O M A R   S H A R I F F performing at the 2007 San Francisco Blues Festival; photographer: Mike Shea
performing at the 2007 San Francisco Blues Festival
source: en.wikipedia.org
photographer: Mike Shea
O M A R   S H A R I F F; source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvQPKk2JUpA
source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvQPKk2JUpA
photographer: Ron Munden
Omar Sharriff
f/k/a Dave Alexander   a/k/a Omar Shariff
b. David Alexander Elam; March 10, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana
d. January 8, 2012 in Marshall, Texas

discography

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

Dave Alexander / Omar Sharriff LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
   

- Talkin' In Hawaiian #
- Ups And Downs *

# rec. September 9, 1968 at Sierra Sound Studios in Berkeley, CA; L.C. Robinson, voc [// double tracked], g; Dave Alexander, p; Lafayette Thomas, g; Malachi "Big Daddy" Spencer, b; Barnell Barfield, dr; arr. & dir. by Jimmy McCracklin

* rec. October 31, 1968 in Berkeley, CA; L.C. Robinson, voc, g [voc added November 2, 1968]; Willie Pierce, Cal Van Green, ts; Dave Alexander, p; [] Lafayette Thomas, g; Malachi "Big Daddy" Spencer, b; Victor Leonard, dr; arr. & dir. by Jimmy McCracklin
World Pacific unissued
   

- Highway 59
- Here's The Blues

rec. November 2, 1968 in Berkeley, CA; Dave Alexander, p; Malachi Spencer, b; Victor Leonard, dr
World Pacific unissued
11969Oakland Blues featuring L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson, Lafayette "Thing" Thomas and Dave Alexander

track sequence on cover and label
L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson
- Clean Your House
- Train Time Blues
- Jack Rabbit Boogie
- Separate Ways
- Bringin' My Baby Back Home


Lafayette "Thing" Thomas
- Party With Me # *
- I Had A Dream # *
- A Fool’s Way of Doin’ Things #
Dave Alexander
- Love Is Just For Fools
- Good Soul Music
- Highway 59

actual track sequence on vinyl
L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson
- Clean Your House
- Separate Ways
- Jack Rabbit Boogie
- Train Time Blues
- Bringin' My Baby Back Home


Lafayette "Thing" Thomas
- Party With Me # *
- I Had A Dream # *
- A Fool’s Way of Doin’ Things #
Dave Alexander
- Love Is Just For Fools []
- Good Soul Music []
- Highway 59 []

# rec. September 9, 1968 in Berkeley, CA; Lafayette Thomas, voc, g; Dave Alexander, p; Charles Thomas, g; * L.C. Robinson, st-g; Malachi Spencer, b; Garnell Barfield, dr

[] rec. March 7, 1969 at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA; Dave Alexander, voc, p; George Smith, hca; Houston Twister [Albert Collins], g; Dave Johnson, b; Paul Lagos, dr

prod. by Steve LaVere; arranged & directed by Jimmy McCracklin

Lafayette Thomas discography

L.C. Robinson discography

notes by Pete Welding



World Pacific WPS-21893

= Liberty LBS-83234
(UK 1969)

   

- After Hours
- Boogies

rec. March 7, 1969 at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA; Dave Alexander, p
World Pacific unissued
21972Dave Alexander: The Rattler

- The Sky Is Crying #
- Swanee River Boogie *
- I Need A Little Spirit * []
- Good Home Cooking * []
- The Rattler * []

- There Ought To Be A Law * []
- Lonesome Train Blues #
- A Tribue To My Father * []
- 13 Is My Number * []
- The Judgement *   @ youtube

# rec. July 31, 1972 in Berkeley, CA; Dave Alexander, voc, p; Larry Murdo, b; Mickey Durio, dr; prod. by Chris Strachwitz

* rec. August 1, 1972 in Berkeley, CA; Dave Alexander, voc, p; [] Larry Murdo, b; [] Mickey Durio, dr; prod. by Chris Strachwitz
notes by Lee Hildebrand



Arhoolie 1067

(=) Arhoolie CD 365

Arhoolie discography

   

- Ethel Lee
- David & Omar
- Soulin' On The Texas Plain
- F.
- Blue Marie

rec. August 1, 1972 in Berkeley, CA; Dave Alexander, voc, p; Larry Murdo, b; Mickey Durio, dr; prod. by Chris Strachwitz
Arhoolie unissued
31972L. C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson: Ups And Downs

Arhoolie 1062 track sequence:
- Mojo In My Hand #
- Ups And Downs # §   @ youtube
- Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (instr) #
- Across The Bay Blues #
- L.C.'s Shuffle #


- I've Got To Go *
- Stop And Jump (instr) *
- She Got It From The Start * §   @ youtube
- Things' So Bad In California * §
- New Train Time *

