It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Billy "The Kid" Emerson

Slashing blues, infectious R&B, formulaic rock & roll, moving gospel -- keyboardist Billy "The Kid" Emerson played all those interrelated styles during a lengthy career that began in Florida and later transported him up to Memphis and Chicago.

Emerson had already learned his way around a piano when he entered the Navy in 1943. After the war, he began playing around Tarpon Springs, attending Florida A&M during the late '40s and early '50s. He picked up his nickname while playing a joint in St. Petersburg; the club owner dressed the band up in cowboy duds that begged comparison with a certain murderous outlaw.

A 1952-53 stint in the Air Force found Emerson stationed in Greenville, MS. That's where he met young bandleader Ike Turner, who whipped Emerson into shape as an entertainer while he sang with Turner's Kings of Rhythm. Turner also got Emerson through the door at Sun Records in 1954, playing guitar on the Kid's debut waxing "No Teasing Around."

Emerson's songwriting skills made him a valuable commodity around Sun -- but more as a source for other performers' material later on. His bluesy 1955 outing "When It Rains It Pours" elicited a cover from Elvis a few years later at RCA, while Emerson's "Red Hot" (a takeoff on an old cheerleader's chant from Emerson's school days) became a savage rockabilly anthem revived by Billy Lee Riley for Sun and Bob Luman on Imperial.

After his "Little Fine Healthy Thing" failed to sell, Emerson exited Sun to sign with Chicago's Vee-Jay Records in late 1955. Despite first-rate offerings such as the jumping "Every Woman I Know (Crazy 'Bout Automobiles)" and a sophisticated "Don't Start Me to Lying," national recognition eluded Emerson at Vee-Jay too.

It was on to Chess in 1958, recording "Holy Mackerel Baby" and the unusual novelty "Woodchuck" (a remake of an earlier Sun single) during his year or so there. 45s for Mad, USA, M-Pac! (where he waxed the dance workout "The Whip"), and Constellation preceded the formation of Emerson's own logo, Tarpon, in 1966. In addition to Emerson's own stuff, Tarpon issued Denise LaSalle's debut single.

A prolific writer, Emerson penned songs for Junior Wells, Willie Mabon, Wynonie Harris, and Buddy Guy during the early '60s, often in conjunction with Willie Dixon. When recording opportunities slowed, Emerson played jazzy R&B in lounges and supper clubs (guitarist Lacy Gibson was a member of his trio for a while). Emerson took Europe by surprise with a dynamic segment on the American Blues Legends 1979 tour. More recently, he's rumored to have reverted to playing gospel in his native state of Florida. A generous 33-track collection, Red Hot: The Sun Years, centered on Emerson's Sun years, but also including tracks from his stay at the Vee Jay and Chess labels, was released by Bear Family Records in 2009. ~ Bill Dahl
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Memphis Blues - Important Postwar Blues

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
x

Track List: The Sun Records Story

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3

Comments

Report as inappropriate
cooper_2
This guy rocks!!!!

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[104, 65, 95, 124, 95, 94, 66, 65, 127, 116, 72, 91, 92, 68, 66, 116, 100, 87, 90, 112, 93, 114, 101, 77, 65, 125, 83, 94, 64, 111, 93, 70, 89, 93, 71, 81, 111, 117, 74, 70, 64, 104, 117, 121, 105, 78, 110, 97, 119, 97, 83, 79, 81, 98, 125, 95, 98, 106, 120, 69, 82, 126, 96, 98, 93, 80, 75, 105, 75, 83, 98, 105, 102, 119, 106, 67, 113, 111, 106, 79, 121, 116, 77, 88, 88, 98, 77, 73, 104, 85, 121, 65, 116, 65, 102, 81, 113, 88, 69, 109, 105, 123, 99, 101, 104, 78, 73, 75, 67, 93, 83, 125, 103, 66, 77, 104, 106, 99, 123, 105, 121, 87, 106, 71, 65, 115, 106, 82, 102, 107, 64, 125, 64, 68, 123, 86, 107, 71, 81, 78, 79, 64, 107, 102, 96, 85, 69, 77, 77, 78, 92, 83, 93, 91, 74, 76, 91, 126, 105, 67, 123, 72, 126, 110, 95, 105, 88, 91, 123, 117, 113, 83, 103, 116, 80, 87, 102, 94, 122, 120, 85, 105, 89, 87, 121, 124, 67, 75, 119, 101, 86, 75, 83, 106, 71, 72, 96, 94, 78, 100, 90, 115, 116, 73, 97, 68, 114, 84, 69, 109, 75, 67, 70, 83, 87, 123, 68, 116, 71, 94, 95, 117, 92, 97, 83, 124, 113, 66, 79, 104, 77, 67, 80, 96, 97, 126, 121, 123, 99, 106, 126, 67, 116, 127, 75, 81, 64, 72, 117, 68, 127, 122, 64, 101, 123, 83, 95, 95, 103, 79, 101, 121, 69, 92, 86, 95, 115, 75, 87, 126, 92, 80, 87, 74, 111, 102, 72, 111, 80, 79, 115, 119, 85, 123, 101, 66, 68, 100, 67, 69, 106, 82, 66, 72, 96, 100, 123, 126, 70, 96, 75, 109, 97, 115, 104, 96, 87, 69, 122, 113, 67, 65, 125, 89, 73, 76, 75, 67, 112, 112, 122, 87, 94, 113, 64, 64, 111, 124, 106, 103, 95, 65, 118, 83, 95, 75, 92, 83, 102, 79, 66, 97, 70, 126, 75, 68, 111, 108, 91, 107, 71, 101, 93, 101, 65, 78, 119, 83, 104, 92, 105, 117, 98, 101, 108, 99, 102, 106, 100, 102, 112, 115, 116, 96, 74, 119, 123, 105, 111, 72, 126, 83, 111, 124, 115, 116, 116, 86, 95, 116, 83, 88, 116, 82, 98, 70, 117, 121, 83, 76, 92, 81, 65, 72, 79, 92, 88, 71, 97, 105, 108, 108, 90, 70, 74, 85, 105, 74, 113, 66, 106, 113, 80, 111, 84, 123, 110, 82, 83, 116, 99, 89, 109, 127, 114, 69, 126, 75, 74, 99, 108, 110, 116, 90, 97, 64, 122, 68, 103, 86, 82, 105, 115, 114, 74, 68, 85, 78, 104, 79, 104, 69, 121, 114, 83, 78, 102, 91, 66, 68, 69, 122, 116, 85, 81, 102, 87, 122, 110, 74, 89, 96, 127, 127, 105, 93, 124, 83, 118, 124, 88, 90, 84, 100, 119, 113, 113, 78, 126, 67, 99, 97, 81, 111, 86, 80, 104, 127, 89, 106, 94, 127]