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Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson) Vol. 1 [1923-1930] (1993)

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Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson) Vol. 1 [1923-1930] (1993)

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01 - The pawn shop blues 
02 - Lonesome daddy blues 
03 - Chirpin` the blues 
04 - Triflin` blues 
05 - Don`t mean you no good blues
06 - Sweet Patunia 
07 - Levee blues 
08 - Kind Stella blues 
09 - Jim Tampa blues 
10 - War time man blues 
11 - Cravin` whiskey blues 
12 - Nice and kind blues 
13 - Women won`t need no men 
14 - Doggone wicked blues 
15 - Oklahoma man blues 
16 - New way blues
17 - Pay roll blues
18 - Coffee grindin` blues 
19 - Pot hound blues 
20 - My Georgia grind 
21 - Whiskey selling woman 

Piano – Henry Callens, Eddie Heywood, Alex Channey, Will Ezell, Charles Avery
Banjo, Vocals [Shouts] – Papa Charlie Jackson
Guitar – Papa Charlie Jackson
Guitar – Tampa Red
Piano [Poss./Or] – Georgia Tom
Piano [Prob./Or] – Cow Cow Davenport
Vocals – Lucille Bogan

 

14 track compilation split (21 tracks in total) evenly down the middle between Bogan and her main piano accompanist, Roland, who also doubles on guitar on some tracks. The Bogan sides are a particular delight, featuring a version of Barbecue Bess that is nothing short of sublime. As all of these tracks are rescued off highly battered 78s, the fidelity is about what you would expect. But that's no reason to deter you from enjoying this timeless music. ---document-records.com

 

Hardcore might be the best way to describe the Blues singing of Lucille Bogan. While many of the Classic Blues singers of the 1920s tackled risqué and controversial issues in their songs, Bogan almost exclusively focused on explicit sexual themes, like prostitution, adultery and lesbianism, and social ills such as alcoholism, drug addiction and abusive relationships. She was born in Mississippi but grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1923 she made her first recordings in Atlanta, Georgia. The records apparently didn't sell well because she didn't record again until 1927 for the Paramount and Brunswick labels after moving to Chicago. Between 1933 and 1935 she performed and recorded under the pseudonym Bessie Jackson and worked with pianist Walter Roland. Bogan's recording career came to an end in 1935 and she eventually returned to Birmingham where she reverted to her real name and performed in and managed the group Bogan's Birmingham Busters but did not appear on either of the group's records. In the late 1930s or early l940s, Bogan moved to the West Coast. She died in Los Angeles in 1948 of coronary sclerosis. --- redhotjazz.com

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