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Discussion in 'Vinyl Me, Please Info' started by Wicked Dreamer, Jan 4, 2019.
Most likely, we already guessed it, so may not get any more clues.
Nonsense, send us on a wild blues errand !
I'm pretty sure we've guessed it, but just for fun, an underrated Blues artist/album to check out:
Jimmy Rogers - Chicago Bound
- On Chess
- Compilation of 50s era singles that features a who's who of the Chicago Blues scene.
Just listened to the Bo Diddley s/t record and it's pretty good. Would be great if it would turn out to be that.
Hmmm...*pokes thread with stick*
Really hope it’s Buddy Guy
How about another clue to get us through the weekend @Storf ? Pretty please?
@Storf Yeah, a "dogs/cable car/askew ball cap" clue would be great. Thanks.
The issue of Mojo (jan 19) with this interview. "That was good"
This Chicago bluesman was a bridge between the Delta and the '60s blues-indebted rock that came next.
A bridge, like the Golden Gate Bridge?
Hmm, could still be Buddy Guy. Could also be Sonny Boy Williamson since he recorded with the Yardbirds.
I'll throw out the guess of Sonny Boy Williamson - Down and Out Blues
Gonna guess Howlin' Wolf - S/T for now, but it might go against the "from an artist that didn't have multiple [compilation records] on Chess" as Howlin' had a few singles compilation records on Chess from what I can see.
Based on the clues/guesses so far, there's no way I'm not going to love this months pick.
I loved it so much, I wrote the listening notes on this one.
Excellent! Still looking forward to Buddy Guy's "Left My Blues in San Francisco".
Just in case the truth is still out there ...
I'm going with Willie Dixon - "The Original Wang Dang Doodle: The Chess Recordings and More" (compilation )
Dixon was born in 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He left for Chicago in 1936. (Delta to Chicago )
He has written some of the most memorable blues standards in the canon: "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Little Red Rooster", "My Babe", "Spoonful", and "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover".
A link to rock? According to his Wiki page:
Dixon was an important link between the blues and rock and roll, working with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley in the late 1950s. His songs have been covered by some of the most successful musicians of the past sixty years including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Jeff Beck, Cream, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Steppenwolf all featured at least one of his songs on their debut albums, a measure of his influence on rock music. (A bridge between the blues and rock )
Dixon signed with Chess records and later became employed at the label - scouting talent, doing session work, writing and producing. He is considered one of the key figures in the Chicago blues scene. (Chess )
The only clue I can't get to fit is the "rabbit hole" reference. ()
OK, quite a few references to rabbits for Dixon (and Sonny Boy). Via "Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues"
Chapter 5: "Dixon's Compositions in the First Chess Records Period"
"Dixon belongs to the generation of African Americans who were familiar with antebellum and postbellum black folktales about Br'er Rabbit, John (aka High John the Conqueror) and Old Master..."
"Dixon talks about Sonny Boy ... as 'the trickster figure of folklore made flesh - Br'er Rabbit in human form'"
In his song, "Messed Up"
"Jumping like a rabbit, everything I see"
In his song, "I Don't Care Who Knows"
"Like a hound dog loves a rabbit"
In his song, "I Got What it Takes"
"Yeah I got what it takes to make a rabbit whip a pack of hounds"
And this from Wiki
These widely varying circumstances may share a common thread of suggestion that the true lucky rabbit's foot is actually cut from a shapeshifted witch. The suggestion that the rabbit's foot is a substitute for a body part from a witch's body is corroborated by other folklore from hoodoo. Willie Dixon's song Hoochie Coochie Man mentions a "black cat bone" along with his mojo and his John the Conqueror root: all are artifacts in hoodoo magic.
And really stretching out here: The group Rabbit Foot had a single titled, "Wang Dang Doodle"
OK, I'm done now.
OK, one more ...
Strong connection between Willie Dixon and Koko Taylor (past VMP Classic pick). A VMP member article on Koko Taylor starts like this:
"It was at Silvio’s around 1962 that the famed producer and songwriter Willie Dixon heard Koko Taylor guesting with Howlin’ Wolf’s band. After producing her first 45 for the USA label, Willie brought her to Chess, where he had produced classic blues hits (many of which he had written) by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and many more.
"Between 1964 and 1968, Dixon produced nine Koko Taylor 45s for Chess’ subsidiary, Checker. She scored one monster hit on Checker in 1966 — “Wang Dang Doodle,” written and produced by Dixon. The single reached #13 on the national black radio charts, and she toured across the country with multi-artist R&B caravans and with her own band. But she never had a follow-up song that did nearly as well as “Wang Dang Doodle.” Songs from Koko’s Dixon-produced sessions were later collected on two Chess LPs, Koko Taylor and Basic Soul, but neither album received much promotion."
This doesn't connect to any clue from @Storf - but it's a through line via the VMP Classics track.
NOW I'm done...
I'd be down with Dixon for sure. Great sleuthing and dot connecting.