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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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Track List: Back To The Crossroads: The Roots Of Robert Johnson

1. Police Station Blues [1932]

2. Old Original Kokomo Blues - 1934

3. Cruel Hearted Woman [1934]

4. Roll And Tumble Blues [1929]

5. Life Saver Blues [1927]

6. Sitting On Top Of The World [1930]

7. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp [1936]

8. Devil Got My Woman - 1931

9. My Black Mama, Pt. 1 [1930]

10. Georgia Bound - 1929

11. When The Sun Goes Down [1935]

12. Sissy Man Blues [1935]

13. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You [1926]

14. Lead Pencil Blues [1935]

15. 22-20 Blues [1931]

16. Dry Southern Blues [1926]

17. Kokomo Blues [1928]

18. Things 'bout Coming My Way [1931]

19. King Of Spades [1935]

20. Oh Red [1936]

21. You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die [1929]

22. Milk Cow Blues - 1934

23. Preachin' The Blues [1930]

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Track List: Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Disc 1

1. Goin' Crazy With The Blues

2. Lock And Key

3. All I Want Is A Spoonful

4. Matchbox Blues

6. Southern Rag

7. What's The Matter Blues

8. Stack O' Lee Blues

9. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie

10. Indiana Avenue Stomp

12. Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)

14. Blue Goose Blues

15. The Dirty Dozen

17. P**sy Cat Blues

18. Searching The Desert For The Blues

19. Cows, See That Train Comin'

20. West Dallas Drag

21. Ramblin With That Woman

22. W.P.A. Blues

23. Honky Tonk Train Blues

Disc 2

1. Terraplane Blues

2. Ice Pick Mama

3. Gamblin' Jinx Blues

5. Good Boy

6. Alley Boogie

7. Meat Shakin' Woman

9. Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)

10. Roll 'Em Pete

11. Jersey Belle Blues

12. Brown Skin Girl

13. Beer Drinking Woman

14. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

15. Baby, Please Don't Go

16. Dive Bomber

18. Kid Man Blues

19. Boogie Chillen'

20. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead And Gone)

22. 3 O'Clock Blues

23. Dust My Broom

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Track List: Broadcasting The Blues: Black Blues In The Segregation Era

Disc 1

1. Baby, Please Don't Go

2. Match Box Blues

3. Yonder Come The Blues

4. Yellow Dog Blues

5. Walkin' Blues

7. My Soul Is A Witness

8. Long Hot Summer Days

9. Lucky Holler

10. Penitentiary Moan

11. Old Country Stomp

12. Dry Bone Shuffle

13. Mysterious Coon

15. You Shall

17. I Heard The Voice Of A Porkchop

18. Spike Driver Blues

20. Fare Thee Well Blues

21. Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home

22. Travelin' Blues

Disc 2

1. Chocolate To The Bone

3. Tennessee Dog

5. Washboard Cut-Out

6. Flying Crows Blues

7. Rules And Regulations 'Signed Razor Jim'

8. Ground Hog Blues

10. Wednesday Evening She Left Me

11. Lonesome Day Blues

14. Black, Brown And White

15. Pratt City Blues

16. Blues Before Sunrise

17. Blues Trip Me This Morning

18. Poor Man Blues

20. My Black Mama - Part I

21. Cotton Pickin' Blues

23. Number 29

24. Jim Crow Blues

Disc 3

1. Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues

3. Policy Dream Blues

4. North Memphis Blues

6. They Ain't Walkin' No More

7. Ice Pick Blues

9. Parchman Farm Blues

10. Shelby County Workhouse Blues

11. Working On The Project

13. Let's Have A New Deal

14. Tallahatchie River Blues

15. St. Louis Cyclone Blues

17. Fire Department Blues

18. Give Me A 32-30

20. Build A Cave

21. Crying Mother Blues

23. The Dirty Dozen

24. Three Ball Blues

25. Milk Cow Blues

26. Cool Drink Of Water Blues

27. Some Summer Day

28. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor

30. Spirit Of Boogie Woogie

31. Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room

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Track List: Rough Guide To East Coast Blues

1. Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around

2. No No Blues

3. Church Bells Blues

4. South Carolina Rag (Take 1)

5. Greasy Greens

6. Skin Game Blues

7. Old Time Blues

8. Gonna Tip Out Tonight

9. One Way Gal

10. Honey You Don't Know My Mind

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

12. Ninety Nine Year Blues (Take 2)

13. I Saw The Light

14. Hard Road Blues

15. She's Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day

17. Brownie Blues

18. O Lord, Search My Heart

19. Jealous Hearted Blues

20. DeKalb Chain Gang

21. Harmonica Stomp

22. Runaway Man Blues

23. Unfair Blues

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