Thursday, May 04, 2006

Peppermint Harris !

Although Peppermint Harris wrote lyrics for B B King and Etta James, his early success was followed by obscurity before he enjoyed a small revival among blues enthusiasts. By the time he was in his early 20s, Harrison Nelson, Jr. was lucky enough to have found a mentor and friend on the Houston blues front: Lightnin' Hopkins took an interest in the young man's musical development. When Harris was deemed ready, Lightnin' accompanied him to Houston's Gold Star Records. Nothing came of that jaunt, but Harris eventually recorded his debut 78 for the company in 1948 (as Peppermint Nelson). Bob Shad's Sittin' in With label was the vehicle that supplied Harris' early work to the masses -- especially his first major hit, "Raining in My Heart," in 1950. These weren't exactly formal sessions -- legend has it one took place in a Houston bordello! Nor was Shad too cognizant of Pep's surname -- when he couldn't recall it, he simply renamed our man Harris. Harris moved over to Eddie Mesner's Aladdin Records in 1951, cutting far tighter sides for the firm in Los Angeles (often with the ubiquitous Maxwell Davis serving as bandleader and saxist).
And don’t be fooled by the outta tune guitar.

Peppermint Harris - Got A Big Fine Baby
Peppermint Harris - Raining In My Heart


Anonymous Jim Stark said...

Love me some Pepp'rmint, baby!
Lay it on down with that wild blues sound!

Thanks as always Rev!

P.S. I've become a junkie lately...are ya unfortunate enuf to have been sucked into this black hole as well...if so "be my friend"...damn, I've reached a new low

9:22 PM  
Anonymous bbb said...

mes hommages rev'
belle piece le big fine baby;
Goree Carter a la guitare?

9:28 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Jim let's be friends (but only if you bring the beers).
Père BBB, je crois que oui peut-être mais pas sûr pour Carter.

10:19 AM  

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