J O H N    H E N R Y   B A R B E E; from back cover of Amiga 856281
source: back cover of Amiga 856281
photographer: Hans Harzheim

John Henry
Barbee

claimed to be born "William George Tucker"
b. November 14, 1905 in Henning, Tennessee
d. November 3, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois

discography
J O H N    H E N R Y   B A R B E E,   Munich, Germany, October 12, 1964; source: German Blues Circle 41a (1980), photo # 21; photographer: Karl Schneider
John Henry Barbee, Munich, Germany, October 12, 1964
source: German Blues Circle 41a (1980), photo # 21
photographer: Karl Schneider
This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

John Henry Barbee 78 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11938John Henry Barbee

- Six Weeks Old Blues (C-2304-1) #   @ youtube
or
- Six Weeks Old Blues (C-2304-2)   @ Spotify
- God Knows I Can't Help It (C-2305-1)   @ Spotify

rec. September 8, 1938 in Chicago; John Henry Barbee, voc., g; Willie Bee James, g; unknown, sb

Vocalion 04417

# Blues Classics BC 14
Document DLP 520
Document DOCD 5159

   

- You'll Work Down To Me Someday (C-2306-2)   @ Spotify
- Against My Will (C-2307-2)   @ Spotify

rec. September 8, 1938 in Chicago; John Henry Barbee, voc., g; Willie Bee James, g; unknown, sb
Vocalion unissued

Document DLP 520
Document DOCD 5159

21964Chicago Blues
A Bonanza All Star Blues LP

Sunnyland Slim
- Won't Do That No More

John Henry Barbee
- Early In The Morning #
St. Louis Jimmy
- Goody Goody Goody
Willie Dixon
- Weak Brain ! Narrow Mind !
Homesick James
- Can't Hold Out
Cocoa Taylor
- What Kind Of Man Is This?

Homesick James
- Queen's Rock

John Henry Barbee
- No Pickin', No Pullin' #
Sunnyland Slim
- Drinking
St. Louis Jimmy
- Going Down Slow
Cocoa Taylor
- Which-A-Way To Go
Willie Dixon
- So Long!

# rec. March 26, 1964 in Chicago; John Henry Barbee, voc, g; Homesick James, g; Washboard Sam, wb

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Spivey 1003

Spivey discography

3196?Encore For The Chicago Blues

Muddy Waters Blues Men
- Yes Sir! Boss
Harvey Hill
- I Feel So Good
Koko Taylor
- I'm Looking For A Man
Memphis Slim
- Chicago To Paris
Babe Stovall
- My Brown Is A Mistraeter
Big Joe Williams
- Move Your Hand
Olive Brown
- Woman's Lament
J.B. Lenoir
- Korea Blues

Washboard Sam's Band
- Chicago Rock
Victoria Spivey
- T B Blues
Willie Dixon
- Brooklyn Going To Be My Home
John Hammond
- Squeeze My Lemon

John Henry Barbee
- Six Week Old Blues [sic] #
Viola Wells
- See See Rider
Homesick James
- Somebody's Been Talkin'
Roosevelt Sykes
- Dirty Mother Fuyer


# rec. March 26, 1964 in Chicago; John Henry Barbee, voc, g: Willie Dixon, perc
notes by Len Kunstadt
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Spivey 1009

Spivey discography

4196?American Folk Blues Festival '64

Sonnyboy Williamson
- I'm Trying To Make London My Home
- Dissatisfied
Sunnyland Slim
- Everytime I Get To Drinkin'
Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins
- Ain't It A Pity
- Baby Please Don't Go

Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon
- I'm A Tearing Little Daddy

John Henry Barbee
- Cotton Pickin' Blues #   @ youtube
Hubert Sumlin / Sunnyland Slim
- No Title Boogie
Sugar Pie Desanto
- Slip In Mules
Howlin' Wolf
- Dust My Broom


# rec. October 9, 1964 at the Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany; John Henry Barbee, voc, g

 

insert notes of Fontana 681 522 TL [in German !]

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notes by Georges Adins,
Joachim E. Behrend,
Jacques Demêtre
Bob Koester, Horst
Lippmann, Paul Oliver
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Fontana 681 522 TL (mono)
= Fontana 885 411 MY (stereo)


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= Fontana TL 5225

[not = Amiga 850043 !!!]


