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Guitar Slim

No 1950s blues guitarist even came close to equaling the flamboyant Guitar Slim in the showmanship department. Armed with an estimated 350 feet of cord between his axe and his amp, Slim would confidently stride on-stage wearing a garishly hued suit of red, blue, or green, usually with his hair dyed to match! It's rare to find a blues guitarist hailing from Texas or Louisiana who doesn't cite Slim as one of his principal influences: Buddy Guy, Earl King, Guitar Shorty, Albert Collins, Chick Willis, and plenty more have enthusiastically testified to Slim's enduring sway.

Born Eddie Jones in Mississippi, Slim didn't have long to make such an indelible impression. He turned up in New Orleans in 1950, influenced by the atomic guitar energy of Gatemouth Brown. But Slim's ringing, distorted guitar tone and gospel-enriched vocal style were his alone. He debuted on wax in 1951 with a mediocre session for Imperial that barely hinted at what would soon follow. A 1952 date for Bullet produced the impassioned "Feelin' Sad," later covered by Ray Charles (who would arrange and play piano on Slim's breakthrough hit the next year).

With the emergence of the stunning "The Things That I Used to Do" on Art Rupe's Specialty logo, Slim's star rocketed to blazing ascendancy nationwide. Combining a swampy ambience with a churchy arrangement, the New Orleans-cut track was a monster hit, pacing the R&B charts for an amazing 14 weeks in 1954. Strangely, although he waxed several stunning follow-ups for Specialty in the same tortured vein -- "The Story of My Life," "Something to Remember You By," "Sufferin' Mind" -- as well as the blistering rockers "Well I Done Got Over It," "Letter to My Girlfriend," and "Quicksand," Slim never charted again.

The guitar wizard switched over to Atlantic Records in 1956. Gradually, his waxings became tamer, though "It Hurts to Love Someone" and "If I Should Lose You" summoned up the old fire. But Slim's lifestyle was as wild as his guitar work. Excessive drinking and life in the fast lane took its inevitable toll over the years, and he died in 1959 at age 32. Only in recent years has his monumental influence on the blues lexicon begun to be fully recognized and appreciated. Incidentally, one of his sons bills himself as Guitar Slim, Jr. around the New Orleans circuit, his repertoire heavily peppered with his dad's material. ~ Bill Dahl
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Specialty Profiles: Lloyd Price

Disc 1

1. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

2. Tell Me Pretty Baby

3. Ain't It A Shame?

4. Oooh-Oooh-Oooh

5. Where You At?

6. Oo-Ee Baby

7. Restless Heart

8. Mailman Blues

9. Tryin' To Find Someone To Love

10. Let Me Come Home Baby

11. If Crying Was Murder

12. What's The Matter Now?

13. Lord, Lord, Amen!

14. Rock 'n' Roll Dance

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues (Alternate Version)

2. Pink Champagne (Alternate Version)

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Alternate Version)

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Alternate Version)

5. Dream Girl (Alternate Version)

6. Things That I Used To Do (Alternate Version)

7. Long Tall Sally (Alternate Version)

8. I'll Come Running Back To You (Alternate Version)

9. Leavin' It All Up To You (Alternate Version)

10. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Alternate Version)

x

Track List: Specialty Profiles

Disc 1

1. Boogie Chillen, No. 2

2. I'm Mad

3. Everybody's Blues

4. Burnin' Hell

5. Do My Baby Think Of Me

6. Goin' Down Highway 51

7. My Baby's Got Something

8. I Need Lovin'

9. Grinder Man

11. I Need Love So Bad

12. Huckle Up Baby

13. Nothin' But Trouble (Don't Take Your Wife's Family In)

14. Odds Against Me (Backbiters And Syndicators)

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

7. Long Tall Sally

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

x

Track List: Specialty Profiles: Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers

Disc 1

1. I'll Come Running Back To You

2. Forever

3. Jesus, I'll Never Forget

4. Peace In The Valley

5. Just Another Day

6. Touch The Hem Of His Garment

7. Lovable

8. Farther Along

9. Jesus Gave Me Water

10. The Last Mile Of The Way

11. That's All I Need To Know

12. Any Day Now

13. I Don't Want To Cry

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

7. Long Tall Sally

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

10. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

x

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

x

Track List: New Orleans Blues (1940-1953)

