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Lowell Fulson

Lowell Fulson recorded every shade of blues imaginable. Polished urban blues, rustic two-guitar duets with his younger brother Martin, funk-tinged grooves that pierced the mid-'60s charts, even an unwise cover of the Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It in the Road!" Clearly, the veteran guitarist, who was active for more than half-a-century, wasn't afraid to experiment. Perhaps that's why his last couple of discs for Rounder were so vital and satisfying -- and why he remained an innovator for so long.

Exposed to the Western swing of Bob Wills, as well as indigenous blues while growing up in Oklahoma, Fulson joined up with singer Texas Alexander for a few months in 1940, touring the Lone Star state with the veteran bluesman. Fulson was drafted in 1943. The Navy let him go in 1945; after a few months back in Oklahoma, he was off to Oakland, CA, where he made his first 78s for fledgling producer Bob Geddins. Soon enough, Fulson was fronting his own band and cutting a stack of platters for Big Town, Gilt Edge, Trilon, and Down Town (where he hit big in 1948 with "Three O'Clock Blues," later covered by B.B. King).

Swing Time records prexy Jack Lauderdale snapped up Fulson in 1948, and the hits really began to flow: the immortal "Every Day I Have the Blues" (an adaptation of Memphis Slim's "Nobody Loves Me"), "Blue Shadows," the two-sided holiday perennial "Lonesome Christmas," and a groovy midtempo instrumental "Low Society Blues" that really hammers home how tremendously important pianist Lloyd Glenn and alto saxist Earl Brown were to Fulson's maturing sound (all charted in 1950!).

Fulson toured extensively from then on, his band stocked for a time with dazzling pianist Ray Charles (who later covered Lowell's "Sinner's Prayer" for Atlantic) and saxist Stanley Turrentine. After a one-off session in New Orleans in 1953 for Aladdin, Fulson inked a longterm pact with Chess in 1954. His first single for the firm was the classic "Reconsider Baby," cut in Dallas under Stan Lewis' supervision with a sax section that included David "Fathead" Newman on tenor and Leroy Cooper on baritone.

The relentless midtempo blues proved a massive hit and perennial cover item -- even Elvis Presley cut it in 1960, right after he got out of the Army. But apart from "Loving You," the guitarist's subsequent Checker output failed to find widespread favor with the public. Baffling, since Fulson's crisp, concise guitar work and sturdy vocals were as effective as ever. Most of his Checker sessions were held in Chicago and L.A. (the latter his home from the turn of the '50s).

Fulson stayed with Checker into 1962, but a change of labels worked wonders when he jumped over to Los Angeles-based Kent Records. 1965's driving "Black Nights" became his first smash in a decade, and "Tramp," a loping funk-injected workout co-written by Fulson and Jimmy McCracklin, did even better, restoring the guitarist to R&B stardom, gaining plenty of pop spins, and inspiring a playful Stax cover by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas only a few months later that outsold Fulson's original.

A couple of lesser follow-up hits for Kent ensued before the guitarist was reunited with Stan Lewis at Jewel Records. That's where he took a crack at that Beatles number, though most of his outings for the firm were considerably closer to the blues bone. Fulson was never been absent for long on disc; 1992's Hold On and its 1995 follow-up. Them Update Blues, both for Ron Levy's Bullseye Blues logo, were among his later efforts, both quite solid. Fulson continued to perform until 1997, when health problems forced the career bluesman into a reluctant retirement. His health continued to deteriorate and on March 6, 1999 -- just a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday -- Lowell Fulson passed away.

Few bluesmen managed to remain contemporary the way Lowell Fulson did for more than five decades. And fewer still will make such a massive contribution to the idiom. ~ Bill Dahl
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Blues Legend

1. Every Day I Have The Blues

2. Lonesome Christmas

3. Reconsider Baby

4. Black Cat Blues

5. Tell Me Baby

6. Let Me Love You, Baby

7. Thinking Blues

8. Stormin' And Rainin'

9. My Baby Left Me

10. Crying Blues (Crying Won't Make Me Stay)

11. 9:30 Shuffle

12. The Blues Got Me Down

13. Trying To Find My Baby

14. Mean Woman Blues

15. Whiskey Blues

16. Prison Bound

17. Wee Hours In The Morning

18. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Gone)

