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Bumble Bee Slim

Popular and prolific, Bumble Bee Slim parlayed a familiar but rudimentary style into one of the earliest flowerings of the Chicago style. Much of what he performed he adapted from the groundbreaking duo Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell -- Slim built on Carr's laconic, relaxed vocal style and Blackwell's guitar technique. During the mid-'30s, Bumble Bee Slim recorded a number of sides for a variety of labels, including Bluebird, Vocalion, and Decca, becoming one of the most-recorded bluesmen of the decade.

Born in Georgia, Bumble Bee Slim left his home when he was a teenager. He joined a circus and travelled thorughout the south and the Midwest for much of his adolescence and early adulthood. Eventually, he made a home in Indianapolis, where he played local parties and dance halls.

Bumble Bee Slim moved to Chicago in the early '30s. After a few years in the city, he began a recording career; his first singles appeared on Bluebird. Slim wrote and recorded frequently during the mid-'30s, selling more records than most of his contemporaries. In addition to cutting his own sides, he played on records by Big Bill Broonzy and Cripple Clarence Lofton, among others.

Bumble Bee Slim moved back to Georgia in the late '30s. After a few years, he left the state once again, relocating to Los Angeles in the early '40s. During the '50s, Slim cut some West Coast blues for Specialty and Pacific Jazz, which failed to gain much interest. For the rest of his career, he kept a low profile, playing various Californian clubs. Bumble Bee Slim died in 1968. ~ Cub Koda
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Chain Gang Bound

1. Chain Gang Bound

2. Dead And Gone Mother

3. No Woman No Nickel

4. I'm Waitin' On You

5. Runnin' Drunk Blues

6. Baby So Long

7. Rough Road Blues

8. Sad And Lonesome

9. Lost Confidence Blues

10. Bad Gal

11. M And O Blues, Pt. 1

12. Honey Bee Blues

14. Greasy Greens

15. New Mean Mistreater Blues

16. Busy Devil

17. Cruel Hearted Woman Blues, Pt. 1

18. Squalling Panther Blues

19. Bye Bye Baby Blues

20. Step Child

21. Ain't It A Crying Shame?

22. M And O Blues, Pt. 2

23. Deep Bass Boogie

24. Blue Blues

25. Cruel Hearted Woman Blues, Pt. 2

26. Aching Pain Blues

27. Someday Things Will Be Breaking My Way

28. Burned Down Mill

29. Climbing On The Top Of The Hill

30. I Tried Everything I Could

31. Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On

32. The New B And O Blues

33. East St. Louis Blues

34. Yo Yo String Blues

35. Queen Bee Blues

36. Cold-Blooded Murder

37. Wrecked Life Blues

38. B And O Blues

39. Rough Rugged Road Blues

40. Stumbling Block Blues

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 9 (1934-1951)

1. Good Morning (Take A)

2. Good Morning (Take B)

3. Muddy Water (Take A)

4. Muddy Water (Take B)

5. Baby Fare You Well (Take A)

6. Baby Fare You Well (Take B)

7. Happy Life Blues (Take B)

8. Who's Been Here Today (Take 2)

9. When The Music Sounds Good (Take 1)

10. I'm Going To Live My Life Alone (Take 1)

11. I'm Going To Live My Life Alone (Take 2)

12. One Lonesome Day (Take 1)

13. One Lonesome Day (Take 2)

14. Pains In My Body (Take 1)

15. It Ain't No Trouble (Take 1)

16. It Ain't No Trouble (Take 2)

17. 12 O'Clock Midnight (Take 2)

