DISCOGRAPHIES - BLUES/RHYTHM'N'BLUES





Johnny Acey  (John Acey Goudelock)

Born: September 3, 1925 in Gaffney, SC
Died: February 19, 2009 in Macon, GA
1st recorded with Wilhelmina Gray for See-Co Records in 1953
1st solo release on Arrow Records in 1958


Faye Adams  (Fanny Tuell)

Born: May 22, 1923 in Newark, NJ
1st release on Atlantic Records in 1953


Arthur Alexander

Born: May 10, 1940 in Florence, AL
Died: June 9, 1993 in Nashville, TN
1st release on Fame Records (acetate) in 1959 & Judd Records in 1960


Annisteen Allen  (Ernestine Allen)

Born: November 11, 1920 in Champaign, IL
Died: August 10, 1992 in New York, NY
1st release on Decca Records in 1946


Ricky Allen  (Richard Allen)

Born: January 6, 1936 in Nashville, TN
Died: May 29, 2005 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Age Records in 1961


Tony Allen

Born: August 13, 1932 in New Orleans, LA
1st release on Aries Records probably in 1952


Elton Anderson

Born: September 9, 1932 in Lake Charles, LA
Died: June 1983
(Note: According to John Broven, in liner notes of Krazy Kat LP
KK 7447, Anderson was born in Eunice, LA and died in 1987)

1st release on Vin Records in 1958


Billy Boy Arnold  (William Arnold)

Born: September 16, 1935 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Cool Records in 1953


Mickey Baker  (McHouston Baker)

Born: October 15, 1925 in Louisville, KY
Died: November 27, 2012 in Montastruc-la-Conseillčre (near Toulouse), France
1st release on Savoy Records in 1952


June Bateman  (June Batemon)

Born: 1942 in Houston, TX
1st recorded with The Marquis for Onyx Records in 1956
1st solo release (as June Batemon) on Holiday Records in 1957


Richard Berry

Born: April 11, 1935 in Extension, LA
Died: January 23, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA
1st release on Flair Records in 1953

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Big Walter (The Thunderbird)  (Walter Travis Price)

Born: August 2, 1914 in Gonzales, TX
Died: March 8, 2012 in Houston, TX
1st release on TNT Records in 1955


Larry Birdsong  (Lawrence H. Birdsong)

Born: June 1934 in Pulaski, TN
Died: August 2, 1990 in Nashville, TN
1st release on Excello Records in 1955


Otis Blackwell

Born: February 16, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY
Died: May 6, 2002 in Nashville, TN
1st release on RCA Victor in 1952


Sunny Blair  (Sullivan Jackson)

Born: July 16, 1931 in Jefferson County, AR
Died: July 6, 1966 in Little Rock, AR
1st release on RPM Records in 1952


Edgar Blanchard

Born: August 17, 1924 in Grosse Tete, LA
Died: October 17, 1972 in New Orleans, LA
1st release on Peacock Records in 1949


Juke Boy Bonner  (Wildon H. Philip Bonner)

Born: March 22, 1932 in Bellville, Austin, TX
Died: June 29, 1978 in Houston, TX
1st release on Irma Records in 1958


Boogie Jake  (Matthew Jacobs)

Born: 1929 in Marksville, LA
1st release on Minit & Chess Records in 1959


Priscilla Bowman

Born: 1928 in Kansas City, KS
Died: July 24, 1988 in Kansas City, KS
1st release on Falcon Records in 1955


Eddie Boyd  (Edward Riley Boyd)

Born: November 25, 1914 in Stovall, MS
Died: July 13, 1994 in Helsinki, Finland
1st release on RCA Victor in 1947


Jimmy Breedlove

Born: April 9, 1928 in Apalachicola, FL
Died: 1978
1st release (with The Cues) on Lamp Records in 1954


Jackie Brenston

Born: August 15, 1930 in Clarksdale, MS
Died: December 15, 1979 in Memphis, TN
1st release on Chess Records in 1951


Big George Brock

Born: May 16, 1932 in Grenada, MS
1st release on Big G Brock Records in c. 1989


Andrew Brown

Born: February 25, 1937 in Jackson, MS
Died: December 11, 1985 in Chicago, IL
1st release on U.S.A. Records in 1964


Buster Brown

Born: August 15, 1911 in Cordele, GA
Died: January 31, 1976 in Brooklyn, NY
1st recorded for Library of Congress, Georgia in 1943
1st release on Fire Records in 1959


Jewel Brown

Born: August 30, 1937 in Houston, TX
1st release on Duke Records in 1955


Lattimore Brown  (LV a.k.a. Lattimore Vernon Brown)

Born: August 20, 1931 near Mound Bayou, MS
Died: March 25, 2011 in Pensacola, FL
1st release on Zil Records in 1960


Maxine Brown

Born: August 18, 1939 in Kingstree, SC
1st release on Nomar Records in 1961


Mel Brown  (Melvin R. Brown)

Born: October 7, 1939 in Jackson, MS
Died: March 20, 2009 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
1st release on Impulse! Records in 1967


