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Cecil Gant

Pianist Cecil Gant seemingly materialized out of the wartime mist to create one of the most enduring blues ballads of the 1940s. Gant was past age 30 when he burst onto the scene in a most unusual way -- he popped up in military uniform at a Los Angeles war-bonds rally sponsored by the Treasury Department. Private Gant proceeded to electrify the assembled multitude with his piano prowess, leading to his imminent 1944 debut on Oakland's Gilt-Edge Records: the mellow pop-slanted ballad "I Wonder," which topped the R&B charts despite a wartime shellac shortage that hit tiny independent companies like Gilt-Edge particularly hard. Its flip, the considerably more animated "Cecil's Boogie," was a hit in its own right.

Pvt. Gant shot to the upper reaches of the R&B charts for Gilt-Edge like a guided missile with his "Grass Is Getting Greener Every Day" and "I'm Tired" in 1945, recording prolifically for the imprint before switching over to the Bullet label for the 1948 smash "Another Day -- Another Dollar" and 1949's "I'm a Good Man but a Poor Man" (in between those two, Gant also hit with "Special Delivery" for Four Star). Urbane after-hours blues, refined ballads, torrid boogies -- Gant ran the gamut during a tumultuous few years in the record business (he also turned up on King, Imperial, Dot, and Swing Time/Down Beat), but it didn't last. His "We're Gonna Rock" for Decca in 1950 (as Gunter Lee Carr) presaged the rise of rock & roll later in the decade, but Gant wouldn't be around to view its ascendancy; the one-time "G.I. Sing-Sation" died in 1952 at the premature age of 38. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Electric Blues - Part 1: Beginnings 1939-1954

Disc 1

1. Floyd's Guitar Blues

2. Mean Old World

3. Strange Things Happening Every Day

4. Drifting Blues

5. Ain't That Just Like A Woman

6. That's All Right

7. Let Me Play With Your Poodle

8. Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)

9. Better Cut That Out

11. I Can't Be Satisfied

12. Boogie Chillen

13. Blues After Hours

14. Mary Is Fine

15. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

16. Hit The Road

17. Who's Been Jivin' You

19. My Special Friend Blues

20. Every Day I Have The Blues (Lonely Heart Blues)

21. Rock Awhile

22. Bon Ton Roula

23. Rollin' And Tumblin' Part 1

25. Rockin' All Day (Aka Rockin' And Reelin')

26. Love Don't Love Nobody

Disc 2

1. That's All Right

2. Midnight Boogie

3. Black Night

4. Rock Little Baby

5. Why Should I Cry?

6. Rocket '88'

7. How Many More Years?

8. Boogie Woogie Nighthawk

9. Baby Let's Go Down To The Woods

10. Kansas City Blues

12. Dust My Broom

13. I'm In The Mood

14. Cold Cold Feeling

15. Ramblin' On My Mind

17. Trust In Me

18. Juke

19. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

20. Five Long Years

21. Lonesome Train

22. Hound Dog

23. Chocolate Pork Chop Man

24. Woke Up This Morning

26. Cryin' Shame

Disc 3

2. Please Love Me

3. Forty Cups Of Coffee

4. Ice Cream Man

5. Losing Hand

6. Hydramatic Woman

7. Feelin' Good

8. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer

9. Tiger Man

10. Blues With A Feeling

11. Piggly Wiggly

12. TV Mama

13. The Things That I Used To Do

14. Shim Sham Shimmy

15. Dirty Work At The Crossroad

16. You Don't Have To Go

17. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

18. Sloppy Drunk

19. Shake That Thing

20. Wine, Women, Whiskey

22. Pet Cream Man

23. Reconsider Baby

24. Don't Have To Worry

25. The Boogie Disease

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Track List: Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues 1944-1954

Disc 1

3. Drifting Blues

6. When I'm In My Tea

8. Guitar In My Hand

10. Mississippi Blues

11. Chicken Shack Boogie

13. Woman Don't Want A Good Man No More

16. B&O Blues

17. When A Man Has The Blues

20. Everyday I Have The Blues

21. Lonely Boy Blues

22. Beer Drinking Baby

23. Wine O Baby Boogie

24. Bad Bad Whiskey

25. Great Big Mama

Disc 2

2. Black Night

3. The Hustle Is On

5. Safronia B

7. I Got Loaded

8. When It Rains It Pours

9. Kissa Me Baby

11. High School Baby

12. Daybreak

13. Let Me Go Home Whiskey

14. West Coast Blues

15. The Candles Burning Low

18. Unlucky Man

19. Good Good Whiskey

21. Feelin' Mighty Lonesome

23. Yeah Yeah Yeah

24. I Ain't Drunk

25. No More Alcohol

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Track List: Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970

