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Texas Blues – Volume 4

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01. Please don't touch my bowl

Gladys Hill - vocals
Paul Monday - piano
Joe Scott - trumpet
Al Grey - trombone
Johnny Board - tenor saxophone 
Ray Johnson - bass
Ellis Bartee - drums
Houston, Tx. 1953

02. I've been true
03. Get up off your knees

Glady(as Janie Williams) - vcl
Johnny Copeland - guitar
+ band. 
Houston, Tx. 1963

04. Grandma knows best
05. Just keep on scratching

Gladys Hill (as Grandma Gee Gee) - vocals
Clifton Chenier - accordion, vocals 
Elmore Nixon - piano
Cleveland Keyes - guitar 
Joe Morris - bass
Robert St Julien - drums. 
Houston, Tx. 1967

06. Gotta have you right now

Gladys Hill - vocals
+ band. 
Houston, Tx.

07. Bad shape blues
08. I'll make it up to you

Joe Ann Mitchell - vocals
Onzie Horn Orchestra. 
Houston, Tx. 1956

09. I wanna weep
10. Resisting

Ola V. Harper - vocals
Johnny Copeland - guitar
+ band. 
Houston, Tx. 1968

11. It's been a long time

Mildred Jones - vocals
Bill Harvey - tenor saxophone
Joe Scott - trumpet
Frank Dominguez - alto saxophone 
Fred Ford - baritone saxophone 
Paul Ponday - piano
Johnny Parker - bass
Richie Goldberg - drums. 
Houston, Tx. 1951

12. I'm a business woman
13. Mr Thrill
14. Misused woman

Mildred Jones - vocals
Jimmy Vincent - trumpet
Pluma Davis - trombone
Bob Lasefield - tenor saxophone
Allen Clark - baritone saxophone
Bert Kendrick - piano
Carl Lott - bass
Duke Barker - drums. 
Houston, Tx. 25 may 1954

15. Business woman

Mildred Jones - vocals
+ band
Houston, Tx. march 1959

16. Betty Jean's blues
17. Why did you let me go

Betty Jean Washington - vocals
Pee Wee Crayton - guitar
George Sanford's Orchestra.
Houston, Tx. 1950

18. Baby
19. Lost in a dream
20. Fast Slow
21. Fannie Mae

Joe Wilson - vocals, guitar, harmonica
The Sabres
San Antonio, Tx. 1960

22. Summertime
23. Tequila

Joe Wilson - vocals, guitar
The Sabres
Dallas, Tx. 1963

 

The well known Houston character Gladys Hill (born De Quincy, La c. 1931 - † Houston, Tx 1976) opens this 4th Volume of our Texas blues series with the handful of 45s she recorded under several names (Gladys Hill, Jannie Williams, Grandma Gee Gee...). But her reputation lied mostly thanks to her numerous pioneering "black" radio programmes she hosted on many Texas radio stations like KZEY at Tyler or KYOK and KCOH at Houston under the DJ nicknames of Dizzy Lizzy, Hotsy Totsy, Zing Zang or Grandma Gee Gee. Gladys had started her musical career being the female singer of B.B. King's band in 1953-54, waxing then her first titles. She also was instrumental in launching the career of many jazz and R&B Houston acts like guitar ace Johnny Copeland who backs her on some of her recordings.

Mildred Jones (1933-2003) has also been the female singer of B.B. King's band for several years from 1958 to 1979 when she was part of B.B.'s Soviet Union tour. She also recorded only a few tracks under her name but was constantly singing at Houston's best jazz clubs. Mildred - like Gladys Hill - helped a lot of Houston young jazz and R&B talents like Louie Carrington, Sonny Freeman, John Browning, Leon Warren and many others.

Ola V. Harper, Betty Jean Washington and Joe Anne Mitchell still stand as just names despite the very good singles they have each recorded in Houston. Harper was in the studios in 1968 backed by Johnny Copeland for two titles produced by Peppermint Harris. Joe Ann Mitchell recorded in 1958 for Don Robey. And Betty Jean waxed her only issued single with Pee Wee Crayton. She moved to Los Angeles later and appears on one live track with Chuck Norris on a Route 66 LP. Any infos about them would be most appreciated!

And at last we have San Antonio's white R&B singer, guitarist, harp player and bandleader Joe Wilson (with The Sabres) who was extremely popular in Northern Texas and Oklahoma during the years 1958-65, touring constantly with his band and also with a lot of major R&B names. We have selected some of his most bluesy tracks. ---Gérard Herzhaft, jukegh.blogspot.com

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