Nappy Brown  (Napoleon Brown Culp)

Born: October 12, 1929 in Charlotte, NC
Died: September 20, 2008 in Charlotte, NC
1st release on Savoy Records in 1954


Ruth Brown  (Ruth Weston)

Born: January 12, 1928 in Portsmouth, VA
Died: November 17, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV
1st release on Atlantic Records in 1949


Tommy Brown

Born: May 27, 1931 in Atlanta, GA
1st recorded with Roy Mayes for Herald Records in 1950
1st solo release on Savoy Records in 1951


Jimmy Burns

Born: February 27, 1943 in Dublin, MS
1st release on U.S.A. Records in 1964


R.L. Burnside  (Robert Lee Burnside)

Born: November 23, 1926 in Harmontown, MS
Died: September 1, 2005 in Memphis, TN
1st release on Arhoolie Records in 1970 (recorded in 1967)


Harold Burrage

Born: March 30, 1931 in Chicago, IL
Died: November 26, 1966 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Decca Records in 1950


George "Wild Child" Butler

Born: October 1, 1936 in Autaugaville, AL
Died: March 3, 2005 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
1st release on Sharp Records in 1964


Chick Carbo  (Leonard Carbo)

Born: December 28, 1927 in Houma, LA
Died: August 18, 1998 in New Orleans, LA
1st release (with The Spiders) on Imperial Records in 1954
1st solo release on Atlantic Records in 1956


Chuck Carbo  (Hayward Carbo)

Born: 1926 in Houma, LA
Died: July 11, 2008 in New Orleans, LA
1st release (with The Spiders) on Imperial Records in 1954
1st solo release on Imperial Records in 1957


Wynona Carr  (Wynona Merceris Carr)

Born: August 23, 1924 in Cleveland, OH
Died: May 12, 1976 in Cleveland, OH
1st release on Specialty Records in 1949

Photo by Mike Smith

Boozoo Chavis  (Wilson Chavis)

Born: October 23, 1930 in Lake Charles, LA
Died: May 5, 2001 in Lake Charles, LA
1st release on Folk Star Records in 1954


Eugene Church

Born: January 23, 1938 in Los Angles, CA
Died: April 16, 1993 in Los Angeles, CA
1st recorded with The Cliques for Modern Records in 1956
1st solo release on Specialty in 1957


Dee Clark  (Delecta Clark)

Born: November 7, 1938 in Blythsville, AR
Died: December 7, 1990
1st release on OKeh Records in 1952


Eddie Clearwater  (Edward Harrington)

Born: January 10, 1935 in Macon, MS
1st release as by Clear Waters on Atomic-H Records in 1958


Henry Clement

1st release on Zynn Records in 1958


Bruce Cloud

Born: 1941
Died: 1971
1st release (with The Dominoes) on ABC Paramount Records in 1960
1st solo release on Era Records in 1962


Willie Cobbs

Born: July 15, 1932 in Smale, AR
1st recorded in Chicago in 1958 ("Slowdown", issued on Ruler Records)
1st releases on Mojo, Home Of The Blues & Vee-Jay Records in 1961


Ann Cole  (Cynthia Coleman)

Born: January 24, 1934 in Newark, NJ
Died: November 1986
1st release on Timely Records in 1954


King Coleman  (Carlton Coleman)

Born: January 20, 1932 in Tampa, FL
Died: September 11, 2010 in Miami, FL
1st release on Karen Records in 1958


Mitty Collier

Born: June 21, 1941 in Birmingham, AL
1st release on Chess Records in 1961


Les Cooper

Born: March 15, 1921 in Norfolk, VA
Died: August 3, 2013 in New York, NY
1st recorded with The Empires for Harlem Records in 1954
1st solo release with The Soul Rockers on Everlast Records in 1961


Johnny Copeland

Born: March 27, 1937 in Haynesville, LA
Died: July 3, 1997 in Harlem, New York, NY
1st release on Mercury Records in 1958


James Cotton

Born: July 1, 1935 in Tunica, MS
1st release on Sun Records in 1954


Cousin Leroy  (Cousin Leroy Rozier)

1st release on Groove Records in 1955


Don Covay  (Donald Randolph)

Born: March 24, 1938 in Orangeburg, SC
Died: January 30, 2015 in Franklin Square, NY
1st recorded with The Rainbows for Pilgrim Records in 1956
1st solo release as by Pretty Boy on Atlantic Records in 1957


G.L. Crockett  (George L. Crockett)

Born: 1929 in Carrollton, MS
Died: February 15, 1967 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Chief Records in 1957


Larry Dale  (Ennis Lowery)

Born: January 7, 1923 in Wharton, TX
Died: May 19, 2010 in New York, NY
1st release with Paul Williams & his Orchestra on Jax Records in 1953
1st solo release (as Big Red McHouston) on Groove Records in 1954

The Daylighters #2 feat. Dorsey Wood etc.

