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1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 44-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 88 mns. High... more

Doctor Ross: Juke Box Boogie , The Sun Years, Plus

1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 44-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 88 mns.

High quality sides by one of the iconic singers and musicians of Memphis blues and boogie ,- Doctor Ross, recorded when he was part of the small group scene, renowned for his prowess as a harmonica player and vocalist! Contains all the Chess and Sun singles and the unissued songs recorded by Sam Phillips (Sun Records) in the early 1950s, including the famed 'Chicago Breakdown'! Also contains all the DIR, Fortune and Hi-Q singles made in Michigan, including the equally renowned 'Cat Squirrel'! The booklet contains rare photographs, and liner notes by Martin Hawkins!

 Isaiah Ross was born in Mississippi, made his reputation as a bluesman in Memphis, then moved to Michigan emerging occasionally to perform as a one-man band. Doctor Ross was not the first to use the theme of the musical medic come to help you feel better, but Doctor Ross was one of the very best at creating highly rhythmic back country dance music and at recycling folk blues couplets mainly drawn from the recordings of Sonny Boy Williamson to which he added some of his own wry humour and wit.

From the beginning with Sam Phillips in Memphis, his style on Chess and Sun had a freshness that sounded current and he made a surprisingly wide range of blues recordings on the Detroit labels DIR, Fortune, and Hi-Q. Sam Phillips (Sun Records) once said: 'Doctor Ross had a very special sound. He had a great command of his music and a real instinct for what was going on around him. 'Chicago Breakdown' is one of the better records I think I ever heard in my life.'

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Doctor Ross - Juke Box Boogie , The Sun Years, Plus CD 1
01 Doctor Ross Boogie
02 Country Clown
03 Come Back Baby
04 Chicago Breakdown
05 The Boogie Disease
06 Juke Box Boogie
07 Cat Squirrel (Mississippi Blues)
08 Shake A-My Hand
09 Little Soldier Boy
10 Shake 'Em On Down
11 Polly Put The Kettle On
12 Down South Blues
13 My Be Bop Gal
14 Texas Hop
15 Deep Down In The Ground
16 Turkey Bakin' Woman
17 1953 Jump
18 Doctor Ross Boogie
19 Downtown Boogie
20 Feel So Sad
21 Going To The River
22 Good Thing Blues
23 Industrial Boogie
24 Thirty-Two Twenty
25 Cat Squirrel (Mississippi Blues)
26 The Sunnyland
27 Cannonball
28 Numbers Blues
29 Call The Doctor
30 New York Breakdown
31 I'd Rather Be A Young Woman's Baby
32 Sugar Mama
Doctor Ross And His Jump And Jive Boys (The Memphis Recordings And The Michigan Singles) I... more
"Doctor Ross"

Doctor Ross And His Jump And Jive Boys

(The Memphis Recordings And The Michigan Singles)

Isaiah Ross was born in Mississippi, made his reputation as a bluesman in Memphis, then moved to Michigan for over 30 years to hold down a day job emerging occasionally to perform as a one-man band – playing harmonica, guitar, and drums.  He almost retired from music before he was persuaded to appear on festival stages and the blues revival circuit in the mid-1960s. His image then was a dream for publicists and journalists alike - with his stage name of 'Doctor' and his theme song about curing the 'boogie disease.' Ross was not the first to use the theme of the musical medic come to help you feel better - Doctor Clayton and others got there first - but Ross's take on the medic idea was the boogie; if you wanted to hear good-time music, or wanted to shake your thing, or indeed wanted the other thing 'boogie' implied, then he was your man. Ross was one of the very best at creating highly rhythmic back country dance music and at recycling folk blues couplets – mainly drawn from the recordings of Sonny Boy Williamson – to which he added some of his own wry humour and wit. But the music he originally made, down in Southern juke joints and radio stations in the 1940s and early 1950s, was not performed as a one-man band. He was very much part of the small group scene, renowned for his prowess as a harmonica player and vocalist. 

This CD traces Ross's recording career before his re-emergence; from the very beginnings with Sam Phillips in Memphis, when his style on Chess and Sun had a freshness that sounded current even though it was based on much older songs and styles, through his transformation into a solo performer and to his surprisingly wide range of blues recordings on the Detroit labels DIR, Fortune, and Hi-Q. Here you will find all the Sam Phillips sessions and every other disc issued as a single by Doctor Ross before his rediscovery and re-promotion as the last original one-man band. Sam Phillips once told me: "Doctor Ross had a very special sound. He had a great command of his music and a real instinct for what was going on around him. 'Chicago Breakdown' is one of the better records I think I ever heard in my life, if I am allowed to say that."