Disc 1

1. Gamblin' Man Blues

2. Little Woman Blues

4. Walk Your Blues Away

5. Longhair's Blues

7. Living On A Borrowed Time

9. Going Back To Louisiana

10. New Orleans Boogie

11. Don't You Lie To Me

13. Going Back To The Country

14. Jealous Blues

15. Morning Train

16. Brother Bill

18. Please Don't Leave Me

Disc 2

1. Who Drank My Beer?

2. Lonesome Highway

4. Baby Please Don't Go

6. Never Trust A Woman

7. After While

8. Cryin' In The Morning

9. Have Mercy

10. Bad Dog

11. My Baby Left Me

12. Going Back Home

13. Lying Woman

14. Early Morning Blues

15. So Long

16. Hey Little Girl

17. Beggin' At Your Mercy

18. Annie's Blues

x

Track List: New Orleans Guitar

Disc 1

1. Turn On Your Volume, Baby

2. Here Comes Smiley

3. Tee-Nah-Nah

4. Lowdown

5. Slide Me Down

6. Growing Old

7. If You Ever Loved A Woman

8. Dirty People

9. Where Were You

10. My Baby

11. Sad Life

12. Bee's Boogie

13. Don't Jive Me

14. My Baby Was Right

15. The Bells Are Ringing

16. Lillie Mae

17. You're Gonna Miss Me

18. Gypsy Blues

19. You're Not The One

20. Gumbo Blues

21. Ain't Gonna Do It

22. It's So Peaceful

23. Caldonia's Party

24. Lonesome Highway

25. Standing On The Corner

26. Oh Baby

Disc 2

1. Big Mamou

2. Play Girl

3. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons

4. Lying Woman

5. Little Fernandez

6. It's Music

7. Show Me The Way

8. Down The Road

9. Blue Monday

10. The Rocks

11. That Certain Door

12. Nobody Knows

13. Can't Stop Loving You

14. Ooh La La

15. Too Many Drivers

16. Lost Weekend

17. Jailbird

18. Farewell

19. Real Gone Lover

20. Bumpity Bump

21. I Hear You Knocking

22. I Can't Fly (Date With An Angel)

23. My Love (She's Gone)

25. Country Women

Disc 3

1. Bad Luck Is On Me

2. New Arrival

3. Standin' At The Station

5. The Things I Used To Do

6. Well I Done Got Over It

7. The Story Of My Life

8. Letter To My Girlfriend

9. Trouble Don't Last

10. Later For You Baby

11. Bad Luck Blues

12. Twenty-Five Lies

13. Sufferin' Mind

14. Stand By Me

15. Guitar Slim

16. Our Only Child

17. Reap What You Sow

19. Think It Over

20. Quicksand

21. You're Gonna Miss Me

22. I Got Sumpin' For You

23. Certainly All

25. Something To Remember You By

Disc 4

1. Long Distance Blues

2. Got No Use For You

3. I'm Still In Love With You

4. Railroad Station Blues

5. When The Sun Goes Down

6. Pony Tail

7. Wanderin' Heart

8. I'll Always Be In Love With You

9. Win-O

10. Do Unto Others

11. Every Dog Has His Day

12. Hurry, Hurry

13. Eyes Full Of Tears

14. I Need Your Love

15. You Know - Yeah

16. Runnin' Wild

17. My Idea About You

18. I Got News For You

19. Baby Don't You Cry

20. Don't Break My Heart

21. Wondering Why

22. Yours Truly

23. I Must Go On

24. Be Faithful

25. Blues Before Dawn

26. Don't Go

x

Track List: Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams

Disc 1

1. Bony Moronie

2. Just Because

3. Short Fat Fannie

4. High School Dance

5. You Bug Me Baby

6. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

7. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

8. Hootchy-Koo

9. Bad Boy

10. Slow Down

11. Little School Girl

12. Ting-A-Ling

13. Let Me Tell You, Baby

14. She Said Yeah

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

10. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

x

Track List: Specialty Profiles: Percy Mayfield

Disc 1

1. Please Send Me Someone To Love

2. Strange Things Happening

3. Lost Love (Baby, Please)

4. What A Fool I Was

5. Cry Baby

6. Prayin' For Your Return

7. Louisiana

8. The Big Question

9. The River's Invitation

10. Loose Lips

11. Sugar Mama-Peachy Papa

12. Memory Pain

13. Nightless Lover

14. Hit The Road, Jack

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

2. Pink Champagne

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

7. Long Tall Sally

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

10. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

x

Track List: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Disc 1

1. Milton's Boogie

2. R.M. Blues

3. Hop, Skip & Jump

4. True Blues

5. Information Blues

6. Thrill Me

7. Best Wishes

8. The Hucklebuck

9. Everything I Do Is Wrong

10. Porter's Love Song (To A Chambermaid)

11. It's Later Than You Think

12. T-Town Twist

13. Night And Day (I Miss You So)

14. Oh Babe!

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues (Alternate Version)

2. Pink Champagne (Alternate Version)

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Alternate Version)

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Alternate Version)

