Blues Pioneers: “B” Musicians

Beginning of the Blues (On Vinyl)

This is the first Post for selected R&B pioneers, often, but not always,  born toward the first part of the 20th century.  Many of these recordings were released prior to the advent of the R&B music charts with a few exceptions.  Earliest recording displayed when possible.

DE FORD BAILEY – VOCALION – 1927

(Rock City, Tennessee)

D E F O R D   B A I L E Y   mid 1970s; source: Dieter Moll: Das Buch des Blues, p. 87; photographer: David Morton

KID BAILEY – BRUNSWICK – 1929

(Mississippi)

WILLIE BAKER – GENNETT – 1929

(Also known as “Steamboat Bill” and “Willie Jones”)

BARBECUE BOB – COLUMBIA – 1927

(Robert Hicks – Walnut Grove, Georgia – with the “Georgia Cotton Pickers”)

JOHN HENRY BARBEE – VOCALION – 1938

(William George Tucker – Henning, Tennessee)

J O H N   H E N R Y   B A R B E E; source: Back cover of Amiga 856281

RAYMOND BARROW – PARAMOUNT – 1929

(LaFayette, Alabama)

DAVE BARTHOLOMEW – JAX – 1949

(Davis Bartholomew – Edgard, Louisiana – Alias: Dave Barton – long time partner – composer with Fats Domino)

ANDREW & JIM BAXTER – VICTOR -1927

(Brothers from Calhoun, Georgia)

A N D R E W   &   J I M   B A X T E R; source:

LOTTIE BEAMAN – PARAMOUNT – 1924

(Known as the “Kansas City Butterball” – “Lottie Brown” – “Mae Moran” and more – Jonesboro, Arkansas)

L O T T I E   B E A M A N / K I M B R O U G H; source: Front cover of Wolf WSE 114

NATHAN BEAUREGARD – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Also known as Nathan Bogard – Benton County, Mississippi)

EARL BELL – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Hernando, Mississippi)

ED BELL – PARAMOUNT – 1927

(Known as “Barefoot Bill” and “Slewfoot Joe” – Fort Deposit, Alabama)

E D   B E L L; source: front cover of Mamlish LP S-3811

D.C. BENDER – GOLD STAR – 1949

(Dick C. Bendy – Urbana, Texas)

D.C.   B E N D E R; source: Front cover of Sunnyland KS 102

BUSTER BENNETT TRIO – COLUMBIA – 1945

(James Joseph Bennett – Pensacola, Florida – with “The Chicago Five”, “The Memphis Five”)

WILL BENNETT – VOCALION – 1929

(Calhoun, Georgia)

GLADYS BENTLEY – EXCELSIOR – 1946

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – with “The Washboard Serenaders”

BROOKS BERRY & SCRAPPER BLACKWELL (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Sturgis, Kentucky)

BIG MACEO – BLUEBIRD – 1941

(Maceo Merriweather)

BIG MABEL – KING – 1948

(Mabel Smith)

THE BIG THREE TRIO – BULLET – 1947

(With Willie Dixon)

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BIRMINGHAM JONES – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Wright Birmingham – known as “Birmingham Junior” – Saginaw, Michigan)

B I R M I N H A M   J O N E S; source: Harris 1987, p. 291 ('Courtesy Record Research Archives')

BILLY BIZOR – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Centerville, Texas – also known as “Curley Lee”)

BLACK ACE – DECCA – 1937

(B.K. Turner)

LOUIS BLACK – COLUMBIA – 1927

BLACK BOY SHINE – VOCALION – 1937

(Harold Holiday – Texas)

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FRANCIS SCRAPPER BLACKWELL – VOCALION – 1928

(Francis Hillman Blackwell – Syracuse, North Carolina – with “Pinewood Tom and His Blues Hounds” and “Robinson’s Knights of Rest”)

WILLIE BLACKWELL – BLUEBIRD – 1941

(LaGrange, Tennessee)

ARTHUR BLIND BLAKE – PARAMOUNT – 1926

(Arthur Phelps – South Newport, Virginia)

COUNTRY JIM BLEDSOE – PACEMAKER – 1949

(James Bledsoe – Shreveport, Louisiana)

BLUE SMITTY – CHESS – 1952

(Claude Smith – Marietta, Arkansas – fronted “The String Men”)

LUCILE BOGAN – OKEH – 1923

(Lucille Bogan Anderson – Amory, Mississippi – Alias: “Bessie Jackson” and “Molly Ragg”)

JUKE BOY BONNER – IRMA – 1957

(Weldon H. Philip Bonner – Bellville, Texas)

CHARLEY BOOKER – RPM – 1952

C H A R L E Y   B O O K E R; source: Wardlow 1973, p. 12; click to enlarge!

