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Tiny Kennedy

Tiny Kennedy was anything but diminutive, either in stature or vocal range. "Big and fat" was how Trumpet Records boss Lillian McMurry vividly described him, and she should know: Trumpet recorded the shouter in 1951 and again in 1952.

The vocalist, born Jesse Kennedy, Jr., had recorded with the great Kansas City pianist Jay McShann for Capitol in 1949 prior to joining Tiny Bradshaw's jumping band as one of its featured front men. After a session with Elmore James in 1951 didn't result in anything releasable, McMurry sent Kennedy up to Sam Phillips's fledgling Memphis Recording Service in September of 1952. Musicians on the session, which produced the fine "Strange Kind of Feelin'," "Early in the Mornin', Baby" (with overdubbed crowing by "Elmer, the Disc Jockey Rooster"), and "Blues Disease," included guitarist Calvin Newborn and saxist Richard Sanders. After a 1955 date for RCA's Groove subsidiary, Kennedy disappeared permanently from the R&B scene. ~ Bill Dahl
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Track List: Cool, Cool Blues, The Classic Sides (1951-54)

Disc 1

1. Eyesight To The Blind

3. Stop Crying

4. Do It If You Wanna

5. Cool, Cool Blues

6. Come On Back Home

7. I Cross My Heart

8. West Memphis Blues

9. Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues

10. Pontiac Blues

11. Mighty Long Time

12. Nine Below Zero

13. She Brought Life Back To The Dead (45)

15. Too Close Together

16. Stop Now Baby

17. Mr. Downchild

18. Cat Hop

19. Gettin' Out Of Town

20. Red Hot Kisses

21. Going In Your Direction

22. Empty Bedroom

23. Boppin' With Sonny

24. From The Bottom

25. No Nights By Myself

Disc 2

1. Mama Don't Allow Me

2. Delta Blues

3. Overhauling Blues

4. Whistling Pines

6. Juanita

7. She Left Me A Mule

8. Bad Heart Blues

9. Dirty Disposition

10. 1951 Blues

13. My Baby Boogies All The Time

14. I Wonder

15. Gotta Find My Baby

16. Make A Little Love

17. Catfish Blues

18. Dust My Broom

19. East Of The Sun

20. Wine-O-Wine

23. Love To Make Up

Disc 3

5. Feed My Body To The Fishes

10. Shady Lane Blues

11. Nelson Street Blues

20. Strange Kind Of Feeling

Disc 4

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