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Headrag Hop-Piano Blues 1925-1960

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Headrag Hop-Piano Blues 1925-1960
Headrag Hop-Piano Blues 1925-1960


A search for the roots of blues piano will end up in a swirling mist in which blues guitar germinated. One belief is that blues piano developed from the rhythms with which guitarists accompanied themselves. The piano's wider musical spectrum then encouraged players to create rhythms and melodies with each hand. When it came to mobility, pianists had to rely on residencies. They could never foresee the condition of the pianos they encountered on their travels. Also, unlike their guitarist confreres, they had to be equally adept singers and players, needing at least one instrumental showpiece to satisfy their audiences. St. Louis, Memphis, Birmingham and New Orleans unsurprisingly had coteries of musicians but so did Houston and Dallas in Texas - each with something approaching a regional flavour. The last years of the 1920s saw a proliferation of blues pianists, including Cow Cow Davenport, Pine Top Smith, Will Ezell, Henry Brown and Montana Taylor). Their records - too often overlooked - reveal them as innovators and gifted musicians.


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  2. Suitcase Blues: Hersal Thomas
  3. Fish Tail Dance: Hociel Thomas
  4. Honky Tonk Train Blues: Meade Lux Lewis
  5. Evil Woman Blues: Boodle It Wiggins
  6. Doggone My Good Luck Soul: Hattie Hudson
  7. Cow Cow Blues: Cow Cow Davenport
  8. Avenue Strut: Herve Duerson
  9. Penitentiary: Bessie Tucker
  10. Mixed Up Rag: Will Ezell
  11. Michigan River Blues: Bert Mays
  12. Carbolic Acid Blues: Bobbie Cadillac
  13. Pine Top s Blues: Pine Top Smith
  14. Heifer Dust: Will Ezell
  15. Moaning Blues: Moanin Bernice Edwards
  16. Dying Pickpocket Blues: Barrel House Welch
  17. Jump Steady Blues: Pine Top Smith
  18. Slum Gullion Stomp: Cow Cow Davenport
  19. Sweet Black Woman: St Louis Bessie
  20. Detroit Rocks: Montana Taylor
  21. Stomp Em Down To The Bricks: Henry Brown
  22. Walking Blues: Raymond Barrow
  23. House Rent Scuffle: Lil Johnson
  24. Pitchin Boogie: Will Ezell
  25. Black Men Blues: Mary Johnson
  26. Mooch Piddle: Cow Cow Davenport
  27. Louisiana Glide: Blind Leroy Garnett
  28. Henry Brown Blues: Henry Brown
  29. The Dirty Dozen: Speckled Red
  30. Head Rag Hop: Romeo Nelson
  31. Freight Train Blues: Eddie Miller
  32. Gotta Shave Em Dry: James Wiggins
  33. Dearborn Street Breakdown: Charles Avery
  34. Gettin Dirty Just Shakin That Thing: Romeo Nelson
  35. Eastern Chimes Blues: Henry Brown
  36. No. 29: Wesley Wallace
  37. They May Not Be My Toes: Whistlin Alex Moore
  38. The Duck s Yas-Yas-Yas: James Stump Johnson
  39. 31 Blues: Bob Call
  40. Fat Fanny Stomp: Jim Clarke
  41. Louisiana Bound: Charley Taylor
  42. She Dont Know Who She Wants: Lonnie Johnson
  43. The Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo: Speckled Red
  44. Tight Whoopee: Mozelle Alderson
  45. All Night Long Blues Alt Tk: Louise Johnson
  46. 3, 6 And 9: Roosevelt Sykes
  47. Don t Feel Welcome Blues: Peetie Wheatstraw
  48. Vicksburg Blues: Little Brother Montgomery
  49. Gamblin Man s Prayer: Piano Kid Edwards
  50. Humming Blues: Bat The Humming Bird
  51. Jab Blues: Jabo Williams
  52. Trenches: Turner Parrish
  53. Hokum Stomp: Hokum Boys & Jane Lucas
  54. Pete Wheatstraw: Peetie Wheatstraw
  55. I Believe I ll Make A Change: Pinetop & Lindberg
  56. Rattlesnake Blues: Mary Johnson
  57. Pratt City Blues: Jabo Williams
  58. If You Haven t Any Hay Get On Down The Road: Skip James
  59. Money Johnson: Stump Johnson
  60. The Fives: Turner Parrish
  61. L & N Blues: Walter Davis
  62. Chicago s Too Much For Me: Sparks Brothers
  63. Piano Stomp: Walter Roland
  64. Cuban Villa Blues: Charlie Segar
  65. Suicide Blues Tk 2: Leroy Carr
  66. Beer Drinking Woman Tk 2: Memphis Slim
  67. Red Cross Blues: Walter Roland
  68. Throw Me In The Alley: Peetie Wheatstraw
  69. Sweet Sixteens: Walter Davis
  70. Strut That Thing: Cripple Clarence Lofton
  71. Weeping Willow Blues: Barrelhouse Buck
  72. Who s Been Here Today: Bumble Bee Slim
  73. Tell Her About Me: Pinetop
  74. Brown Skin Girls: Cripple Clarence Lofton
  75. Rootin Ground-hog Blues: Blind Mack
  76. Streamline Train: Red Nelson
  77. Dirty No Gooder: Mack Rhinehart & Brownie Stubblefield
  78. Brown House Blues: Black Boy Shine
  79. I Just Can t Take It: Mary Johnson
  80. The Flying Crow: Black Ivory King
  81. Little Girl Little Girl: Lee Brown
  82. Push Cart Pusher: Alice Moore
  83. Shout For Joy Tk 2: Albert Ammons
  84. Junker Blues: Champion Jack Dupree
  85. Boogie Woogie Man Tk 1: Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons
  86. The Rocks: Jimmy Yancey
  87. Chicago Breakdown: Big Maceo
  88. That Woman s A Pearl Diver: Jimmie Gordon
  89. Screamin Boogie: Dick Davis Orchestra
  90. Mother Fuyer: Dirty Red (Nelson)
  91. Chicken Shack Boogie: Amos Milburn
  92. X-Temporaneous Boogie: Camille Howard
  93. Down Home Child: Sunnyland Slim
  94. Little Willie s Boogie: Little Willie Littlefield
  95. Lee s Boogie: Lee Hunter
  96. Blues N Boogie: Roosevelt Sykes
  97. Sampson Street Boogie: Willie Johnson & His Orchestra
  98. Red s Boogie: Piano Red
  99. My Life Depends On You: Jimmy McCracklin
  100. 3 A.M. Boogie: Willard McDaniel
  101. Five Long Years: Eddie Boyd
  102. Otis In The Dark: Otis Spann
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