session , he signed with the Miracle label in the fall of He recorded mainly for Miracle through , with some commercial success. Early in , Miracle succumbed to financial troubles, but its owners regrouped to form the Premium label, and Slim remained on board until the successor company faltered in the summer of Slim made just one session for King, but the company bought his Hy-Tone sides in and acquired his Miracle masters after that company failed in Slim was never a Chess artist, but Leonard Chess bought most of the Premium masters after the demise of Premium.
He remained with United through the end of , when the company began to cut back on blues recording. After , Slim did not have a steady relationship with a record company until , when he signed with Vee-Jay Records. Slim first appeared outside the United States in , touring with Willie Dixon, with whom he returned to Europe in as a featured artist in the first of the series of American Folk Festival concerts organized by Dixon, which brought many notable blues artists to Europe in the s and s.
Slim moved permanently to Paris. He appeared on television in numerous European countries, acted in several French films and performed regularly in Paris, throughout Europe, and on return visits to the United States. Slim died in Eddie Boyd was born on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale in He taught himself how to play piano and guitar, and he worked the jukes joints in and around the Mississippi delta and then moved to Memphis in Hoping to record, Boyd left Memphis for Chicago in Lester Melrose, signed Eddie to Victor as a session pianist in In the same year, he played piano on a session with Big Maceo, after the latter had suffered a paralysis to his right-hand side.
He debuted as a solo artist for RCA Victor in and remained with the label until , recording a total of 21 fine sides in five sessions for the company. Nevertheless, his spell at Chess really should have yielded greater success. Unfortunately, he failed to hit it off with Leonard Chess from the outset, and as time went on things further deteriorated.
This left him in a hospital bed for some three months, and when he finally recovered he realized that his relationship with the Chess management had reached the point of no return. Almost by chance, he found himself on the American Folk Blues Festival touring roster, and decided that perhaps his future lay in Europe.
An appearance at the Hague Blues Festival followed in the same year, and Boyd realized that not only was Europe relatively free of the racial discrimination that had plagued him in the U. In , he married a Finnish woman and settled in Helsinki, continuing to gig regularly in Finland over the next two decades. Despite health issues he managed to play at the the Chicago Blues Festival in He passed in Willie Mabon was born and brought up in the Hollywood district of Memphis, Tennessee.
He moved to Chicago in , by which time he had become known as a singer and pianist. Willie made connections with other musicians and by had formed a trio, Blues Rockers, with guitarists Lazy Bill Lucas and Earl Dranes.
Benson had the record pressed on Parrot but quickly sold the master to Chess. The son hit number one on the rhythm and blues chart at the end of December and remained on top eight weeks. Live performances were his main source of income and a contract with U. He also performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Mabon passed in Detroit Jr. He learned the church organ at an early age and became a noted piano player in local juke joints. When in Chicago, Detroit Jr was taken under the wing by Eddie Boyd who introduced him in clubs and studios. In later years he recorded several fine albums and played festivals and toured Europe. Detroit Jr died in Chicago on August 9th, Curtis Jones was born in Naples, Texas, United States, to sharecropping parents, and played guitar whilst young but switched to piano after a move to Dallas.
McKinley on guitar. He lived there and in Morocco for the rest of his life. Jones died of heart failure in Munich in Shortly after he was born, Henry Gray , an only child, moved with his parents to a farm in Alsen, Louisiana, a few miles north of Baton Rouge, where he lived during his childhood.
He began studying the piano at the age of eight. By the time he was 16 he was playing blues at a club in Alsen. In join the Army and returned to the States in and spent a brief time in Alsen before relocating to Chicago, where he had relatives. One day while he was sitting in at a club, he caught the attention of Big Maceo Merriweather. Merriweather befriended Gray and had an important influence on Gray and also introduced Gray to several notable bands and club owners.
The evening we have passed in Big Walter Horton will remain as one of the most memorable memories of my ballads in blues. Unfortunately, despite all our efforts, Floyd could never achieve his wish to play in Europe and it remains as the least recognized of the designers of the post-war electric blues Chicago.
Floyd came into blues after a meeting with Tommy Johnson in the Delta. At this time, the Wolf is a big star of the Delta blues, the most obvious heir of Charlie Patton.
It is one of the very first to electrify the Delta blues in the streets of Maxwell Street. He recorded as early as with his cousin Moody Jones and harmonica player Snooky Pryor, one of the first sessions of the new Chicago blues. But his shy and reserved personality and blues to the sumptuous texts but to the dark and serious atmosphere does him provide never only a very modest success in the only ghetto of the shores of Lake Michigan.
He recorded a handful of titles between and for JOB, Chess and Vee — Jay, almost all of masterpieces as Schooldays, Stockyard blues one of the rare postwar unemployment blues , Dark Road, On the road again to become a huge success for the Canned Heat and the music of an advertisement for a brand of automobile!
They were one of the first examples of the new style on record. A second session, in , resulted in a release on the similarly short-lived Tempo-Tone label. In he recorded for the Testament label's Masters of Modern Blues series. He played bass on all the other album tracks.You Can't Live Long / Early Morning, a Single by Floyd Jones. Released in on Chess (catalog no. ; Shellac 10"). Genres: Chicago Blues, Blues.