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Detroit Junior

Emery Williams Jr. is a living link to the great Chicago blues piano players of the 1940s and 1950s. Born on October 26, 1931, in Haynes, AR, Williams was given the name Detroit Junior when be began recording on his own in the 1960s. As a child, Williams was moved around quite a bit, as his family relocated from Arkansas to Memphis, then to Pularski, IL, and finally to Flint, MI, where Williams lived with his grandmother. It was there that he began playing keyboards, learning on his grandmother's organa (a parlor instrument that was part organ, part piano). Soon he was playing piano in the tough clubs and juke joints around Flint, eventually relocating to Chicago in the early '50s, where he began playing with the likes of Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Reed, and Eddie Taylor.

He recorded his first 45 (and earned the name Detroit Junior), "Money Tree" b/w "So Unhappy," in 1960, and also cut a single ("Too Poor" b/w "You Mean Everything to Me") for Chess Records. An album, Chicago Urban Blues, came out on the Blues on Blues label in the early '70s. In 1969 Williams began a long stint as Howlin' Wolf's piano player, a spot he held until Wolf's death in 1976. Alligator Records included a few of Williams' tracks on a Living Chicago Blues compilation in the early '80s. Turn Up the Heat appeared in 1995 on Blue Suit Records, followed by two more albums for the label, Take Out the Time (1997) and Live at the Toledo Museum of Art (2004). Another Detroit Junior album was also released in 2004, Blues on the Internet on Delmark Records. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Authentic Blues

Disc 1

1. Boogie Chillen

2. Blues After Hours

5. Big Fine Girl (Live)

6. T-99 Blues

7. Jake Head Boogie

8. Thrill Is Gone

9. Riding In The Moonlight

10. Driftin' From Town To Town

12. No More Doggin'

13. Couldn't Be A Dream

14. All The Blues All The Time

15. Three Hours Past Midnight

16. Standing At The Crossroads

17. W-O-M-A-N

Disc 2

1. Figure Head

2. The Duck Walk

3. Some Time I Wonder

4. From My Heart

5. Going Or Coming

6. Forget It

7. It's Bad To Make A Woman Mad

8. You Better Stop

9. Hard Times (Follow Me)

10. Like Heaven To Me

11. I Feel So Good

12. I'd Rather Fight Than Switch

13. Just Got Some

14. Too Many Cooks

15. Crossroads

16. I Have Made A Change

17. She's A Sweet One

18. Through All Your Faults

19. Call My Job

20. Momee, Momee

21. Something Can Go Wrong

22. I'm Not Going Home

23. Say You're Leavin'

24. My Baby's Sweet

25. Honky Tonky

26. Good Things

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Track List: Devil's Blues

1. It Must Have Been The Devil

2. Kissing In The Dark

3. Violent Love

4. Drinking Woman

5. 21 Days In Jail

6. Gamblin' Woman

7. Bad Affair

8. Booze In The Bottle

9. Bad, Bad Whiskey

10. Trouble Blues

11. Runnin' Drunk

12. Talk Fast

13. Open House At My House

14. Something Strange Is Goin' On At My House

15. Right On Jody

16. Stoop Down Baby

17. Dip My Dipper

18. Everybody's Got A Little Devil In Their Soul

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Track List: Living Chicago Blues Vol.4

1. If I Hadn't Been High

2. Some Nerve

3. Sombody To Shack

4. I Got Money

5. Somebody Have Mercy

6. Got To Have Money

7. Just Like Mama Said

8. Look What You Done

9. Going Upstairs

10. Blues This Morning

11. Tired Of Being Pushed Around

12. Please Let Me Stay

13. Blues For A Real Man

14. Thirteen Years In Prison

15. Country Boy

16. My Life Ain't The Same

17. I Got News For You

18. Morning, Noon And Night

19. Two Years

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jtny786
Talk Fast, Baby! Love it. Great. Reminds me of Lightnin' Hopkins.
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So dope...so real, that's the damn blues!!!
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meendds
Didn't he play in Howlin Wolf's band?
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Who is this guy????

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