Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Jesse Fuller !

Equipped with a bandful of instruments operated by various parts of his anatomy, Bay Area-legend Jesse Fuller was a folk-music favorite in the '50s and '60s.
His infectious rhythm and gentle charm graced old folk tunes, spirituals, and blues alike. One of his inventions was a homemade, foot-operated instrument called the "footdella" or "fotdella." Naturally, Fuller never needed other accompanists to back his one-man show.
Jesse's musical career didn't properly begin unitl the early '50s, when he decided to become a professional musician -- he was 55 years old at the time. Performing as a one-man band, he began to get spots on local television shows and nightclubs. However, Fuller's career didn't take off until 1954, when he land a record contract with the independent Cavalier label and in 1955, he recorded his first album, Folk Blues: Working on the Railroad with Jesse Fuller.
The albums was a success and soon he was making records for a variety of labels, including Good Time Jazz and Prestige. Fuller continued performing and recording until his death in 1976.

Jesse Fuller - Runnin' Wild

Jesse Fuller - Take It Slow And Easy


Anonymous Vaughn said...

This is great stuff! Thanks for the CAT PEOPLE poster.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...


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