Monday, October 24, 2005

Sly Williams !




Two of the greatest postwar guitar titles ever waxed have to be "Boot Hill" and "I Believe in a Woman" by Sly Williams. Both sides feature Williams' tortured vocals and his slashing guitar work in a vein much like that of Guitar Slim.
Sly Williams was likely a pseudonym, perhaps because the artist was under contract with another company when the recordings were cut.
The real Sly Williams was almost certainly Jesse Allen, a New Orleans singer/guitarist who made a number of sides for Imperial and several small labels in the 1950's. Two titles by Jesse Allen that bear an almost identical sound and lineup to "Boot Hill" and "I Believe" are "Love My Baby" and "After a While", recorded in 1959 for the Duplex label in Fayetteville, Louisiana. !

Sly Williams - Boot Hill

Sly Williams - I Believe In A Woman


4 Comments:

Anonymous bbb said...

holla! REV
j'ai du mal a CROIRE a l'histoire
sly williams =jesse allen
a part les guitares accordées en Eb
ça reste un MYSTERE
en tout cas bonne PRECHE
et bravo encore une fois

12:22 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

A la prêche aux moules? Bon ça va, je sors, en tout cas, merci. (Yup we do have some pretty good wordgames in french)

7:19 PM  
Blogger sami said...

i've heard the stevie ray vaughan version of boot hill and have always loved it! thanks for the original.

3:24 AM  
Blogger sami said...

i love it! love it! love it!

3:27 AM  

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