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Doctor Ross

Isaiah "Doc" Ross was a throwback to a bygone era; a true one-man band, he played harmonica, acoustic guitar, bass drum, and hi-hat simultaneously, creating a mighty racket harking back to the itinerant country-blues players wandering the Delta region during the earlier years of the 20th century. Born Charles Isaiah Ross on October 21, 1925 in Tunica, Mississippi, he took early inspiration from the music of Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, and Sonny Boy Williamson I; primarily a harpist -- hence his nickname "The Harmonica Boss" -- he only added the other instruments in his arsenal in order to play a USO show while a member of the Army during World War II. (The "Doc" moniker was acquired because he carried his harmonicas in a doctor's bag.) Upon his release from the military, Ross settled in Memphis, where he became a popular club fixture as well as the host of his own radio show on station WDIA; during his club residency he was witness to a number of brutal murders, however, and swore off appearances in such venues during the later years of his life. During the early '50s, Ross recorded his first sides -- among them "Chicago Breakdown" -- for labels including Sun and Chess; in 1954 he settled in Flint, Michigan, where he went to work as a janitor for General Motors, a position he held until retiring. In 1965 he cut his first full-length LP, Call the Doctor, and that same year mounted his first European tour; as the years passed Ross performed live with decreasing frequency, however, and was infamous for backing out of shows to catch his beloved Detroit Tigers on television. Upon winning a Grammy for his 1981 album Rare Blues, he experienced a career resurgence, and played festival dates to great acclaim prior to his death on May 28, 1993. ~ Jason Ankeny
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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: Memphis Blues - Important Postwar Blues

Disc 1

4. Little Soldier Boy

5. Country Clown

6. County Farm Blues

7. They Call Me Talkin' Boy

8. Easy

9. Before Long

10. Lonesome Ol' Jail

11. Greyhound Blues

12. Registration Day Blues

13. Rats In My Kitchen

14. Rattlesnake Mama

15. Forty Four Blues

18. Shorty The Barber

19. The Last Time

20. Train Is Comin'

21. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie

23. Wolf Call Boogie

24. Harmonica Jam

25. Take A Little Chance

26. Tailor Made

27. The Boogie Disease

Disc 2

1. Moanin' At Midnight

2. Bluebird

3. Move On Down The Line

4. The Hucklebuck

7. Midnight Showers Of Rain

8. Prison Bound Blues

9. Bear Cat

10. Married Woman

11. Roscoe's Boogie

12. City Women

13. Baby, Baby

14. Rock The Bottle

15. Bad Women, Bad Whiskey

16. You're My Angel

17. Good Lovin'

18. Drifting From Town To Town

19. My Baby

20. Straighten Up Baby

21. Work With Her Boy

22. Detroit Arrow Blues

23. Carry My Business On

24. Crying In The Courthouse

25. Walked All Night

26. Baby I'm Coming Home

27. I'm Gonna Murder My Baby

28. Bonus Pay

Disc 3

1. T Model Boogie

2. Saddled The Cow And Milked The Horse

3. Seems Like A Million Years

4. Riding In The Moonlight

5. Can't Love Me And My Money Too

6. Flypaper Boogie

7. Somebody Told Me

8. If You Love Me

9. Feelin' Good

10. Fussin' And Fightin' Blues

11. Hart's Bread Boogie

12. Blues Leave Me Alone

15. Sweet Home Chicago

16. Mistreating Boogie

17. Worry You Off My Mind

18. Lucy Done Moved

19. Don't Dog Me Around

21. Dead Letter Blues

22. Ugly Woman

23. You'll Be Sorry

25. Long Gone Raymond

26. I'm Back Pretty Baby

27. Blue Man

28. High

Disc 4

1. Tiger Man

2. Save That Money

3. Lookin' For My Baby

4. Homesick For My Baby

5. Feel So Worried

6. So Long Baby Goodbye

7. Cotton Crop Blues

8. Hold Me In Your Arms

9. Come Back Home

10. Chocolate Drop

11. Blue Guitar

12. Believe I'll Settle Down

15. Love My Baby

16. Mystery Train

17. Dry Up Baby

18. Crying All Night Long

19. Way After Midnight

20. Hey Now

22. I Can't Forgive You

23. Midnight Hours Journey

24. My Baby Left Me

25. You're Driving Me Insane

26. Trouble And Heartaches

27. When It Rains It Pours

28. Move Baby Move

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Track List: The Sun Records Story

Disc 1

1. Cool Down Mama

2. Boogie In The Park

3. Howlin' Tom Cat

4. Highway Man

5. Juiced

7. Tiger Man

8. Love My Baby

9. Come Back Baby

10. Cotton Crop Blues

11. I'm Gonna Murder My Baby

12. Time Has Made A Change

13. Red Hot

15. Dark Muddy Bottom

16. Hello, Hello Baby

17. Listen To Me, Baby

18. Boogie Blues

20. Gonna Dance All Night

21. Don't Believe

22. Defrost Your Heart

23. Sure To Fall

24. Fool Proof

26. Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox

27. You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven

28. Fool For Lovin' You

29. I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry

30. Come In Stranger

Disc 2

1. Rockin' Daddy

2. Crazy Arms

3. Mean Little Mama

4. Got Love If You Want It

5. Crawdad Song

6. Her Love Rubbed Off

7. Mad Man

8. Love My Baby

9. Miss Froggie

10. Pearly Lee

11. Deep Elem Blues

12. That Don't Move Me

14. Come On Little Mama

15. Rock With Me Baby

16. Fine Little Baby

17. Rockin' With My Baby

18. Baby That's Good

19. My Baby Don't Rock

20. Miss Pearl

21. That's Right

22. So Glad You're Mine

23. Willing And Ready

24. Shake Around

26. Judy

27. Good Rockin' Tonight

29. Tough, Tough, Tough

30. (Take Me From This) Garden Of Evil

31. Have Faith In My Love

Disc 3

2. Just Walkin' In The Rain

3. Bear Cat

4. Blue Suede Shoes

5. When It Rains It Pours

6. Mystery Train

7. Boppin' The Blues

8. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

9. Flyin' Saucer Rock 'n' Roll

10. I Walk The Line

11. Ooby Dooby

12. We Wanna Boogie

13. Dixie Fried

14. Great Balls Of Fire

15. Red Hot

16. Big River

17. Rock 'n' Roll Ruby

18. Breathless

19. Honey Don't

20. Red Headed Woman

21. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen

22. High School Confidential

23. Matchbox

24. Lonely Weekends

25. I'm Coming Home

26. Who Will The Next Fool Be?

27. What'd I Say

28. Guess Things Happen That Way

29. Raunchy

30. Mona Lisa

31. Whirlwind

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