(=) Philips/Phonogram
SFL-7385 (1969)
American Folk Blues
Festival 63-64

notes by Willy Leiser
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L + R 42.024 (1981)

= LR CD-2024

L + R discography

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= disc 4 of Evidence
5 CD set ECD 26200

5196?Guitar Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Wild Ox Moan
- Juanita Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins
- Walkin' The Streets
- Mussy Haired Woman

John Henry Barbee
- Your Friend #
- Backwater Blues #

Lonnie Johnson
- My Bay Is Gone
- You Don't Know What Love Is
Math. Murphy
- Gravel Road
John Lee Hooker
- Stand By My Baby
- Baby Please Don't Go


rec. October 8, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark; John Henry Barbee, voc, g
notes by Paul Oliver



Storyville SLP 166

Storyville discography

61964John Henry Barbee:
Portraits in Blues Vol. 9


- Dust My Broom
- Hey Baby
- That's Alright
- Early Morning Blues
- I Heard My Baby   @ youtube

- I Ain't Gonna Pick No More Cotton
- Worried Life Blues
- Miss Nelly Grey
- Tell Me Baby
- John Henry

rec. October 8, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark; John Henry Barbee, voc, g
notes by Paul Oliver



Storyville SLP 171

notes by Paul Oliver



= Storyville 671171


= Storyville 616013 (1965)
"I Ain't Gonna Pick No
More Cotton"


= Storyville/Teichiku
ULS-1814-R (Jp 1975)


= Storyville/Teldec 6.23701
(D 1979)
"Blues Roots Vol. 2
Guitar Blues From The
Memphis Area"

= PGP RTB 2220636 (P)


= Storyville SLP 4037
"Blues Roots Vol. 3"

Storyville discography

notes by Theo Lehmann



Amiga 856281 (GDR 1989)
"Blues Collection Vol. 11"

719??The Best of The Blues

Big Bill Broonzy
- Diggin' My Potatoes
Speckled Red
- Uncle Sam's Blues
Memphis Slim
- Bertha May
Champion Jack Dupree
- Christina, Christina Blues
Big Joe Williams
- Vitamin A Blues
Lonnie Johnson
- Don't Cry Baby

Roosevelt Sykes
- The Way I Feel
Sleepy John Estes
- City Hall Blues

John Henry Barbee
- Early In The Morning #
Sunnyland Slim
- One Room Country Shack
Sonny Boy & M. Slim
- Copenhagen Woman
Otis Spann
- Boots And Shoes


rec. October 8, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark; John Henry Barbee, voc, g
Storyville SLP 188


= Storyville 671188

notes by Paul Oliver



= Storyville SLP 4023 (1981)

81967Country Blues Classics, Volume 4

Leroy Dallas
- I'm Going Away
- Good Morning Blues
- I'm Down Now
- Jump Little Children
Joe Williams
- His Spirit Lives On
Peter Warfield
- Morning Train Blues
Dennis McMillon
- Going Back Home


John Henry Barbee
- Six Week Old Blues [Vocalion 04417]
Carl Martin
- Lets Have A New Deal
Sonny Boy Johnson
- Swimming Pool Blues
Gabriel Brown
- Black Jack Blues
Lost John Hunter
- YM & V Blues
James Cain
- Good Mr. Roosevelt
Peter McKinley
- Mean Black Snake

Blues Classics BC 14


Blues Classics discography

91972A Festival Of Blues
Recorded in Europe

Champion Jack Dupree
- Sporting Life Blues
- Number Nine

John Henry Barbee
- Worried Life Blues (alt. tk.)
- That's Alright (alt. tk.)
Memphis Slim
- Blues Confession
- St. Louis Blues
- Lonesome Blues
Sippie Wallace
- You Don't Know My Mind
- Suitcase Blue
Speckled Red
- It Feels So Good
Roosevelt Sykes
- No Money Down
- Baby Child

Storyville SLP 214

Storyville discography

101974The Best Of The Blues

Big Bill Broonzy
- Diggin' My Potatoes
Spreckled
[sic] Red
- Uncle Sam's Blues
Memphis Slim
- Bertha May
Champion Jack Dupree
- Christina, Christina Blues
Big Joe Williams
- Vitamin A Blues
Lonnie Johnson
- Don't Cry Baby

Roosevelt Sykes
- The Way I Feel
Sleepy John Estes
- City Hall Blues

John Henry Barbee
- Early In The Morning
Sunnyland Slim
- One Room Country Shack
Sonny Boy Williamson & Memphis Slim
- Copenhagen Woman
Otis Spann
- Boots And Shoes


Champion Jack Dupree & Mogens Seidelin
- Sporting Life Blues
Memphis Slim
- Blues Confession

John Henry Barbee
- That's Alright
Sippie Wallace & Little Brother Montgomery
- Suitcase Blues
Roosevelt Sykes
- No Money Down
Memphis Slim
- St. Louis Blues


John Henry Barbee
- Worried Life Blues
Memphis Slim
- Lonesome Blues
Champion Jack Dupree
- Number Nine
Sippie Wallace & Roosevelt Sykes
- You Don't Know My Mind
Speckled Red
- It Feels So Good
Roosevelt Sykes
- Baby Child
DLP

