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Pee Wee Crayton

Although he was certainly inexorably influenced by the pioneering electric guitar conception of T-Bone Walker (what axe-handler wasn't during the immediate postwar era?), Pee Wee Crayton brought enough daring innovation to his playing to avoid being labeled as a mere T-Bone imitator. Crayton's recorded output for Modern, Imperial, and Vee-Jay contains plenty of dazzling, marvelously imaginative guitar work, especially on stunning instrumentals such as "Texas Hop," "Pee Wee's Boogie," and "Poppa Stoppa," all far more aggressive performances than Walker usually indulged in.

Like Walker, Connie Crayton was a transplanted Texan. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1935, later moving north to the Bay Area. He signed with the Bihari brothers' L.A.-based Modern logo in 1948, quickly hitting pay dirt with the lowdown instrumental "Blues After Hours" (a kissin' cousin to Erskine Hawkins' anthem "After Hours"), which topped the R&B charts in late 1948. The steaming "Texas Hop" trailed it up the lists shortly thereafter, followed the next year by "I Love You So." But Crayton's brief hitmaking reign was over, through no fault of his own.

After recording prolifically at Modern to no further commercial avail, Crayton moved on to Aladdin and, in 1954, Imperial. Under Dave Bartholomew's savvy production, Crayton made some of his best waxings in New Orleans: "Every Dog Has His Day," "You Know Yeah," and "Runnin' Wild" found Crayton's guitar turned up to the boiling point over the fat cushion of saxes characterizing the Crescent City sound.

From there, Crayton tried to regain his momentum at Vee-Jay in Chicago; 1957's "I Found My Peace of Mind," a Ray Charles-tinged gem, should have done the trick, but no dice. After one-off 45s for Jamie, Guyden, and Smash during the early '60s, Crayton largely faded from view until Vanguard unleashed his LP, Things I Used to Do, in 1971. After that, Pee Wee Crayton's profile was raised somewhat; he toured and made a few more albums prior to his passing in 1985. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

x

Track List: Authentic Blues

Disc 1

1. Boogie Chillen

2. Blues After Hours

4. Dallas Blues

5. Big Fine Girl (Live)

6. T-99 Blues

7. Jake Head Boogie

8. Thrill Is Gone

9. Riding In The Moonlight

10. Driftin' From Town To Town

12. No More Doggin'

13. Couldn't Be A Dream

14. All The Blues All The Time

15. Three Hours Past Midnight

16. Standing At The Crossroads

17. W-O-M-A-N

18. I'm Steady Holdin' On

19. Love At First Sight

20. Tramp

Disc 2

1. Figure Head

2. The Duck Walk

3. Some Time I Wonder

4. From My Heart

5. Going Or Coming

6. Forget It

7. It's Bad To Make A Woman Mad

8. You Better Stop

9. Hard Times (Follow Me)

10. Like Heaven To Me

11. I Feel So Good

12. I'd Rather Fight Than Switch

13. Just Got Some

14. Too Many Cooks

15. Crossroads

16. I Have Made A Change

17. She's A Sweet One

18. Through All Your Faults

19. Call My Job

20. Momee, Momee

21. Something Can Go Wrong

22. I'm Not Going Home

23. Say You're Leavin'

24. My Baby's Sweet

25. Honky Tonky

26. Good Things

x

Track List: Blind Pig Records - 25th Anniversary Collection

Disc 1

3. Daddy Played The Guitar And Mama Was A Disco Queen

5. Sinner Street

6. Can't Keep A Good Man Down

8. Last Chance

9. Work With Me Annie

10. That Same Thing

11. Wake Me Up Early

12. What A Good Feeling

13. My Babe

14. Pleated Pants

15. All You Left Behind

16. Honey Bee

Disc 2

1. Gone To Hell

2. Cain

3. Pressure

4. Help Wanted

6. Love Gotcha

7. Here No More

8. Who Stole the Hot Sauce?

10. Slippin' & Slidin'

13. Early Hours

14. Is It Love

15. Peace In Hell

16. Nothin' But The Blues

17. Ida B.

18. Fear No Evil

x

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

x

Track List: I Love To Hear My Baby Call My Name (The Ego Song '45-'52)

