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Blues Stay Away - Selected Singles As & Bs 1947-1953

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Blues Stay Away - Selected Singles As & Bs 1947-1953
Blues Stay Away - Selected Singles As & Bs 1947-1953


Lonnie Johnson is famous for his formidable and influential guitar playing, precise mellifluous vocals and his pioneering use of the electrically amplified violin. In fact so much so that another important aspect of his international fame is the fact that British guitarist and pioneer of skiffle music, Anthony James Donegan called himself Lonnie Donegan in tribute to the genius we are celebrating here. This compilation stretches from 1947 to 1953. In this era he embraces the world of R&B and enjoys several chart hits in an often very pop orientated style or indeed a much more hard-core blues mode. Johnson's breakout hit for the King label was his version of the 1939 pop hit by Horace Heidt, written by Sam Coslow, "Tomorrow Night" This peculiar choice for a blues and jazz artist topped the R&B charts for seven weeks and made the pop top 20, selling a reputed 3 million copies. The song also made an impact on Elvis Presley who recorded it during his tenure at Sun Records as did label mate, Jerry Lee Lewis. Lavern Baker had a hit with it in 1956 and Bob Dylan featured it on his 1992 album "Good As I Been To You". Featured on his King sessions that lasted until 1952 are more chart hits and R&B session players and band leaders of the calibre of Todd Rhodes, Tiny Bradshaw, Hal Singer, Red Prysock and Hot Lips Page. Also included here in its entirety is his 1953 session recorded for Rama Records in New York.


  1. Name
  2. Tomorrow Night
  3. What A Woman
  4. Happy New Year, Darling
  5. Friendless Blues
  6. What A Real Woman
  7. I Want My Baby
  8. Drunk Again
  9. Falling Rain Blues
  10. Jelly Roll Baker
  11. In Love Again
  12. Pleasing You (As Long As I Live)
  13. Good Night Darling
  14. I Know It's Love
  15. You're Mine You
  16. Backwater Blues
  17. Bewildered
  18. Playing Around
  19. So Tired
  20. My My Baby
  21. Don't Play Bad With My Love
  22. I Found A Dream
  23. You Take Romance
  24. She's So Sweet
  25. Confused
  26. Blues Stay Away From Me
  27. I'm So Afraid
  28. Troubles Aint Nothin But The Blues
  29. Im So Crazy For Love
  30. Nothin' Clickin' Chicken
  31. Little Rockin' Chair
  32. Nobody's Lovin' Me
  33. When I'm Gone (Will It Still Be Me)
  34. Nothing But Trouble
  35. Why Should I Cry?
  36. Take Me I'm Yours
  37. It Was All In Vain
  38. You Only Want Me When Youre Lonely
  39. Darlin'
  40. Seven Long Days
  41. My Mothers Eyes
  42. Me And My Crazy Self
  43. Im Guilty
  44. Can't Sleep Anymore
  45. You Cant Buy Love
  46. Just Another Day
  47. Don't Make Me Cry Baby
  48. My Woman Is Gone
  49. Will You Remember
  50. Stick With It Baby
  51. Vaya Con Dios
  52. It's Been So Long
  53. This Love Of Mine
  54. I Found A Dream
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