Storyville SLPD5








= Storyville DALP 2/1946
Storyville discography

111979Chicago Blues
- Live at the Fickle Pickle


Johnny Jones & Willie Dixon
- Johnny's Boogie
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Long Haired Doney

John Henry Barbee
- Baby I Need Your Love #
Blind James Brewer
- Big Road Blues
- Poor Kelly
Big Joe Williams
- Sugar Mama

Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Make Some Love To Me
- Smokestack Lightnin'

John Henry Barbee
- Tell Me Baby #
Johnny Jones & Billy Boy Arnold
- Sloppy Drunk
- Early In The Morning
- My Little Machine
- Going To The River


# rec. 1963 live at the Fickle Pickle, Chicago, Ill.; John Henry Barbee, voc, g; concert promoters: George Mitchell & Michael Bloomfield; rec. by Norman Dayron
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Flyright LP 549

Flyright discography

121967John Henry Barbee & Sleepy John Estes: Blues Live

Sleepy John Estes
- Drop Down Mama
- I'd Been Well Warned
- Stop That Thing #
- Divin' Duck Blues
- Vernita Blues
- Bottle Up And Go #
- Mountain Cat Blues


John Henry Barbee
- Hey Woman   @ Spotify
- Backwater Blues   @ Spotify
- Boll Weevil   @ Spotify
- Somebody Done Change The Lock On My Door   @ Spotify
- That's All Right   @ Spotify

CD bonus tracks:
- Tell Me Baby   @ Spotify
- John Henry   @ Spotify
- Dust My Broom   @ Spotify

Estes tracks rec. live October 8, 1964 in Copenhagen; Sleepy John Estes, voc, g; Hammie Nixon, hca, # jug
Barbee tracks rec. live October 8, 1964 at the Folk Club of Denmark in Copenhagen; John Henry Barbee, voc, g
notes by Paul Oliver



Storyville SLP 4074

Storyville discography


Storyville STCD 8051 (2000)

131987Mississippi Country Blues, Vol. 2 (1938-1942)
"Delta Blues In Chicago"

Tommy McClennan
- Brown Skin Girl
- New Highway No. 51
- Whiskey Head Man
- Deep Blue Sea Blues
- I'm A Guitar King
- Mozelle Blues
- Mr. So And So Blues
- Bluebird Blues

John Henry Barbee
- Six Weeks Old Blues [Vocalion 04417]
- God Knows I Can't Help It [Vocalion 04417]

Willie "61" Blackwell
- She's Young And Wild
- Noiseless Motor Blues
- Don't Misuse Me, Baby
- Bald Eagle Blues
- Four O'Clock Flower Blues
- Chalk My To
- Machine Gun Blue
- Rampaw Street Blue

John Henry Barbee
- You'll Work Down To Me Someday [Vocalion unissued]
- Against My Will [Vocalion unissued]



Document DLP 520
141994John Henry Barbee: Blues Masters Vol. 3

- Dust My Broom   @ Spotify
- Hey Baby   @ Spotify
- That's All Right   @ Spotify
- Early Morning Blues, No. 1   @ Spotify
- I Heard My Baby   @ youtube
- I Ain't Gonna Pick No More Cotton   @ Spotify
- Worried Life Blues, No. 2   @ Spotify
- Miss Nelly Grey   @ Spotify
- Tell Me Baby   @ Spotify
- John Henry   @ youtube
- Your Friend   @ youtube
- Backwater Blues   @ youtube
- Early in the Morning, No. 2   @ Spotify
- Jump Blues   @ Spotify
- Worried Life Blues, No. 1   @ Spotify
- That's All Right, No. 2   @ Spotify
notes by Paul Oliver

Storyville STCD 8003

Storyville discography

151993Memphis Blues 1927 - 1938

Ollie Rupert (1927)
- I Raised My Window And Looked At The Risin' Sun
Ain't Goin' To Be Your Low Down Dog
Walter Rhodes (1927)
- The Crowing Rooster
- Leaving Home Blues
Pearl Dickson (1927)
- Twelve Pound Daddy
- Little Rock Blues
Madelyn James (1930)
- Stinging Snake Blues
- Long Time Blues
Charlie Bozo Nickerson (1930)
- What's The Matter Now? - Part 1
- What's The Matter Now? - Part 2
- Bozo's Blues - Part 1
- Bozo's Blues - Part 2
Sam Townsend (1930)
- I'm Missing That
- Lily Kimball Blues
Hattie Hart (1934)
- I'm Missing That Thing
- I Let My Daddy Do That
- Coldest Stuff In Town (Duet w. Allen Shaw)
- Happy-Go-Lucky Blues
George Torey (1937)
- Married Woman Blues
- Lonesome Man Blues

