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Jimmy Nelson

Heavy-voiced Jimmy Nelson was very briefly a star in 1951, when his downbeat "T-99 Blues" topped the R&B charts for Modern Records' RPM subsidiary. Strangely, he was unable to ever return back to hitdom, despite some very worthy follow-ups.

Though he was based out of Houston, Nelson did most of his early recording in California. After debuting on wax in 1948 with a single for Olliet, he cut his only smash, the aforementioned "T-99 Blues," at the Clef Club in Richmond, TX, in 1951, with backup from pianist Peter Rabbit's trio. (The exultant slow blues was covered by bandleader Tiny Bradshaw for King.)

From then on, Nelson did his studio work for RPM in L.A. with a cadre of the city's top session men: saxist Maxwell Davis, pianist Willard McDaniel, guitarist Chuck Norris, bassists Red Callender and Ted Brinson, and drummer Lee Young. For unknown reasons, the ominous "Meet Me With Your Black Dress On," "Second Hand Fool," "Sweetest Little Girl," and the rest failed to repeat for the singer.

Nelson made a single for Chess in Houston in 1955 (the typically laid-back "Free and Easy Mind"), ventured next to Ray Dobard's Bay Area-based Music City diskery in 1957 to wax "The Wheel," and tried his luck with a variety of tiny Texas labels during the mid-'60s with no further success. ~ Bill Dahl
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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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