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Chicago - The Blues Yesterday Volume 19

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Chicago - The Blues Yesterday Volume 19

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01. No haps
02. I've got it
03. You promised
04. I'm lonely

Roy Wright – vocals
Denni Tillman – piano
John Avant – trombone
Red Holloway – tenor saxophone
+ band. 
Chicago, Ill. march 1957

05. True love
06. I hope it lasts forever
07. I tried

Roy Wright – vocals
Denni Tillman – piano
+ band
Chicago, Ill. 1958

08. I'm going crazy
09. Once in awhile

Roy Wright – vocals
+ band
Chicago, Ill. 1962

10. Heartbreak
11. Something wrong 

Roy Wright – vocals
+ band
Chicago, Ill. 1965

12. Hook line and sinker
13. Alone
14. You changed my life around

Roy Wright – vocals
+ band
Chicago, Ill. 1966-67

15. That's my gal
16. Come for a ride

Bill Crosby - vocals
Bill Owens – piano, drums
Chicago, Ill. 28 october 1945

17. Those doggone blues (vcl: Sugarman Pennigar)
18. Eat, drink and be merry
19. Hip Chick blues
20. Sneaking woman blues

Bill Crosby - vocals
Bill Owens – piano
Johnny Morton – trumpet
Oett "Sax" Mallard – alto saxophone, clarinet
Sugarman Penigar – tenor saxophone
Bali Beach – bass
Jump Jackson – drums
Chicago, Ill. 29 july 1946

21. The eleven o'nine
22. Better be with me

Lucky Carmichael – vocals
+ band
Chicago, Ill. 1960

23. I'm comin' home
24. Hey girl
25. Hey Girl n°2
26. Blues with a feelin'
27. Lonesome & Lonely

Lucky Carmichael – vocals
M.T. Murphy – guitar
+ band
Chicago, Ill. march 1961

 

This 19th (!) volume of our very popular Chicago/ The blues Yesterday series features artistes who are the exact opposite to what one's referring to "Chicago blues", the transplanted Mississippi/ Arkansas blues to Chicago during the post-war years, certainly a much too restrictive definition for a more broader musical range.

We don't know a lot about the soulful singer Roy Wright who anyway has recorded substantially for several Chicago labels, starting with four R&B singles in 1957-58 for Paul King et Les Caldwell's Dexler label, then after 1962 for famous DJ Al Benson's bunch of labels (Crash, Vick, Mica) this time much more in the then emergent Soul vein. Roy's emotionally Gospel-tinged vocals and excellent backing musicians (Red Holloway, Denni Tillman) give a special quality to most of those records. Despite our efforts, we haven't been able to gather all Roy's records. Any .mp3 copies - as well as more about this obscure artist - would be most welcome.

Bill Crosby who recorded two Chicago sessions in 1945-46 in a style mixing pre-war Chicago urban blues with the then new R&B arrangements is even more mysterious! It seems that nobody knows anything about this anyway very good singer. He is backed by Chicago blues veterans like piano man Bill Owens, Sugarman Pennigar (who even handles the vocals on one track) or Oett "Sax" Mallard. Some have suggested that Bill Crosby was in fact a nom-de-disque chosen by the producer to cope up with the enormous success of the crooner Bing Crosby!

James Anthony "Lucky" Carmichael (born 12th October 1920 at Harrodsburg, Kentucky) is a very good blues shouter who waxed six titles in Chicago that are famous because of the backing guitar of M.T. Murphy. But there is much more about Lucky who started his musical career very early, playing and dancing with itinerant tent shows throughout the Southern States, being at least for a while the pianist of Bobby Bland in Memphis. He tries his luck in Chicago during the 1950's, singing and playing with Lefty Bates' Orchestra before recording as a solo act. He is reported appearing in clubs in Chicago and Cincinnati until the late 1970's. Lucky died in Cincinnati, Oh. on 7th December 1982.

A lot of thanks to all who helped with this post, particularly Steve Wisner and Sir Shamblin and his first-rate website. ---Gérard Herzhaft, jukegh.blogspot.com

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