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Papa Charlie Jackson

Papa Charlie Jackson was the first bluesman to record, beginning in 1924 with the Paramount label, playing a hybrid banjo-guitar (six strings tuned like a guitar but with a banjo body that gave it a lighter resonance) and ukulele. And apart from his records and their recording dates, little else is known for sure about this pioneering blues performer, other than his probable city of birth, New Orleans; even his death in Chicago during 1938 is more probable than established fact.

Jackson spent his teen years as a singer/performer in minstrel and medicine shows, picking up a repertory of bawdy but entertaining songs that would serve him well for decades. He is known to have busked around Chicago in the early '20s, playing for tips on Maxwell Street, as well as the city's Westside clubs beginning in 1924. In August of that year, Jackson made his first record, "Papa's Lawdy Lawdy Blues" and "'Airy Man Blues," for a Paramount label. He followed this up a month later with "Salt Lake City Blues" and "Salty Dog Blues," which became one of his signature tunes; he later re-recorded this number as a member of Freddie Keppard's Jazz Cardinals, also for the Paramount label, a common practice in those days as the notion of contracts and exclusivity was almost unknown in blues recording. Jackson made his first duet records in 1925, "Mister Man, Parts 1 and 2," with singer Ida Cox, again for Paramount, and later cut duets with Ma Rainey and future Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel.

He was already regarded as one of the Paramount label's more successful recording artists, and all but a handful of his recordings were done for Paramount over the next decade. Jackson had a wide diversity of material and voices in which he recorded: "Good Doing Papa Blues" and "Jungle Man Blues" presented Jackson as a ladies' man in playful settings; while "Ma and Pa Poorhouse Blues," cut in a duet with Ma Rainey, was a far more serious song, dealing with poverty and its attendant miseries. "Don't Break Down," by contrast, was a seductive love song with pop elements, while "Baby Please Loan Me Your Heart" -- with its exquisite banjo strumming -- is a sweetly romantic piece that could've come out of vaudeville. Whether he was strumming or finger-picking, his music was always of interest for its structure, content, and execution.

Jackson reached a musical peak of sorts in September of 1929 when he got to record with his longtime idol, Blind (Arthur) Blake, often known as the king of ragtime guitar during this period. "Papa Charlie and Blind Blake Talk About It" parts one and two are among the most unusual sides of the late '20s, containing elements of blues jam session, hokum recording, and ragtime, with enough humor to make it the 1920s rival of tracks such as Bo Diddley's "Say Man" as well. More is the pity that better sources haven't survived for both sides, but what is here is beyond price; there may not be a dozen guitar records in any genre that are more important or more fascinating.

Jackson switched to guitar on some of his late-'20s recordings, and occasionally played the ukulele as well, although he was back to using the five-string hybrid in 1934, when he cut his final sessions. For reasons that nobody has ever established, he parted company with Paramount after 1930, and never recorded for the label again, even though Paramount lasted another two years before going under amid the hardships of the Great Depression. His last sides for the label, "You Got That Wrong" and "Self Experience," were highly personal songs dealing with romance and an apparent brush with the law, after which he disappeared from recording for four years. Jackson continued performing, however, and he returned to the recording studio again in November of 1934 for sessions on the Okeh label, including three songs cut with his friend Big Bill Broonzy, which were never issued. Jackson was an important influence on Broonzy, who outlived his mentor by 20 years.

Papa Charlie Jackson remains a shadowy figure, considered a highly influential figure in the blues, though not quite a major blues figure, apart from the fact that he was the first male singer/guitarist who played the blues to get to record. His recordings are all eminently listenable, although most are not blues, but fall into such related areas as ragtime and hokum. ~ Bruce Eder
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Track List: Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Disc 1

1. Goin' Crazy With The Blues

2. Lock And Key

3. All I Want Is A Spoonful

4. Matchbox Blues

6. Southern Rag

7. What's The Matter Blues

8. Stack O' Lee Blues

9. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie

10. Indiana Avenue Stomp

12. Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)

