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Jesse Fortune

Chicago vocalist Jesse Fortune's voice is as large as his discography is small. A mere handful of 45s headed by his 1963 classic "Too Many Cooks" and a 1993 album on Delmark constitute his entire catalog -- but as an active artist on the Windy City circuit, he still has time to fatten it up.

Fortune grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, influenced by the pleading blues vocals of B.B. King. He arrived in Chicago in 1952 and started singing professionally with guitarist Little Monroe. He also worked with Otis Rush and Buddy Guy before the prodigious Willie Dixon officially discovered him. In April of 1963, Fortune waxed four sides for USA Records under Dixon's supervision, including the Dixon-penned minor-key rhumba "Too Many Cooks" (his sidemen at the session included Guy, Big Walter Horton on harp, and pianist Lafayette Leake). Robert Cray revived the tune for his 1980 debut album on Tomato, Who's Been Talkin'.

Dissatisfied with the monetary return on his date, Fortune shied away from recording (he made his living as a barber) until young guitarist Dave Specter began working the club circuit with the powerful singer. The upshot was Fortune Tellin' Man, the singer's debut disc for Delmark, with swinging support from Specter and his Bluebirds. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Authentic Blues

Disc 1

1. Boogie Chillen

2. Blues After Hours

4. Dallas Blues

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

18. I'm Steady Holdin' On

19. Love At First Sight

20. Tramp

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: Big Boss Men A Chicago Blues Collection

1. Double Trouble

2. Mojo Boogie

3. Sit And Cry (The Blues)

4. My Baby's Sweet

5. Big Boss Man

6. I Had It So Hard

7. Country Boy Blues

8. Key To The Kighway

9. Like Heaven To Me

10. Baby, Please Don't Go

11. The Getaway

12. I'm Not Going Home

13. Shes's A Sweet One

14. Easy Baby

15. Blue Guitar

16. I Don't Care Who Knows

17. I Just Got Some

18. My Love

19. Fishin' In My Pond

20. Too Many Cooks

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