The Daylighters (#1)

Formed: c. 1955 in Chicago, IL, originally as The Fortunes,
later The Starr Brothers and Donald Jenkins & the Daylighters/Delighters
1st release as by The Fortunes on Checker Records in 1955
1st release as by Donald Jenkins & the Daylighters on Cortwood Records in 1963

The Daylighters (#2)

Formed: c. 1955 in Birmingham, AL, originally as The Five Sparrows,
later The Velvetiers and The Daylighters
1st release on Bea & Baby Records in 1959


Dean & Jean  (Welton Young & Brenda Lee Jones)

1st release on Buckeye Records in 1958

photo: collection of John Goddard

Sugar Pie DeSanto  (Umpeylia Marsema Balinton)

Born: October 16, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY
1st release on Federal Records in 1955


Detroit Junior  (Emery Williams, Jr.)

Born: October 26, 1931 in Haynes, AR
Died: August 9, 2005 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Bea & Baby Records in 1960


Varetta Dillard

Born: February 3, 1933 in Harlem, New York City, NY
Died: October 4, 1993 in Brooklyn, New York City, NY
1st release on Savoy Records in 1951


Doctor Horse  (Al Pittman)

Born: September 17, 1917 in Vinnia, GA
Died: April 28, 2004
1st release on Fire Records in 1958


Troy Dodds

1st release on Pent House Records in 1962


Don & Dewey

Dewey Terry - Born: July 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA
Died: May 11, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA
1st recorded with The Squires for Kicks Records in 1954

Don Bowman a.k.a. "Sugarcane" Harris - Born: June 18, 1938 in Pasadena, CA
Died: November 30th, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA
1st recorded with The Squires for Mambo Records in 1955
1st release together as Don & Dewey on Shade Records in 1957


Tom "Shy Guy" Douglas  (Thomas Douglas)

Born: November 8, 1917 in Franklin, TN
Died: October 19, 1984 in Nashville, TN
1st release on Delta Records in 1949


Big Al Downing

Born: January 9, 1940 in Lenapah, OK
Died: July 4, 2005 in Nashville, TN
1st release on White Rock Records in 1958


Driftin' Slim / Model T. Slim  (Elmon Mickle)

Born: February 24, 1919
Died: September 15, 1977 in Los Angeles, CA
1st release on Modern Records in 1951


Bo Dudley  (Oscar Coleman)

Born: c. 1930's
Died: poss. October 2012
1st release on F-M Records in 1968

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Johnny Dyer

Born: December 7, 1938 in Rolling Fork, MS
Died: November 11, 2014 in San Dimas, CA
1st release on Good Time Records in 1979


Easy Baby  (Alex Randle)

Born: 1934 in Memphis, TN
Died: September 25, 2009 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Barrelhouse Records in 1976


Clarence Edwards

Born: March 25, 1933 in Lindsay, LA
Died: May 20, 1993 in Baton Rouge, LA
1st release on Folk-Lyric Records in 1961 (recorded in 1959)


Billy "The Kid" Emerson  (William Robert Emerson)

Born: December 21, 1929 in Tarpon Springs, FL
1st release on Sun Records in 1954


Esquerita  (Eskew Reeder, Jr.)

Born: 1935 in Greenville, SC
Died: October 23, 1986
1st recorded with The Heavenly Echoes for Baton Records in 1955
1st solo release on Capitol Records in 1958


H-Bomb Ferguson  (Robert Princeton Ferguson)

Born: May 9, 1929 in Charleston, SC
Died: November 26, 2006 in Cincinnati, OH
1st release on Derby Records in 1950


The Five Du-Tones

Formed in 1957 by Andrew Butler in St. Louis, MI
1st release on One-Derful Records in 1963


The "5" Royales

Formed in the early 1950's by Lowman Pauling, Jimmy Moore,
Obadiah Carter, Otto Jeffries & Johnny Tanner in Winston-Salem, NC
1st release (as The Royal Sons) on Apollo Records in 1952
1st release (as The "5" Royales) on Apollo Records in 1952


Phil Flowers  (Phillip John Flowers)

Born: January 28, 1934 in Longwood, NC
Died: January 22, 2001 in Rockville, MD
1st release on Hollywood Records in 1956


T-Model Ford  (James Lewis Carter Ford)

Born: poss. June 27, 1921 in Greenville, MS
Died: July 16, 2013 in Greenville, MS
1st release on Fat Possum Records in 1997


Inez & Charlie Foxx

Inez Johnston (Inez Foxx) - Born: September 9, 1942 in Greensboro, NC
1st release as by Inez Johnston on Brunswick Records in 1960

Charlie Johnston (Charlie Foxx) - Born: October 23, 1939 in Greensboro, NC
Died: September 18, 1998
1st release as by Chuck Johnston by Symbol Records in 1963
1st release as by Inez & Charlie Foxx on Symbol Records in 1964


Carol Fran  (Carol Martin)

Born: October 23, 1933 in Lafayette, LA
1st release on Excello Records in 1957


Bobby Freeman

Born: June 13, 1940 in San Francisco, CA
1st release on Baytone Records in 1956


Frank Frost

Born: April 15, 1936 in Augusta, AR
Died: October 12, 1999 in Helena, AR
1st release on Phillips International Records in 1962