John Henry Barbee (1938)
- Six Weeks Old Blues (take 1)   @ Spotify
- Six Weeks Old Blues (take 2)   @ Spotify
- God Knows I Can't Help It   @ Spotify
- You'll Work Down To Me Someday   @ Spotify
- Against My Will   @ Spotify
notes by Kip Lornell



Document DOCD 5159
161998Down Home Slide

- That's All Right - Robert Nighthawk
- I Know She Didn't Love Me - John Henry Barbee #
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed - Mississippi Fred McDowell, Annie Mae McDowell
- Roll Me Over Slow - Big Joe Williams
- Everything Gonna Be Alright - Robert Nighthawk
- John Henry - Elijah Brown
- Jackson Town Eddie Taylor
- Mad & Evil - George Coleman
- I'm On My Way To Canaan Land - Blind Connie Williams
- Which Way My Baby Go - Big Joe Williams
- Hoodoo Snake Doctor Blues Johnny Shines
- Slidin' John Littlejohn
- Walk On, Little Girl - Big Joe Williams
- Poor Boy Long Way From Home Arthur Weston
- Anna Lee - Robert Nighthawk
- Sweet Home Chicago David Honeyboy Edwards
- I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- My Lonesome Bed - Big Joe Williams
- Key To The Highway - Blind Connie Williams


# rec. May 12, 1963 in Chicago, Ill.; John Henry Barbee, voc, g

Testament CD 6009
17200?John Henry Barbee
The George Mitchell Collection Vol. 30

- That Ain't It
- Gonna Lose Your Mind


rec. 1963 live at the Fickle Pickle, Chicago, Ill.; John Henry Barbee, voc, g; concert promoters: George Mitchell & Michael Bloomfield; rec. by Norman Dayron
7 inch 33 rpm


Fat Possum

182009The Blues Box

CD 1:
Lonnie Johnson
Otis Spann

CD 2:
Speckled Red
Sunnyland Slim


CD 3:
Roosevelt Sykes
Sippie Wallace
Little Brother Montgomery

CD 4:
Big Joe Williams
Sleepy John Estes
Robert Pete Williams


CD 5:
Big Bill Broonzy
- Glory Of Love
- Careless Love
- I Gets The Blues When It Rains
- My Name Is Lee Conley Broonzy
- Take This Hammer
- See See Ride
- Diggin’ My Potatoes
- Midnight Special
- Keep Your Hands Off Her
- I Got A Girl
- You Better Mind
- I Love You So Much
- Sixteen Tons
- Black Brown And White
- Goodnight Irene

John Henry Barbee
- Dust My Broom
- I Heard My Baby
- I Ain’t Gonna Pick No More Cotton
- Miss Nelly Grey
- Tell Me Baby
- Jump Blues

CD 6:
Memphis Slim
Champion Jack Dupree
Eddie Boyd
Jay McShann

CD 7:
Sonnyboy Williamson
Sonny Terry
Brownie McGhee


DVD:
Champion Jack Dupree
Sonnyboy Williamson
Robert Lockwood Jr.
James Caroll Booker III
Henry Gray
Boogie Bill Webb, Harmonica Slim
Cousin Joe
7 CD + DVD set

Storyville 108 8604


Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Robert M.W. Dixon & John Godrich: Blues & Gospel Records 1902 - 1943, 3rd ed. 1982, p. 58
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, p. 18-19
- Robert Ford: A Blues Bibliography, 2nd Edition (Routledge Music Bibliographies) 2007, p. 
- Sheldon Harris: Blues Who's Who - A Bibliographical Dictionary of Blues Singers.- p. 39
- Mike Leadbitter & Neil Slaven: Blues Records 1943 to 1970 - A selective discography, Vol. one, A to K.- p. 62
- Mike Rowe: The Old Swing-Masters.- Blues Unlimited 137/138 (1980), p. 4-24
. - http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads/blues/j/henrybar.htm
- http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads/label/document/document1.htm
- Ebay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: Sheldon Harris: Blues Who 's Who.- New Rochelle 4th ed. 1987, p. 39; Photographer: Stephanie Wiesand

thanks to Roland Piehl and Bob Eagle for additional info / scans

 

J O H N    H E N R Y   B A R B E E; source: Mike Rowe: The Old Swing-Masters.- Blues Unlimited 137/138 (1980), p. 4 ('courtesy Rev. Moody Jones')
(l. to r.) Ed Newman, b; John Henry Barbee, g; Moody Jones, g; James Kindle, bj - 1942
source: Mike Rowe: The Old Swing-Masters.- Blues Unlimited 137/138 (1980), p. 4 ("courtesy Rev. Moody Jones")

 

J O H N    H E N R Y   B A R B E E; from front cover of Storyville SLP 4037
source: front cover of Storyville SLP 4037

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