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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

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)

11. I Can't Be Satisfied

12. Boogie Chillen

13. Blues After Hours

14. Mary Is Fine

15. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

17. Who's Been Jivin' You

19. My Special Friend Blues

22. Bon Ton Roula

23. Rollin' And Tumblin' Part 1

26. Love Don't Love Nobody

Disc 2

1. That's All Right

2. Midnight Boogie

3. Black Night

4. Rock Little Baby

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

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

10. Blues With A Feeling

12. TV Mama

13. The Things That I Used To Do

14. Shim Sham Shimmy

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

25. The Boogie Disease

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

Disc 1

1. Wine, Women, Whiskey

4. Hydramatic Woman

5. Lucy Mae Blues

6. Goin' To New Orleans

7. Another Fool Like Me

10. She's Gone

11. Down At The Depot

12. Calling All Cows

13. Courtin' In A Cadillac

15. Ride Hooker Ride

17. Cool Down Mama

19. Lillie Mae Boogie

22. I'm Gonna Leave You Baby

23. Evil And Hanky

25. Central Avenue Blues

26. On My Way

28. Mama Does The Boogie

Disc 2

2. Chicken Hearted Woman

4. Sneaky Groundhog

6. Sugar Mama

7. One Room Country Shack

10. Mean Old Train

12. Jealous Man

13. Winehead Swing

15. Leave My Money Alone

19. Someday You'll Understand

20. Alley Corn

21. I Got Them Blues

23. She's So Good To Me

24. New Orleans Bound

26. I'm Him

27. Neglected Woman

Disc 3

1. A Fool No More

2. Johnny Mae

3. Got My Call Card

5. Jump The Boogie

7. A Dream

9. Bugger Bugger Boy

10. Sweet Angel

11. You Don't Love Me No More

13. Goin' Home To Mother

16. Alabama Boogie

17. Wolf Call Boogie

18. Congo Mombo

19. Big Time Woman

20. Paper Wooden Daddy

27. The $64 Question

Disc 4

3. Lost Child

4. 1958 Blues

6. Lost Without Love

7. Alla Blues

13. She's Taking All My Money

14. Let Me Be Your Handy Man

16. Strange Letter Blues

23. Good Road Blues

25. On The Hook

27. Philippine Blues

28. Harpin' On It

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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

14. Tiger Man

15. No Place Like Home

16. Don't Knock

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

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Track List: The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy

Disc 1

1. Jelly, Jelly

2. Mean Woman Blues

4. Thinking Blues

6. Rock And Rye

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'

Disc 2

3. Prison Bound

8. Mercury Boogie

9. Eclipse Of The Sun

13. West Side Jump

14. Beggar Man Blues

16. Jimmy's Blues

18. Poor Boy

19. Lonesome Blues

20. Lonely Boy Blues

23. Trailing My Baby

24. Main Event

Disc 3

1. Tin Pan Alley

6. Hydramatic Woman

9. Jumpin' From Six To Six

10. Trouble In My Home

13. You Better Hold Me

15. Big Eyes

16. Can't Stand It All Alone

Disc 4

1. Train Train Blues

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

12. Roughest Place In Town

13. Well Baby

14. Rock With Me Baby

16. Comin' Round The Corner

17. Fool's Paradise

18. First Stage Of The Blues

21. Savoy's Jump

22. I'm The One

24. My Love For You

25. Lovin' Lovin' Man

26. Remember

27. Strange Land

28. Weeping And Mourning

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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

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

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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