Johnny Fuller

Born: April 20, 1929 in Edwards, MS
Died: May 20, 1985 in Oakland, CA
1st release on Rhythm Records in 1954


Earl Gaines

Born: August 19, 1935 in Decatur, AL
Died: December 31, 2009 in Nashville, TN
1st release on Excello Records in 1955


Grady Gaines

Born: May 14, 1934 in Waskom, TX
1st recorded with the Upsetters (accompaning Little Richard) for Specialty Records in 1956


Roy Gaines

Born: August 12, 1937 in Waskom, TX
1st release on Chart Records in 1955


Clarence Garlow

Born: February 27, 1911 in Welsh, LA
Died: July 24, 1986 in Beaumont, TX
1st release on Macy's Records in 1955


Rex Garvin  (Rex A. Garvin)

Born: July 24, 1940 in New York, NY
Died: December 2, 2013
1st release with Marie Knight (as by Marie & Rex) on Carlton Records in 1959
1st solo release on Epic Records in 1961


Billy Gayles  (Willie James Gayles)

Born: October 19, 1931 in Silkeston, MO
Died: August 4, 1993
1st release as by Billy Gale on Flair Records in 1954

photo by Göran Broling, 2003, Jefferson Magazine #140

Lacy Gibson

Born: May 1, 1936 in South Carolina
Died: April 10, 2011 in Chicago, IL
1st recorded with Buddy Guy for Chess Records in 1963
1st solo release on Repete Records in 1968


Rosco Gordon

Born: April 10, 1928 in Memphis, TN
Died: July 11, 2002 in New York City, NY
1st release on Chess Records in 1951

photo by Pamela Horner, March 2009 [www.classicurbanharmony.net]

Barbara Green

Born: c. 1951 in Argo, IL
1st release on Vivid Records in 1964


Rudy Green  (Rudolph Spencer Greene)

Born: August 20, 1925 in Tampa, FL
Died: February 1978 in Berkeley, SC
1st release on Bullet Records in 1946


Arthur Griswold

Born: November 10, 1939 in Tiller, AR
Died: November 18, 2003 in Sylvania, OH
1st release on Fortune Records in 1965


Guitar Crusher  (Sidney Selby)

Born: July 28, 1931 in Hyde County, NC
1st release (with The Houserocking Mellotones) on T&S Records in 1962


Guitar Gable  (Gabriel Perrodin)

Born: August 17, 1937 in Bellevue, LA
1st release on Excello Records in 1956


Guitar Junior a.k.a. Lonnie Brooks  (Lee Baker, Jr.)

Born: December 18, 1933 in Dubuisson, LA
1st release on Goldband Records in 1957


Jack Hammer

Born: September 18, 1940 in New Orleans, LA
1st release on Decca Records in 1956


Hannibal a.k.a. Mighty Hannibal  (James Timothy Shaw)

Born: August 9, 1939 in Atlanta, GA
Died: January 30, 2014 in New York, NY
1st release on Concept Records in 1958


Harmonica Fats  (Harvey Blackston)

Born: September 8, 1927 in McDade, LA
Died: February 3, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA
1st releases on Skylark and Darcey Records in 1962


Peppermint Harris

Born: July 17, 1925 in Texarkana, TX
Died: Mach 19, 1999 in Elizabeth, NJ
Real name: Harrison Nelson Jr.
1st release (as by Peppermint Nelson) on Gold Star Records in 1948


Thurston Harris

Born: July 11, 1931 in Indianapolis, IN
Died: April 14, 1990 in Pomona, CA
1st recorded with The Lamplighters on Federal Records in 1953
1st solo release on Aladdin Records in 1957


Screamin' Jay Hawkins  (Jalacy Hawkins)

Born: July 18, 1929 in Cleveland, OH
Died: February 12, 2000 in Paris, France
1st recorded with Tiny Grimes & his Rocking Highlanders for Gotham Records in 1953
1st solo release as by Jalacy Hawkins on Timely Records in 1954

Jessie Mae at Oxford Folklife Festival in 1984

Jessie Mae Hemphill

Born: October 13, 1933 in Senatobia, MS
Died: July 22, 2006 in Senatobia, MS
1st release on High Water Records in 1980


Chuck Higgins

Born: April 17, 1924 in Indiana, IN
Died: September 14, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA
1st release on Combo Records in 1952


Bunker Hill

Born: May 5, 1931 in Tallahassee, FL
Died: in 1984 in Houston, TX
1st recorded with The Sensational Wonders on Fable Records in 1958
1st solo release on Mala Records in 1962


Little Joe Hinton

1st release on Arvee Records in 1961


Ron Holden

Born: August 7, 1939 in Seattle, WA
Died: January 22, 1997
1st release (with The Thunderbirds) on Nite Owl Records in 1959


Earl Hooker  (Earl Zebedee Hooker)

