SONNY RHODES





SINGLES

DOMINO R-904 THE DAYLIGHTERS I'll Never Let You Go / Something Is Wrong
(recorded in Austin, TX, 1961, feat. Clarence Smith:vcl/gtr, Mack Moore:keys, Willie Cephas:gtr, George Underwood:bs, Iry Littlefield Jr:dms; both sides written by Clarence Smith)
1961 US
BOSE B101 CLARENCE SMITH What's Wrong With Us / Forever And A Day
(recorded in Fresno, CA, 1964, feat. Clarence Smith:vcl, Bobby Logan:sax, Frank Revis:sax, Tyrone Pitts:org, Troyce Key:gtr, J.J. Malone:gtr, Charles Bank:bs, Clyde Jones:dms)
1964 US
LIVING 7031 CLARENCE SMITH (same artist?) I Got A Home On High / What A Privilege 19?? US
GALAXY 746 CLARENCE SMITH WITH RAY SHANKLIN'S ORCHESTRA  I Don't Love You No More / All Night Long They Play The Blues 1966 US
GALAXY 758 SONNY RHODES You Better Stop / One Of These Days 10/1967 US
GALAXY 763 SONNY RHODES I Was Kidding / Country Boy
(recored in June 1968, feat. J.J. Malone:2nd vcl on a-side/gtr)
1968 US
ESIOBUD RH 713 SONNY RHODES Finding Out For Myself / Half Smart Woman
(recorded in San Francisco, CA in 1969, feat. Clarence Smith:vcl, J.J. Malone:gtr, Charles Bank:bs, Lewis Flanaugh:dms + unk. ten.sax)
1969 US
CHERRIE CR 2380 SONNY RHODES Are We Losing Our Thing / Hen Pecked Man 1970 US 
BLUES CONNOISEUR 1015  SONNY RHODES Won't Rain In California / Look Out For Sonny Rhodes
(feat. Clarence Smith:vcl, John Hunt:tp, Harold Attyberry:tp, Michael Marcus:bar.sax, J.J. Malone:pno, Troyce Key:gtr, Charles Banks:bs, Zak Hansen:dms) 
1977 US
RHODES-WAY 3901 SONNY RHODES Cigarette Blues / The Bloodstone Beat 1984 US 
FRYERS FRY.013 SONNY RHODES You Better Stop / (reverse by The Right Kind: My Money Is Funny) (reissue) 11/2011 UK 