19. Market Street Blues

20. I've Been Mistreated

21. Midnight Showers Of Rain

22. Rocking After Midnight

23. Don't Be So Evil

24. Why Can't You Cry For Me?

25. Best Wishes

26. Blue Shadows

27. Black Widow Spider Blues

28. I Love My Baby

29. Country Boy

30. Let's Throw A Boogie Woogie

31. Wild About You, Baby

32. Just A Poor Boy

33. Western Union Blues

34. Blues With A Feelin'

35. Highway 99

36. Miss Katie Lee Blues

37. Jelly, Jelly

38. Ain't Nobody's Business

39. Fulson Blues

40. Fulson Boogie

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Track List: Drifting Blues

1. Kansas City

2. Well Oh Well

3. Stoop Down Baby

4. Drifting Blues

5. I Cried Like A Baby

6. I Want Affection Not Protection

7. Blood Sweat & Tears

8. You Gonna Miss Me

9. Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep

10. Let Me Ride Your Automobile

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Track List: Voices Of Americana: Lowell Fulson

1. Blood Sweat And Tears

2. I Want Affection Not Protection

3. You Gonna Miss Me (Re-Recording)

4. Funky Soul

5. Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep

6. Everyday Blues (Re-Recording)

7. Blue Shadows (Re-Recording)

8. I Cried Like A Baby (Re-Recording)

9. Rat Race

10. Gettin’ Drunk

11. The Things I Used To Do

12. Your Woman

13. You Don’t Know

14. Walk On

15. Stoop Down Baby (Re-Recording)

16. The Sweetest Thing

17. Black Widow Spider (Re-Recording)

18. Mean Old World (Re-Recording)

19. Kansas City

20. Driftin’ Blues

21. Well Oh Well (Re-Recording)

22. Come Back Baby (Re-Recording)

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Track List: Lowell Fulson Great Blues Musters Vol.6

1. Talkin' Woman

2. Tramp

3. Black Nights

4. Little Angel

5. Too Many Drivers

6. Shattered Dreams

7. Everyday I Have The Blues

8. Make A Little Love

10. Two Way Wishing

11. Blues Shadows

12. I'm A Drifter

13. Let's Go Get Stoned

14. The Letter

15. Teach Me

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Track List: My Baby

1. Look At You Baby

2. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

3. Sleeper

4. Lady In The Rain

5. My Baby

6. Man On The Run

7. Don't Destroy Me

8. This Feeling

9. Trouble Everywhere

10. Cheating Woman

11. Man Of Motion

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Track List: The Chronological: 1949 - 1951

1. Cold Hearted Woman

2. Mama Bring Your Clothes Back Home

3. Jimmy's Blues

4. Ain't Nobody's Business

5. Low Society Blues

6. Blue Shadows

7. Back Home Blues

8. Baby Won't You Jump With Me

9. Come Back Baby

10. Country Boy

11. Rainy Day

12. Miss Lillie Brown

13. Sinner's Prayer

14. Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)

15. Lonesome Christmas (Part 2)

18. Blues With A Feeling

19. Let Me Ride Your Little Automobile

20. Why Can't You Cry For Me

21. Let's Live Right

22. Guitar Shuffle

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Track List: I'm A Night Owl, Vol. 2

1. Three O' Clock Blues

2. Come Back Baby

3. Everyday I Have The Blues

4. I've Been Mistreated

5. Let Me Ride In Your Automobile

6. Blue Shadows

7. Low Society Blues

8. Old Time Shuffle Blues

9. Lonesome Christmas

10. Sinner's Prayer

11. Cold Hearted Woman

12. Let's Live Right

13. Why Can't You Cry For Me

15. Mama Bring Your Clothes Back Home

16. Upstairs

17. Back Home Blues

18. I'm A Night Owl P.T. 1

19. Don't Leave Me Baby

20. Chuck With The Boys

21. Blues Never Fail

22. You Gotta Reap

23. Reconsider Baby

24. I Believe I'll Give It Up

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Track List: The Chronological 1946-1947