Arhoolie CD 453 track sequence:
- Mojo In My Hand #
- Ups And Downs # §
- Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (instr) #
- Across The Bay Blues #
- L.C.'s Shuffle #
- Can't Be A Winner # //

- I've Got To Go *
- Stop And Jump (instr) *
- She Got It From The Start * §
- Things' So Bad In California * §
- New Train Time *
- I'm Just A Country Boy *
- L.C.'S Theme (instr) *
- Jesus, Did I Know [] § & $ {}
- I Don't Know What I Would Do Without The Lord [] § & $
- Something Might Sweet About The Lord [] § & $
- Ida Red [] § {}
- L.C.'S Blues [] §
- Sweet Jesus [] \\ & $


# rec. September 9, 1971 in San Francisco, CA; L.C. Robinson, voc, g, § vn; James Madison, g; // voc; Charlie Musselwhite, hca; Pinetop Perkins, p; Sammy Lawhorn, g; Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, b; Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, dr; prod. by Chris Strachwitz

* rec. December 17, 1971 in San Francisco, CA; L.C. Robinson, voc, g, § vn; Dave Alexander, p; William Hyatt, b; Teddy Winston, dr; prod. by Chris Strachwitz

[] rec. November 27, 1975 at Radio Station KPFA in Berkeley, CA by Tony Ferro (during a Thanksgiving Day broadcast hosted by Chris Strachwitz); L.C. Robinson, voc, § vn, \\ g; Rev. A.C. Robinson, voc, & hca; Ren Hawkins, voc, $ p; Teddy Winston, dr, perc; {} Chris Strachwitz, sp
notes by Joel Selvin



Arhoolie 1062 (US)

notes by Joel Selvin

= Arhoolie AR 19036 (EUR)

notes by Joel Selvin

(=) Arhoolie CD 453 (1996)
"Mojo In My Hand"

Arhoolie discography

41973Dave Alexander: The Dirt On The Ground

- Sundown #
- Blue Tumbleweed (instr) #   @ youtube
- Suffering With The Lowdown Blues #
- Cold Feeling #   @ youtube
- Strange Woman #

- So You Want To Be A Man #
- Dirt On The Ground #
- Jimmy, Is That You?
- Hoodoo Man #
- St. James Infirmary #   @ youtube

rec. December 5, 1972 in San Francisco, CA; Dave Alexander, voc, p; # Larry Murdo, b; # Mickey Durio, dr
notes by Joel Selvin



Arhoolie 1071

= Trio PA-3059 (Jp)

(=) Arhoolie CD 365

Arhoolie discography

   

- There Must Be A Way Out Of Here
- Please Don't Go
- Going Down Slow
- By The Hair Of My Chinny Chin Chin

rec. December 5, 1972 in San Francisco, CA; Dave Alexander, voc, p; Larry Murdo, b; Mickey Durio, dr
Arhoolie unissued
51992Omar Shariff: The Raven

- The Raven   @ youtube
- Fillmore Street Boogie
- House Built By The Blues
- Love Is Just A Fool
- San Francisco Can Be Such A Lonely Town
- Great Balls Of Fire
- This Is Love
- Stranded In St. Louis
- Omar's Boogie
- Just A Blues
- The Rattler [Arhoolie 1067]
- The Hoodoo Man [Arhoolie 1071]
- Blue Tumbleweed [Arhoolie 1071]
- Suffering With The Lowdown Blues [Arhoolie 1071]
- Cold Feeling [Arhoolie 1071]
- Jimmy, Is That You? [Arhoolie 1071]
- So You Want To Be A Man [Arhoolie 1071]

rec. 1991 in Berkeley, CA (except where noted); Omar Shariff, voc, p; Frank Sipes, b; Skip Dysart, dr
notes by Omar Shariff

Arhoolie CD 365

Arhoolie discography

61993Sacramento Blues

- Key To The Highway - Johnny Heartsman
- House Built By The Blues - Omar Sharriff
- Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Arbess Williams
- Your Friends - Bobby Blues Ray
- Johnny's Hobo Blues - Johnny Guitar Knox & Rick Estrin
- Honky Tonkin' - The Blues Ambassadors
- T-Bone Shuffle - Too Much Blues
- Mr. Guitarhead - Bill Scholer
- Dr. Feelgood - Lena Mosley & The Bad Shoes Band
- Part Time Love - The Soul Prophets
- I've Got News For You - Gary Black
- Book Of The Blues - Glenn Lane & The Soul Of The Blues
- Can't Stop Thinkin About Your Love - Mick Martin & The Steve Foster Blues Band
- Recession Blues - Tommy Twang & The Electric Stimulators
- I Wanna Bop - Catfish & The Ageless Wonders
- Spann's Stomp - Jim Monroe