ALBUMS

AMIGO AMLP 821 SONNY RHODES: I DON'T WANT MY BLUES COLORED BRIGHT  (LP)
One More Drink / Take The Bitter With The Sweet / Just Got In / All Night Long They Play The Blues * / Killing Floor / I'm So Lonely * / Country Boy * / How Long / J.J.'s Blues In G / Stranded * / Sitting & Thinking / Worried Time, Hard Time (cd bonus) / Next Time You See Me (cd bonus)
(recorded at Blossom Studios, San Francisco, CA, August 16-17, 1976, except * recorded March 20, 1977, feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr, Gary Smith:hca, Ken Baker:ten.sax, Brad Johnson:alto sax, Michael Marcus:bar.sax, Harold Attyberry:tp, J.J. Malone:pno, Steve Gomes:bs, Charles Banks:bs, Harold Banks:dms, Richard Milton:dms)
-- reissues: Advent 2808, 1978 US/Black Magic BMCD 9024, 1994 HOL --
1977 SWE
PARIS ALBUM PLB 2 28506 SONNY RHODES: FOREVER AND A DAY  (LP)
I Know How To Party Too / What I Don't See Can't Hurt Me / The Girls On Saint-Denis / Forever And A Day / I'm Not Blue Anymore / Bettye / Tryin' To Make A Comeback For Myself / Disco Blues (Let'em Know The Blues Is Still Around) / Blues Is My Best Friend
(recorded at Frémontel Studio, Paris, July & September 1980, feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr, Paul Pechenaert:gtr, Larry Martin:ac.gtr/el.gtr, Michel Carras:pno/org/synth, Zox:bs, Denis Lescoeur:dms/perc + Richard Raux:ten.sax, Sulaiman Hakim:alto sax, Sonny Grey:tp, Longineu Parsons:tp, Marc Steckar:bass trombone, Michel Crocquenoy:oboe, Daniel Aubertin:vl, Jean-Claude Bouveressé:vl, Jean-Pierre Berlinguen:vl, Jean Castaing:vl, Michel Laulhé:vl, Bernard Pufleitner:vl, Marie Crocquenoy:viola, Francoise Séjourné:viola, Marc Dupont:cello)
1981 FRA
PARIS ALBUM DKB 3350 (cover)/C 3350 (label) SONNY RHODES: WON'T RAIN IN CALIFORNIA  (LP)
I Just Can't Say / I'll Keep On Playin' The Blues / Won't Rain In California / Let Me Be Your Santa Claus / Do You Like The Blues / Hen-Pecked Man / Dreaded Week-End / Are We Losing Our Things / Reggae Blues
(recorded at Anagramme Studio, Paris, December 1982, feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr, Larry Martin:gtr/pno, Nile:keys, Zox:bs, Dennis Lescoeur:dms + Paul Pechenaert:2nd gtr on 'Hen-Pecked Man')
1982 FRA
APPALOOSA AP023 SONNY RHODES: IN EUROPE  (LP)
Mean Mistreatin' Mama / I'm So Lonely / Every Day I Have The Blues / Merry Christmas Baby / East Oakland California / Baby Why You Treat Me So Cold
(recorded in Milan, Italy, May 29-30, 1980, feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr/lap steel gtr, Ron Thompson:gtr, Mike Lewis:bs, Harold Banks:dms + Mississippi Johnny Waters:gtr on 'Every Day I Have The Blues', Luther Tucker:gtr on 'Every Day I Have The Blues', Little Willie Littlefield:pno on 'Every Day I Have The Blues' & 'Merry Christmas Baby')
-- reissue: Appaloosa CD 23, 1997 ITA --
1982 ITA
RHODESWAY RWR-4501 SONNY RHODES & THE TEXAS TWISTERS: JUST BLUES  (LP)
I Can't Lose / The Things I Used To Do / Please Love Me / House Without Love / Think / Cigarette Blues / Strange Things Happening / It Hurts Me Too / East Oakland Stomp
(feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr/lap steel, J.J. Malone:pno, Troyce Key:gtr, Bernard Anderson:altosax/ten.sax/bar.sax, Jonathan Paul:tb, Steve Gannon:bs, Chris Daniels:dms)
-- reissue: Evidence ECD 26060-2, 1995 US --
1985 US
RHODESWAY ? (unissued?) SONNY RHODES: THE BEST OF...  (LP)
19?? US
ICHIBAN/WILD DOG ICH-9002 SONNY RHODES: DISCIPLE OF THE BLUES  (LP/CD)
You Can Look For Me / Blue Funky Down / Ain't Nothing But The Blues / Cigarette Blues / Are We Losing Our Thing / Ain't No Blues In Town / Ya Ya / Blue Shadows Falling / Blue Thunder
(feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr/lap steel gtr, Kenny Lockett:gtr, Lester Chambers:hca, Dwight Champagne:keys, Bill Samuel:ten.sax, Bob Greenlee:bar.sax, Jim Derrick:tp, Gerald "Cowboy" Haynes:bs, Lenny Gordon:dms)
1991 US
ICHIBAN/WILD DOG ICH-9016 SONNY RHODES: LIVIN' TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGE  (CD)
Livin' Too Cloes To The Edge / Up Above My Head / I Told You So / Sonny's Theme / You Don't Know / Anne, Hold On / You're The One / House Without Love / Sleep Walk
1992 US
KING SNAKE KS-022 SONNY RHODES: THE BLUES IS MY BEST FRIEND  (CD)
