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King Solomon Hill

One of the more fascinating footnotes in blues history, King Solomon Hill's scant recorded legacy suggests a singer and guitarist of considerable originality and primitive force. Born Joe Holmes circa 1897 in McComb, Mississippi, he first attracted attention in the Lousiana area, becoming a constant at parties and juke joints; most certainly a self-taught guitarist, he is rumored to have roamed the Delta and Panhandle regions playing alongside Sam Collins, Ramblin' Thomas, Oscar "Lone Wolf" Woods and possibly Blind Lemon Jefferson. Hill signed to the Paramount label in 1932, soon travelling to Grafton, Wisconsin to record the six tracks -- two of them alternate takes -- which comprise his known discography; songs like the eerie "Gone Dead Train" and "Down on Bended Knee" feature apocalyptic, seemingly alien vocals certainly unique to their time and place, accompanied by a raw guitar sound distinguished by irregular rhythms and notes said to be stretched out by a cow bone. After this lone session, Hill returned to the juke joint circuit, eventually vanishing from sight; reputedly a heavy drinker, he died of a massive brain hemorrhage in Sibley, Lousiana in 1949. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rough Guide To Unsung Heroes Of Country Blues

1. Fishing Blues

2. Never Drive A Stranger From Your Door

3. Don't Put That Thing On Me

4. Cairo Blues

5. Keep It Clean

6. Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home

7. California Desert Blues

8. Little Girl In Rome

9. Married Man Blues

10. Fare Thee Well Blues

11. Lonesome Road Blues

12. Pick Poor Robin Clean

13. My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon

14. Old Original Kokomo Blues

15. Labor Blues

16. Section Gang Blues

17. Let's Go Riding

18. Roll And Tumble Blues

19. Please Ma'am

20. Cottonfield Blues - Part 2

21. Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do - Part 2 (Take 1)

22. Rolling Log Blues

23. You Can't Keep No Brown

24. Cherry Ball

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Track List: Don't Leave Me Here: The Blues Of Texas, Arkansas & Louisiana (1927-1932)

1. Kentucky Blues

2. Dreaming Blues

3. 98 Degree Blues

4. Don't Leave Me Here

5. Bye Bye Baby Blues

6. Hot Dogs

7. The Gone Dead Train

8. Lovin' Babe

11. Tell Me Baby

13. Awful Fix

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Track List: Mississippi Blues 1926-1941

Disc 1

1. Cottonfield Blues Part 1

2. Bedside Blues

3. Mississippi Bottom Blues

4. Poor Boy Blues

5. I'm Leavin' Town

6. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp

7. Last Kind Words Blues

8. Third Street Woman Blues

9. Muddy Water Blues

10. Fare Thee Well Blues

11. That Won't Do

12. Four O'Clock Flower Blues

13. Evil Devil Woman Blues

14. The Jail House Blues

16. Traveling Riverside Blues Take 1

17. Baltimore Blues

18. Down The Big Road Blues

19. You Scolded Me And Drove Me

20. Milk Cow Blues

21. Ten Pound Hammer

22. Noiseless Motor Blues

23. Jailhouse Fire Blues

24. 4a Highway

25. Whoopee Blues (Take 2)

Disc 2

1. Mississippi Country Farm Blues

2. When The Levee Breaks

3. Ninety Nine Blues

4. Snake Doctor Blues

5. Little Girl In Rome

6. It's Cold In China Blues

7. Bald Eagle Blues

8. Boodle-De-Bum Blues

9. Bull Frog Blues

10. Dangerous Woman

11. Shaggy Dog Blues

14. Devil And My Brown Blues

16. Last Time Blues

17. Dough Roller Blues

18. The Crowing Rooster

19. Motherless Child Blues

20. Married Woman Blues

21. She's Young And Wild

22. Cherry Ball

23. Bad Notion Blues

24. Don't Cry Baby

25. Rowdy Blues

Disc 3

1. My Buddy, Blind Papa Lemon

2. Snatch It Back Blues

3. Machine Gun Blues

4. Revenue Man Blues

5. Mr. Freddie's Kokomo Blues

7. Barefoot Blues

8. Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues

11. Leavin' Here Blues

12. Got The Blues About Rome

13. young Heifer Blues

14. Skippy Whippy

15. Yellow Dog Blues

16. You Can't Keep No Brown

17. Tallahatchie River Blues

18. Stered Gal

19. Motherless And Fatherless Blues

20. Don't Misuse Me, Baby

22. Out On Santa Fe-Blues

23. It's Hard Time

24. Your Good Man Is Gone

25. Cold Woman Blues

Disc 4

1. Clarksdale Moan

2. Adam & Eve In The Garden

3. Lonesome Man Blues

4. Leaving Home Blues

5. Loving Lady Blues

6. Early Mornin' Blues

7. Number Three Blues

10. Cottonfield Blues Part 2

11. Chalk My Toy

13. Two Time Blues

14. Back Door Blues

15. Way Back Down Home

16. Skinny Leg Blues

17. Meat Cutter Blues

18. Mississippi Moan

19. Married Man Blues

20. Jefferson County Blues

21. Rampaw Street Blues

22. I'll Overcome Someday

23. Good Boy Blues

24. Grand Daddy Blues

25. Let's Go Riding

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Track List: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Super Rarities