5. Dream Girl (Alternate Version)

6. Things That I Used To Do (Alternate Version)

7. Long Tall Sally (Alternate Version)

8. I'll Come Running Back To You (Alternate Version)

9. Leavin' It All Up To You (Alternate Version)

10. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Alternate Version)

x

Track List: The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Volume 2

Disc 1

1. Jamaica Hurricane

2. Just Walking In The Rain

3. Mother Fuyer

4. One Mint Julep

5. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball

6. Forty Cups Of Coffee

7. Folsom Prison Blues

8. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy

10. Divorce Me C.O.D.

12. Bonny Bunch Of Roses

13. Every Woman I Know

14. Get Rich Quick

15. Must Have Been The Devil

16. 20/20 Vision

17. Ain't I'm A Dog?

21. Take Me Back To Tulsa

23. Atomic Telephone

24. Water, Water

25. 24 Hours

26. Shotgun Boogie

Disc 2

1. Hoo-Doo Say

3. I Can't Dance (I've Got Ants In My Pants)

6. Let's Be Friends

7. Tennessee Border

8. Havana Moon

9. 3 X 7 = 21

10. Christmas Morning

11. Peggy Sue

12. Red Headed Woman

13. Uncle Pen

14. Bad Luck Blues

17. Hearts Of Stone

18. Paper In My Shoes

19. Pink Cadillac

20. Drifting Texas Sand

22. All Aboard

23. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I

24. Let Me Off Uptown

25. Tax Payin' Blues

26. Bad, Bad Whiskey

x

Track List: The Cosimo Matassa Story

Disc 1

1. Got A Brand New Baby

2. Four O'Clock Blues

3. Don't Jive Me

4. Tra-La-La

5. Teejim

9. Stormy Weather

10. My Ding-A-Ling

11. Reeling And Rocking

12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

13. Chee Koo Baby

14. Sweethearts

15. I'm Gone

16. Teachin' And Preachin'

17. Bouncin' The Boogie

18. Early Sunday Morning

20. Country Gal

21. Baby

22. New Bon Ton Roulay

23. Got No Use For You

24. Long Distance Blues

25. I'm Thankful

26. Little School Girl

27. I-Yi

28. Candy Girl

29. Don't Leave Me Baby

30. The Things That I Used To Do

Disc 2

1. Well, I Done Got Over It

2. Tipitina

3. Let's Have Some Fun (Honey)

4. Jock-A-Mo

5. I Didn't Want To Do It

6. You're The One

7. Blue Monday

8. Baby's Gone

9. Sister Lucy

10. 'Til I Say Well Done

11. Every Dog Has His Day

12. Bluesy Me

13. Give It Up

14. Nobody But You

16. That's Enough

18. Cat Music

19. Drunk Drunk Drunk

20. Ain't Gonna Do It

21. I Want To Be Loved

22. Toy Bell

23. You Know Yeah

24. Runnin' Wild

25. It's Too Late Now

26. Real Gone Lover

27. Low And Lonesome

28. Country Woman

29. Say Baby

30. That Night

Disc 3

1. What's It All About?

2. Handwriting On The Wall

3. Mardi Gras Mambo

4. Your Time's Up

5. Eternally Yours

6. Boom Boom

7. Feel So Good

8. I Hear You Knocking

9. Travelin' Mood

10. I Remember

11. Baby

12. So Glad

14. I'm Just A Lonely Guy

15. Tutti Frutti

16. Do Baby Do

17. Who's Been Fooling You?

18. That Girl I Married

19. Rich Woman

20. I'm In Love Again

21. On Bended Knee

22. See You Later, Alligator

24. My Blue Heaven

25. Try Rock'n'roll

26. No No No

27. Long Tall Sally

28. Slippin' And Slidin'

30. Take It Easy, Greasy

Disc 4

1. Rip It Up

2. Ready Teddy

3. Let The Good Times Roll

4. Everybody's Whalin'

8. Rock 'n' Roll Dance

9. The Girl Can't Help It

10. Heebie Jeebies

11. Don't Blame It On Me

14. Down Yonder (We Go Ballin')

15. Shame, Shame, Shame

16. Oooh-Wow

17. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone

18. Rockin' At Cosimo's

19. Stepping High

20. I Feel Good

21. I'm A Fool About Your Love

22. All The Time

24. Ain't Got No Home

25. Hickory Dickory Dock

26. Just To Hold My Hand

27. Oooh-Wee Baby

28. Back Home To Me

29. You Can Fly High

30. Those Lonely, Lonely Feelings

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Uh, where's the movie about this guy?
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N'Cool's Blue Radio....... . . g o o d blues & R&B
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great piano, great beat, really rocks
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cooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o l dude
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