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John Brim

John Brim may be best-known for writing and cutting the original "Ice Cream Man" that David Lee Roth and Van Halen covered on their first album. That's a pity, for the seriously under-recorded Brim made some exceptionally hard-nosed waxings.

Brim picked up his early guitar licks from the 78s of Tampa Red and Big Bill Broonzy before venturing first to Indianapolis in 1941 and Chicago four years later. He met his wife Grace in 1947; fortuitously, she was a capable drummer who played on several of John's records. In fact, she was the vocalist on a 1950 single for Detroit-based Fortune Records that signaled the beginning of her hubby's discography.

John recorded for Random, JOB, Al Benson's Parrot logo (the socially aware "Tough Times"), and Chess ("Rattlesnake," his answer to Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," was pulled from the shelves by Chess for fear of a plagiarism suit). Cut in 1953, the suggestive "Ice Cream Man" had to wait until 1969 to enjoy a very belated release. Brim's last Chess single, "I Would Hate to See You Go," was waxed in 1956 with a stellar combo consisting of harpist Little Walter, guitarist Robert Jr. Lockwood, bassist Willie Dixon, and drummer Fred Below (clearly, Chess had high hopes for Brim, but to no avail).

After a hiatus of a few decades, Brim made a welcome return to studio action with a set for Tone-Cool Records, The Ice Cream Man. Brim, who lived in Gary, IN, remained active on the Chicago blues scene until his passing on October 1, 2003 at the age of 81. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Devil's Blues

1. It Must Have Been The Devil

2. Kissing In The Dark

3. Violent Love

4. Drinking Woman

5. 21 Days In Jail

6. Gamblin' Woman

7. Bad Affair

8. Booze In The Bottle

9. Bad, Bad Whiskey

10. Trouble Blues

11. Runnin' Drunk

12. Talk Fast

13. Open House At My House

15. Right On Jody

16. Stoop Down Baby

17. Dip My Dipper

18. Everybody's Got A Little Devil In Their Soul

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Track List: Eisenhower Blues

1. Tough Times

2. West Coast Blues

3. Fine Girls

5. 1958 Blues

8. Blue, Blue Boogie

9. Santa Fe

12. A Fool No More

13. Falling Rain Blues

14. Gary Stomp

15. Be On Your Merry Way

16. Going Back To Memphis

17. Mattie Mae

18. Wrong Blues

19. Eisenhower Blues

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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

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Track List: Evil Woman Blues

1. Baby Don't Do Me Wrong

2. Fannie Mae

3. I Can't Quit You Baby

4. Devil Got My Woman

5. Kissing In The Dark

6. Drinking Woman

7. Street Walking Woman

8. Evil Woman Blues

9. Bad Affair

10. Open House At My House

11. Right On Jody

12. Evil Hearted Woman

13. Two Headed Woman

14. Baby Please Don't Go

15. Good Woman Go Bad

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Track List: Original Swingers: Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips, Vol.2

1. Caldonia

2. (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone

3. Hit That Jive, Jack

4. Goin' To Chicago Blues

5. D' Natural Blues

6. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

9. Big Mamou

10. Blow-Top Blues

11. Reet, Petite And Gone

12. Loose Lips

13. Tippin' In

14. Cadillac Boogie

15. Pink Cadillac

16. Squeeze Me

17. Ice Cream Man

18. The Dummy Song

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Track List: The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook

Disc 1

1. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

2. Mother Earth

3. I Don't Know

4. Sugar Mama

5. 24 Hours

6. Ice Cream Man

7. Jock-A-Mo

8. Wang Dang Doodle

9. I Just Want To Make Love To You

10. Reconsider Baby

11. Eisenhower Blues

12. My Babe

13. I'm A Man

14. The Seventh Son

15. See You Later Alligator

16. Trouble No More

17. Roll Over Beethoven

18. Who Do You Love?

Disc 2

1. Rock And Roll Music

2. Walking By Myself

3. Mona

4. Johnny B. Goode

5. Susie Q.

6. Memphis

7. Back In The U.S.A.

8. Back Door Man

9. Madison Blues

10. Spoonful

11. You Shook Me

12. The Red Rooster

13. Bring It On Home

14. Help Me

15. High Heel Sneakers

16. Killing Floor

17. More And More

18. Tell Mama

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Here is a bio on Wikipedia http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / J o h n _ B r i m
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I was raised on the blues ,my name is John Brim Jr.Play on mom & dad..R.I.P.! ! ! ! ! !

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