Friday, February 17, 2012

Jesse Fuller

I thought this was another i had featured here before but can't find any sign of it inn the archives - very strange. Anyway, a great Lp by one man band Jesse and recorded in one take by the sound of it. Actually reading the sleeve notes I see it was recorded live at a club called Good Time Jazz in 1962/3.

Wikipedia says -

"Jesse Fuller (March 12, 1896 — January 29, 1976) was an American one-man band musician, best known for his song "San Francisco Bay Blues".

Fuller was born in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta. He was sent by his mother to live with foster parents when he was a young child, in a rural setting where he was badly mistreated. Growing up, he worked a multitude of jobs: grazing cows for ten cents a day, working in a barrel factory, a broom factory, a rock quarry, on a railroad and a streetcar company, shining shoes, and even peddling hand-carved wooden snakes.
He came west and in the 1920s worked briefly as a film extra in The Thief of Bagdad and East of Suez. Eventually he settled in Oakland, California, across the bay from San Francisco, where he worked for the Southern Pacific railroad. During World War II, he worked as a shipyard welder, but when the war ended he found it increasingly difficult to find work. Around the early 1950s, Fuller's thoughts turned toward the possibility of making a living playing music."

Tracks are as follows -

1. John Henry
2. I Got A Mind To Ramble
3. Crazy About A Woman
4. Where Could I Go But To The Lord
5. Stealin' Back My Old Time Used To Be
6. Brownskin Girl I've Got My Eye On You

Jesse Fuller - Side Two

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