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Champion Jack Dupree

Champion Jack Dupree

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Ever since he first surfaced on OKeh in 1940 (his '41 platter Junker Blues was the direct precedent for Fats Domino's The Fat Man nearly a decade later), New Orleans native Champion Jack Dupree had been attacking the ivories with a ferocity that anticipated rock 'n' roll.

On 1953's Shim Sham Shimmy, cut for Bobby and Danny Robinson's New York-based Red Robin imprint, his thundering boogie was abetted by Brownie McGhee's crashing, distorted lead guitar (Brownie's brother Stick was also on board, along with bassist Bob Harris and drummer Willie Jones). Dupree was introducing a new dance that had been around forever, yelling lyrics with barrelhouse-tested glee.

Born William Thomas Dupree on July 4, 1910 (or one of several other dates he cited over the years), he spent a lot of his childhood in the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs (an establishment Louis Armstrong also knew well). He learned to play piano in part from watching local 88s aces Drive 'Em Down and Tuts Washington. Dupree headed north in the early '30s, earning his 'Champion Jack' moniker as a prizefighter. He commenced recording in Chicago for the ubiquitous Lester Melrose on OKeh, then served as a cook in the Navy during World War II (he was a Japanese POW for two years). 

Back stateside after the war, Dupree settled into the postwar New York scene and was much in demand as a recording entity, judging from the volume of his postwar discography (labels included Joe Davis, Continental, Lenox, Alert, Apollo, Abbey, Apex, Gotham, Derby, King, and Harlem). Thanks to McGhee's blazing electric axe, Jack's three Red Robin singles hit as hard as anything he did during this nomadic period. Dupree settled into a stable relationship with King Records later in '53, then RCA's Groove and Vik subsidiaries in 1956-57. The piano man made a seminal LP for Atlantic in '58, 'Blues From The Gutter,' then bid the U.S. adieu for the welcoming shores of Europe, where he thrived for the next three decades.

Dupree finally returned to New Orleans to perform at the 1990 'Jazz & Heritage Festival' and make a CD for Bullseye Blues. He was diagnosed with cancer the next year and died in his adopted hometown of Hannover, Germany on January 21, 1992.

- Bill Dahl -

Chicago, Illinois


Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!

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Champion Jack Dupree: Rum Cola Blues (CD)
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(2000/Arpeggio) Migration has played a key role in the blues; as America's black population moved to urban centres seeking employment, many blues legends came with them. But New Orleans born William Dupree ventured further than most, num-bering Indiana, Chicago...

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Champion Jack Dupree: Early Cuts (4-CD-Box)
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(1940-53) (287:35/104) Restexemplare / Last copies.

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Champion Jack Dupree: Champion Jack Dupree & Kenn Lending - Rockin' The Boogie
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(1987/Magnum) 10 tracks, recorded together with Kenn Lending at the Live Sound Studio in Cologne, Germany! Produced by Peter Herbolzheimer!

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Champion Jack Dupree: From N.O. To Chicago - & His Blues Band (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD649

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(1966/67 'Decca') (93:30/30)  Two original LPs on two CDs - feat. Champion Jack Dupree - piano/voc, Eric Clapton - gtr, Tony McPhee - gtr, Mickey Baker - gtr, John MayallL - hca, Malcolm Pool- bass, Keef Hartley - drums.

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Champion Jack Dupree: Dupree, Champion Jack Blues From The Gutter
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(1958 'Atlantic') (38:14 / 10) Re-libération de la Warner Japon.

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Champion Jack Dupree: Blues From The Gutter (180g vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPPPANSD8019

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(2015/Pure Pleasure) 10 tracks. One of his best albums, finally on high-quality vinyl.

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Champion Jack Dupree: The Joe Davis Sessions 1945-1946 (CD)
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Champion Jack Dupree: Blues Legends - 'Champion' Jack Dupree (DVD)
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Champion Jack Dupree: Shim Sham Shimmy b-w Drunk Again 7inch, 45rpm
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Blues romper at its best - Killer!

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Champion Jack Dupree: Old Time R&B: 28 Rocking Piano Classics (CD)
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Champion Jack Dupree: Two Classic Albums plus ... (2-CD)
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He made his first recordings in 1940. Some of his greatest sides are collected here. You'll get his two Atlantic Albums, 'Blues From The Gutter' and 'Natural And Soulful Blues' plus a bunch of lesser known and - sometimes - obscure 45s recorded for Continental, Red...

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