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Blind Boy Fuller

Unlike blues artists like Big Bill or Memphis Minnie who recorded extensively over three or four decades, Blind Boy Fuller recorded his substantial body of work over a short, six-year span. Nevertheless, he was one of the most recorded artists of his time and by far the most popular and influential Piedmont blues player of all time. Fuller could play in multiple styles: slide, ragtime, pop, and blues were all enhanced by his National steel guitar. Fuller worked with some fine sidemen, including Rev. Gary Davis, Sonny Terry, and washboard player Bull City Red. Initially discovered and promoted by Carolina entrepreneur H.B. Long, Fuller recorded for ARC and Decca. He also served as a conduit to recording sessions, steering fellow blues musicians to the studio.

In spite of Fuller's recorded output, most of his musical life was spent as a street musician and house party favorite, and he possessed the skills to reinterpret and cover the hits of other artists as well. In this sense, he was a synthesizer of styles, parallel in many ways to Robert Johnson, his contemporary who died three years earlier. Like Johnson, Fuller lived fast and died young in 1942, only 33 years old. Fuller was a fine, expressive vocalist and a masterful guitar player best remembered for his uptempo ragtime hits "Rag Mama Rag," "Trucking My Blues Away," and "Step It Up and Go." At the same time he was capable of deeper material, and his versions of "Lost Lover Blues" and "Mamie" are as deep as most Delta blues. Because of his popularity, he may have been overexposed on records, yet most of his songs remained close to tradition and much of his repertoire and style is kept alive by North Carolina and Virginia artists today. ~ Barry Lee Pearson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rough Guide To Blind Boy Fuller

1. Truckin' My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 2)

2. Thousand Woman Blues

3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You

4. Corrine What Makes You Treat Me So

5. Get Your Yas Yas Out

6. Flyin' Airplane Blues

7. Weeping Willow

8. Jivin' Woman Blues

9. Bulldog Blues

10. Twelve Gates To The City

11. Step It Up And Go

12. Baby Quit Your Low Down Ways

13. Piccolo Rag

14. You Never Can Tell

15. Lost Lover Blues

16. Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind

17. Screaming And Crying Blues

18. Tom Cat Blues

19. Rag, Mama, Rag (Take 2)

20. Walking My Troubles Away (Take 2)

21. Untrue Blues

22. Jitterbug Rag

23. Homesick And Lonesome Blues

24. (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me) She's Funny That Way

25. Bye Bye Baby Blues

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Track List: Get Your Yas Yas Out

1. Catman Blues

2. Rag Mama Rag

3. Lost Lover Blues

4. Precious Lord

5. Shake It Baby

6. When You Are Gone

7. Boots And Shoes

8. Homesick And Lonesome

9. I Want Some Of Your Pie

10. Get Your Yas Yas Out

11. Step It Up And Go

12. Weeping Willow

13. Trucking My Blues Away

14. Funny Feeling Blues

15. Pistol Slapper Blues

16. Heart Ease Blues

17. Jivin' Woman Blues

18. Sweet Honey Hole

19. Jitterbug Rag

20. Untrue Blues

21. Big Leg Woman Gets My Pay

22. Rattlesnakin' Daddy

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Track List: Remastered 1935-1938 #A

