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If You Ever Had the Blues 1945-1952

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On the back of the 1970s rock & roll revival, trumpeter/singer Calvin Boze enjoys the reputation of having been a major figure in late 1940s jump blues.

Yet ironically he was a one-hit wonder, with his 1950 R&B top tenner, 'Safronia B'. A huge hit, both over the counter and through the Jukeboxes, which accounted for anything up to 30% of a hit record's sales in those days, it owes a lot to the style of Louis Jordan, who was clearly Boze's main source of inspiration, as many of the sides on this set confirm.

Indeed, when his 'Working With My Baby' was played by a New York Disc jockey as a 'mystery record', 90% of the listeners identified it as being Jordan.

This compilation includes everything that Boze recorded between 1945-52, including his debut with Marvin Johnson & His Orchestra, an early version of 'Safronia Bee' (sic), on which he was billed as 'Calvin Boaz'.


  1. Name
  2. Safronia Bee
  3. Just A Dream
  4. Satisfied
  5. Working With My Baby
  6. If You Ever Had The Blues
  7. Waiting And Drinking
  8. Angel City Blues
  9. Safronia B
  10. Baby, You're Tops With Me
  11. Choo, Choo's Bringing My Baby Home
  12. I've Got News For You
  13. Lizzie Lou (I)
  14. Lizzie Lou (Ii)
  15. Stinkin' From Drinkin'
  16. Look Out For Tomorrow Today
  17. Beale Street On A Saturday Night
  18. Slippin' And Slidin'
  19. I Can't Stop Crying
  20. I'm Gonna Steam Off The Stamp
  21. Fish-Tail
  22. My Friend Told Me
  23. Hey Lawdy, Miss Claudie
  24. Good Time Sue
  25. Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business
  26. Having A Time (Havin' A Ball)
  27. Shamrock
  28. Blow, Man, Blow
  29. Looped
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