New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955

New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955

by Sticks McGhee


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New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955

This fascinating set is really the story of two brothers, Stick McGhee and Brownie McGhee, both of whom were guitarists (Brownie being good enough to actually work regularly as a session player). Stick recorded a song he had written, "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee," in 1947 (with his brother Brownie sitting in on guitar) for J. Mayo Williams' tiny Harlem Records label. The issued record had no immediate impact, but became an unlikely underground favorite, enough so that Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records decided to cut a remake a couple of years later. Ertegun contacted Brownie McGhee about remaking "Drinkin' Wine," unaware that Brownie's brother was the original singer on the song. A lively remake was tracked for Atlantic in 1949, again with Stick singing and Brownie adding guitar. This time the song broke big, and Decca Records, smelling cash, licensed the original Harlem cut and both versions of the song ended up on the R&B charts. This four-disc package includes both versions of the song, as well as some 40 tracks by Stick, many of which follow the booze-soaked template of "Drinkin' Wine." There are close to 50 tracks by Brownie here, too, most of them in an electric R&B vein, which was a far cry from the folk-blues material that Brownie became famous for when he was paired with harmonica wiz Sonny Terry in the late '50s. Terry also has 16 tracks here, and while there are a handful of cuts where Brownie and Sonny work together, they were essentially separate solo artists during the era covered by this anthology. Virtually everything Stick McGhee recorded is included here, as well as a good deal of Brownie McGhee's R&B material (since he was an active session musician at the time, what's here really only scratches the surface), and a small sampling of Sonny Terry as a solo artist, making this an incredibly interesting historical collection that, mostly because of the familial and professional connections between Stick, Brownie, and Sonny, has its own internal logic.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065776329
catalogNumber: 7763
Rank: 196188


Disc 1

  1. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  2. Baby Baby Blues
  3. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  4. Tall Pretty Woman
  5. Lonesome Road Blues
  6. Blue Mixture
  7. I'll Always Remember
  8. Blue and Brokenhearted
  9. My Baby's Comin' Back
  10. Drank Up All the Wine Last Night
  11. Venus Blues
  12. Southern Menu
  13. Let's Do It
  14. She's Gone Rock Away Blues
  15. House Warmin' Boogie
  16. Blue Barrelhouse
  17. One Monkey Don't Stop the Show
  18. Tennessee Waltz Blues
  19. You Gotta Have Something on the Ball
  20. Oh What a Face
  21. Wee Wee Hours, Pt. 1
  22. Wee Wee Hours, Pt. 2
  23. New Found Love
  24. Meet You in the Morning
  25. My Little Rose
  26. No More Reveille

Disc 2

  1. Little Things We Used to Do
  2. Blues in My Heart & Tears in My Eyes
  3. Whiskey Women and Loaded Dice
  4. Head Happy with Wine
  5. I'm Doin' All This Time (And You Put Me Down)
  6. Dealin' from the Bottom
  7. The Wiggle Waggle Woo
  8. Jungle Juice
  9. Ease My Worried Mind
  10. Things Have Changed
  11. Travelin' On
  12. Help Me Baby
  13. Double Crossin' Liquor
  14. Six to Eight
  15. Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter
  16. Sad, Bad, Glad
  17. Bad Nerves
  18. Sweet Baby Blues
  19. Don't Mistreat Me
  20. Four O'Clock in the Morning
  21. Sweet Lover
  22. Brownie's New Worried Life Blues
  23. I Was Fooled
  24. Confused
  25. It Hurts Me Too
  26. Contact Me

Disc 3

  1. Yellow Moon
  2. It's Over
  3. True Blues
  4. My Consolation
  5. New Sporting Life Blues
  6. C.C. Baby
  7. You Got to Love Me Baby Too
  8. My Other Home
  9. Weeping Willow
  10. Feed Me Baby
  11. Meet You in the Morning
  12. I Feel So Good
  13. Key to the Highway
  14. Stranger's Blues
  15. Sittin' on Top of the World
  16. Mean Old Frisco
  17. Mean Old Frisco
  18. New Bad Blood Blues
  19. Lover (Ease My Worried Mind)
  20. Dissatisfied Woman
  21. Pawn Shop Blues
  22. Forgive Me
  23. C.C. Rider, Where Did She Go
  24. Heartache Blues
  25. Read Good Feelin'
  26. A Letter to Lightnin' Hopkins
  27. Smiling and Crying the Blues

Disc 4

  1. I'm Gonna Move Cross the River
  2. Heart in Sorrow
  3. Dissatisfied Blues
  4. Diamond Ring
  5. The Way I Feel
  6. So Much Trouble
  7. Gone Baby Gone
  8. Tell Me Baby
  9. Sittin' Pretty
  10. Bottom Blues
  11. Keys to the Highway
  12. I Have Had My Fun
  13. Airplane Blues
  14. Telephone Blues
  15. Mad Man Blues
  16. Dirty Mistreater, Don't You Know
  17. Women Is Killing Me
  18. Harmonica Train
  19. Going Down Slow
  20. Man Ain't Nothin' But a Fool
  21. Baby, Let's Have Some Fun
  22. 4 O'Clock Blues
  23. Lonesome Room
  24. No Love Blues
  25. Wine Headed Woman
  26. Bad Luck Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sticks McGhee   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano
Specs Powell   Drums
Hal Singer   Tenor Saxophone
George Rhodes   Piano
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Big Chief Ellis   Piano
Charles Thompson   Piano
Gene Ramey   Bass
Tom Barney   Bass
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
Wilbert Ellis   Piano
Arthur Herbert   Drums
Carl Pruitt   Bass
Franklin Skeete   Bass
Fletcher Smith   Piano
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Vocals
Jimmy Wright   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Brooks   Drums
Bob Gaddy   Piano,Vocals
Doc Bagby   Guitar,Vocals
Herbert Parham   Piano
Harry Van Walls   Piano
Cedric Wallace   Bass
Billy Taylor   Bass
George Ward   Drums
Lannie Scott   Piano
Maxwell Lucas   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Johnson & His Dixie Entertainers   Drums
James Harris   Bass
George Wood   Drums
Ed Vanderveer   Trumpet
Pritchard Chessman   Tenor Saxophone
Irving "Jack" Brown   Drums
James Buchanan   Tenor Saxophone
King   Tenor Saxophone
Prince Babb   Bass
Prince Babbs   Bass
Douglas Blackman   Piano
Clifford Bryan   Bass
Bill Caples   Guitar
Doc Dagby   Piano
Bob Harris   Bass,Vocals
John Hartsfield   Drums
Ernest Hayward   Drums
Daddy Merritt   Piano,Drums
Charles Rawlins   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Walter Vinson   Composer
Sticks McGhee   Composer
Neil Slaven   Annotation
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Walter Brown McGhee   Composer

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