This radio session is all about the electric blues, with one exception: Big Bill Broonzy’s “Sixteen Tons” an acoustic classic. You will further find various classics of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Otis, Taj Mahall and many more..
West Coast Blues Lowell Fulson
We kick of with “My Aching Back” by Lowell Fulson. This hit was released on 45 RPM in 1966 as the backside of “Change your Ways” and contains a whole lot of rhythm and was featured on his album “Soul”.
Taj Mahal and Otis Rush
In honor of Taj Mahal’s career Sony Music released an collection of studio recordings called The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal. “Chainey Do” appears on this album and is like most of his early recordings a rocking blues tune. Another bluesman in this radio session Otis Rush released his hit “Me” on his 1969 album Mourning In the Morning. This song is very grooving and soulful blues song and contains on hell of a guitar solo listen at: 2:22 minutes.
The wide world of Blues, Early Rock ‘n Roll and allother Black Music is so big and every day you discover more and more great music. That’s what keeps you dedicated to find the finest songs around. I created a Rhythm and Blues radio Session on the Black Bull Blues Mixcloud account including 13 songs that I’m happily like to share with y’all. This radio session contains some of my favorite artist including Junior Wells, Lowell Fulson, Gary U.S. Bonds and Ann Cole.
“Quarter to Three” to “The Letter”
Gary U.S. Bonds is a fantastic artist who recorded great songs like Dear Lady Twist and Quarter to Three. That song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on June 26, 1961, and remained there for two weeks. In 1968 another great bluesman Lowell Fulson entered the charts with the Rhythm and Blues hit “The Letter”, which he released for Kent Records.
Beautiful Lady Bluessingers
Ann Cole was the original performer of “Got My Mojo Working”in 1956. The Classic blues song wat written by Actor Preston S. Foster. I Really like how Ann Cole makes this song Swing. Another Great Lady Bluessinger is Esther Phillips. Her song So Good really makes averyone happy. In this song we can all see that ladies know how to make a song swing!
Other songs in this session are classics like Evaleena by Billy Boy Arnold, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ike Gordon and Bo Diddley, I Hope you all enjoy! Photo Buddy Guy by By Bubba73 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Lowell Fulson’s laid back attitude and West Coast grooving Blues
West Coast Blues pioneer Lowell Fulson inspired a generation of new Blues musicians like Ray Charles and BB King with his uptown jump Blues from Oakland California. Ray Charles was part of Lowell’s band as a pianist during the forties and fifties. BB was inspired while working as a DJ in Memphis and became a big fan of Lowell. Fulson’s songs were recorded by artists like Elvis Presley and Otis Redding. His music was sampled by Salt ‘n Peppa and the Wu Tang Clan. The kid from Oklahoma walked a long journey to become an inspiring bluesman.
Legacy of Lowell Fulson
Lowell wasn’t an urban city bluesman. His songs were laid back like you would expect on the sunny West Coast. His guitar solos were smooth and his lyrics were direct. You will notice this in songs like “Tramp”, which was covered most successfully by Otis Redding. A legion of bluesmen recorded the song later, which originally reached #5 in the R&B chart. Men like Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Junior Kimborough among them.
Start of career in Oklahoma
Born in Oklahoma Fulson did not spent a lot of time in “The Sooner State”, Lowell esthablished in Texas. It would become the place where he came in contact with the blues through greats like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson and Little Hat Jones (Encyclopedia of the Blues-2nd (p71) 1992, author Gérard Herzhaf). After some time Fulson was good enough to take part in the band of traveling artist Texas Alexander in 1939, replacing Howlin’ Wolf according to Nick Talevski’s Rock Obituaries – Knocking On Heaven’s Door p.188.
Not Texas but California became the place this bluesman really got things going. In 1943 he left Texas Alexander’s band and moved to California for his navy duty in World War II. The next two years he worked overseas and got inspired by some of the greatest swing and jazz tunes around. These tunes would stay part of his style throughout his career. After the war he settled in the East Bay Area.
Best songs Lowell Fulson
To get an impression of the laid back blues Lowell Fulson made fame with and eventually became the head of a Rhythm and Blues community on the West Coast, you should listen to songs like ‘When the Figs Start Falling”, “Everyday Blues” and “Oh Well Oh Well”.
During the nineties Lowell Fulson was an esthablished musician, but his career was low-key. Other artists like Eric Clapton and B.B. King asked Lowell to perform alongside them. He kept performing and recording for mostly small record labels. Most of his work can be found online and there you will see how different his songs and lyrics are. Lowell Fulson was a big man of the blues, a heavy weight and a winner.
My father’s nephew was the blues musician, Lowell Fulson. Every time he came around, he had a pretty car, a beautiful woman and a slick sharkskin suit. Believe it or not, that’s how I decided I wanted to get into music. – Charlie Wilson –
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Lowell Fulson – The Letter
Lowell Fulson — One More Blues
LOWELL FULSON’S WHY DON’T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD
Lowell Fulson 1963 ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ Live Clip
Lowell Fulson / Low Society
Lowell Fulson – At My Place Santa Monica, CA, 1983