Disc 1

1. Nashville Jumps

2. Buzzard Pie

3. Skip's Boogie

4. L&N Special

5. Sittin' Here Drinking

6. Just Walkin' In The Rain

8. Baby Let's Play House

9. Christene

10. It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)

11. Rollin' Stone

12. You Can Make It If You Try

13. Rockin' The Joint

14. Let's Trade A Little

15. Say You Really Care

16. Somebody, Somewhere

17. Pipe Dreams

Disc 2

1. Monkey Doin' Woman

5. Anna (Go To Him)

6. Snap Your Fingers

9. Sunny

10. I Want To (Do Everything For You)

13. The Chokin' Kind

14. She Shot A Hole In My Soul

15. Gotta Get Yourself Together

16. Soul Shake

17. Reconsider Me

18. Everlasting Love

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Track List: Out There: Wild And Wondrous Roots Of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 1

1. Pascola Dance

2. Oba Oyinbo

3. High Water Everywhere

4. Rockin' Rollin' Mama

5. Tomi Tomi

6. Serves 'Em Fine

7. It's A Good Thing

8. Lint Head Stomp

9. Fox And The Hounds

10. African Love Call

11. A Big Ball In Cowtown

12. Pero Hay Que Triste

14. Shimmy Shakin' Daddy

16. Shake It

17. Somebody's Been Using That Thing

18. Evans Shuffle ((Feat. Little Walter)

19. Dusty Blossom Boogie

20. Rock Little Baby

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Track List: Roughneck Blues 1949-1956

2. My Window Faces The South

3. A-Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed

4. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

5. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves

7. Hillbilly Fever

8. Birmingham Bounce

9. Don't You Worry

10. It Ain't Gonna Be Like That

11. I'm A Big Boy Now

13. Roughneck Blues

15. Juke Joint Johnny

16. I'm A One Woman Man

18. Shake Baby Shake

19. All I Can Do Is Cry

22. Three Alley Cats

23. Rock Billy Boogie

27. Everybody's Rockin' But Me

28. I'm Coming Home

29. Rock Around With Ollie Vee

30. Modern Don Juan

31. The Train Kept A-Rollin'

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Track List: The Early Roots Of Rock N' Roll

1. High Water Everywhere

2. Rock And Roll

4. Somebody's Been Using That Thing

5. Bop Cat Bop

6. Oh Red

7. Dusty Blossom Boogie

8. Evans Shuffle

9. Serves 'Em Fine

10. White Lightning

11. A Big Ball In Cowtown

12. Ladies Choice

13. Rock Island Line

14. Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer

15. My Black Mama Part One

16. Rockin' Chair Money

17. Your Line Was Busy

19. Shake It

20. Rockin' Rollin' Mama

21. Country Blues

22. Ramrod

23. Down The Road Apiece

24. Round Town Girls

25. Rhythm And Booze

26. Saturday Night Fish Fry

27. Alarm Clock Boogie

28. Shimmy Shakin' Daddy

29. She's Gone

30. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp

31. Lint Head Stomp

32. Fast Freight

33. Real Wild Child

34. Pero Hay Que Triste

35. Tomi Tomi

36. African Love Call

37. Oh By Jingo!

38. It's A Good Thing

39. Rock Little Baby

40. Mother Fuya

41. Trollin'

42. Let That Liar Alone

43. Rockin' With Red

44. Fox And The Hounds

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Track List: The Iron Horse (Vintage Railroad Songs 1926-1952)

1. My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man

2. Once I Loved A Railroad Flagman

3. Steel Driving Man

4. Devil's Train

5. Hobo From The T. & P. Line

6. True And Trembling Brakeman

7. Wreck Of The Old '97

8. Knocking Down Casey Jones

9. Freight Train Boogie

10. Railroad Blues

11. The Brave Engineer

12. Holy Ghost Train

13. Nine Pound Hammer

14. Train Time Blues

15. Depot Blues

17. Night Train To Memphis

18. Life's Railway To Heaven

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