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(2015/Soul Jam) 22 tracks. Their 1960 and 1962 LPs on 1 CD. more

Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon: Songs Of Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon - At The Village Gate

(2015/Soul Jam) 22 tracks.
Their 1960 and 1962 LPs on 1 CD.

Article properties: Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon: Songs Of Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon - At The Village Gate

  • Interpret: Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon

  • Album titlle: Songs Of Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon - At The Village Gate

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Label SOUL JAM

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 8436542019064

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon - Songs Of Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon - At The Village Gate CD 1
01 Joggie Boogi E Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
02 Stewball Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
03 John Henry Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
04 Kansas City Nº1, 2 & 3 Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
05 Have You Ever Been To Nashville Pen? Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
06 Roll And Tumble Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
07 Beer Drinking Woman Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
08 Chicago House Rent Party Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
09 44 Blues Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
10 Unlucky Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
11 Crazy For My Baby Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
12 My Baby Don?t Stand No Cheating Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
13 Stewball Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
14 Slop Boogie Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
15 Misery Falls Like Rain Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
16 Wish Me Well Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
17 T For Texas Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
18 I Just Want To Make Love To You Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
19 I?ll Try To Find My Baby Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
20 One More Time Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
21 Nobody Loves Me Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
22 We Are Going To Rock Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
Memphis Slim At his first session for OKeh in 1940 under the omnipresent Lester... more
"Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon"

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

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Tracklist
Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon - Songs Of Memphis Slim And Willie Dixon - At The Village Gate CD 1
01 Joggie Boogi E
02 Stewball
03 John Henry
04 Kansas City Nº1, 2 & 3
05 Have You Ever Been To Nashville Pen?
06 Roll And Tumble
07 Beer Drinking Woman
08 Chicago House Rent Party
09 44 Blues
10 Unlucky
11 Crazy For My Baby
12 My Baby Don?t Stand No Cheating
13 Stewball
14 Slop Boogie
15 Misery Falls Like Rain
16 Wish Me Well
17 T For Texas
18 I Just Want To Make Love To You
19 I?ll Try To Find My Baby
20 One More Time
21 Nobody Loves Me
22 We Are Going To Rock