1. Three O'clock Blues

3. Prison Bound

9. I Walked All Night

10. Between Midnight And Day

11. The Blues Is Killing Me

12. Did You Ever Feel Lucky

14. You're Gonna Miss Me

15. Katie Lee Blues

18. San Francisco Blues

19. Trouble Blues

20. I Want To See My Baby

21. Black Widow Spider Blues

22. Don't Be So Evil

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Track List: Black Nights

1. Black Nights

2. Just One More Time

4. My Heart Belongs To You

5. Too Many Drivers

6. Key To My Heart

7. Strange Feeling

8. What's Gonna Be

10. No More, Pt. 2

11. Little Angel

12. Sittin' Here Thinkin'

13. Shattered Dreams

14. Blues Around Midnight

15. Talkin' Woman

16. Change Your Ways

17. My Aching Back

18. Trouble I'm In

19. Ask At Any Door In Town

20. Lonely Day

21. Lonely Lonely Man [aka My Story] [#]

22. I Won't Care Anymore [#]

23. Hustler's Game

24. Year Of 29

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Track List: I've Got The Blues (...And Then Some)(2)

Disc 1

3. Too Soon

4. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

5. Sleeper

6. How Do You Want Your Man

7. Don't Leave Me

8. Thug

11. Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)

12. Lonesome Christmas (Part 2)

13. Bluesway

14. My Baby

15. Man Of Motion

16. Teach Me

17. Change Of Heart

18. Every Second A Fool Is Born

20. Fed Up

Disc 2

1. I've Got The Blues

6. Searchin' Out

7. Stoned To The Bone

8. The Last One To Know

9. Baby

10. Crying Won't Help

11. Deep In Love

12. Please Let Me Go

13. Stop And Think

14. You're Gonna Miss Me

15. Henpecked

16. Hurry Home

17. I Started Out Wrong

18. Take My Hand

19. Lonesome Christmas Part 2

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Track List: The Complete Chess Masters

Disc 1

1. Reconsider Baby (Single Version)

2. I Believe I'll Give It Up

3. Lonely Hours

4. Check Yourself

5. Loving You

6. Do Me Right

7. Lonely Hours (Alternative)

8. Check Yourself (Alternative)

9. Trouble, Trouble

10. I Still Love You Baby

11. It's A Long Time

12. Rollin' Blues (Instrumental)

13. It's All Your Fault Baby (It's Your Own Fault)

14. Tollin' Bells (Edit)

15. Smokey Room

16. It Took A Long Time

17. Blues Rhumba

18. Be On Your Merry Way

19. Please Don't Go

20. Don't Drive Me Baby

21. You're Gonna Miss Me

22. Rock 'Em Dead

Disc 2

1. I Want To Make Love To You

2. You Better Rock This Morning

3. That's All Right

4. Worry, Worry

5. Coming Home

6. Have You Changed Your Mind

7. K.C. Bound

8. I'm Glad You Reconsidered

9. Low Society

10. Blue Shadows (1960 Single Version)

11. I Want To Know, Parts 1 & 2

12. So Many Tears

13. Why Don't You Write Me

14. Hung Down Head

15. Pay Day Blues

16. Shed No Tears

17. Can She (Do It)

18. Trouble With The Blues

19. Love Grows Cold

20. Blue Soul

21. Love 'N' Things

22. Father Time

23. Swinging Party

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Track List: My First Recordings

1. Western Union Blues

2. Lazy Woman Blues

3. River Blues, Pt. 1

4. River Blues, Pt. 2

5. I Walked All Night

6. Between Midnight And Day

7. The Blues Is Killing Me

8. Did You Ever Feel Lucky

9. I'm Wild About You

10. Three O'Clock Blues

11. Crying Blues (Stree Walking Woman)

12. You're Gonna Miss Me

13. Miss Katy Lee Blues

14. Rambling Blues

15. Fulson Blues

16. San Francisco Blues

17. I Want To See My Baby

18. Trouble Blues

19. Don't Be So Evil

20. Black Widow Spider Blues

21. I'm Prison Bound

22. My Baby Left Me

23. Blues With A Feeling

24. Why Can't You Cry For Me

25. There Is A Time For Everything

26. Lowell Jumps One

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Track List: Them Update Blues