Stand By Me / Thank You Lord / The Blues Is My Best Friend / What I Don't See Can't Hurt Me / Put The Shoe On The Other Foot / Right Around The Corner / Trying To Make A Come Back For Myself / President Clinton / Just Can't Stay / Crazy Fool Blues / One More Drink / Can't Let You Go / The Letter Song (S-Y-S-L-J-F-M)
1994 US
KING SNAKE KS-031 SONNY RHODES: OUT OF CONTROL  (CD)
Pickin' Your Bones / Dollar Bill Woman / Another You / Out Of Control / Drink Muddy Water / Lifetime Thing / Power Of The Boogie / All I See Is Blue / Have Love, Will Travel / Don't Have The Blues No More / She's Excited / Woman Abuse / Waggin' My Tail
1996 US
EPM-MUSIQUE-BLUES COLLECTION BC 157782 SONNY RHODES: WON'T RAIN IN CALIFORNIA  (LP)
I Know How To Party Too / I'll Do It All Over Again / Bettye / Won't Rain In California / I Just Can't Say / What I Don't See Can't Hurt Me / The Girls On Saint-Denis / Forever And A Day / Trying To Make A Comeback For Myself / Do You Like The Blues / Hen-Picked Man / Dreaded Week-End / Are We Losing Our Things / Reggae Blues / Disco Blues (Let 'Em Know The Blues Is Still Around) / I'm Not Blue Anymore
(collection of 1981-1982 Paris Album recordings)
1996 FRA
KING SNAKE KS-040 SONNY RHODES: BORN TO BE BLUE  (CD)
Born To Be Blue / End Of My Hope / Hide That Wine / It's Not Funny Any More / All Cried Out / I'd Rather Be Hot Than Cool / Five-Day Rain / Can't Get Enough / Satan / She's My Woman / Love Don't Get Old / If I Had The Chance
1997 US
STONY PLAIN SPCD 1257 SONNY RHODES: BLUE DIAMOND  (CD)
Meet Me At The 10th Street Inn / Shame On You / Blues Is My Religion / Blue Diamond / Back Where You Come From / Rainy Day / What You're Looking For / Beside Myself / Too Much Trouble / Love From A Stone / Blues Walk / Blues Man's Prayer / Life's Rainbow / Sonny Rhodes interview
(recorded at King Snake Studio, Sanford, CA, November 1998-January 1999, feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr/dobro/lap steel gtr, Ace Moreland:ac.gtr/el.gtr, Bob Greenlee:ac.gtr/bs, Warren King:gtr, Mark Hodgson:hca, Anthony "Pack Rat" Thompson:hca, Rick "Hurricane" Johnson:ten.sax/bar.sax, Noble "Thin Man" Watts:ten.sax, Bobby Pickwood:tp, Doug Bare:keys, Ronnie "Byrd" Foster:dms, Theo Brown:dms, Jim Payne:dms, Jimitre Smith:bckgr.vcls, Yvonne Saddler:bckgr.vcls)
-- Russian edition: Irond IROND CD 07-K020, 2007 --
1999 CAN 
STONY PLAIN SPCD 1273 SONNY RHODES: A GOOD DAY TO PLAY THE BLUES  (CD)
Big Bag O' Blues / Love And Harmony / She's Not Happy Unless She's Sad / Driving Two Ways On A One-Way Street / Honey Do Woman / Ten Pounds Of Love (In A Five-Pound Sack) / I Bleed Blue / If The Blues Fits, Wear It / I Wanna Get Your Boogie / Win-Win Situation / Good Man, Good Woman / Monkey See, Monkey Do / Good Day To Sing And Play The Blues (Van Fire Blues)
(recorded at King Snake Studio, Sanford, CA, feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr/lap steel gtr, Ace Moreland:gtr, Bob Greenlee:ac.gtr/bs, Charlie DeChant:ten.sax/bar.sax, David Weaver:tp, Doug Bare:pno/Hammond B3, Steve Leigh:Hammond B3, Anthony Mitchell:bs, Ronnie "Bird" Foster:dms, Theo Brown:dms)
2001 CAN 
GREATER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT GPED0311 SONNY RHODES: TEXAS FENDER BENDER! LIVE!  (CD)
Pickin Your Bones / Drink Muddy Water / Black Cat Phone / Crazy Fool Blues / T-Bone Shuffle / Shoe On The Other Foot / Blue Shadow / Ya Ya
(recorded live at Pasquale's, Denver, CO, September 1997, feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr, Billy Baltera:gtr, Jimmy Pritchard:bs, Theo Brown:dms)
2003 US 
GREATER PLANET # (unissued?) SONNY RHODES: MOOSE GREASE  (CD)
2004 US 
FEELIN' GOOD FGR 007 SONNY RHODES: I'M BACK AGAIN  (CD)
Can't Get Enough / Travelling Bluesman / Anne Mae Café / Can't Dance Boogie / Tell Me The Truth / Smithville Texas / I'm Back Again / Shake Your Hips / I Was Kidding / The Truth Hurts / Texas Stomp
(feat. Sonny Rhodes:vcl/gtr, Tiz 'Rooster' Galli:gtr, Luke Tonani:bs, David Malito:dms + R.J. Mischo, Johnny Sansone & Brian Templeton)
2008 ITA 
FEELIN' GOOD FGR 008 DVD SONNY RHODES: LIVE AT POSTOJNA BLUES FESTIVAL  (DVD)
Intro / I Wonder Why / Put The Shoe On The Other Foot / Think / Jelly Jelly Jelly / Please Love Me / River's Invitation
(recorded live at Postojna Blues Festival, Slovenia, January 24, 2008)
2009 ITA 
RHODESWAY ? SONNY RHODES: LIVE!  (CD)
She's My Woman / Crazy Fool Blues / Shaky Ground / Since I Met You Baby / River's Invitation / Think / Jelly, Jelly / Life's Rainbow
2009 US