Disc 1

1. Baby, I Don't Have To Worry ('Cause That Stuff Is Here)

2. I'm A Rattlesnakin' Daddy

3. I'm Climbin' On Top Of The Hill

4. Ain't It A Crying Shame?

5. Looking For My Woman

7. Rag Mama Rag (Take 2)

8. Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind

9. Evil Hearted Woman

10. My Brownskin Sugar Plum

11. Somebody's Been Playing With That Thing

13. Log Cabin Blues (Take 2)

14. Homesick And Lonesome Blues

15. Walking My Troubles Away (Take 1)

16. Walking My Troubles Away (Take 2)

17. Black And Tan

18. Keep Away From My Woman (Take 1)

19. Keep Away From My Woman (Take 2)

20. Babe You Got To Do Better

21. Big Bed Blues

22. Truckin' My Blues Away

23. (I Got a Woman, Crazy for Me) She's Funny That Way

25. Cat Man Blues (Take 2)

Disc 2

1. When Your Gal Packs Up And Leaves

2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You

3. If You Don't Give Me What I Want

4. Boots And Shoes

5. Trucking My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 1)

6. Trucking My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 2)

7. Sweet Honey Hole

8. Untrue Blues

9. Tom Cat Blues

10. My Baby Don't Mean Me No Good

11. Been Your Dog

12. My Best Gal Gonna Leave Me

13. Wires All Down

14. Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon

15. Death Alley

16. Mamie (Take 1)

17. Mamie (Take 2)

18. New Oh Red!

19. If You See My Pigmeat

20. Stingy Mama

21. Why Don't My Baby Write To Me?

22. Some Day You're Gonna Be Sorry

23. You Never Can Tell

24. Put You Back in Jail

25. Walking And Looking Blues

Disc 3

1. Bulldog Blues

2. Where My Woman Usta Lay

3. Working Man Blues

4. Weeping Willow

5. Corrine What Makes You Treat Me So?

6. Stealing Bo-Hog

7. Worried And Evil Man Blues

8. Bulldog Blues

9. Break Of Day Blues

10. Oh Zee Zas Rag

11. Throw Your Yas Yas Back in Jail

12. Snake Woman Blues

13. Mojo Hidin' Woman

14. Steel Hearted Woman

15. Ain't No Gettin' Along

16. Careless Love

17. New Louise Louise Blues

18. Mistreater, You're Going to Be Sorry

19. Bye Bye Baby Blues

20. Looking For My Woman No. 2

21. Shaggy Like A Bear

22. Ten O'Clock Peeper

23. Hungry Calf Blues

24. Too Many Women Blues

25. Oozin' You Off My Mind

Disc 4

1. Shake That Shimmy

2. Heart Ease Blues

3. I'm Going To Move (To The Edge Of Town)

4. Pistol Slapper Blues

5. Mean And No Good Woman

6. Georgia Ham Mama

7. Piccolo Rag

8. Funny Feeling Blues

9. Painful Hearted Man

10. You've Got To Move It Out

11. Mama Let Me Lay It On You, No. 2

12. Meat Shakin' Woman

13. I'm A Good Stem Winder

14. What's That Smells Like Fish

15. She's A Truckin' Little Baby

16. Jivin' Woman Blues

17. You're Laughing Now

18. Stop Jivin' Me Mama

19. Long Time Trucker

20. Big House Bound

21. Flyin' Airplane Blues

22. Get Your Yas Yas Out

23. Jitterbug Rag

24. Screaming And Crying Blues

25. Blacksnakin' Jiver

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Track List: Screaming & Crying Blues

1. Sweet Honey Hole

2. You've Got Something There

3. Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind

4. Baby I Don't Have To Worry

6. Put You Back In The Jail

7. Big Leg Woman Gets My Pay

8. I'm Climbin' On Top Of The Hill

9. Mamie

10. I'm A Stranger Here

12. Walking And Looking Blues

13. Step It Up And Go

14. Ain't It A Cryin' Shame

15. My Brown Skin Sugar Plum

16. Some Day Your Gonna Be Sorry

17. Untrue Blues

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Track List: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1936-1937)

1. Cat Man Blues (Take 2)

2. When Your Gal Packs Up And Leaves

3. Mama Let Me Lay It On You

4. If You Don't Give Me What I Want

5. Boots And Shoes

6. Trucking My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 1)

7. Trucking My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 2)

8. Sweet Honey Hole

9. Untrue Blues

10. Tom Cat Blues

11. My Baby Don't Mean Me No Good

12. Been Your Dog

13. My Best Gal Gonna Leave Me

14. Wires All Down

15. Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon

16. Death Alley

17. Mamie (Take 1)

18. Mamie (Take 2)

19. New Oh Red!

20. If You See My Pigmeat

21. Stingy Mama

22. Why Don't My Baby Write To Me?

23. Some Day You're Gonna Be Sorry

24. You Never Can Tell

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Track List: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1935-1936)

1. Baby, I Don't Have To Worry

2. I'm A Rattlesnakin' Daddy

3. I'm Climbin' On Top Of The Hill

4. Ain't It A Crying Shame

5. Looking For My Woman

7. Rag Mama Rag (Take 2)

8. Baby, You Gotta Change Your Mind

9. Evil Hearted Woman

10. My Brownskin Sugar Plum

11. Somebody's Been Playing With That Thing

13. Log Cabin Blues (Take 2)

14. Homesick And Lonesome Blues

15. Walking My Troubles Away (Take 1)

16. Walking My Troubles Away (Take 2)

17. Black And Tan

18. Keep Away From My Woman (Take 1)

19. Keep Away From My Woman (Take 2)

20. Babe You Got To Do Better

21. Big Bed Blues

22. Truckin' My Blues Away

23. (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me) She's Funny That Way

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Track List: Truckin' My Blues Away

1. Truckin' My Blues Away

2. Untrue Blues

3. Homesick And Lonesome Blues

4. You Never Can Tell

5. Mamie

6. Jivin' Woman Blues

7. Weeping Willow

8. Funny Feeling Blues

9. I Crave My Pigmeat

10. Corrine What Makes You Treat Me So?

11. Meat Shakin' Woman

12. Walking My Troubles Away

13. Painful Hearted Man

14. Sweet Honey Hole

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Gritty, organic genius
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The dignity that these artist displayed is refreshing. We never have to reduced to clowns, when we walked with our heads up when there was rampant oppression. Let us not forget what these biographies say. Forerunners in all aspects of industrializ a t i o n etc....
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burkify
Truckin My Blues Away is easily one of the raddest album covers I've ever seen.
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love it....real heart and soul music

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Cool!
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I love the album cover. How many blind musicians would go without shades today? I wonder if they even had sunglasses back then?
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Til I die
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btdemidio
Moomoo007 How old are you? go to your teen site and leave the adults alone.
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that's good music simple heartfelt beautiful
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i like pandora but it over loads my computer i have a hard time typing thangs in to it while im playing pandora.
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" MAN O'MAN , LOVE THIS KIND OF "BLUES ". CRY THOSE BLUES B.B.FULLER !!! MR. F.THOMAS CLARK
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me and my dad would sit back listen and talk (good time)
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horacio78613
Fuller=Great n e s s
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Fuller was the ultimate accomplished entertainer. . . T h e Duke Ellington of his day!!!
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Born in Rockingham NC! A "HOMEBOY"!!! !
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Love to listen to him and even better to attempt to play his music.
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wsteven1
I really enjoy hearing Blind Boy Fuller and wish that Pandora would set up an 'album play list' whereby folks could listen to an entire album and NOT just a few songs in the total mix.
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texasjoseph
Thank You...:)
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texasjoseph
Keep...Back HOME AGAIN!
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Are any royalties being paid to the families of these legendary artist's.
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janehunter
Some answers from an older fan who knew many of the 30s players: Try Blind Lemon, superlative guitar. Many were blind, some (including Charlie Patton, John Hurt, Skip James, Fred McDowell, Mance Lipscomb, John Estes) were not. Sonny Terry was blind; Brownie McGee was not. Musician was a much better gig than field work.
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it's not that they were all blind, but blind artist in the early 20th century especially african american artist didn't have much to choose from in terms of employment and they won't of been able to work in the fields due to their disability so to make a livng they played music
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Were they all blind?

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