Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Memphis Slim
Song:Feel Like Screaming And Crying
Album:Blue Memphis Suite
Bluesman Memphis Slim typified the urban sophistication of the Memphis blues sound and he was a tremendous pianist. He was born John "Peter" Chatman Sept. 3, 1915 in Memphis. He took the name Peter in honour of his juke joint owner father. He moved to Chicago in 1937 and began a long association with legendary bluesman Big Bill Broonzy. He first recorded for Okeh in 1939 and moved to Bluebird where producer Lester Melrose dubbed him Memphis Slim. He played sessions at Bluebird and also joined Broonzy's band for several years. He started Memphis Slim & The Houserockers in the mid-40s and offered more of a big band sound than the usual Chicago blues sound. Memphis Slim's most memorable composition was Every Day I Have The Blues. He had a hit with it in 1952 and of course it's been covered by many artists over the years. His band with guitarist Matt "Guitar" Murphy was very popular in the 50s. Memphis Slim first toured Europe with Willie Dixon in 1960. He liked it so much he moved to Paris in 1962. He was very successful in Europe. Blue Memphis was recorded in England in 1970 with young guys like Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, Chris Spedding, John Paul Jones and Duster Bennett. It was designed to be an autobiographical audio revue. So it has some narration along with great music. It was originally released in the US by Warner Bros. but Universal Music France released the unedited version in 2006. Sunnyside Records released it in the US. Memphis Slim continued to enjoy his blues royalty status in France until his death on Feb. 24, 1988 at age 72. Here's Memphis Slim performing Every Day I Have The Blues.