Caption: A classic blues image: Memphis Slim at the piano, Credit: Raeburn Flerlage
Image by: Raeburn Flerlage 
A classic blues image: Memphis Slim at the piano 

Blues Unlimited #115 - Blues Piano from the Windy City

From: Steve Franz
Series: Blues Unlimited
Length: 01:58:59

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Join us as we take a look at some of the fine piano players who worked and recorded in Chicago over the years — from Curtis Jones, Roosevelt Sykes and Big Maceo, to Memphis Slim, Little Johnny Jones, and Otis Spann. Read the full description.

Memphis-slim_small Join us as we take a look at some of the prime movers and shakers of blues piano who worked and recorded in Chicago over the years -- from Curtis Jones, Roosevelt Sykes and Big Maceo, to Memphis Slim, Little Johnny Jones, and Otis Spann.

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Join us as we take a look at some of the prime movers and shakers of blues piano who worked and recorded in Chicago over the years -- from Curtis Jones, Roosevelt Sykes and Big Maceo, to Memphis Slim, Little Johnny Jones, and Otis Spann.

Timing and Cues

Hour 1: 00:00 to 1:00:54
In Cue: "Welcome to Blues Unlimited..."
Out Cue (at 59:54): "...another hour to go, right after this break."

Break (60 second music bed): 59:54 - 1:00:54

Hour 2: 1:00:54 to 1:58:59
In Cue: "Welcome back to the show..."
Out Cue (at 1:56:03): "...next time, right here on Blues Unlimited."

Hour 2 Note: from 1:56:03 to 1:58:59, an instrumental by Big Maceo, "Chicago Breakdown," closes the show.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Early In The Morning Little Johnny Jones with Tampa Red Tampa Red - Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol. 14. Document 1951 03:14
Worried Life Blues Big Maceo The Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942. RCA/Bluebird 1941 02:57
Lonesome Bedroom Blues Curtis Jones Complete Recorded Works Vol 1. Document 1937 03:06
Tired of Your Reckless Ways Blind John Davis with Tampa Red Tampa Red - Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol. 11. Document 1940 02:53
I See My Great Mistake Memphis Slim The Bluebird Recordings 1940-1941. RCA/Bluebird 1940 02:57
This Tavern Boogie Roosevelt Sykes Complete Recorded Works Vol. 8. Document 1945 02:38
Kid Man Blues Big Maceo The Victor/Bluebird Recordings 1945-1947. RCA/Bluebird 1945 02:39
Get Ready To Meet Your Man James (Beale Street) Clark Columbia 36948 [78 rpm]. Columbia 1945 02:54
Angels in Harlem Doctor Clayton Angels In Harlem. P-Vine 1946 03:09
Johnson Machine Gun Sunnyland Slim The Aristocrat of the Blues. MCA/Chess 1947 02:54
Harlem Bound Memphis Slim Complete Recordings, Vol 2 1946-1948. Blues Collection 1947 02:45
Big Town Playboy Little Johnny Jones The Aristocrat of the Blues. MCA/Chess 1949 02:57
Vicksburg Blues Little Brother Montgomery Early Rhythm & Blues 1949. Biograph 1949 03:15
Rock It Roosevelt Sykes Chicago Boogie. Delmark 1950 02:59
Mother Earth Memphis Slim Chess Blues. MCA/Chess 1950 02:44
Blue Coat Man Eddie Boyd Long Man Blues. Delmark 1951 02:35
I'm Mad Willie Mabon Blowing The Fuse - 1953. Bear Family 1953 02:37
Untitled Instrumental Henry Gray & Morris Pejoe Chess Blues. MCA/Chess 1953 02:23
Sweet Little Woman Little Johnny Jones Elmore James - The Classic Early Recordings 1951-1956. Ace 1953 03:00
Cool Playing Blues Curtis Jones Cool Playing Blues - Chicago Style. Relic 1953 02:57
My Baby's Gone Lazy Bill Lucas Chicago Blues - The Chance Era. Charly 1953 02:44
Nothing But Trouble Eddie Boyd Chess Blues Piano Greats. MCA/Chess 1953 03:12
Up The Line Little Johnny Jones Messing With The Blues. Ace 1953 02:40
Worried About My Baby Sunnyland Slim Sunnyland Slim 1952-1955. Classics 1954 03:00
Little Piece of Mind Memphis Slim Memphis Slim U.S.A.. Delmark 1954 02:58
Five Spot Otis Spann Wrinkles - Classic and Rare Chess Instrumentals. MCA/Chess 1954 02:43
Poison Ivy Willie Mabon House Rockin' Blues. Ace 1954 02:54
Be Mine Alone Sunnyland Slim Sunnyland Slim 1952-1955. Classics 1955 02:43
That Ain't Right Henry Gray Hand Me Down Blues - Chicago Style. Relic 1955 02:28
I'm In Love With You Baby Otis Spann Chess Blues Piano Greats. MCA/Chess 1956 02:36
Five Long Years Eddie Boyd Chicago Blues - The Early 1950s. Blues Classics 1958 02:44
Suitcase Blues Little Brother Montgomery I Blueskvarter Vol 2. Jefferson 1964 04:10
Can't Do Me No Good Otis Spann The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions. Blue Horizon 1968 02:23
Otis In The Dark Otis Spann Otis Spann Is The Blues. Candid 1960 04:37
Chicago Breakdown Big Maceo The Victor/Bluebird Recordings 1945-1947. RCA/Bluebird 1945 02:58

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