Friday, August 26, 2005

I Ain't Drunk !

To conclude this week (aaa, there ain't no cure for the summertime blues), let's meet Jimmy Liggins !
Inspired by the success of his brother (Jimmy Liggins toiled as Joe's chauffeur for a year), the ex-pugilist jumped into the recording field in 1947 on Art Rupe's Specialty logo. His "Tear Drop Blues" pierced the R&B Top Ten the next year, while "Careful Love" and "Don't Put Me Down" hit for him in 1949. But it's Liggins's rough-and-ready rockers -- "Cadillac Boogie," "Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man," and the loopy one-chord workout "Drunk" (his last smash in 1953) -- that mark Liggins as one of rock's forefathers. His roaring sax section at Specialty was populated by first-rate reedmen such as Harold Land, Charlie "Little Jazz" Ferguson, and the omnipresent Maxwell Davis.
Liggins left Specialty in 1954, stopping off at Aladdin long enough to wax the classic-to-be "I Ain't Drunk" before fading from the scene.

Jimmy Liggins - I Ain't Drunk

Jimmy Liggins - Boogie Woogie Kingr

Return Of The legendary Friday Bonus !

Joe D Johnson - Rattlesnakin' Daddy


Blogger michael said...

More great rock and boogie! Inspired choices here. I have taken a leaf out of your book and started a music blog dealing mainly with comedy and novelty records found at boot sales and charity shops etc. Come on over sometime and take a listen!

Cheers! Michael

3:29 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Really cool, thanx Michael !

10:42 AM  

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