14. Blue Goose Blues

15. The Dirty Dozen

17. P**sy Cat Blues

18. Searching The Desert For The Blues

19. Cows, See That Train Comin'

20. West Dallas Drag

21. Ramblin With That Woman

22. W.P.A. Blues

23. Honky Tonk Train Blues

Disc 2

1. Terraplane Blues

2. Ice Pick Mama

3. Gamblin' Jinx Blues

5. Good Boy

6. Alley Boogie

7. Meat Shakin' Woman

9. Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)

10. Roll 'Em Pete

11. Jersey Belle Blues

12. Brown Skin Girl

13. Beer Drinking Woman

14. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

15. Baby, Please Don't Go

16. Dive Bomber

18. Kid Man Blues

19. Boogie Chillen'

20. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead And Gone)

22. 3 O'Clock Blues

23. Dust My Broom

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Track List: Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows (1926-1937)

Disc 1

1. The Spasm

2. Tanner's Boarding House

3. Don't Think I'm Santa Claus

6. Gonna Swing On The Golden Gate

7. Papa's 'Bout To Get Mad

9. Bye, Bye, Policeman

11. Bow Wow Blues

12. Beans

14. Tell It To Me

16. Mama Keep Your Yes Ma'am Clean

18. My Money Never Runs Out

20. Traveling Man

21. G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again

23. Born In Hard Luck

24. He's In The Jailhouse Now

Disc 2

1. Gonna Tip Out Tonight

2. Chevrolet Car

3. It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'

4. Bring It With You When You Come

6. Go Along Mule

7. Casey Bill

8. I Got Mine

9. Hannah

10. Adam & Eve In The Garden

12. Her Name Was Hula Lou

15. Stackalee

18. Nobody's Business If I Do

21. I Heard The Voice Of A Porkchop

24. Kiss Me Cindy

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Track List: Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song

1. I'm Alabama Bound

2. Drop That Sack

3. Papa's Lawdy Lawdy Blues

5. Skoodle Um Skoo

6. I'm Tired Of Fooling Around With You

7. Shave 'Em Dry

9. Airy Man Blues

10. Loan Me Your Heart

11. Up The Way Bound

12. All I Want Is A Spoonful

13. I Got What It Takes But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away

14. Jim Tampa Blues

15. Mama Don't You Think I Know

16. I'm Alabama Bound

17. Drop That Sack

18. Papa's Lawdy Lawdy Blues

19. Shake That Thing (Take 2)

20. Skoodle-Um-Skoo

21. I'm Tired Of Fooling Around With You

22. Shave 'Em Dry (Take 2)

23. Bright Eyes

24. Airy Man Blues

25. Baby Please Loan Me Your Heart

26. Up The Way Bound

27. All I Want Is A Spoonful

28. I Got What It Takes But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away (Take 2)

29. Jim Tampa Blues

30. Mama, Don't You Think I Know: (Take 2)

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Track List: Richer Tradition Country Blues & String Band Music

