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Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson: Honk For Texas (4-CD)

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Vinson, Eddie 'Cleanhead' - Honk For Texas (4-CD) CD 1
01 When My Baby Left Me Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
02 Cherry Red Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
03 Things Ain't What They Used To Be Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
04 Is You Is Or is You Ain't My Baby Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
05 Somebody's Got To Go Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
06 Juice Head Baby Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
07 When My Baby Left Me Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
08 Mr Cleanhead Steps Out Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
09 It's A Groovy Affair Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
10 I've Been So Good Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
11 Juice Head Baby Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
12 Br'er Rabbit Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
13 Boogie Woogie Holiday Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
14 Too Many Women Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
15 I Like To Be Home Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
16 Three O'Clock In The Morning Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
17 Cherry Red Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
18 Somebody's Got To Go Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
19 Too Many Women Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
20 Just A Dream Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
21 Cleanhead Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
22 When A Woman Loves Her Juice Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
23 Kidney Stew Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
24 King For A Day Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
25 Old Maid Boogie Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
Vinson, Eddie 'Cleanhead' - Honk For Texas (4-CD) CD 2
01 Gonna Send You Back Where I Got You From Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
02 Lazy Gal Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
03 Bonus Pay Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
04 Luxury Tax Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
05 Gonna Send You Back Where I Got You From Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
06 When I Get Drunk Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
07 Oil Man Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
08 Ever-Ready Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
09 Wrong Girl Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
10 Wandering Mind Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
11 Have You Ever Missed Your Baby Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
12 Some Women Do Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
13 Alimony Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
14 High Class Baby Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
15 I Took The Front Door In (I Took The...) Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
16 Friday Fish Fry Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
17 Shavetail Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
18 Ashes On My Pillow Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
19 I'm Gonna Wind Your Clock Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
20 Wineola Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
21 Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
22 Eddie's Bounce Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
23 I'm Weak But Willing Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
24 Featherbed Mama Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
25 No Good Woman Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
Vinson, Eddie 'Cleanhead' - Honk For Texas (4-CD) CD 3
01 Bald Headed Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
02 I Trusted You Baby (But You Double Crossed..) Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
03 Peas And Rice Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
04 Big Mouth Gal Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
05 My Big Brass Bed Is Gone Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
06 Queen Bee Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
07 If You Don't Think I'm Sinking (Look What...) Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
08 Jump And Grunt Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
09 Rainy Mornin' Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
10 Home Boy Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
11 The People On My Party Line Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
12 Time After Time Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
13 Lonesome Train Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
14 Person To Person Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
15 I Need You (Tonight) Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
16 Good Bread Alley Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
17 Buzz Buzz Buzz Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
18 I Want A Little Girl Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
19 I Don't Want To Cry Anymore Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
20 Shipyard Woman Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
21 Cherry Red Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
22 Rock Boogie Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
23 Deed I Do Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
24 Ee-Bobaliba Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
25 Butter For My Roll Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
26 Juke Box Jump The Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
Vinson, Eddie 'Cleanhead' - Honk For Texas (4-CD) CD 4
01 Gal Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
02 Lost Woman Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
03 In A Rhapsody In Minor Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
04 Jelly Kelly Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
05 Buzz Me, Baby Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
06 Winnin' With Wynn Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
07 Wynn's Boogie Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
08 Organ Grinder's Swing Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
09 Get Yourself In Line Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
10 Just In Case You Change Your Mind Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
11 Fat Meat Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
12 Put Me Down Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
13 Muffle Joe Shuffle Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
14 Cold Blooded Boogie Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
15 P.S. I Love You Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
16 J.W. Bop Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
17 Blow Wynn Blow Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
18 Farewell Baby Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
19 Goofin' Off Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
20 Strange Love Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
21 West Coast Lover Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
22 Dog House Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
23 Hollywood Stampede Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
24 Snug As A Bug In A Rug Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
25 Down To The Ocean Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
26 I'm The Boss Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson
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Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson

Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson

Lonesome Train

(Charles Singleton-Teddy McRae)

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A wide chasm separated blues and jazz during the postwar era, and Eddie Vinson felt it firsthand. He was a top-flight blues singer with an immediately recognizable style and a soaring alto saxist whose jump blues sound wasn't all that far removed from that of Louis Jordan—so delving into modern jazz was forbidden for him.

"I wasn't allowed to do the bebop thing. You see, that's how Miles Davis got 'Tune Up' and 'Four,' because during that time they had me labeled as a blues singer," said the late saxman. "These record companies, you couldn't do that, so I told Miles to go and record it. But I thought he would put my name on it, but I guess he forgot or something."

Born December 18, 1917 in Houston, Eddie hailed from a musical brood. "My father was a piano player, and my grandfather was a fiddle player,"  he said. His vocal skills were honed early. "My singing started in the church," said Eddie. "My aunt was the program director in our church, so naturally everybody in our family had to do something." Vinson took up his horn in high school, studying under Dr. James Lett. "I had a friend who played saxophone. He played it, and I just wanted to play the saxophone. It didn't take long, because I really wanted to," said Vinson. "I had a pretty good teacher. He stressed intonation. He wanted a big sound out of the alto." After graduation, Vinson was a mainstay in the big band of trombonist Milt Larkin. "They called them territorial bands in these days," he said. "We had Arnett Cobb―he was in the band with me―and at one time we had Illinois Jacquet."

Enthralled by his blues singing, trumpeter Cootie Williams persuaded Eddie to join his big band in 1942 in New York. Vinson sang all three of the band's 1944-45 R&B charters for the Hit logo, including Cherry Red Blues and Somebody's Got To Go, before splitting to do his own thing on Mercury in late '45. There he scored big in 1947 with the two-sided smash Kidney Stew Blues b/w Old Maid Boogie. He moved over to Cincinnati-based King in '49, nailing another R&B hit with the sequel Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red. And on July 7, 1952, he waxed the hard-driving Lonesome Train with a tight horn section behind him, King house guitarist John Faire providing the locomotive-fired fretwork.

Vinson's distinctive bald pate earned him the lifelong nickname of 'Cleanhead.' "We used to have a thing, you'd straighten your hair out," he explained. "And I put some of it on my hair, and it took my hair out. So to shave it out so it could grow back, the response was so good with it being bald that I just kept it off. That's the story of Cleanhead!"  He finally got to cut some jazz for Riverside in 1961 with Cannonball Adderley's quintet, staying active all the way up to his July 2, 1988 death in L.A.

- Bill Dahl -
Chicago, Illinois

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