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Lafayette Thomas

b. 13 June 1928, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 20 May 1977, Brisbane, California, USA. One of the few post-war guitarists to develop a personal style from an early admiration of T-Bone Walker, Thomas was encouraged by his uncle, Jesse ‘Babyface’ Thomas. The family moved to San Francisco soon after his birth and there he learned to play both piano and guitar. His first gig in 1947 was with Al Simmons’ Rhythm Rockers. In 1948 he replaced guitarist Robert Kelton in Jimmy McCracklin’s band, with whom he remained intermittently for the rest of his career. He made his first record while on tour with McCracklin. ‘Baby Take A Chance With Me’, recorded in Memphis in 1951 for Sam Phillips, was issued on Chess Records under the name of L.J. Thomas And His Louisiana Playboys. He also worked with Bob Geddins, playing on many Jimmy Wilson sessions leased to Aladdin Records, 7-11, Big Town and Irma. His own records were made for small labels such as Jumping, Hollywood (unissued) and Trilyte, but more often he cut odd titles at McCracklin’s 50s sessions for Modern, Peacock and Chess, discovered and issued on album three decades later. Moving briefly to New York in 1959, he made ‘Lafayette’s A-Comin’’ for Savoy with pianist Sammy Price, before returning to the west coast. He worked outside music for most of the 60s, sharing one album session with pianist Dave Alexander and L.C. ‘Good Rockin’’ Robinson in September 1968. The comeback was brief and he spent his last years working as a hose assembler. His best work is to be found on the records of McCracklin and Wilson, providing the biting solos for which he will be remembered.
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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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