Disc 1

1. Guitar Blues

2. Time Ain't Gonna Make Me Stay

3. Sundown Blues

4. Salt Lake City Blues

5. Whiskey And Gin Blues

6. James Alley Blues

7. Goin' To Leave You Blues

10. Bamalong Blues

11. Man Trouble Blues

12. Blue Coat Blues

13. Frisco Whistle Blues

14. Two Ways To Texas

15. Gravel Camp Blues

16. T And T Blues

17. Death Bell Blues

18. C.C. & O. Blues

19. Middlin' Blues

20. Rolling Log Blues

21. Kyle's Worried Blues

22. Bull Frog Blues

23. Sobbin' Woman Blues

24. Miss Meal Cramp Blues

25. The Unknown Blues

Disc 2

1. Jail House Blues

2. Blues, Just Blues, That's All

3. String Band Blues

4. Black Cat Blues

5. Dirty Guitar Blues

6. Boodle-Am-Shake

7. Quill Blues

8. The Jug Band Special

9. Cold Morning Shout

10. Violin Blues

11. Easy Winner

12. G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again

13. I Got A Gal

16. Adam And Eve

17. Runnin' Wild

18. Giving It Away

19. Jackson Stomp

20. Old Hen Cackle

21. Travelin' Railroad Man Blues

22. Old Hen Cackle

23. Ted's Stomp

24. Dusting The Frets

25. Arkansas Traveller

Disc 3

3. Mean Conductor Blues

4. Back Door Blues

5. Spanish Blues

6. Helena Blues

7. I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop

8. Rising River Blues

9. She Could Toodle-Oo

10. Weak Minded Woman

11. Old Rock Island Blues

12. Cairo Blues

13. I Ain't Givin' Nobody None

14. Showers Of Rain Blues

15. Framer's Blues

16. If I Call You Mama

17. Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door

18. Mississippi Swamp Moan

19. Paddlin' Madeline Blues

21. South Carolina Rag

23. Poor Jane Blues

24. Window Pane Blues

25. Hot Jelly Roll Blues

Disc 4

1. Labor Blues

2. Goin' Away Blues

3. No Baby

4. Early Mornin' Blues

5. Dreaming Blues

6. Weeping Willow Blues

7. Way Down In Arkansas

8. Wild About My Loving

9. Indian Squaw Blues

10. Florida Bound

11. God Didn't Make No Monkey Man

12. Tallahatchie River Blues

13. Diamond Ring Blues

14. Bedside Blues

15. Lonesome Midnight Dream

16. Billy Goat Blues

17. That Won't Do

18. Ghost Woman Blues

19. 'toby' Woman Blues

20. Rollin' Dough Blues

21. Starvation Farm Blues

22. Farewell To You Baby

23. Teasin' Brown Blues

24. Married Woman Blues

25. Dago Blues

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Track List: Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters

1. Pick Poor Robin Clean

2. Don't Leave Me Here

3. What A Time (Take 1)

4. The Spasm

5. Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine

6. Frankie

7. Every Day In The Week Blues

8. How Long

9. John Henry (The Steel Driving Man), Pt. 1

10. Old Rock Island Blues

11. Cocaine

12. Mississippi Boweavil Blues

13. Stackalee

14. Nobody Knows (What The Good Deacon Does)

15. A Chicken Can Waltz The Gravy Around

16. How You Want Your Rollin' Done

17. Midnight Special

18. Hey! Lawdy Mama - The France Blues

19. Railroad Bill

20. Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around

21. James Alley Blues

22. Going To Germany

23. Coal Man Blues

24. Nobody's Business If I Do

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Track List: Rough Guide To Unsung Heroes Of Country Blues, Vol. 2

1. Bothering That Thing

2. She's A Fool Gal

3. Niagra Fall Blues

4. The Cat's Got The Measles

5. Lonesome Man Blues

6. This Will Bring You Back

7. Mississippi Bottom Blues

8. Snatch It And Grab It

9. Guitar Rag

10. Lonesome Atlanta Blues

11. Ragtime Millionaire

12. Man Trouble Blues

13. Grand Daddy Blues

14. Religion Is Something Within You

15. Rag Baby

16. Hey Mama - It's Nice Like That, Pt. 2

17. Poor Boy Blues

18. Shake Me Like A Dog

19. Down The Big Road Blues

20. Woman Woman Blues

21. Dupree Blues

22. Mama Don't Rush Me

23. Alabama Blues, Pt. 1

24. Bye Bye Baby Blues

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Track List: Suitcase Full Of Blues

1. The Gone Dead Train

2. Frisco Whistle Blues

4. Going Away Blues

5. Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home

6. Florida Bound

7. Pea Vine Blues

8. Rambler Blues

9. Up The Way Bound

11. Slidin' Delta

13. M & O Blues

14. Georgia Bound

15. Number Three Blues

16. Sunshine Special

17. Illinois Blues

18. I Wonder To Myself

20. Mean Conductor Blues

21. Suitcase Full Of Blues

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