Born: January 15, 1929 in Quitman County (outside Clarksdale), MS
Died: April 21, 1970 in Chicago, IL
1st release as by Earl Hooker Trio on King Records in 1953


Joe Houston

Born: July 11, 1926 in Austin, TX
1st release on Freedom Records in 1950


Tommy Hunt  (Charles James Hunt)

Born: June 18, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA
1st release on Scepter Records in 1961


Long John Hunter

Born: July 13, 1931 in Rainbold, LA
1st release as by Long John & Orchestra on Duke Records in 1953


J.B. Hutto  (Joseph Benjamin Hutto)

Born: April 26, 1926 in Blackwell, SC
Died: June 12, 1983 in Harvey, IL
1st release (with The Hawks) on Chance Records in 1954

photo www.bluehighway.com

Ironing Board Sam  (Sam Moore)

Born: 1939 in Rockhill, SC
1st release on Holiday Inn Records in 1968


Bobo Jenkins  (John Pickens Jenkins)

Born: January 7, 1916 in Forkland, AL
Died: August 14, 1984 in Detroit, MI
1st release on Chess Records in 1954


Gus Jenkins  (Augustus D. Jenkins)

Born: March 24, 1931 in Birmingham, AL
Died: December 22, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA
1st release (as Little Temple & His "88") on Specialty Records in 1953
Augustus D. "Gus" Jenkins (March 24, 1931 – December 22, 1985)


Young Jessie  (Obediah Donnell Jessie)

Born: December 28, 1936 in Lincoln Manor, TX
1st release on Modern Records in 1954


Little Willie John  (William Edward John)

Born: November 15, 1937 in Cullendale, AR
Died: May 26, 1968 in Washington, DC
1st release on King Records in 1955


Mable John

Born: November 3, 1930 in Bastrop, LA
1st release on Tamla Records in 1960

photo from www.deltaboogie.com

Big Jack Johnson

Born: July 30, 1940 in Lambert, MS
Died: March 14, 2011
1st recorded with Frank Frost and the Nighthawks for Phillips International Records in 1962


Stacy Johnson

Born: April 13, 1945 in St. Louis, MO
1st recorded (with Little Herbert & the Arabians) for Teek Records in 1961
1st solo release on Sony Records in 1963

photo: wwww.deltagrooveproductions.com

Bobby Jones / Bobby Jonz

Born: 1940 in Farmerville, LA
1st release on Vee-Jay Records in 1965


Gloria Jones

Born: October 19, 1945 in Cincinnati, OH
Full name: Gloria Richetta Jones
1st release on Champion Records in 1964


Sax Kari

Born: February 6, 1920 in Chicago, IL
Died: October 2, 2009 in Tampa, FL
1st release (with Bob White) on Avenue Records in the late 1940's


Kid Thomas  (Louis Thomas Watts)

Born: June 20, 1934, in Sturgis, MS
Died: April 5, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA
1st release on Federal Records in 1957


Junior Kimbrough  (David Kimbrough)

Born: July 28, 1930 in Hudsonville, MS
Died: January 17, 1998 in Holy Springs, MS
1st release as by Junior Kimbell on Philwood Records in 1968


Freddie King  (Freddie Christian)

Born: September 3, 1934 in Gilmer, TX
Died: December 28, 1976 in Dallas, TX
1st release on El-Bee Records in 1956


Little Freddie King  (Fread Eugene Martin)

Born: July 19, 1940 in McComb, MS
1st release (with Harmonica Williams) on Ahura Mazda Records in 1971


Mabel King  (Donnie Mabel Elizabeth Washington)

Born: December 25, 1932 in Charleston, S.C.
Died: November 9, 1999 in Woodland Hills, CA
1st release on RAMA Records in 1956


Eddie Kirkland

Born: August 16, 1923 in Kingston, Jamaica
Died: February 27, 2011 in Crystal River, FL
1st release as by "Little Eddie" Kirkland on RPM Records in 1952


Christine Kittrell

Born: August 11, 1929 in Nashville, TN
Died: December 19, 2001 in Nashville, TN
1st release on Tennessee Records in 1951


Sam Lay

Born: March 20, 1935 in Birmingham, AL
1st solo release on Blue Thumb Records in 1969


Calvin Leavy

Born: April 20, 1940 in Stuttgart, AR
Died: June 6, 2010 in Little Rock, AR
1st release poss. on Soul Beat Records in 1968


Hosea Leavy

Born: November 26, 1927 in Althermer, AR
Died: August 12, 2008 in Fresno, CA
1st release (with Calvin Leavy) poss. on Soul Beat Records in 1968
1st solo release on Riceland Records in 1969


Laura Lee  (Laura Lee Rundless, later Laura Lee Newton)

Born: March 9, 1945 in Detroit, MI
1st (solo) release on Ric-Tic Records in 1966


Lazy Lester  (Leslie Johnson)

Born: June 20, 1933 in Torras, LA
1st release on Excello Records in 1957


J.B. Lenoir

Born: May 5, 1929 in Monticello, MS
Died: April 29, 1967 in Urbana, IL
1st release on Chess Records in 1951


