Willie Joe
Duncan

b. August 10, 1922 in Plum Bayou, Arkansas
d. December 17, 1992 in Santa Clara County, California

discography
W I L L I E   J O E   D U N C A N; source: http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/willie-joe-duncan-his-unitar.html
source: http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/willie-joe-duncan-his-unitar.html

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

Willie Joe Duncan 45 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes

7 inch 45 rpm
11956 

BOB LANDERS (or BOB LENARDE) With WILLIE JOE And His UNITAR
- Cherokee Dance (R. Landers) (XSP-576) #
WILLIE JOE And His UNITAR
- Unitar Rock (W. Duncan) (SP-576)

rec. 1956 ; Bob "Froggy" Landers, voc; Willie Joe Duncan, unitar





Specialty 576

# Specialty SON 5012
(1978)

21957
 


RENษ HALL'S ORCHESTRA
- Flippin' (Bono-Hall) (5092)

RENษ HALL'S ORCHESTRA featuring Willie Joe
- Twitchy (W.J. Duncan) (5090) #

rec. October 30, 1957 in Los Angeles, CA; Rene Hall, g; Plas Johnson, ts; Jewell Grant, bs; p; # Willie Joe Duncan, g; Ted Brinson, b; Early Palmer, dr

"Twitchy" is a remake of "Unitar Rock"




Specialty 618
31978 

BOB LANDERS
- Cherokee Dance (R. Landers) [Specialty 576]
JIMMY LIGGINS
- Drunk [Specialty 470]



Specialty SON 5012 (UK)
   

- Joe Duncan Instrumental [aka Unitar Rock / Twitchy]
- Unitar - Keep The Beat Goin
- My Time After A While
- Instrumental
- Key of Jimmy Reed
- Talking about Muddy Waters
- Talking about Jimmy Reed

rec. 1988 in Paso Alto, CA by Charlie Lange; Willie Joe Duncan, unitar, sp; "Lone Cat", hca; Chester D. Wilson, g; Willie G., spoons

originally unissued

Delta Cat 1001 (2010)


LP / CD compilations
41968Doo-Wop

Side One - Sweet & Dreamy
- Pretty Little Girl - The Chimes
- Our School Days - The Monitors
- Bad Boy - Larry Williams
- Sweet Breeze - Vernon Green & The Phantoms
- Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin
- Flip - Marvin & Johnny
- Wheel Of Fortune - The Four Flames


Side Two - Outrageous & Contagious
- Moose On The Loose - Roddy Jackson
- Cherokee Dance - Bob "Froggy" Landers with Willie Joe and his Unitar
- That Mellow Saxophone - Roy Montrell
- Drunk - Jimmy Liggins and his 3-D Music
- The Animal Song - King Perry and his Pied Pipers
- Cleo - Rene Hall and his Band
- The Traffic Song - Joe Lutcher





Specialty SPS 2114
51985Rock 'N Roll Party Volume 5

Al Downing with The Poe Kats – Down On The Farm
Bob Landers with Willie Joe and his Unitar – Cherokee Dance
Larry Williams – Slow Down
Don & Dewey – A Little Love
Little Richard – Lucille
Sister Wynona Carr – Hurt Me
The Four Kings with The Willie Mitchell Orchestra – Rag Mop
Jimmy Liggins and his 3-D Music – Drunk

Ronnie Dawson – Action Packed
Little Richard – The Girl Can't Help It
The Titans – Don't You Just Know It
Larry Williams – Peaches And Cream
Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers – Daddy On My Mind
Kid Thomas – Rockin' This Joint Tonite
Hueylyn Duvall – Three Months To Kill
Nolan Cormier and The LA Aces – Hee Haw Breakdown



Ace CH 158
61992Bo Diddley Beats

- Hambone - Red Saunders & Orchestra
- Not Fade Away - The Crickets
- Calling All Cows - Blues Rockers
- Willie and the Hand Jive - Johnny Otis
- Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) - Donovan
- Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark
- Shame, Shame, Shame - Shirley & Company
- Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
- Bo Diddley - Joe Reisman's Orchestra & Chorus
- Chevrolet - Lonnie & Ed Young
- Arkansas Jane - King Cotton
- I Want Candy - The Strangeloves

- Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers
- Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles
- Let the Water Run Down - Ben E. King
- Tonight (Perfidia) - Gene Krupa
- Purple Rain - Big Daddy
- Ma-Mi Ayiko (Well Done Mama) - Mustapha Tettey Addy/Oboade



Rhino CD R2-70291
71994The Specialty Story 1944–1964

disc 4:
- Nite Owl - Tony Allen & The Champs
- Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
- Eternity - Ernest Kador
- Rich Woman - Li'l Millet & His Creole
- Squeeze Box Boogie - Clifton Chenier
- Touch the Hem of His Garment - Sam Cooke/The Soul Stirrers
- Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
- Slippin' & Slidin' (Peepin' & Hidin') - Little Richard
- Oh-Rooba-Lee - Arthur Lee Maye & the Crowns
- Gloria - Arthur Lee Maye & the Crowns

- Cherokee Dance - Willie Joe & His Unitar/Bob Landers
- Rip It Up - Little Richard
- Ready Teddy - Little Richard
- Sweet Breeze - Vernon Green & the Phantoms
- Mellow Saxophone, (Every Time I Hear That) - Roy Montrell
- She's Got It - Little Richard
- Heeby-Jeebies - Little Richard
- Should I Ever Love Again? - Sister Wynona Carr
- Just to Hold My Hand - Big Boy Myles & the Sha-Weez
- Girl Can't Help It, The - Little Richard
- All Around the World - Little Richard
- Oooh-Whee Baby - Art Neville
- Just Because - Larry Williams
- Lucille - Little Richard
- Send Me Some Lovin' - Little Richard
- Open up Your Heart - Eugene Church


5 CD set
notes by Billy Vera

Ace / Specialty
5SPCD-4412-2
81997Teen Beat Volume 4

- Brontosaurus Stomp - The Piltdown Men
- Bust Out - The Busters
- Image (part 1) - Hank Levine & Orchestra
- Image (part 2) - Hank Levine
- Peter Gunn Theme - Ray Anthony
- Chicken Pickin' - Lonnie Mack
- Rinky Dink - Dave "Baby" Cortez
- Raunchy - Bill Justis
- Shimmy Shimmy Walk (part 1) - The Megatons
- Shimmy Shimmy Walk (part 2) - The Megatons
- Scratchy - Travis Wammack
- Tuff - Ace Cannon
- Side Winder - Wes Dakus' Rebels
- Nite Rock - The Nite Rockers
- The Swingin' Shepherd Blues - The Moe Koffman Quartette
- Honky Tonk - Ernie Fields Orchestra
- Church Key - Dave Meyers & The Surftones
- Green Monkey - Garnell Cooper & The Kinfolks
- Wiggle Tail Pt 2 - The Googie Rene Combo
- Asia Minor - Kokomo
- Bullwinkle Pt Ii - The Centurions

- Unitar Rock - Willie Joe & His Unitar
- Sandstorm - The Fatimas
- Trollin' - Boots Brown & The Blockbusters
- The Lonely Dragster - The Bobby Fuller Four
- Drums A Go-Go - The Hollywood Persuaders
- Take Ten - Troy & The T-Birds
- Astronauts - The Busters
- Smokie (part 1) - Bill Black's Combo
- Smokie (part 2) - Bill Black's Combo



Ace CDCHD 655 (UK)
92003Shake 'em On Down Vol. 2

- Uncle Jonah's Place - H. Dorman
- Deacon Jones - Boozoo Chavis
- Stroll Out West - E. Taylor
- Bo Diddley 69 - Bo Diddley
- Come On Train - Llloyd George
- Take Five - Hound Dog Taylor
- Mean Ole Lonesome Train - L. Slim
- Boogie Children - J. Fred & Playboys
- Good Rockin' Mama - John Lee Hooker
- Jambo - Claude McLin

- Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers [Specialty 576]
- Walkin' with Barrence - B. Whitfield
- Evil Blues - Washboard Sam
- Industrial Blues - Dr. Ross
- Never Leave Me at Home - F. Frost
- Somebody's Doing Me Wrong - E. Blanchard
- Movin' Out Boogie - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Slow Down Baby - Tommy Harris
- Call the Doctor - Dr. Ross
- She's Mine - John Lee Hooker
- Back Street Crazzy! - Dale Hawkins
- Had a Gal Called Sal - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Just Can't Say - Willie Nix
- Can't Judge a Book - Bo Diddley
- Josephine Par Se Ma Femme - C. Chenier
- Shock - Tiny Fuller
- A Thing You Gotta Face - Polka Dot Slim
- Feels Good Babe - Frank Frost


Flat-Top FTB-069 (UK)
102007Rock 'n' Roll Fever!
the wildest from Specialty

- Justine
- Moose On The Loose - Roddy Jackson
- Thunderbird - Rene Hall
- My Baby's Rocking

- Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers with Willie Joe & His Unitar
- She Said Yeah - Larry Williams
- Don't Stop Loving Me
- Don't You Just Know It - The Titans

- Twitchy - Ren้ Hall's Orchestra featuring Willie Joe
- Haunted House - Johnny Fuller
- Chicken Baby Chicken - Tony Harris
- Sack - Ben Hughes
- Arlene - The Titans
- Little Bird - Hollywood Flames
- I've Got My Sights On Someone New - Roddy Jackson
- Lights Out - Jerry Byrne
- It's Spring Again - The Pentagons
- Goodbye Baby Goodbye - Sonny Lowery
- Ooh Little Girl - Floyd Dixon
- Rock & Roll Fever - Floyd Dixon
- Swingin' At The Creek - Johnny Fuller
- Frankenstein's Den - Hollywood Flames
- Carry On - Jerry Byrne
- Hiccups - Roddy Jackson
- Satisfied - Casualairs



Ace CDCHD 574 (UK)
112009The Best of Burlesque
50 Original Club Classics

disc 1:
- Harlem Nocturne - Earl Bostic
- Lover - Frank Sinatra
- Lovin' Machine - Wynonie Harris
- Suzy Q - Dale Hawkins
- Gotta Give Me What You Got
- She Likes To Boogie Real Low - Frankie Lee Sims
- Stranded In The Jungle
- Rich Woman
- Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
- Three Cool Cats - The Coasters
- Jump Children (Voot Voot)
- Train Kept A-rollin', The
- Rumble
- Wine, Women, Whiskey
- The Honeydripper
- Fever - Little Willie John
- Jack, That Cat Was Clean
- Just A Gigolo/i Ain't Got Nobody
- House Of Blue Lights, The - Ella Mae Morse
- Yak Yak
- Let The Four Winds Blow
- I Want My Fanny Brown - Wynonie Harris
- I'm Tore Up - Billy Gayles
- One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
- I Love To Ride - Paula Watson


disc 2:
- Mambo No. 5
- Big 10 Inch Record (Of The Blues)
- The Stripper
- One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer - Amos Milburn
- Drunk - Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy
- Walkin' Blues, The - Fluffy Hunter
- It Ain't The Meat
- The New Bon-Ton Roulay - Clarence Garlow
- Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie
- Monkey, The - Dave Bartholomew
- T-bone Shuffle - T-Bone Walker

- Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers
- Jock-O-Mo
- I Wanna Make Love To You - Jimmy McCracklin
- Good Morning Judge
- That Mellow Saxophone - Roy Montrell
- Sixteen Chicks - Joe Clay
- Gator's Groove - Willis "Gator" Jackson
- Good Rockin' Daddy - Etta James
- My Man Stands Out
- Bartender Boogie
- Long John Blues
- My Gal's A Jockey
- Shake It And Grab It
- I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins


2 CD set
notes by Charles Waring

Music Club Deluxe
9767101
122009R&B Dynamite Vol. 1
A Wild and Savage Collection of Black Rock n' Roll and R&B

