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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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Track List: Rocking Down On Central Avenue

1. Austin Boogie

2. Tired Of Travellin'

3. Crayton's Blues

4. Change Your Way Of Loving

5. Answer To Blues After Hours

6. T For Texas (Mistreated Blues)

7. Rockin' The Blues

8. Huckle Boogie

9. Central Avenue Blues

10. Long After Hours

11. Louela Brown

12. When A Man Has The Blues

13. Please Come Back

14. Pee Wee's Wild

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Track List: Early Hour Blues

1. Blues At Daybreak

2. Early Hours (Instrumental)

3. Barefootin'

4. Blues After Hours (Instrumental)

5. You Know Yeah

6. E.T. Blues (Instrumental)

7. When I'm Wrong

8. Send For Me

9. Red Rose Boogie (Instrumental)

10. Come On Baby

11. Head'n Home (Instrumental)

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Track List: Pee Wee's Blues: The Complete Aladdin And Imperial Recordings

1. When It Rains It Pours

2. Daybreak

3. Win-O

4. Do Unto Others

5. Every Dog Has His Day

6. Hurry, Hurry

7. Eyes Full Of Tears

8. I Need Your Love

9. You Know - Yeah

10. Runnin' Wild

11. My Idea About You

12. I Got News For You

13. Baby Don't You Cry

14. Don't Break My Heart

15. Wondering Why

16. Yours Truly

17. I Must Go On

18. Be Faithful

19. Blues Before Dawn

20. Don't Go

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Track List: Things I Used To Do

1. Every Night

2. But On The Other Hand

3. Peace Of Mind

4. Let The Good Times Roll

5. Blues After Hours (1971 Version)

6. You Were Wrong

7. Things I Used To Do

8. Little Bitty Things

9. S.K. Blues

10. Long Tall Texan

11. My Kind Of Woman

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