George "Papa" Lightfoot  (Alexander George Lightfoot)

Born: March 2, 1924 in Natchez, MS
Died: November 28, 1971 in Natchez, MS
1st recorded with Donald "Silver" Cooks for Peacock Records in 1949
1st solo release on Sultan Records in 1950


Lil' Ed (& the Blues Imperials)  (Ed Williams)

Born: April 4, 1955 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Alligator Records in 1986


Little Willie Littlefield

Born: September 16, 1931 in El Campo, TX
Died: June 23, 2013 in Voorthuizen, The Netherlands
1st release on Eddie's Records in 1949


Little Howlin' Wolf / Little Wolf  (Jessie Sanders)

Born: July 26, 1930 in Florence, MS
1st release on My Bab Music in the mid 1970's


Johnny Littlejohn  (John Funchess)

Born: April 16, 1931 in Lake, MS
Died: February 1, 1994 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Margaret Records in 1966


Lonesome Sundown  (Cornelius Green)

Born: December 12, 1928 in Donaldsville, LA
Died: April 23, 1995 in Gonzales, LA
1st release on Excello Records in 1956


Lord Luther  (Luther McDaniels)

Born: 1938 in Panola County, TX
1st recorded with The 4 Deuces for Music City Records in 1956
1st solo release on Music City Records in 1957


Joe Hill Louis  (Lester Hill)

Born: September 23, 1921 in Raines, TN
Died: August 5, 1957 in Memphis, TN
1st release on Columbia Records in 1949


Clayton Love

Born: November 15, 1927 in Mattson, MS
Died: February 28, 2010 in St. Louis, MO
1st release on Trumpet Records in 1951


Buddy Lucas  (Alonzo Lucas)

Born: August 16, 1914
Died: March 18, 1983 in Stamford, CT
1st release on Jubilee Records in 1951


Barbara Lynn  (Barbara Lynn Ozen)

Born: January 16, 1942 in Beaumont, TX
1st (solo) release on Eric Records in 1961


Magic Sam  (Samuel Gene Maghett)

Born: February 14, 1937 in Grenada, MS
Died: December 1, 1969 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Cobra Records in 1957


Magic Slim (& the Teardrops)  (Morris Holt)

Born: August 7, 1937 in Torrence, MS
Died: February 21, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA
1st release on Ja-Wes Records in 1966


Marvin & Johnny / Marvin Phillips

Marvin Phillips - Born: October 23, 1931 in Guthrie, OK

Jesse "Johnny" Belvin - Born: December 15, 1932 in San Antonio, TX
Died: February 6, 1960 in Fairhope, AR

Emory "Johnny" Perry - Born March 1, 1928 in Sherman, TX
1st release as by Marvin Phillips on Specialty Records in 1952
1st release as by Marvin & Johnny on Specialty Records in 1953


Nathaniel Mayer

Born: February 10, 1942 in Detroit, MI
Died: November 1, 2008 in Detroit, MI
1st release on Fortune Records in 1961


Jerry McCain

Born: June 18, 1930 in Gadsden, AL
Died: March 28, 2012 in Gadsden, AL
1st release on Trumpet Records in 1953


Mighty Sam McClain

Born: April 15, 1943 in Monroe, LA
Died: June 16, 2015 in Newmarket, NH
1st release on AMY Records in 1966


Jimmy McCracklin  (James David Walker)

Born: August 13, 1921 in St. Louis, MO
Died: December 20, 2012 in San Pablo, CA
1st release on Globe Records in 1945


L.C. McKinley  (Larry C. McKinley)

Born: October 22, 1918 in Winona, MS
Died: January 19, 1970 in East Chicago, IN
1st release on States Records in 1954


Big Jay McNeely  (Cecil James McNeely)

Born: April 29, 1927 in Watts, CA
1st recorded with Johnny Otis Orchestra for Excelsior Records in 1948
1st solo release on Savoy Records in 1949


Rudy Ray Moore

Born: March 17, 1927 in Fort Smith, AK
Died: October 19, 2008 in Toledo, OH
1st release on Federal Records in 1955

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Sam Myers

Born: February 19, 1936 in Laurel, MS
Died: July 17, 2006 in Jackson, MS
1st release on Ace Records in 1957


Raful Neal

Born: June 6, 1936 in Baton Rouge, LA
Died: September 1, 2004 in Baton Rouge, LA
1st release on Peacock Records in 1958


Big Danny Oliver

1st release on Trend Records in 1958


Bobby Parker  (Robert Lee Parker)

Born: August 31, 1937 in Lafayette, LA
Died: October 31, 2013 in Bowie, MD
1st release (with Paul Williams Orchestra) on Josie Records in 1956
1st solo release on Vee-Jay Records in 1957


Junior Parker  (Herman Parker Jr)

Born: May 27, 1932 (March 3, 1927?) in Clarksdale, MS
Died: November 18, 1971 in Blue Island, IL
1st release on Modern Records in 1952