2. Annie's Blues

6. Hey Mr. Gatemouth

10. Hey Tom Archia

11. Roscoe's Boogie

12. Ace's Wild

13. Crown Prince Blues

17. Professor Longhair's Boogie

18. Here Comes Smiley

20. Ballin' With Archie

23. Gatemouth Boogie

24. Pee Wee Special

28. Eddie's Blues

29. Muddy Jumps One

x

Track List: Jump Blue-Rockin' The Jukes

1. Jump Children

2. King Kong

3. Hucklebuck With Jimmy

4. Flying Home Part 1

5. Deacon Rides Again

7. Messy Bessy

9. Fine Brown Frame

10. See See Rider

11. He May Be Your Man

12. Yes It's You

13. Daybreak

14. When I'm In My Tea

15. I Got Loaded

16. A Fool In Love

17. Sax Shack Boogie

18. Cleo's Boogie

19. Great Big Eyes

21. Teenage Baby

22. Don't Leave Me Baby

23. Wine Wine Wine

24. Let The Good Times Roll

25. I Need You, I Want You

26. Jumpin' Tonight (Midnight Rockin')

x

Track List: Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues 1944-1954

Disc 1

3. Drifting Blues

6. When I'm In My Tea

8. Guitar In My Hand

10. Mississippi Blues

11. Chicken Shack Boogie

13. Woman Don't Want A Good Man No More

16. B&O Blues

17. When A Man Has The Blues

20. Everyday I Have The Blues

21. Lonely Boy Blues

22. Beer Drinking Baby

23. Wine O Baby Boogie

24. Bad Bad Whiskey

25. Great Big Mama

Disc 2

2. Black Night

3. The Hustle Is On

5. Safronia B

7. I Got Loaded

8. When It Rains It Pours

9. Kissa Me Baby

11. High School Baby

12. Daybreak

13. Let Me Go Home Whiskey

14. West Coast Blues

15. The Candles Burning Low

18. Unlucky Man

19. Good Good Whiskey

21. Feelin' Mighty Lonesome

23. Yeah Yeah Yeah

24. I Ain't Drunk

25. No More Alcohol

x

Track List: New Orleans Guitar

Disc 1

1. Turn On Your Volume, Baby

2. Here Comes Smiley

3. Tee-Nah-Nah

4. Lowdown

5. Slide Me Down

6. Growing Old

7. If You Ever Loved A Woman

8. Dirty People

9. Where Were You

10. My Baby

11. Sad Life

12. Bee's Boogie

13. Don't Jive Me

14. My Baby Was Right

15. The Bells Are Ringing

16. Lillie Mae

17. You're Gonna Miss Me

18. Gypsy Blues

19. You're Not The One

20. Gumbo Blues

21. Ain't Gonna Do It

22. It's So Peaceful

23. Caldonia's Party

24. Lonesome Highway

25. Standing On The Corner

26. Oh Baby

Disc 2

1. Big Mamou

2. Play Girl

3. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons

4. Lying Woman

5. Little Fernandez

6. It's Music

7. Show Me The Way

8. Down The Road

9. Blue Monday

10. The Rocks

11. That Certain Door

12. Nobody Knows

13. Can't Stop Loving You

14. Ooh La La

15. Too Many Drivers

16. Lost Weekend

17. Jailbird

18. Farewell

19. Real Gone Lover

20. Bumpity Bump

21. I Hear You Knocking

22. I Can't Fly (Date With An Angel)

23. My Love (She's Gone)

25. Country Women

Disc 3

1. Bad Luck Is On Me

2. New Arrival

3. Standin' At The Station

5. The Things I Used To Do

6. Well I Done Got Over It

7. The Story Of My Life

8. Letter To My Girlfriend

9. Trouble Don't Last

10. Later For You Baby

11. Bad Luck Blues

12. Twenty-Five Lies

13. Sufferin' Mind

14. Stand By Me

15. Guitar Slim

16. Our Only Child

17. Reap What You Sow

19. Think It Over

20. Quicksand

21. You're Gonna Miss Me

22. I Got Sumpin' For You

23. Certainly All

25. Something To Remember You By

Disc 4

1. Long Distance Blues

2. Got No Use For You

3. I'm Still In Love With You

4. Railroad Station Blues

5. When The Sun Goes Down

6. Pony Tail

7. Wanderin' Heart

8. I'll Always Be In Love With You

9. Win-O

10. Do Unto Others

11. Every Dog Has His Day

12. Hurry, Hurry

13. Eyes Full Of Tears

14. I Need Your Love

15. You Know - Yeah

16. Runnin' Wild

17. My Idea About You

18. I Got News For You

19. Baby Don't You Cry

20. Don't Break My Heart

21. Wondering Why

22. Yours Truly

23. I Must Go On

24. Be Faithful

25. Blues Before Dawn

26. Don't Go

x

Track List: The Cosimo Matassa Story

Disc 1

1. Got A Brand New Baby

2. Four O'Clock Blues

3. Don't Jive Me

4. Tra-La-La

5. Teejim

9. Stormy Weather

10. My Ding-A-Ling

11. Reeling And Rocking

12. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