 MISSISSIPPI BLUES

Isaiah Ross (though some sources show his name as Izear or Isaich and others as Charles Isaiah) was born on October 21, 1925 out in the country around Tunica, Mississippi. The 1930 Federal Census recorded him as Izear, living near White Oak Creek on rural census Beat 4 with his father Jake Ross and his mother Loudie Nixon (her name also changed from one official document to another, being variously Ludia, Luda, or Luci). Jake was from Utica, Mississippi and Loudie from Hinds County, Mississippi. They had been living on Walnut Lake Road near Dooley Woods in Tunica County in 1920 when the census recorded their family name as Rawls, not Ross. Isaiah was the youngest of a family of five boys and six girls, brought up in farming country some 40 miles south of Memphis. He remembered people calling him 'Dusty' because he was always playing in the dirt on the farm. In later years his friends called him 'Ike'.

Ross always said that music was all around him as he grew up. He said that his father, Jake Ross, played harmonica well enough to teach him the basics. Ross told interviewer Barry Lee Pearson: "on both sides there were musicians and I guess when I was born I just had that in my blood... then my sisters would buy me some harmonicas and I learned how to play, but I grabbed it backwards because I'm left handed so I have my coarse keys to my right and my fine ones to the left."  He remembered listening to hillbilly radio shows and particularly harp players DeFord Bailey on the Grand Ole Opry and Lonnie Glosson and Wayne Raney from a station in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ross remembered playing harmonica at age six for relatives and house parties and he learned a little about the guitar from a neighbour, George Paul Jackson, with whom he worked 'professionally' at 'birthday parties' from age 11. From the house parties he graduated to the juke joints in Tunica. "See, I'd tell my father I was going to see a show in Tunica and stay all night with my brother. But I'd ease out to the juke house and play, and the people was giving me nice money." The group he played with often included pianist Willie Love and guitarist Wiley Gatlin. He said, "I met Wiley when I was about 12 or 13, he was years older, was married and had kids."  Wylie (sic) Gatlin was recorded as a cotton farmer on the Wilson Plantation north east of Dundee in Tunica County at the time of the 1940 federal census which noted he had a wife and two children there. In 1942, G. P. Jackson was drafted (and later re-emerged as Kansas City Bo Diddley) and Willie Love moved to Helena, Arkansas leaving 17 year old Ross and guitarist Wiley Gatlin – "the best picker you ever saw" – to form a new group with John Dillon – "now, he was a guitarist, man he could play, but he was a bit wild, you know, killed a man playing 'Georgia Skin'" - and washboard player Reuben Martin. Ross was primarily a harp player at this time, influenced by the recorded music of John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson, a Tennessee native who had moved to Chicago in 1934 and whose records were on all the juke boxes. Ross also studied musicians he saw playing locally including Bukka White and the peg-legged drummer Roosevelt 'Barber' Parker who featured at Harold Clanton's cafe in Tunica. Among the artists touring with Parker at that time were recording artists Memphis Minnie and Son Joe, and although Joe was mainly a guitarist it was the sound of his washboard playing that remained in Ross's memory.

Isaiah Ross has described how he moved to Helena, Arkansas in 1943 and played harmonica over radio KFFA there. This was cut short almost immediately when he was inducted into the Army on December 16, 1943. He told interviewers he served in the Pacific during the War. During his basic training he won first prize in the new recruits' talent show. He said, "When I got in the service I had no one to play music with me and I just bought me a guitar. And I wrote home to my sister and she sent me a harmonica rack and then I started playing for USO shows after my basic training. They said they'd never seen nobody play that thing like I could play."  Military records show that on November 22, 1945 Private first class 34879534, Isaich (sic) Ross, a former enlisted man, was re-enlisted in Belmont, California to the Corps of Engineers for work in the Panama Canal Department. He was described as having a skilled occupation with electrical machinery. Ross later told some interviewers he had been in the Medical Corps, and by the time he got back to Mississippi in September 1947 he had taken to carrying all his harmonicas in a bag resembling that of a medical man. People started asking him to break open the 'doctor bag' to get his musical instruments out. He later told interviewer Chris Baird: "On my first furlough I came home carrying this bag that looked like a doctor's bag and the people looked in and I had 24 harmonicas in there. They all said they'd been sick for the blues and boogie rhythm since I been gone, so they called me the doctor of the blues that they needed so bad."

 DOCTOR ROSS Juke Box Boogie , The Sun Years, Plus
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13 Mar 2014

Ross displays a passion tempered by wit and showmanship found in the best club performers, making this album a boon to new listeners as well as to completists.
Black Grooves Feb. 3, 14 Dorothy Berry

13 Mar 2014

Highly recommended!
Blues in the South August 2013 Norman Darwen

13 Mar 2014

Martin Hawkins hat die ausführlichen Linernotes für das 42seitige Booklet geschrieben. Klasse!
R & R Musikmagazin 3/13 H.G. Hartig

13 Mar 2014

With detailed notes by Martin Hawkins, and full discography, allied to almost 88 minutes playing time over 32 tracks, this is an offer you definitely can't refuse.
Blues & Rhythm 8/2013 Phil Wright

13 Mar 2014

Das ausführliche Booklet inkl. Diskografie enthält u.a. Fotos aus dem Archiv von Axel Küstner.
Blues News 7-9/13 Ulli Lemke

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