- The Girl Can't Dance - Bunker Hill
- Scorched - Varetta Dillard
- Chicken Baby Chicken - Tony Harris
- Bim Bam - Don & Dewey
- Skippy Is A Sissy - Roy Gaines
- 24 Boyfriends - Dee Clark
- Why Don't You Leave It - Ba Ba Thomas
- I Was Gone - Eddie Clearwater
- Bloody Mary - Barrence Whitfield & the Savages
- Ragdoll Baby - Paul Griffen
- Your Line Was Busy - Bobby Jackson
- Thinkin' Man's Girl - Lord Luther
- My Baby Has Gone - Little Miss Jessie
- Frieda Frieda - The Valiants
- Mamma Get Your Hammer - Bobby Peterson
- Tough Lover - Etta James
- Wail Baby Wail - Tommy Louis
- Tell Me Pretty Baby - Screamin' Joe Neal

- Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers
- Lawdy Mama - Edgar Blanchard
- She's My Baby - Screamin' Joe Neal
- Oh Mom - The Daylighters
- Jungle Hop - Don & Dewey
- Ain't Nobody's Fool - Piano Red
- Peek-A-Boo Mary Lou - Ricky Ricardo
- Hum Baby Little - Jerry Williams
- Tootles - Lenny Capello
- Rock N' Roll Molly - Sir Rich and the Spanking Club



Dynamite
132009Ramblin' 2
28 Hot Rockin' Blues Boppers

- Uncle Jonah's Place - H. Dorman
- Deacon Jones - Boozoo Chavis
- Stroll Out West - E. Taylor
- Bo Diddley 69 - Bo Diddley
- Come On Train - Lloyd George
- Take Five - Hound Dog Taylor
- Mean Ole Lonesome Train - L. Slim
- Boogie Children - J. Fred & the Playboys
- Good Rockin' Mama - John Lee Hooker
- Jambo - Claude McLin

- Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers
- Walkin' With Barrence - B. Whitfield
- Evil Blues - Washboard Sam
- Industrial Boogie - Dr. Ross
- Never Leave Me Home - F. Frost
- Somebody's Doing Me Wrong - E. Blanchard
- Movin' Out Boogie - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Slow Down Baby - Tommy Harris
- Call The Doctor - Dr. Ross
- She's Mine - John Lee Hooker
- Back Street Crazzy! - Dale Hawkins
- Had a Gal Called Sal - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Just Can't Say - Willie Nix
- Can't Judge A Book - Bo Diddley
- Josephine Par Se Ma Femme - C. Chenier
- Shock - Tiny Fuller
- A Thing You Gotta Face - Polka Dot Slim
- Feels Good Babe - Frank Frost



Ramblin' rm 2502
142010One String Blues Masters

One String Sam
- I Need A Hundred Dollars
- My Baby Ooo

Willie Joe Duncan & His Unitar
- Unitar Rock [Specialty 576]
- Cherokee Dance [Specialty 576]
Willie Joe with Rene Hall's Orchestra
- Twitchy [Specialty 618]
Louis Dotson
- Sitting On Top Of The World
Sonny Boy Williams
- How I Learned To Play Guitar
Compton Jones
- Shake Em On Down
Napoleon Strickland
- Key To The Bushes
Eddie "One String" Jones
- One String Three
- Rollin & Tumblin Blues
- Come Back Baby
- I'll Be Your Chauffeur
- It's Raining Here
- The Dozens
- John Henry
- Baby Please Don't Go
One String Sam
- Walk With Me Lord
- I Need A Hundred Dollars
- I Got To Go

Willie Joe Duncan
- Joe Duncan Instrumental #
- Unitar - Keep The Beat Goin #
- My Time After A While #
- Instrumental #
- Key of Jimmy Reed #
- Talking about Muddy Waters #
- Talking about Jimmy Reed #

# rec. 1988 in Paso Alto, CA by Charlie Lange; Willie Joe Duncan, unitar, sp; "Lone Cat", hca; Chester D. Wilson, g; Willie G., spoons

Delta Cat 1001


Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, p. 191
- Robert Ford & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1971 - 2000 [the later years].- Vancouver 2011, p. 133
- http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/rene-hall.html
- http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/willie-joe-duncan-his-unitar.html
- http://itsgreatshakes.blogspot.com/2005/07/willie-joe-and-his-unitar-unitar.html
- http://www.45cat.com/record/son5012
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/willie-joe-duncan-his-unitar.html

thanks to Oliver Kostrinsky for drawing my attention towards this artist

 

Stefan Wirz


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