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Little Willie Littlefield

Before he was 21 years old, Texas-born pianist Little Willie Littlefield had etched an all-time classic into the blues lexicon. Only trouble was, his original 1952 waxing of "Kansas City" (here titled "K.C. Loving") didn't sell sufficiently to show up on the charts (thus leaving the door open for Wilbert Harrison to invade the airwaves with the ubiquitous Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller composition seven years later).

Influenced by Albert Ammons, Charles Brown, and Amos Milburn, Little Willie was already a veteran of the R&B recording wars by the time he waxed "K.C. Loving," having made his debut 78 in 1948 for Houston-based Eddie's Records while still in his teens. After a few sides for Eddie's and Freedom, he moved over to the Bihari Brothers' Los Angeles-headquartered Modern logo in 1949. There he immediately hit paydirt with two major R&B hits, "It's Midnight" and "Farewell" (he added another chart entry, "I've Been Lost," in 1951).

Littlefield proved a sensation upon moving to L.A. during his Modern tenure, playing at area clubs and touring with a band that included saxist Maxwell Davis. At Littlefield's first L.A. session for King's Federal subsidiary in 1952, he cut "K.C. Loving" (with Davis on sax), but neither it nor several fine Federal follow-ups returned the boogie piano specialist to the charts.

Other than a few 1957-1958 singles for Oakland's Rhythm logo, little was heard from Little Willie Littlefield until the late '70s, when he began to mount a comeback at various festivals and on the European circuit. While overseas, he met a Dutch woman, married her, and settled in the Netherlands, where he remained active musically into the 2000s. He died of cancer in 2013. ~ Bill Dahl
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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: Greatest R&B Hits Of 1950, Vol. 2

1. Late In The Evening Blues

2. Teardrops From My Eyes

3. Good Morning Judge

4. Rocking Jenny Jones

5. Why Do Things Happen To Me

6. Blue Light Boogie

7. Walking Blues

8. Stack-A-Lee (Part 1)

9. Boogie Rambler

10. Slippin' And Slidin'

11. Private Property Blues

12. Slim's Blues

13. Gonna Hoot And Holler Saturday Night

14. Oh Babe!

15. Mistrustin' Blues

16. Little Bee

17. Block Buster Boogie

18. S.P. Blues

19. Playboy Blues

20. Rockin' Blues

21. Tee-Nah-Nah

22. Happy Pay Day

23. Gonna Bring My Baby Back

24. Girl Fifteen

26. My Baby's Gone

27. R.B. Boogie

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Track List: Greatest R&B Hits Of 1950, Vol. 5

1. Repentance Blues

2. Failing By Degrees

3. Baby I Don't Need You

5. Stack A'Lee Pants

6. Everything's Gonna Be Alright

7. Ham Hocks

8. Rag Mop

9. Cupid's Boogie

10. Double Crossing Blues

11. I Like My Baby Pudding

12. Feelin' Happy

13. Growing Old

14. Boogie Woogie Jockey

15. You Don't Love Me

16. I Quit My Pretty Mama

17. Bald Head

18. Sad Journey

19. Let It Roll Again

20. Hoot And Holler Saturday Night

21. School Days

22. Play Your Hand

23. Rockin' Chair Mama

24. She Walks Right In

25. Downing Street Hop

26. Man's Brand Boogie

27. My Temper Is Rising

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Track List: Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens: Hot R&B And Cool Blues 1946-52

2. Walkin' Boogie

3. Shadrack

4. I Got News For You

6. Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle

8. Hootie Blues

11. Good, Good Wine

12. Women, Women, Women

14. What's The Use, Baby

15. Ooh, Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty

16. Boogie Rebob

17. They Raided The Joint

18. I Live The Life I Love

20. That's What The Good Book Says

22. Baby I Need You

23. People Who Have Money Are Funny

24. That Gal Safronia

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Track List: Rhythm & Blues 1952-1959 - Music Sampler, Vol. 2

1. My Ding A Ling

2. K.C. Loving

3. Aged And Mellow Blues

4. Beside You

5. I'll Drown In My Tears

6. Baby I'm Doin' It

7. Get It

8. White Cliffs Of Dover

10. Nervous Man, Nervous

11. Fast Women And Sloe Gin

12. Take Me Back

13. Annie Had A Baby

14. Hearts Of Stone

15. Only You (And You Alone) [Re-Recorded]

16. My Boy - Flat Top

17. Walking The Blues

19. Come Home

20. Another Woman's Man

21. Ivory Tower

22. I'm Tore Up

23. Fever

24. D.B. Blues

25. What Can I Do

26. Think

27. It Hurts To Be In Love

28. Hold Your Lovin'

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