EDDIE BOYD – RCA VICTOR – 1946

(Edward Riley Boyd – Clarksdale, Mississippi – fronted “The Blues Band”, “The Boogie Band”)

LITTLE BOYD – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Louis Boyd – Carthage, Mississippi – fronted “The Blue Bees”)

ISHMAN BRACEY – VICTOR – 1928

(Byram, Mississippi – with “The New Orleans Nehi Boys”)

TINY BRADSHAW – REGIS – 1944

(Myron Carlton Bradshaw – Youngstown, Ohio – fronted his own bands)

JIM BREWER – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Also “Blind Jim” – Brookhaven, Mississippi)

GRACE AND JOHN BRIM – FORTUNE – 1950

(Grace Millard – Briscoe, Arkansas & John Brim – Hopkinsville, Kentucky)

Grace Brim on Discogs

BIG BILL BROONZY – ORIOLE – 1935

(WilliamLee Conley Broonzy Bradley – Scott County, Mississippi – alias: “Big Bill Johnson”, “Little Sam Natchez” and “Sammy Sampson”- with “The Hot Four”, “the Jug Busters”, “The Memphis Five”, “The Fat Four” and more)

BUSTER BROWN – FIRE – 1959

(Cordele, Georgia)

THE CHARLES BROWN TRIO – ALADDIN – 1948

(Charles Mose Brown – Texas City, Texas – with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers and the New York Rock and Roll Revue)

CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN – ALADDIN – 1947

(Clarence Brown, Jr. – Vinton, Louisiana – Fronted many groups of his own)

ELIJAH BROWN – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Macon, Mississippi)

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GABRIEL BROWN – GENNETT – 1944

(Orlando, Florida – was also a stage actor)

HENRY BROWN – PARAMOUNT – 1929

(Troy, Tennessee)

LEE BROWN – DECCA – 1938

(Arkansas – with “The Barbertown Boogie Cats” – alias: Lee “Georgie Boy” Brown with his Boogie Band)

REVEREND PEARLY BROWN – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Abbeville, Georgia – also known as Blind Pearly Brown)

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RICHARD ‘RABBIT’ BROWN – VICTOR – 1927

(New Orleans, Louisiana)

WALTER BROWN WITH THE TINY GRIMES SEXTET – SIGNATURE – 1947

(Walter Earl Brown – Dallas, Texas – played with Jay McShann)

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WILLIE BROWN – PARAMOUNT – 1930

(Willie Lee Brown – Clarksdale, Mississippi)

WILLIE BRYANT WITH THE TAB SMITH SEXTETTE – APOLLO – 1945

(William Steven Bryant – New Orleans, Louisiana)

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BULL CITY RED – PERFECT – 1936

(George Washington – North Carolina – played with Blind Boy Fuller – alias: “Oh Red”)

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BUMBLE BEE SLIM – VOCALION – 1932

(Amos Easton – Brunswick, Georgia – with “The Three Sharks” – alias: Shelley Armstrong)

SAMANTHA BUMGARNER – COLUMBIA – 1924

(Sarah Samantha Biddox – Tennessee)

S A M A N T H A   B U M G A R N E R

TEDDY BUNN – GILT-EDGE – 1946

(Theodore Leroy Bunn – Freeport, New York – with the “Hot Lips Page Trio” – “The Chicago Boys” – “The Harlem Jazzmen” and many more)

DAN BURLEY & HIS SKIFFLE BOYS – EXCLUSIVE – 1949

(Played with Lionel Hampton and recorded other bluesmen)

RANIE BURNETTE – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Pleasant Grove, Mississippi)

EDDIE & JIMMY BURNS – PALDA – 1949

(Eddie from Belzoni, Mississippi – Jimmy from Dublin, Mississippi)

R. L. BURNSIDE – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Robert Lee Burnside – Blackwater Creek, Mississippi)

J.C. BURRIS – (NO KNOWN 78’S)

(Johnny Charles Burris – Kings Mountain, North Carolina)

JAMES BUTLER- JAXYSON – 1948

(Recorded as “Black Diamond)

Blues Pioneers: “A” Musicians

Beginning of the Blues (On Vinyl)

This is the first Post for selected R&B pioneers, often, but not always,  born toward the first part of the 20th century.  Many of these recordings were released prior to the advent of the R&B music charts with a few exceptions.  Earliest recording displayed when possible.

Jo Jo Adams with Maxwell Davis & His Band – Aladdin – 1946

(Alabama)

Woodrow Adams – Checker – 1952

(Woodrow Wilson Adams – Tchula, Mississippi)

Texas Alexander – OKeh – 1928

(Houston, Texas – the cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins)

Albert Ammons – Decca – 1936

(Albert C. Ammons – Chicago, Illinois – with “The Rhythm Kings” and the “Harlem Jazzmen”)

Pink Anderson – Columbia – 1928

(Pinkney Anderson, Laurens, South Carolina)

Ed Andrews – OKeh – 1924

(Atlanta, Georgia)

Archibald – Imperial – 1950

(John Leon T. Gross – New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Billy Boy Arnold – Cool – 1953

(William Arnold – Chicago, Illinois – was in group “Chicago Blues A Living History”)

Kokomo Arnold – Decca – 1934

(James Arnold – Lovejoy’s Station, Georgia – alias: “Gitfiddle Jim”)

Wilbert Atwater (no known 78’s)

(Orange County, North Carolina)

W I L B E R T   A T W A T E R; source: Back cover of Rounder LP 2016

Charles Avery – Vocalion – 1929 (Piano Player for Lil Johnson)

(Charles Anderson Avery – Brighton, Alabama)

Our Music Soundtrack September 29th, 1956

From Coral Records to Fran Warren – September 29th, 1956

Love the “Nervous Norvus” ad for “The Bull Frog Hop” – Norvous was an interesting character – He was James Drake – His story is worth reading about – Best known for “Transfusion” and “Ape Call” – He did record nine or ten novelty songs before cashing it in….