1. What's The Matter Baby

2. Think About It

3. Don't Lie

4. My Secret Love

5. Sun Going Down

6. Get On Down (Them Update Blues)

7. Lonely Man

8. Forty-Four

9. Too Soon To Tell

10. Not A Dime

11. L & L Special

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Track List: Hold On

1. Working Man

2. Shake, Rattle And Roll

3. Me And My Woman

4. Ain't That Sweet

5. Quicker The Better

6. It's No Need

7. Real Name Is Danger Zone

8. I'm Just A Fool About You

9. Cryin' Won't Help

10. Hold On

11. Love Is The Bottom Line

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Track List: It's A Good Day

1. Thanks A Lot

2. It's A Good Day

3. Ten More Shows

4. Your Love For Me Is Gone

5. I'm Tough

6. Keep That Smile

7. Slow Down Baby

8. Blues And My Guitar

9. One More Blues

10. Push On

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Track List: San Fancisco Blues

1. Miss Lillie Brown

2. Country Roy Blues

3. Fillmore Mess Around

4. Midnight Shower

5. So Long So Long

6. One More Drink

7. Come Back Baby

8. Don't Be So Evil

9. Poor Boy Blues

10. Market Street Blues

11. Let Me Ride Your Little Automobile

12. San Francisco Blues

13. Television Blues

14. Angel Smile

15. Jennie Lee

16. Baby Don't You Hear Me Calling

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Track List: Think Twice Before You Speak

1. Parachute Woman

2. I'm Tough

3. Think Twice Before You Speak

4. Well Oh Well

5. One Room Country Shack

6. Meet Me In The Bottom

7. Come On

8. You're Gonna Miss Me

9. Lowell's Jump

10. Come Back Baby

11. Sinner's Prayer

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Track List: Blue Shadows

1. Oh! Well Oh! Well

2. Reconsider Baby

4. Guitar Shuffle

5. Blue Shadows

7. Sinner's Prayer

8. You're Gonna Miss Me

9. Mean Old World

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Track List: Golden Hits By Lowell Fulsom

3. Trouble Blues

4. I Want To See My Baby

5. Black Widow Spider Blues

7. I Want To See My Baby (Alt)

10. The Train Is Leaving

11. Miss Katy Lee Blues

12. Jelly Jelly

14. Fulson Boogie

15. Mean Woman Blues

16. Thinkin Blues

17. Tryin To Find My Baby

18. Fulson Blues

19. San Francisco Blues

20. Crying Blues

22. Miss Katie Lee Blues

23. Rambling Blues

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dragonlady60 8 8
RAY....RIP U WERE THE GREATEST. U R MISSED
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please don't go........ Please.close the door when you do.......... . .
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Innovator,bl u z z z 40's*978*4m1 4 y ~
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So long , oh baby how I hate to see you go
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....That's good... that's mighty good.
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tslavinl21
Don't miss Bobby Radcliff's cover of this. A regular part of his club set!
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I think Joe Tex covered Tramp as well.
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mysnelf
Thank you Mr. Fulson .You are still appreciated!
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I like it !
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The good stuff.
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maestro
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Please Let me Go is a master recording. Best mix of funk and blues yet
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One of the greats along with Mighty Joe Young, Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Lowell Fulson's legacy of music will live on. "Reconsider Baby" remains one of the classics still emulated by artists of today.
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straight back to the "Lightnen Hopkins" genre.... where it all came from.
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notomjack
This particular song by Fulson (love that name) is a great example of bittersweet slow blues, with that jittery piano and honey-smooth vocal and fluid guitar. Beautiful, unmatched '50's recording, will never be created again. Thank you.
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Lowell Fulson was too good for us.
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U know I used to like the blues but now it is a bunch noisy fellers, too lazy to work and they gripe all the time. Too much feeling sorry for themselves for my liking. I must have changed a whole lot since the Lord got a hold on me. Thank you Father God.
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dont like this song neither , another mistake. Please take off for me. Thank you
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now, that is the real blues!!
john whitt
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I think that Lowell Fulson,s was and still is one of the Greatest Blues Artist,s ever.In his Field of Blues.
Sincerly,
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having worked with him in the 60's it's easy to say he kick's a**!!!!
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U'r drumers good
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thank you

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