COMPILATIONS

MESSAROUND 001  V/A: BLUE BAY - ANTHOLOGY OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES 1976  (LP)
Sonny Rhodes: Highway Is Like A Woman / Holding On
1976 US 
FANTASY FT 563  V/A: ALL NIGHT LONG THEY PLAY THE BLUES - AN ANTHOLOGY OF WEST COAST BLUES  (LP)
Clarence Smith: All Night Long They Play The Blues / Sonny Rhodes: One Of These Days / Country Boy
-- Greek edition: Fantasy F-1977, 1979 GRE/cd reissues: "All Night Long They Play The Blues - The Galaxy Masters", Ace CDCHD 440, 1992 UK/Specialty SPCD-7029-2, 1992 US --
1979 UK 
PARIS ALBUM PLB 28510/11 V/A: SAN FRANCISCO BLUES FESTIVAL - EUROPEAN SESSIONS  (2-LP)
Sonny Rhodes: Mean Mistreatin' Mama / Paris Blues / Up Above My Head
-- cd reissue: EPM Musique BC 157732/EPM 5507, 1996 FRA --
1980 FRA
PARIS ALBUM C 28512 V/A: BLUES, VOLUME 1  (LP)
1980 FRA
PARIS ALBUM C 3343/44 V/A: SAN FRANCISCO BLUES FESTIVAL IN EUROPE AGAIN  (LP)
Sonny Rhodes: Paris Boogie Woogie / I Don't Wanna Cry / Ann, Hold On
1982 FRA
PARIS ALBUM DKB 3378 V/A: ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD  (LP)
Sonny Rhodes: I'll Keep On Playin' The Blues
198? FRA
EPM MUSIQUE FDD 25503 V/A: WELCOME TO THE BLUES  (2-LP)
Sonny Rhodes: Won't Rain In California
1987 FRA
EPM MUSIC/MUSIDISC FDC 5503 V/A: WELCOME TO THE BLUES, VOL.1  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: On The Sunny Side Of The Street
1991 FRA
ACE CDCHD 516/SPECIALTY SPCD-7057-2 V/A: BAD, BAD WHISKEY (THE GALAXY MASTERS)  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: You Better Stop
1993 UK/US
ICHIBAN/WILD DOG DOG-9104-2 V/A: BEACH BLAST - SHAG & BLUES COMPILATION, VOL.1  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Ain't No Blues In Town
1993 US
ICHIBAN/WILD DOG 9901 V/A: LET THE BIG DOG EAT - WILD DOG BLUES SAMPLER, VOL.1  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: House Without Love
1993 US
EVIDENCE ECD-26058-2 V/A: EVIDENCE BLUES SAMPLER - FOUR  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Think
1995 US
KING SNAKE KS 201 V/A: BAG O' BLUES - THE KING SNAKE COLLECTION  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Cigarette Blues
1995 US
PRIORITY 53555 V/A: SLIDE GUITAR BLUES  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Put The Shoe On The Other Foot
1995 US
MESSAROUND 1 V/A: BLUE BAY - ANTHOLOGY OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES  (CD)
1996 US
KING SNAKE 201 V/A: BAG O' BLUES - THE KING SNAKE COLLECTION  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Cigarette Blues
1996 US
KING SNAKE KS-037 V/A: KING SNAKE MERRY CHRISTMAS  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Texas Christmas
1996 US
ICHIBAN ICH 1189-2 V/A: PLAY THE BLUES - A DECADE OF BLUES & SOUL  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Ain't No Blues In Town
1996 US
ICHIBAN INTERNATIONAL D2-24878-2 V/A: ROCKIN' BLUES  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Cigarette Blues
1996 US
KING SNAKE KS-038 V/A: BLUES ON THE HIGH SEAS - KING SNAKE LIVE!  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: You're The One / Put The Shoe On The Other Foot
1998 US
ACE CDCHD 506 V/A: THE DOMINO RECORDS STORY  (CD)
Joyce Harris & the Daylighters: I Got My Mojo Working / Your Kind Of Woman / The Daylighters: I'll Never Let You Go / Something Is Wrong  
1998 UK
ACE CDCHD 715 V/A: ROCKIN' FROM COAST TO COAST, VOL.2  (CD)
Joyce Harris & The Daylighters: Got My Mojo Working
1999 UK
BELOVED 21038 V/A: HURRICANE! - FLORIDA BLUES GUITARS  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Hide That Wine
1999 US
STONY PLAIN SPCD 1269 V/A: STONY PLAIN'S CHRISTMAS BLUES  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Christmas 9-1-1
1999 CAN
EDENWAYS 7 3062-2 V/A: BLUES'N BLUES  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Cigarette Blues / Ain't No Blues In Town
199? FRA
ICEHOUSE 9439 V/A: THE KINGSNAKE COLLECTION - BAG O' BLUES, VOL.2  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Born To Be Blue
2000 US
HIGHTONE HCD 8139 V/A: RHYTHM ROOM BLUES  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Livin' Too Close To The Edge
2001 US
SOUNDS OF SOUL 2001 V/A: LOST DEEP SOUL TREASURES, VOLUME 5  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Finding Out For Myself
2001 UK
STONY PLAIN SPCD 1274 V/A: 25 YEARS OF STONY PLAIN  (2-CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Born Under A Bad Sign
2001 CAN
KENT CDKEND 236 V/A: MOANING, GROANING, CRYING - A GALAXY OF SOUL AND R&B  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: I Was Kiddin' / You Better Stop
2004 UK
STONY PLAIN SPCD 1287 V/A: DA VINCI'S INQUEST - THE SESSIONS  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Shame On You
2006 CAN
STONY PLAIN SPCD 1317 V/A: 30 YEARS OF STONY PLAIN  (3-CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Big Bag O' Blues
2006 CAN
BLUE WITCH 103 V/A: HOUSE ROCKIN' AND BLUES SHOUTIN'!  (CD)
Sonny Rhodes: My Bleeding Heart (live)
2007 US
FEELIN' GOOD FGR 018 V/A: THE BLUES YOU CAN'T REFUSE  (2-CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Smithville Texas / Travelling Bluesman / I'm Back Again
2011 US
STONY PLAIN SPCD 1354 V/A: 35 YEARS OF STONY PLAIN  (3-CD)
Sonny Rhodes: Honey Do Woman
2011 CAN
BEAR FAMILY BCD 16932CP V/A: PLUG IT IN! TURN IT UP! ELECTRIC BLUES - THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, PT.3 : 1960-1969  (3-CD)
Sonny Rhodes: One Of These Days
2012 GER




