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

2 Comments:

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!

http://bootsalesounds.blosgpsot.com/

Cheers! Michael

3:29 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Really cool, thanx Michael !

10:42 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home


All MP3's are up for a limited time ("on the 7th day, God shall withdraw them")and are for illustrating and evaluation purposes only. Music is posted with respect, not with the intention for profit or to violate copyright. If you are the creator (or copyright owner) of a song, excerpt, essay, graphic or photo posted on this blog, please contact me if you want to comment on the selection or wish to have it removed. (And if you like the tracks, please go out & buy them) Email me at reverendfrost-at-gmail.com