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(Great American Music) 32 tracks, digisleeve The album '60/'61 by Memphis Slim was released by... more

MEMPHIS SLIM: '60/'61 (2-CD)

(Great American Music) 32 tracks, digisleeve

The album '60/'61 by Memphis Slim was released by Sunset Blvd Records. This album showcases the incredible talent and artistry of legendary blues pianist Memphis Slim. With a total of 12 tracks, this album takes the listener on a journey through the vibrant and soulful world of blues music.

From the moment you press play, you'll be captivated by Memphis Slim's mesmerizing piano skills and soulful vocals. Each track is full of raw emotion and showcases his ability to tell stories through his music. Whether it's a lively and energetic tune or a slow and melancholy ballad, Memphis Slim's passion for the blues shines through in every note.

'60/'61 contains a mixture of Memphis Slim's own compositions as well as some classic blues standards. The album opens with the infectious rhythm of "Steppin' Out", which immediately sets the tone for what's to come. Other standout tracks include "Mother Earth," a powerful song that addresses social issues, and "The Comeback," a soulful ballad that shows Memphis Slim's vulnerability.

Throughout the album, Memphis Slim is accompanied by a talented group of musicians who perfectly complement his piano playing. The combination of guitar, bass, drums and occasional harmonica adds depth and richness to each track, making for a truly immersive listening experience.

Whether you're a longtime fan of blues music or a newcomer to the genre, '60/'61 by Memphis Slim is an essential addition to any music collection. With its timeless sound and captivating performances, this album will transport you to another era and leave you wanting more from this legendary artist.

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Memphis Slim - '60/'61 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do MEMPHIS SLIM
02 Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday MEMPHIS SLIM
03 Rock Me Baby MEMPHIS SLIM
04 In The Evening MEMPHIS SLIM
05 Frisco Bay MEMPHIS SLIM
06 I Believe I'll Settle Down / Darlin' I Miss You So / Roll 'N' Tumble MEMPHIS SLIM
07 Blue This Evening MEMPHIS SLIM
08 Memphis Slim USA MEMPHIS SLIM
09 Caught The Old Coon At Last MEMPHIS SLIM
10 Whiskey And Gin MEMPHIS SLIM
12 I Love You More And More MEMPHIS SLIM
13 Chicago Stop MEMPHIS SLIM
14 Don't Think You're Smart MEMPHIS SLIM
15 Memphis Tennessee MEMPHIS SLIM
16 Bertha May MEMPHIS SLIM
17 Me Myself And I MEMPHIS SLIM
Memphis Slim - '60/'61 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Sad And Lonesome MEMPHIS SLIM
02 Kansas City MEMPHIS SLIM
03 Slow And Easy MEMPHIS SLIM
04 Panic Street MEMPHIS SLIM
05 The Hustler MEMPHIS SLIM
06 Carried Away MEMPHIS SLIM
07 Bluesnik MEMPHIS SLIM
09 Olympia Boogie MEMPHIS SLIM
10 Sonophone Boogie MEMPHIS SLIM
13 West Side Trot MEMPHIS SLIM
14 Hotfan's Delight MEMPHIS SLIM
Memphis Slim At his first session for OKeh in 1940 under the omnipresent Lester... more

Memphis Slim

At his first session for OKeh in 1940 under the omnipresent Lester Melrose’s supervision, towering blues and boogie piano specialist John Len Chatman adopted the name of his father, Peter Chatman, as his recording alias. When he returned to a Chicago studio less than three months later, this time for Bluebird, he was billed as Memphis Slim. And yes, he was born in the Bluff City on September 3, 1915.

Slim started playing at age seven (his dad was conversant on the 88s as well as guitar), and by 16 he was manning the ivories at the Midway Café on Beale. St. Louis pianist Roosevelt Sykes was his principal influence, so indelibly that after Slim came to Chicago in 1937 and teamed with Big Bill Broonzy, the veteran guitarist strongly urged him to get away from Sykes’ style and develop one of his own.

After the war, Slim recorded for a vast array of Chicago indies, beginning with Hy-Tone in ’46. He inked a pact the next year with Lee Egalnick’s fledgling Miracle label; with his jumping House Rockers, Slim topped the R&B charts in 1948 with his after-hours original Messin’ Around. He posted four more hits the next year (Blue And Lonesome made it to #2), and in ’50 laid down Nobody Loves Me, transformed by Lowell Fulson into Every Day I Have The Blues. On Egalnick’s Premium logo, Slim enjoyed a 1951 hit with the wise and worldly Mother Earth before bouncing to Mercury and then United, where Slim scored his last hit in ’53 with The Come Back

It’s unlikely Slim ever made a better series of recordings than the ones he did for Vee-Jay, in no small part due to the presence of Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, who first joined the House Rockers in 1952. Slim’s first date for Vee-Jay in January of ’58 produced two 45s, and following a Carnegie Hall concert with Muddy Waters in the spring of ’59, Slim and the House Rockers (Murphy, saxists Alex Atkins, John Calvin, and Ernest Cotton, bassist Sam Chatman, and drummer Billie Stepney) entered a Chicago studio on August 18 for a marathon session that produced his entire misleadingly titled ‘At The Gate Of Horn’ album. Slim revisited a lot of his past classics that day, including Messin’ Around. Murphy’s explosive presence makes it the definitive treatment (his solo is mind-boggling for its time). 

Europe was a tantalizing touring possibility for veteran bluesmen such as Slim and bassist Willie Dixon. The duo performed in England in 1959, then zipped over to Israel the next year. "We discussed it quite a bit, and we thought we was gonna be makin’ a bigger buck," said the late Dixon. "We didn’t find out the pound in Israel was worth 33 cents until we got there, and it was too late then!" Nevertheless, Slim was sick of the tribulations he encountered back home. He made Europe his home in ‘62, living like a king in Paris until his February 24, 1988 death there.


Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois


Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!


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