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Little Brother Montgomery

A notable influence on the likes of Sunnyland Slim and Otis Spann, pianist Little Brother Montgomery's lengthy career spanned both the earliest years of blues history and the electrified Chicago scene of the 1950s. By age 11, Montgomery had given up on attending school to instead play in Louisiana juke joints. He came to Chicago as early as 1926 and made his first 78s in 1930 for Paramount, including two enduring signature items, "Vicksburg Blues" and "No Special Rider," recorded in Grafton, WI. Bluebird recorded Montgomery more prolifically in 1935-1936 in New Orleans.

In 1942, Little Brother Montgomery settled down to a life of steady club gigs in Chicago, his repertoire alternating between blues and traditional jazz (he played Carnegie Hall with Kid Ory's Dixieland band in 1949). Otis Rush benefited from his sensitive accompaniment on several of his 1957-1958 Cobra dates, while Buddy Guy recruited him for similar duties when he nailed Montgomery's "First Time I Met the Blues" in a supercharged revival for Chess in 1960. That same year, Montgomery cut a fine album for Bluesville with guitarist Lafayette "Thing" Thomas that remains one of his most satisfying sets.

With his second wife, Janet Floberg, Montgomery formed his own little record company, FM, in 1969. The first 45 on the logo, fittingly enough, was a reprise of "Vicksburg Blues," with a vocal by Chicago chanteuse Jeanne Carroll (her daughter Karen followed in her footsteps around the Windy City). ~ Bill Dahl
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Track List: Church Songs: Sung And Played On The Piano By Little Brother Montgomery

1. Rock Of Ages

2. Zion Of God

3. Wilderness

4. He'll Understand

5. I Got A Father

6. This Train

7. When The Saints Go Marching In

8. God Be With You

9. Veil Of Beulah

10. Study War No More (Down By The Riverside)

11. Over On That European Shore

12. In The Blood

13. Just Got Over At Last

14. It Pays To Serve Jesus

15. She Has Gone To Heaven

16. I'll Be There

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Track List: Farro Street Jive

1. Lonesome Mama

2. Alabama Bound

3. Sweet Momma, Your Daddy's Done Gone Mad

4. I Don't Feel Welcome Here: Stingaree Blues

5. Farro Street Jive/ Farish St. Jive

6. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie

7. No Special Rider Blues

8. St. Louis Blues

9. Up The Country Blues

10. Vicksburg Blues

11. Out West Blues

12. Dangerous Blues

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Track List: Blues

1. Pleading Blues

2. Vicksburg 44

3. Early One Morning

4. Now About That Prisoner

5. Crescent City Blues

6. Pallet On The Floor

7. West 46th Street Boogie

8. Louisiana Rag

9. I Ain't No Bulldog

10. Mean Old Mama

11. London Shout

12. Storyville Blues

13. L&N Boogie

14. It's All Over Now

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