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Boogie and Blues | Monkey Joe recordings from the 1930’s

There is little known about the early life of Jesse “Monkey Joe” Coleman. He was most likely born in Mississippi, he did work there for some period of time.  This American country blues pianist and singer recorded sporadically from the 1930s into the 1970s.

Monkey Joe performed in Mississippi juke joints in the 1930s, and recorded with Little Brother Montgomery in 1935 on Bluebird Records. He began using the moniker “Monkey Joe” during that decade.

In 1936 he recorded boogie woogie song “Gonna Beat It Back To Memphis Tennessee”. This song is worth listening for several reasons, but above all for its structure, clear vocals and catchy piano.

Gonna Beat It Back To Memphis Tennessee


Monkey Joe pianist and session musician

In rhe late 30s he worked as a sassion musician for Lester Melrose, and recorded under his own name with Charlie McCoy, Fred Williams, Big Bill Broonzy, and Buster Bennett as backing musicians.

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