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Joe Hill Louis created quite a racket as a popular one-man blues band around Memphis during the 1950s. If not for his tragic premature demise, his name would surely be more widely revered. Lester (or Leslie) Hill ran away from home at age 14, living instead with a well-heeled Memphis family. A fight with another youth that was won by young Hill earned him the "Joe Louis" appellation. Harp came first for the multi-instrumentalist; by the late '40s, his one-man musical attack was a popular attraction in Handy Park and on WDIA, the groundbreaking Memphis radio station where he hosted a 15-minute program billed as The Pepticon Boy.

Also known as the Be-Bop Boy, Louis made his recording debut in 1949 for Columbia, but the remainder of his output was issued on R&B indies large and small -- Phillips (Sam Phillips's first extremely short-lived logo), Modern, Sun, Checker, Meteor, Big Town (where he cut the blistering "Hydramatic Woman," a tune he'd cut previously for Sun in 1953 with Walter Horton on harp, but Phillips never released it), and House of Sound. Louis was only 35 when he died of tetanus, contracted when a deep gash on his thumb became infected. ~ Bill Dahl
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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

x

Track List: Jook Joint Blues: That's What They Want

Disc 1

1. Wine, Women, Whiskey

2. Rock Me Mama

3. Little Lean Woman

4. Hydramatic Woman

5. Lucy Mae Blues

6. Goin' To New Orleans

7. Another Fool Like Me

8. Little Milton's Boogie

9. Scott's Boogie

10. She's Gone

11. Down At The Depot

12. Calling All Cows

13. Courtin' In A Cadillac

14. Walkin' And Cryin' Blues

15. Ride Hooker Ride

16. Don't Let Your Daddy Slow Walk You Down

17. Cool Down Mama

18. Country Boy

19. Lillie Mae Boogie

20. Gotta Get Together

21. When I Come In This House Woman

22. I'm Gonna Leave You Baby

23. Evil And Hanky

24. Bad Luck

25. Central Avenue Blues

26. On My Way

27. Highway 80 Blues

28. Mama Does The Boogie

Disc 2

1. She Fool Me

2. Chicken Hearted Woman

3. That's What They Want

4. Sneaky Groundhog

5. Blinds Blues

6. Sugar Mama

7. One Room Country Shack

8. You Are Doing Me Wrong

9. I Can't Live Happy

10. Mean Old Train

11. Jackson Juke

12. Jealous Man

13. Winehead Swing

14. Weekend Blues

15. Leave My Money Alone

16. Pebble In My Shoe

17. Lonely Blues

19. Someday You'll Understand

20. Alley Corn

21. I Got Them Blues

22. L.J. Boogie

23. She's So Good To Me

24. New Orleans Bound

26. I'm Him

27. Neglected Woman

28. Too Much Competition

Disc 3

1. A Fool No More

2. Johnny Mae

3. Got My Call Card

4. Love My Baby

5. Jump The Boogie

6. One Thing My Baby Likes

7. A Dream

8. Happy Go Lucky

9. Bugger Bugger Boy

10. Sweet Angel

11. You Don't Love Me No More

12. My Woman Knows The Score

13. Goin' Home To Mother

14. Santa Fe Blues

16. Alabama Boogie

17. Wolf Call Boogie

18. Congo Mombo

19. Big Time Woman

20. Paper Wooden Daddy

21. Bloodstains On The Wall

23. Schoolboy

25. Knocking The Boogie

26. Mistreated Baby Blues

27. The $64 Question

28. If I Lose You Woman

Disc 4

1. Lester's Stomp

2. Dark Muddy Bottom

3. Lost Child

4. 1958 Blues

5. Now Listen Baby

6. Lost Without Love

7. Alla Blues

8. She's Mine All Mine

9. T.N.T. Woman

10. Lightnin' Blues

11. K.C. Boogie

12. Baby Blues

13. She's Taking All My Money

14. Let Me Be Your Handy Man

15. You Better Change

16. Strange Letter Blues

17. Things Ain't Right

18. Wine Head Baby

19. Don't Take It Out On Me

20. Deep South Guitar Blues

21. Packin' Up My Blues

22. Blow It Down

23. Good Road Blues

24. Katherine Blues

25. On The Hook

26. I Can't Be Successful

27. Philippine Blues

28. Harpin' On It

x

Track List: Snatch And Grab It!