Disc 1

2. Mississippi County Farm Blues

4. I'm Going Back Home

5. Fightin' In The War With Spain

8. Slidin' Delta

10. Rollin' Dough Blues

11. Ginseng Blues

15. Two Step De La Prairie Soileau

16. Operator Blues

18. Jim Strainer Blues

20. Old Rub Alcohol Blues

21. Mistreatin' Mama

Disc 2

1. Sweet Mama

3. Clarksdale Moan

5. Down In Texas Blues

7. I'm Leavin' Town (But I Sho' Don't Wanna Go)

8. Wild Cat Rag

9. Whoopee Blues

10. Davey Crockett

11. Skinny Leg Blues

15. If I Call You Mama

16. My Mind Is To Marry

18. Don't Speak To Me

19. Married Man's Blues

20. Sweet Betsey From The Pike

21. Boll Weevil

23. Bells Of Love

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Track List: Mississippi Masters: Early American Blues Classics 1927 - 35

1. Dough Roller Blues

2. Kansas City Blues

3. Little Girl In Rome

4. Tallahatchie River Blues

5. Last Kind Words Blues

6. Fare Thee Well Blues

7. Bull Frog Blues

11. The Gone Dead Train

12. Cottonfield Blues Part 1

13. Cottonfield Blues Part 2

14. Hot Time Blues

15. Skinny Legs Blues

18. Down The Big Road Blues

19. Whoopee Blues

20. Motherless Child Blues

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Track List: Country Blues Bottleneck Guitar Classics 1926-1937

1. Atlanta Moan

2. Bottleneck Blues

4. The Panama Limited

6. Milkcow's Calf Blues

7. Black Ace

8. St. Louis Blues

10. My Wash Woman's Gone

11. Evil Hearted Woman Blues

12. You Can't Keep No Brown

13. Whoopie Blues

14. So Lonesome

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Track List: Backwoods Blues (1926-1935)

1. Pistol Blues

2. Some Scream High Yellow

3. You Can't Keep No Brown

4. When The Saints Come Marching Home

5. I'm On My Way To The Kingdom Land

6. Why Do You Moan?

7. Devil And My Brown Blues

8. Poor Boy Blues

9. Jefferson County Blues

10. Jefferson County Blues (Alt. Take)

11. You Can't Keep No Brown (Vo)

12. Christians Fight On, Your Time Ain't Long

13. Heaven Is My View

14. Nappy Head Blues

15. Lonesome Atlanta Blues

16. Whoopee Blues (Take 1)

17. Whoopee Blues (Take 2)

18. Down On My Bended Knee (Take 1)

19. Down On My Bended Knee (Take 2)

20. The Gone Dead Train

21. Tell Me Baby

22. Hard Time Blues

23. California Desert Blues

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Track List: Times Ain't Like They Used To Be Vol. 7: Early American Rural Music Classic Recordings Of 1920'S And 1930'S

3. Times Has Done Got Hard

6. Rainy Night Blues

9. Ham Bone Blues

12. Devil And My Brown Blues

14. Primrose Hill

15. Hard Luck Child

17. Jeunes Gens De La Campagne

21. Dry Spell Blues - Part 1

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Track List: Times Ain't Like They Used To Be: Early American Rural Music, Vol. 8

3. Paddlin' Blues

5. Sugar Babe

6. My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon

8. The Train That Carried My Girl From Town

9. You Can't Keep No Brown

11. Rambling Lover

12. Four O'Clock Blues

13. Yellow Rose Of Texas

14. Gonna Ride Till The Sun Goes Down

15. Mamlish Blues

17. Valse Des Vachers

18. Jailhouse Rag

19. I Want Someone To Love Me

22. Big Bend Gal

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Track List: The Rose Grew Round The Briar, Vol. 1: Early American Rural Love Songs

2. Dark Holler Blues

3. I Do Blues

6. Lonesome Man Blues

7. Little Maggie With A Dram Glass In Her Hand

8. False Hearted Lover's Blues

9. Brooklyn Blues

10. Stolen Love

11. Shady Grove

12. Down On My Bended Knee

15. Drive Away Blues

16. A Short Life Of Trouble

17. Going To Germany

18. Dark Eyes

19. Lulu Wall

20. Lost Lover Blues

21. Don't Say Goodbye

22. The Hobo From The T&P Line (Part 2)

23. Barbara Allen

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Track List: The Best There Ever Was: The Legendary Early Blues Performers

1. Dough Roller Blues

2. Big Road Blues

4. Ain't No Tellin

5. Cypress Grove

6. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole

7. Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day

9. I'll Go With Her Blues

10. Squabblin Blues

11. It Won't Be Long

12. What's The Matter Blues

13. Last Kind Word Blues

14. Bullfrog Blues

15. You Gonna Quit Me Blues

16. The Gone Dead Train

17. Outdoor Blues

18. Prison Cell Blues

19. Graveyard Digger's Blues

20. Big Chief Blues

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Track List: Rough Guide To Bottleneck Blues (Second Edition)

1. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine

2. Bottleneck Blues

3. Bukka's Jitterbug Swing

4. No No Blues

5. Has My Gal Been Here

6. It's Just Too Bad

7. Sweet Sarah Blues

8. Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home

9. Paddlin' Blues

10. Frisco Blues

11. Don't Sell It - Don't Give It Away

12. C.C. Rider

13. The Hula Blues

14. You Never Will Know Who Is Your Friend

15. The Dirty Dozen, No. 2

16. Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1

17. Jake Bottle Blues

18. Tell Me Baby

19. You Gonna Need My Help Some Day

20. You Can't Keep No Brown

21. When The Saints Go Marching In

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

23. Married Man Blues

24. Prayer Of Death, Pt. 1

25. Lonesome Atlanta 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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Seems that this guy is important enough to warrant a biography from Pandora.
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there is evidence that King Solomon Hill was another of many names used by Big Joe Williams in his youth. He used a lot of names to avoid the law among other things. there is however no way of proving (or disproving)t h i s . - - - i was told in the 1960's, by Big Joe that this was the case.----Big Joe was one to miss a chance to spin a tale though...... . . . l o l

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