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Johnny Moore's Three Blazers

b. John Dudley Moore, 20 October 1906, Austin, Texas, USA, d. 6 January 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA. The elder brother of guitarist Oscar Moore, Johnny began playing guitar with his violinist father’s string band in 1934 and moved to the west coast, where Oscar joined Nat ‘King’ Cole’s Trio and Johnny Moore joined a group called the Blazes. Fired by that group in 1942, Moore decided to form his own group, which he named the Three Blazers. This featured Eddie Williams on bass and, briefly, pianist Garland Finney. When Finney left the trio the following year, Moore hired Charles Brown, a singer and pianist he had seen at an amateur talent show, and the Three Blazers began recording in 1944 for the small Atlas label. This was followed in 1945-48 by extensive recording for Exclusive, Philo/ Aladdin Records and Modern Records. During this period the Three Blazers became a household name with huge hits such as ‘Driftin’ Blues’, ‘Merry Christmas Baby’, ‘Sunny Road’ and ‘More Than You Know’. When Oscar Moore joined the group in 1947, it was the start of several major problems that ultimately resulted in a split, and Moore tried to replace Charles Brown with a succession of soundalikes. The most successful of these was Billy Valentine, who took the Three Blazers back to the R&B charts with RCA - Victor Records’ ‘Walkin’ Blues’ in 1949. After his 1949-50 association with Victor, Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers recorded for the gamut of Los Angeles labels, but were successful only with 1953’s novelty ‘Dragnet Blues’ on Modern and 1955’s morbid ‘Johnny Ace’s Last Letter’ on Hollywood. Johnny Moore and Charles Brown were reconciled in the mid-50s and the real Three Blazers reunited for records on Aladdin, Hollywood and Cenco; however, by that time, Moore’s cool, sophisticated, melodic blues guitar was out of favour with R&B fans. He was an inspiration to most of the electric blues guitarists of the late 40s and early 50s (he is numbered among B.B. King’s Top 10 guitarists of all time), and his solos on recordings by Ivory Joe Hunter, Floyd Dixon and Charles Brown, as well as tracks with his own group, bear witness that he was one of the unsung greats of his instrument.
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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

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Track List: Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues 1944-1954

Disc 1

3. Drifting Blues

6. When I'm In My Tea

8. Guitar In My Hand

10. Mississippi Blues

11. Chicken Shack Boogie

13. Woman Don't Want A Good Man No More

16. B&O Blues

17. When A Man Has The Blues

20. Everyday I Have The Blues

21. Lonely Boy Blues

22. Beer Drinking Baby

23. Wine O Baby Boogie

24. Bad Bad Whiskey

25. Great Big Mama

Disc 2

2. Black Night

3. The Hustle Is On

5. Safronia B

7. I Got Loaded

8. When It Rains It Pours

9. Kissa Me Baby

11. High School Baby

12. Daybreak

13. Let Me Go Home Whiskey

14. West Coast Blues

15. The Candles Burning Low

18. Unlucky Man

19. Good Good Whiskey

21. Feelin' Mighty Lonesome

23. Yeah Yeah Yeah

24. I Ain't Drunk

25. No More Alcohol

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