Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Country Boogie

Elmore James and his band recorded “Baby, What’s Wrong” in November 1952 in Chicago for Modern’s Meteor imprint; a couple of months later, in January 1953, they recorded the same tune as an instrumental called “Country Boogie” for Chess. These guys were so tight that “Country Boogie” could almost have been the backing track for Elmore’s vocals on “Baby, What’s Wrong.” The band, of course, is the same for both: Elmore James, vocal/guitar; J. T. Brown, tenor sax; Little Johnny Jones, piano; Ransom Knowling, bass; and Odie Payne, drums. Couple of hot ones for your Tuesday.

Elmore James • Baby, What’s Wrong • 1953

Elmore James • Country Boogie • 1953

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