SESSION WORKS / ALBUMS

ATLANTIC/PRIVATE MUSIC 2081-2-P  TAJ MAHAL: LIKE NEVER BEFORE  (CD)
(feat. Sonny Rhodes on lap steel guitar)
1991 US
GLOBE 18 PARIS SLIM: BLEEDIN' HEART  (CD)
If You Dig Me (Let Me Know) / If You Dig Me (Let Me Know) (live mix) 
(feat. Sonny Rhodes on guitar)
1996 US
KING SNAKE 039 MARK HODGSON: EXTREME BLUES  (CD)
(feat. Sonny Rhodes on lap steel guitar)
1997 US
KING SNAKE 049/ROCK HOUSE 1   ROY ROBERTS: DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE  (CD)
(feat. Sonny Rhodes on lap steel guitar)
1999/2001 US  
BLUES EXPRESS 1 FRANKIE LEE: HERE I GO AGAIN  (CD)
(feat. Sonny Rhodes on lap steel guitar)  
1999 US
WALDOXY 2829 THE BEAT DADDYS: DELTA VISION  (CD)
(feat. Sonny Rhodes on vocals)
2001 US
JSP 2150 JOHNNIE MARSHALL: 98 CENTS IN THE BANK  (CD)  
(feat. Sonny Rhodes on guitar/vocals)
2001 UK


                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Published sources: The R&B Indies 1 (Bob McGrath, 2005) | The R&B Indies 2 (Bob McGrath, 2005) | The R&B Indies 3 (Bob McGrath, 2006) | The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006)  

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