St Louis Woman – Memphis Slim

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Born in 1915 as Peter Chatman he is believed to have taken the name ‘Memphis Slim’ in honour of his father who operated juke joints and played piano and guitar. He is remembered for his contribution to American blues music, particularly the jump blues subgenre. His first song ‘Every Day I Have the Blues’ has become a blues standard.
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No. Track Name Artist
1 St. Louis Woman Memphis Slim
2 Midnight Memphis Slim
3 The Come Back Memphis Slim
4 Shuffleboard Memphis Slim
5 5 O'Clock Blues Memphis Slim
6 Cool Down Baby Memphis Slim
7 Only A Fool Has Fun Memphis Slim
8 Living The Life I Love Memphis Slim
9 Call Before You Go Home Memphis Slim
10 Back Alley Memphis Slim
11 Smooth Sailin' Memphis Slim
12 Two Of A Kind Memphis Slim
13 I Love My Baby Memphis Slim
14 Stewball Memphis Slim
15 Nat Dee Special Memphis Slim
16 This Is My Lucky Day Memphis Slim
17 She's Alright Memphis Slim
18 The Cat Creeps Memphis Slim
19 The Come Back (Alternate) Memphis Slim
20 5 O'Clock Blues (Alternate) Memphis Slim

Did you know?
One of Slim’s 1947 recordings for Miracle, released in 1949, was originally titled “Nobody Loves Me”. It has become famous as “Every Day I Have the Blues.” The tune was recorded in 1950 by Lowell Fulson, and subsequently by a raft of artists including B. B. King, Elmore James, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Carlos Santana, John Mayer and Lou Rawls. Joe Williams recorded it in 1952 for Checker; his remake from 1956 (included in Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings) was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992.

The Come Back

The Come Back was recorded during the 1952-1954 period which came just before the rock & roll revolution. Murphy was the sort of bluesman who helped pave the way for that revolution – you can be sure that many of the British Invasion rockers who emerged in the ’60s were well aware of Murphy’s high-volume guitar.

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