18. Uncertain Blues (Take 2)

19. Cross The Country (Take 1)

20. Cross The Country (Take 2)

21. You Brought Me Here (Take 2)

22. Going Back To Florida (Take 2)

23. Sometimes

24. Tiny's Boogie

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 1 1931-1934

1. Rough Rugged Road Blues

2. No Woman No Nickel

3. Stumbling Block Blues

4. Chain Gang Bound

5. Yo Yo String Blues

6. Honey Bee Blues

7. Greasy Greens

8. I'm Waitin' On You

9. B And O Blues

10. Queen Bee Blues

11. M And O Blues (Part 1)

12. M And O Blues (Part 2)

13. Someday Things Will Be Breaking My Way

14. Baby So Long

15. Lost Confidence Blues

16. The New B And O Blues

17. Wrecked Life Blues

18. Runnin' Drunk Blues

19. East St. Louis Blues

20. Busy Devil

21. Squalling Panther Blues

22. Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On

23. Dead And Gone Mother

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 7 1936-1937

1. I'se Gonna Break 'Em Down

2. Blue Expression Blues

3. Head Whippin' Party

4. Santa Claus Bring Me A New Woman

5. I'm Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down

6. Every Goodbye Ain't Gone

7. True Blue

8. Please Baby

9. Green Country Gal

10. If I Could Speak My Mind

11. The Jive Of Mine

12. Past And Gone

13. Hobo Jungle Blues

14. Slave Man Blues

15. My Big Moments

16. I'll Meet You In The Bottom

17. Meet Me At The Landing

18. Big Six

19. Just Yesterday

20. Rough Treatment

21. Pains In My Body

22. I'm Having So Much Trouble

23. Rising River Blues (Take 1)

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 8 1937-1951

1. Rising River Blues (Take 2)

2. If I Make It Over

3. She Never (Take 1)

4. She Never (Take 2)

5. 12 O'Clock Southern Train

6. 12 O'Clock Midnight

7. You Sure Look Good To Me

8. Woman For Every Man (Take 1)

9. Woman For Every Man (Take 2)

10. Bumble Bee's New Muddy Water

11. When Your Deal Goes Down

12. Goodbye (I'll Try To Forget) (Take 1)

13. Goodbye (I'll Try To Forget) (Take 2)

14. Uncertain Blues

15. You've Got To Do As I Bid You

16. You Brought Me Back

17. Going Back To Florida

18. Good Old Easy Streets

19. Lonesome Trail Blues

20. Strange Angel

21. Lonesome Old Feeling

22. Ida Red

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim, Vol. 4: 1935

1. Policy Dream Blues

2. If The Blues Was Whiskey

3. Right From Wrong

4. Feather Bed Blues

5. What's Wrong?

6. Mean Bloody Murder Blues

7. Walking And Drifting Blues

8. When The Sun Goes Down

9. Can't You Trust Me No More?

10. Where Was You Last Night?

11. I Done Lost My Baby

12. I'm Needing Someone (Just Like You)

13. The Death Of Leroy Carr (Dedicated To The Memory Of Leroy Carr)

14. Smoky Mountain Blues

15. Sail On Sail On Blues

16. Hey Lawdy Mama

17. I Keep On Drinking, Part 1

18. I Keep On Drinking, Part 2

19. Sometimes Blues

20. Steady Roll Mama Blues

21. Fattenin' Frogs For Snakes

22. Lemon Squeezing Blues

23. When The Sun Goes Down (C-1071)

24. Sail On Little Girl No. 3

25. Cold-Blooded Murder No. 2

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 3 1934-1935

1. I Tried Everything I Could (Take D)

2. My Troubles

3. Blues Before Daylight

4. Running Bad Luck Blues

5. You Can't Take It Baby

6. Way Down In Georgia

7. My Black Gal Blues No. 1

8. My Black Gal Blues No. 2

9. Bleeding Heart Blues

10. Let's Pitch A Boogie Woogie

11. Tired Of Your Low Down Nasty Ways

12. Good Evening Blues

13. Farewell Mistreater Blues

14. B And O Line Blues

15. Good Woman Blues

16. Some Old Rainy Day

17. There You Stand

18. Tell Me What It's All About

19. You Gotta Change Your Way

20. Milk Cow Blues

21. Everybody's Fishing

22. Guilty Woman Blues

23. Big 80 Blues

24. Bricks In My Pillow

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 6 1936

1. Meet Me In The Bottom

2. No Good Woman

3. When The Music Sounds Good

4. When I Get My Money

5. New Bricks In My Pillow

6. New Big 80 Blues

7. New Policy Dream Blues (By Amos Easton)(2008)

8. Back In Jail Again

9. Wet Clothes Blues

10. Any Time A Night

11. Fast Life Blues

12. Rock Hearted Woman

13. Cry On! Cry On!

14. Ease Me Down

15. Hard Driving Man

16. Must I Keep On Crying

17. Funny Feelin'

18. Lady Friend

19. Letter Writing

20. Upside Down

21. New How Long How Long

22. Honest Confession

23. Christmas And No Santa Claus

24. Buggie Bed

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 2 1934

1. Step Child

2. Sad And Lonesome

3. Bye Bye Baby Blues

4. Cruel Hearted Woman Blues Part 1

5. Cruel Hearted Woman Blues Part 2

6. The Longest Day You Live Part 1

7. The Longest Day You Live Part 2

8. Deep Bass Boogie

9. Blue Blues

10. Rough Road Blues

11. New Mean Mistreater Blues

12. Climbing On Top Of The Hill

13. Ain't It A Crying Shame?

14. Bad Gal (Take A)

15. Bad Gal (Take B)

16. I Tried Everything I Could (Take A)

17. Sail On Little Girl No. 2

18. Aching Pain Blues

19. Cold-Blooded Murder

20. Burned Down Mill (Take A)

21. Burned Down Mill (Take B)

22. Mean Mistreatin' Woman

23. Worrisome Woman Blues

24. Mean Bad Man Blues

25. Muddy Water Blues

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Track List: Bumble Bee Slim Vol. 5 1935-1936

1. How Long How Long Blues

2. You Don't Mean Me No Good

3. New B & O Blues

4. Prison Bound Blues

5. My Old Pal Blues

6. Last Respects

7. Sloppy Drunk Blues

8. D.B.A. Blues

9. I'll Take You Back

10. Sick And Tired Of Singing The Blues

11. New When The Sun Goes Down

12. Happy Life Blues

13. When Somebody Loses

14. Ramblin With That Woman

15. This Old Life I'm Living

16. Dumb Tricks Blues (Take 1)

17. Dumb Tricks Blues (Take 2)

18. New Orleans Stop Time

19. You Got To Live And Let Live

20. Hard Rocks In My Bed

21. Who's Been Here Today?

22. I Done Caught My Death Of Cold

23. No More Biscuit Rolling Here (Take 1)

24. No More Biscuit Rolling Here (Take 2)

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