13. Chee Koo Baby

14. Sweethearts

15. I'm Gone

16. Teachin' And Preachin'

17. Bouncin' The Boogie

18. Early Sunday Morning

20. Country Gal

21. Baby

22. New Bon Ton Roulay

23. Got No Use For You

24. Long Distance Blues

25. I'm Thankful

26. Little School Girl

27. I-Yi

28. Candy Girl

29. Don't Leave Me Baby

30. The Things That I Used To Do

Disc 2

1. Well, I Done Got Over It

2. Tipitina

3. Let's Have Some Fun (Honey)

4. Jock-A-Mo

5. I Didn't Want To Do It

6. You're The One

7. Blue Monday

8. Baby's Gone

9. Sister Lucy

10. 'Til I Say Well Done

11. Every Dog Has His Day

12. Bluesy Me

13. Give It Up

14. Nobody But You

16. That's Enough

18. Cat Music

19. Drunk Drunk Drunk

20. Ain't Gonna Do It

21. I Want To Be Loved

22. Toy Bell

23. You Know Yeah

24. Runnin' Wild

25. It's Too Late Now

26. Real Gone Lover

27. Low And Lonesome

28. Country Woman

29. Say Baby

30. That Night

Disc 3

1. What's It All About?

2. Handwriting On The Wall

3. Mardi Gras Mambo

4. Your Time's Up

5. Eternally Yours

6. Boom Boom

7. Feel So Good

8. I Hear You Knocking

9. Travelin' Mood

10. I Remember

11. Baby

12. So Glad

14. I'm Just A Lonely Guy

15. Tutti Frutti

16. Do Baby Do

17. Who's Been Fooling You?

18. That Girl I Married

19. Rich Woman

20. I'm In Love Again

21. On Bended Knee

22. See You Later, Alligator

24. My Blue Heaven

25. Try Rock'n'roll

26. No No No

27. Long Tall Sally

28. Slippin' And Slidin'

30. Take It Easy, Greasy

Disc 4

1. Rip It Up

2. Ready Teddy

3. Let The Good Times Roll

4. Everybody's Whalin'

8. Rock 'n' Roll Dance

9. The Girl Can't Help It

10. Heebie Jeebies

11. Don't Blame It On Me

14. Down Yonder (We Go Ballin')

15. Shame, Shame, Shame

16. Oooh-Wow

17. (Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone

18. Rockin' At Cosimo's

19. Stepping High

20. I Feel Good

21. I'm A Fool About Your Love

22. All The Time

24. Ain't Got No Home

25. Hickory Dickory Dock

26. Just To Hold My Hand

27. Oooh-Wee Baby

28. Back Home To Me

29. You Can Fly High

30. Those Lonely, Lonely Feelings

x

Track List: Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

Disc 1

2. Baby, It's You

3. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite

4. Ain't Times Hard

5. You Don't Have To Go

6. Blue Evening

7. I Wish You Would

8. At My Front Door

9. Hurt My Feelings

10. Bad Boy

11. Somewhere To Lay My Head

13. Fool's Prayer

14. Oop De Oop

15. I'll Be Forever Loving You

16. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby

18. Up On The Mountain

19. Big Town Playboy

20. Rock 'n' Roll Mama

21. Oh What A Nite

Disc 2

1. Dimples

2. The Telephone Is Ringing

3. Judgment Day

4. Uncloudy Day

6. Mother's Son

8. Honest I Do

9. Farther Along

10. You Can Make It If You Try

11. It Hurts Me Too

14. Blues Get Off My Shoulder

15. For Your Precious Love

16. Pigtails And Blue Jeans

17. I Love You Honey

18. Leave You In The Hands Of The Lord

19. Nobody But You

20. Shombalor

21. Crying For My Baby

Disc 3

1. Mary Don't You Weep

2. Steppin' Out

3. Just A Little Bit

5. Will You Ever Be Mine

6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

7. Easy Lovin'

8. No Shoes

9. Oh Baby

10. He Will Break Your Heart

11. Exodus

12. Big Boss Man

13. Raindrops

14. Every Beat Of My Heart

15. Old Ship Of Zion

16. Bright Lights, Big City

17. Nite Owl

18. Duke Of Earl

19. Real Gone Mama

21. Boom Boom

Disc 4

1. I'm A Woman

2. Make It Easy On Yourself

3. Sherry

4. Rainbow

7. Body Surf

8. You're No Good

10. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)

11. Steal Away

12. Have I The Right

13. Let It Be Me

14. Bring Your Lovin'

15. Getting Mighty Crowded

16. Walk Around Heaven All Day

17. Tainted Love

18. Billy's Bag

19. Stay In My Corner

20. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You

21. Let's Do It Over

22. I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me

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