Paul Perryman

1st release on Duke Records in 1956


Bobby Peterson

1st release on V-Tone Records in 1959


Polka Dot Slim  (Vincent Monroe)

1st release as by Vince Monroe on Excello Records in 1956


Pearl Reaves

1st release on Harlem Records in 1955


A.C. Reed  (Aaron Corthen Reed)

Born: May 9, 1926 in Wardell, MO
Died: February 25, 2004 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Age Records in 1961


Lula Reed

Born: March 21, 1926 in Port Clinton, OH
Died: June 21, 2008
1st release on King Records in 1951


Sonny Rhodes  (Clarence Edward Smith)

Born: November 3, 1940 in Smithville, TX
1st release (with The Daylighters) on Domino Records in 1961
1st solo release as by Clarence Smith on Galaxy Records in 1966


Rocky Roberts & the Airedales

1st release as by Doug Fowlkes & the Airedales on VIS Radio Records (ITA) in 1960
1st release as by Doug Fowlkes & the Airedales with "Rocker" Roberts on Barclay Records in 1962


Jimmie Lee Robinson

Born: April 30, 1931 in Chicago, IL
Died: July 6, 2002 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Bandera Records in 1959


Rockin' Sidney  (Sidney Simien)

Born: April 9, 1938 in Lebeau, LA
Died: February 25, 1998
1st release as by Sidney Simien on Carl Records in 1957


The Ronettes

Formed as The Darling Sisters by Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett,
Estelle Bennett, and Nedra Talley in NYC in ca. 1959
1st release as Ronnie & the Relatives on Colpix Records in 1961


Doctor Ross  (Charles Isaiah Ross)

Born: October 21, 1925 in Tunica, MS
Died: May 28, 1993 in Flint, MI
1st release on Chess Records in 1952


Round Robin  (Robin Lloyd?)

1st release on Domain Records in 1963


Clarence Samuels

Born: October 30, 1923 in Baton Rouge, LA
Died: May 20, 2002 in New Orleans, LA
1st release Aristocrat Records in 1947


Ronnie Savoy

1st release (with The Nitecaps) on Groove Records in 1955
1st solo release on Candelo Records in 1959


Johnny Sayles

Born: Fabruary 9, 1937 in Winnsboro, TX
Died: August 17, 1993 in Chicago, IL
1st release (as Johnny Sails) on Mar-V-Lus Records in 1963


Schoolboy Cleve  (Cleveland White)

Born: June 10, 1925 in Baton Rouge, LA
Died: February 5, 2008
1st release on Feature Records in 1954


Shakey Jake  (James D. Harris)

Born: April 12, 1921 in Earle, AR
Died: March 2, 1990 in Forrest City, AR
1st release on Artistic Records in 1958


Ray Sharpe

Born: February 8, 1938 in Fort Worth, TX
1st releases on Hamilton and Dot Records in 1958


Eddie Shaw

Born: March 20, 1937 in Stringtown, MS
1st solo release on Colt Records in 1966


Little Mack Simmons  (Malcolm Simmons)

Born: January 25, 1934 in Twist, AR
Died: October 24, 2000 in Chicago, IL
1st release on C.J. Records in 1959


Big Daddy Simpson  (Melvin or Marcellus Simpson?)

1st release (as Melvin Simpson) on Chief Records in 1960


Frankie Lee Sims

Born: April 30, 1917 in New Orleans, LA
Died: May 10, 1970 in Dallas, TX
1st release on Blue Bonnet Records in 1948


The Spiders

Formed: c. 1947 in New Orleans, LA - originally known as The Zion Harmonizers and
The Delta Southern-Aires, then since 1953 as The Spiders, featuring Hayward
"Chuck" Carbo, Leonard "Chick" Carbo, Matthew West, Joe Maxon and Oliver Howard
(in 1955, West & Maxon were replaced by Issacher Gordon & Bill Moore)
1st release on Imperial Records in 1954


"Wild" Jimmy Spruill

Born: June 9, 1934 in Fayetteville, NC
Died: February 3, 1996 in Washington, DC
1st release (with Charles Walker's Band) on Holiday Records in 1957


Doc Starkes & the Night Riders / Melvin Smith

Melvin Smith - Born: 1936 in Atlanta, GA
1st release as by Melvin Smith (with Clyde "Blow Top"
Lynn & his House Rockers) on RCA Records in 1951
1st release as by The Nite Riders on Apollo Records in 1954


Jeb Stuart  (Charles Jones)

Born: June 2, 1945 (?) in Memphis, TN
1st release on Shar Records in 1960


Hubert Sumlin

Born: November 16, 1931 in Greenwood, MS
Died: December 4, 2011 in Wayne, NJ
1st solo release on Blue Horizon Records in 1965


Tail Dragger  (James Yancy Jones)

Born: September 30, 1940 in Altheimer, Jefferson County, AR
1st release on Leric Records in 1982


Tarheel Slim  (Alden/Allen Bunn)

Born: September 24, 1924, Wilson, NC
Died: August 21, 1977 in New York, NY
1st recorded with The Selah Singers for Jubilee Records in 1950
1st solo release as by Allen Bunn on Apollo Records in 1952

photo: www.deltagrooveproductions.com

Finis Tasby

Born: August 8, 1940 in Laverne, TX
Died: November 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA
1st release on Big Town Records in 1978


Eddie Taylor

Born: January 29, 1923 in Benoit, MS
Died: December 25, 1985 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Vee-Jay Records in 1955


Hound Dog Taylor  (Theodore Roosevelt Taylor)

Born: April 12, 1915 in Natchez, MS
Died: December 17, 1975 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Bea & Baby Records in 1960


Sam Taylor, Jr  (Samuel W. Taylor, Jr.)