1. Snatch And Grab It

2. Boogie Woogie Blue Plate

4. For You My Love

5. Baby Please Don't Go

6. I'm Gonna Dig Myself A Hole

7. Ain't Gonna Do It

8. Mr. Highway Man (Cadillac Daddy)

9. That Chick's Too Young To Fry

10. It Went Down Easy

11. Hydramatic Woman

12. Little Richard Boogie

14. Tiger Man

15. No Place Like Home

16. Don't Knock

17. Night Life

18. Don't Change Your Pretty Ways

19. ...What That Is!

21. Poor Me

22. Tom, Dick 'n' Harry

23. Zoom

24. Goin' Round In Circles

25. Dearest

26. I Want You To Be My Girl

27. Oh My Baby's Gone

28. Goodnight Sweetheart, It's Time To Go

29. Yes Sir

30. Tim Tam

32. The Wobble

33. Beach Party

x

Track List: The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy

Disc 1

1. Jelly, Jelly

2. Mean Woman Blues

4. Thinking Blues

6. Rock And Rye

8. Playin' On Me

9. Big Foot Mama

12. Trying To Find My Baby

13. Let's Throw A Boogie Woogie

14. Highway '99'

15. Whiskey Blues

17. Tell Me Baby

18. Fulson Boogie

19. My Baby Left Me

20. Stormin' And Rainin'

21. Ridin' Hi

Disc 2

1. Nobody's Business

2. Mistake In Life

3. Prison Bound

6. Ain't No Fault Of Mine

7. They Raided The Joint

8. Mercury Boogie

9. Eclipse Of The Sun

10. Strangest Blues

11. I Used To Love A Woman

12. So Tired I Could Cry

13. West Side Jump

14. Beggar Man Blues

15. I've Been Thinkin' And Thinkin'

16. Jimmy's Blues

17. Low Down Mood

18. Poor Boy

19. Lonesome Blues

20. Lonely Boy Blues

21. K.C. Boogie

22. She's My Baby

23. Trailing My Baby

24. Main Event

25. Blues In The Alley

26. Oh Red

Disc 3

1. Tin Pan Alley

2. Big Town Jump

5. Bad Woman Blues

6. Hydramatic Woman

7. Call Me A Hound Dog

8. Instrumental Jump

9. Jumpin' From Six To Six

10. Trouble In My Home

11. I Love You Baby

12. Operator 209

13. You Better Hold Me

14. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

15. Big Eyes

16. Can't Stand It All Alone

17. I Found Out

18. Oh Red

20. Blues At Sundown

21. Mean Train

22. Baby, I'm Cutting Out

23. Wonder Why I'm Leaving

25. He's A Real Fine Man

26. Home Work Blues

Disc 4

1. Train Train Blues

2. Bad Luck Overtook Me

3. Mean Old World

4. How Long

5. I Wanna Make Love To You

6. You're The One

7. Fare-Well

8. Take A Chance

9. Sunny Road

10. I Can't Succeed

11. Too Late To Change

12. Roughest Place In Town

13. Well Baby

14. Rock With Me Baby

15. Mama Told Me

16. Comin' Round The Corner

17. Fool's Paradise

18. First Stage Of The Blues

19. Don't Talk Back

20. Big Mama's Coming Home

21. Savoy's Jump

22. I'm The One

23. Beer Tavern Girl

24. My Love For You

25. Lovin' Lovin' Man

26. Remember

27. Strange Land

28. Weeping And Mourning

x

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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