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Texas Blues - Volume 6

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01. Wrong doing woman
02. If I be lucky
03. Better wake up baby
04. Real fine girl

Joe "Papoose" Fritz - vocals, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
+ band.
Houston, Tx. March 1950

05. Please get me off your mind
06. I love you my darling
07. I'm so sorry
08. Bad bad women blues
09. I've tried not to love you
10. Lady Bear boogie

Joe "Papoose" Fritz - vocals, alto saxophone
Willie Johnson - piano
Goree Carter - guitar 
Don Cooks - bass
Ben Turner - drums.
Houston, Tx. September 1950

11. Please my darling
12. They were right

Joe "Papoose" Fritz - vocals, alto saxophone
Goree Carter - guitar 
Connie Mc Booker - piano
Bill Harvey - tenor saxophone
+ band.
Houston, Tx. December 1950

13. Make her see things my way

Joe "Papoose" Fritz - vocals, alto saxophone
Bill Harvey - tenor saxophone
Goree Carter - guitar 
+ band.
Houston, Tx. January 1951

14. Summer's coming on
15. I'm not suspicious but

Joe "Papoose" Fritz - vocals, alto saxophone
+ band.
Houston, Tx. February 1951

16. Honey honey
17. The woman I love

Joe "Papoose" Fritz - vocals, alto saxophone
Geno Washington - piano
James Von Streeter - tenor saxophone
Devonia Williams - piano
Pete Lewis - guitar 
Albert Winston - bass
Leard Bell - drums.
Houston, Tx. October 1953

18. Good doctor, sweet soul
19. Aww she's a stepper
20. I'm a stepper

Joe "Papoose" Fritz - vocals, alto saxophone
+ band.
Houston, Tx. 1966

21. Rebop boogie
22. Happy home blues

D.C. Bender - vocals, guitar.
Houston, Tx. 10 June 1949

23. I'm going upstairs
24. Cold blues

D.C. Bender - vocals, guitar
Big Son Tillis - guitar.
Los Angeles, Ca. 1953

25. Boogie Children
26. Woke up this morning

D.C. Bender - vocals, guitar
Earl Gilliam - organ
Big H. Williams - guitar
Ivory Lee Semien - drums
Houston, Tx. June 1967

27. D.C.'s freeze up

D.C. Bender - guitar
Big H. Williams - bass
Ivory Lee Semien - drums
Houston, Tx. 16 July 1967

 

This 6th opus of our Texas blues series brings two artists representing two very different styles of Texas blues.

Joe Fritz, nicknamed "Papoose" probably for some Native American origins (?) was born in Houston 13th November 1924 and made quite a long career playing the saxophone and sometimes singing in front of his own band, very typical of the then very popular Texas R&B. His whereabouts and life are little known although he had followed on the road and in studios big Texas blues names like Junior Parker, Huey Smith and Albert Collins. Fritz has also recorded more than twenty tracks under his own name for Modern, Sittin' In With, Peacock or Jet Stream from 1950 to the late 1960's. To my knowledge, he unfortunately has never been interviewed and we know the place and the date of his death (12 June 1983 in Houston) thanks to him being a WWII veteran! Whatever, we have tried to gather all his recordings but, despite our efforts, a few are still missing.

 

On the other hand, D.C. Bender (in fact Dick C. Bendy) is deeply rooted in the down home Texas blues tradition harking back to the 1920's and Blind Lemon, Texas Alexander or Little Hat Jones. Born at Urbana 19th June 1924 from a sharecropping family, D.C. learned guitar thanks to a neighbor bluesman Hardy Gibson. At a very young age, he left the farm and made a living playing in the Texas/Louisiana juke joints or in the streets of cities like Houston, meeting and playing with other local bluesmen like Luther Stoneham, Smokey Hogg, Wright Holmes or, chiefly, with his cousin Sam Lightnin' Hopkins. This is Hopkins who brought D.C. to producer Bill Quinn who recorded him as a solo artist in 1949 under the moniker of D.C. Washington! The following years, Bender teamed with another deep local bluesman Big Son Tillis and the two tried their luck as far as Los Angeles where they recorded a first rate session for J.R. Fullbright's Elko label in 1953. Unfortunately, those records went nowhere and D.C. came back to Houston, joining drummer Ivory Lee Semien's band with whom he waxed a last session in 1967. D.C. Bender died in Houston 11th August 1982. ---Gérard Herzhaft, jukegh.blogspot.com

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