Born: October 25, 1934 in Crichton, AL
Died: January 5, 2009 in Islandia, NY
1st release as by Good Rockin' Sammy "T" on Junior Records in 1959


Irma Thomas

Born: February 18, 1941 in Ponchatoula, LA
1st release on Ron Records in 1960


Rufus Thomas

Born: March 26, 1917 in Cayce, MS
Died: December 15, 2001 in Memphis, TN
1st release on Star Talent Records in 1950


Tiny Topsy  (Otha Lee Moore, later Otha Lee Hall)

Born: May 22, 1930 in Chicago, IL
Died: August 16, 1964 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Federal Records in 1957


Anita Tucker  (Annie Belle Tucker)

Born: October 20, 1930 near Memphis, TN
Died: March 12, 2009 in Memphis, TN
1st release on Guyden Records in 1955


Ike Turner  (Izear Luster Turner)

Born: November 5, 1931 in Clarksdale, MS
Died: December 12, 2007 in San Diego, CA
1st release on Chess Records in 1951


Titus Turner

Born: May 1, 1933 in Atlanta, GA
Died: September 13, 1984 in Atlanta, GA
1st release as by Mr. T & his Band on Aladdin Records in 1950


T.V. Slim  (Oscar Wills)

Born: February 10, 1916, Houston, TX
Died: October 21, 1969 in Kingman, AZ
1st release on Speed Records in 1956


Phillip Walker

Born: February 11, 1937 in Welsh, LA
Died: July 22, 2010 in Palm Springs, CA
1st release on Elko Records in 1959

photo by Chuck Winans

Robert Ward

Born: October 15, 1938 in Luthersville, GA
Died: December 25, 2008 in Dry Branch, GA
1st recorded with The Falcons for Lupine Records in 1962
1st solo release on Thelma Records in 1964


Baby Boy Warren  (Robert Warren)

Born: August 13, 1919 in Lake Providence, LA
Died: July 1, 1977 in Detroit, MI
1st release on Gotham Records in 1949


Baby Washington  (Justine Washington)

Born: November 13, 1940 in SC
1st recorded with The Hearts for Baton Records in 1956
1st solo release on J&S Records in 1957


Ella Washington

1st release on Octavia Records in 1966


Gino Washington

1st release on Correct-Tone Records in 1962


Leroy Washington

Born: March 1, 1932 in Palmetto, LA
Died: June 29, 1966 in Oakdale, LA
1st release on Excello Records in 1958


K.C. "Mojo" Watson

1st release on Atlas Records in 1956


Noble "Thin Man" Watts

Born: February 17, 1926 in Deland, FL
Died: August 28, 2004 in Deland, FL
1st solo release (as by Noble Watts Quintet) on DeLuxe Records in 1954


Katie Webster  (Kathryn Jewel Thorne)

Born: January 11, 1936 in Houston, TX
Died: September 5, 1999 in League City, TX
1st release on Kry Records in 1958


Willie West  (Millard Leon West)

Born: 1941 in Raceland, LA
1st release on Rustone Records in 1960


Lavelle White / Miss LaVell

Born: July 3, 1929 in Amite, LA
1st release on Duke Records in 1958

picture from www.barrencewhitfield.com

Barrence Whitfield  (Barry White)

Born: 1955 in New Jersey, NJ
1st release (as a member of The Sharp) on Random Records in 1979
1st solo release (with the Savages) on Mamou Records in 1984


Andre Williams

Born: November 1, 1936 in Chicago, IL
1st release on Fortune Records in 1955

photo by Dan Machnik

Jody Williams  (Joseph Leon Williams)

Born: February 3, 1935 in Mobile, AL
1st release as by Little Papa Joe on Blue Lake Records in 1956


Larry Williams

Born: May 10, 1935 in New Orleans, LA
Died: January 7, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA
1st release on Specialty Records in 1957


Hop Wilson  (Harding Wilson)

Born: April 27, 1927 in Grapeland, TX
Died: August 27, 1975 in Houston, TX
1st release on Goldband in 1958


Jimmy Wilson

Born: c. 1921 in Houston, TX
Died: 1965 in Dallas, TX
1st release on Cava Tone Records/Modern Records in 1948


Pearl Woods  (Lily Pearl Woodard)

Born: September 24, 1933 in St. Matthews, SC
1st release on Dot Records in 1956




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