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Hound Dog Taylor

Alligator Records, Chicago's leading contemporary blues label, might never have been launched at all if not for the crashing, slashing slide guitar antics of Hound Dog Taylor. Bruce Iglauer, then an employee of Delmark Records, couldn't convince his boss, Bob Koester, of Taylor's potential, so Iglauer took matters into his own hands. In 1971, Alligator was born for the express purpose of releasing Hound Dog's debut album. We all know what transpired after that.

Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, Mississippi-native Taylor took up the guitar when he was 20 years old. He made a few appearances on Sonny Boy Williamson's fabled KFFA King Biscuit Time radio broadcasts out of Helena, Arkansas, before coming to Chicago in 1942. It was another 15 years before Taylor made blues his full-time vocation, though. Taylor was a favorite on Chicago's South and West sides during the late '50s and early '60s. It's generally accepted that Freddy King copped a good portion of his classic "Hide Away" from an instrumental he heard Taylor cranking out on the bandstand.

Taylor's pre-Alligator credits were light -- only a 1960 single for Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby imprint ("Baby Is Coming Home"/"Take Five"), a 1962 45 for Carl Jones' Firma Records ("Christine"/"Alley Music"), and a 1967 effort for Checker ("Watch Out"/"Down Home") predated his output for Iglauer.

Taylor's relentlessly raucous band, the HouseRockers, consisted of only two men, though their combined racket sounded like quite a few more. Second guitarist Brewer Phillips, who often supplied buzzing pseudo-basslines on his guitar, had developed such an empathy with Taylor that their guitars intertwined with ESP-like force, while drummer Ted Harvey kept everything moving along at a brisk pace.

Their eponymous 1971 debut LP contained the typically rowdy "Give Me Back My Wig," while Taylor's first Alligator encore in 1973, Natural Boogie, boasted the hypnotic "Sadie" and a stomping "Roll Your Moneymaker." Beware of the Dog, a live set, vividly captured the good-time vibe that the perpetually beaming guitarist emanated, but Taylor didn't live to see its release -- he died of cancer shortly before it hit the shelves.

Hound Dog Taylor was the obvious inspiration for Alligator's "Genuine Houserocking Music" motto, a credo Iglauer's firm has followed for four decades and counting. He wasn't the most accomplished of slide guitarists, but Hound Dog Taylor could definitely rock any house that he played. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Release The Hound

2. Sen-Sa-Shun

4. It Hurts Me Too

6. One More Time

7. Sadie

8. The Dog Meets The Wolf

9. Walking The Ceiling

10. Sitting At Home Alone

11. Phillips Screwdriver

12. Gonna Send You Back To Georgia

14. See Me In The Evening / It's Alright

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Track List: Genuine House Rocking Music

1. Ain't Got Nobody

2. Gonna Send You Back To Georgia

3. Fender Bender

4. My Baby's Coming Home

5. Blue Guitar

6. The Sun Is Shining

7. Phillips Goes Bananas

8. What'd I Say

9. Kansas City

10. Crossroads

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Track List: Beware Of The Dog

1. Give Me Back My Wig

2. The Sun Is Shining

3. Kitchen Sink Boogie

4. Dust My Broom

5. Comin' Around The Mountain

6. Let's Get Funky

7. Rock Me

8. It's All Right

9. Freddie's Blues

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Track List: Natural Boogie

1. Take Five

2. Hawaiian Boogie

3. See Me In The Evening

4. You Can't Sit Down

5. Sitting At Home Alone

6. One More Time

7. Roll Your Moneymaker

8. Buster's Boogie

9. Sadie

10. Talk To My Baby

11. Goodnight Boogie

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Track List: Deluxe Edition

1. Wild About You, Baby

3. Roll Your Moneymaker

5. Walking On The Ceiling

6. See Me In The Evening

7. Phillips Goes Bananas

8. It Hurts Me Too

9. What'd I Say

10. Rock Me (Live)

11. Phillips' Theme (Live)

12. Take Five

13. She's Gone

15. Ain't Got Nobody

16. Hound Dog Talks

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Track List: Hound Dog Taylor And The Houserockers

1. She's Gone

2. Walking The Ceiling

3. Held My Baby Last Night

4. Taylor's Rock

5. It's Alright

6. Phillip's Theme

7. Wild About You Baby

8. I Just Can't Make It

9. It Hurts Me Too

10. 44 Blues

11. Give Me Back My Wig

12. 55th Street Boogie

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Track List: The Best Of Hound Dog Taylor (Remastered)

1. Give Me Back My Wig

2. Don't Blame Me

3. Sitting At Home Alone (Live)

4. Taylor's Rock

5. She's Gone (Live)

6. Kitchen Sink Boogie (Live)

7. The Dog Meets The Wolf (Live)

8. Held My Baby Last Night

9. Crossroads

10. 55th Street Boogie

11. Sadie

12. Fender Bender

13. It's Alright (Live)

14. Buster's Boogie

15. Kansas City

16. Let's Get Funky (Live)

17. Phillips' Theme (Live)

18. Wild About You, Baby (Live)

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The Dog was no virtuoso but he sure could put fire into his slide
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Good inner city blues
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boogiespeed
He couldn't play for s**t, But he sure made it sound good -Hound Dog, -about what people would say about him when he died.... He was right.
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Awesome raw chicago blues
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TRULY TIMELESS, RIGHTEOUS TALENT, REAL BLUES , ORIGINAL HOUSE ROCKER. God bless his family,losin him so quik. He definitely made his mark, left QUITE DA HEALTHY IMPRESSION. BAD-DONG-KEY !!!
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I'M glad to hear people still talking and praising my dad's music after all these years thank you
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When I die, they'll say he couldnt play s**t...but he sure made it SOUND GOOD!
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cool stuff, man!
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Wat can I say? Great song
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antics? you square a**.
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Hound Dog Taylor Blues rocks into your soul !
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saw one of his last shows, harry hopes, cary il. oct 75. wow!
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One of the most underrated guitarist and all round blues masters. Dang it's good
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So glad that he stuck with traditional electric blues - instead of doing that West Side Chicago blues thing (think Buddy Guy and Albert King). This stuff, dare I say, rocks! \m/
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There is just never enuff HDT !!! Watch the movie The Rum Diaries (with J Depp) and there is a house rockin scene where the singer is supposed to be HDT.
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This is one mutha-effer that totally lays down the s**t!!! Name me one player that has as much fun and shear soul as HDT! You hear the piss'n'barb wire in every song and can smell the whiskey and cigarettes. Only one thing i have trouble with when it comes to Hound Dog Taylor, i cannot turn it up LOUD ENOUGH!!!!
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this is more like it!!
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want to jump and jive everytime the HoundDog comes on. Love the slide guitar anyway but this is just fun
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Hound Dog & Jimmy Reed, Theres a pair that beats a full house any day !
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hound dog inspires, he is the blues
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Hound Dog - THE MAN - Taylor. Been hooked on this guy for as many years as he has been gone. SUper cool to see old vid.s of him on YouTube.
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Didn't know about Hound Dog for toooooo long
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This music just drips with awesomeness! ! Love it.
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sbelz56
The dog..... I first got his album, the paisley one, from Rainbow Records in Park Ridge Il,( across from the railroad tracks) as a gift. They gave me the freakin thing cause I went nuts about the cover.
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candicebemis h
Hound Dog was the real deal. He played the real blues.You cant fake the blues and hit right on the money. God bless The Dog.
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Best 6 fingered bluesman ever!
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bad a** bluseman long live the hound!
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the best music to dance and rock to. my personal favorite

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