Sacramento Blues Society
71993Omar Sharriff: Black Widow Spider

- Let's Get It On
- Knowing That We Found Love §
- Fillmore & Haight
- Seven Years Of Torture §
- Blue Monday
- Fingers Of Fire
- You're A Fool
- Burn Baby Burn §
- Greenbacks # * [] //
- My Favorite Things §
- Smack Dab In The Middle # * [] //
- Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be
- All Along The Watchtower * [] //
- Schematic Of A Woman #2

rec. 1993 in Sacramento, CA; Omar Sharriff, voc, p; Steve Gundhi, sax; Richard Golde, g; Al Arnett, b; Jerry Banks, dr + guests; # James Winnegan, hca; * Bobby G, g; § Gene, b; [] Darryl Hutchins, b; // "Rat-a-tat" Pat Balcom, dr

Have Mercy HMCD-08
8199?Sacramento Blues Too!

Arbess Williams & Johnny Heartsman - I Just Wanna Party All Night
Omar Sharriff - Hound Dog #
The Soul Prophets - A Lonely Man
The Luminators - Commit A Crime
Gayiel Von - Baby Please Don't Go
Jimmy Pailer & The Blue Hearts - Bend Over Backwards
Glenn Lane - I Talk Before I Think
The Bobby G Blues Experience - Red House
The Ice Cream Men - Jump Back Cat
Johnny "Guitar" Knox & His Blue Buddies - Honey Bee
Blue Soul - Soul Be It
W.D. Gospel Singers - Down Here Lord
Sonny Boy Blues - Mama Said
Whailin' Black & The Remains - (Some of)My Best Friends Are The Blues
Catfish & The Crawdaddys - Crawdaddy Stomp


# rec. 1993 in Sacramento, CA; Omar Sharriff, voc, p; Steve Gundhi, sax; Richard Golde, g; Al Arnett, b; Jerry Banks, dr

Have Mercy HMCD-10
91995Omar Sharriff: Baddass

- Is There A Real Woman In The House?
- The Bible Says
- My Life Is A Nightmare
- Uhuru
- Take The Bitter With The Sweet #
- Blame It On The Nigger
- I Want Some Money
- Blue Train
- I'm So Tired Of Being Alone
- It's A Shame
- Machine Gun #
- Tribute To The Founding Fathers *

rec. 1995 in Sacramento, CA; Omar Sharriff, voc, p; Steve Gundhi, sax; Richard Golde, g; Geno, b; Steve Pitts, dr, cg; + guests: # The Luminators: Lew Fratis, g; Dave Garrity, b; "Rat-a-tat" Pat Balcom, dr + # Jimmy Pailer, g; * Ron Hull, g; * Eric Kleven, b

Have Mercy HMCD-11
10199615 Urban Blues Classics
Arhoolie Presents American Masters   Vol. 2

- Pontiac Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
- Big Mama's Bumble Bee - Big Mama Thornton
- Cincinnati Stomp - Big Joe Duskin
- Anna Lee - Earl Hooker
- Up & Down The Avenue - Charlie Musselwhite
- Been Around The World - John Littlejohn
- Wine-O-Baby Boogie - Joe Turner/Pete Johnson
- I Know That's Right - Katie Webster

- The Raven - Omar Sharriff
- You Think I'm Your Good Thing - Bee Houston
- Going Back To The Country - Juke Boy Bonner
- Ups & Downs - L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson
- Atlanta Bounce - Piano Red
- Wild, Wild, Woman - Johnny Young
- Gibson Creek Shuffle - The Charles Ford Band



Arhoolie CD 102

Arhoolie discography

11199715 Piano Blues & Boogie Classics
Arhoolie Presents American Masters   Vol. 8

- Dollar Bill Boogie - Big Joe Duskin
- Have You Ever Been Out In The Country - Mercy Dee
- Whistling Alex Moore's Blue - Whistling Alex Moore
- Moaning And Groaning - Johnny Young/Otis Spann
- Katie's Boogie Woogie - Katie Webster
- Cruel Hearted Woman - Thunder Smith
- Ma Grinder, The - Robert Shaw
- Why Did You Go Last Night - Clifton Chenier/Elmore Nixon
- Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - L.C. "Good Rockin" Robinson/Pinetop Perkins

- San Francisco Can Be Such A Lonely Town - Omar Sharriff
- Rocket Boogie "88" - Pete Johnson
- Sugar Hill - Bukka White
- You Ain't Got A Chance - Piano Red
- Cold Chills - Henry Gray
- On The Spot Boogie - Charlie Musselwhite/Lafayette Leake



Arhoolie CD 108

Arhoolie discography

121997Imam Omar Sharriff: Omar the Magnificent

- The Sky Is Crying
- St. James Infirmary
- Sundown
- Swanee River Boogie
- Blue Tumbleweed
- Cold Feeling
- Strange Woman
- So You Want To Be A Man
- Dirt On The Ground
- I Need A Little Spirit

- Good Home Cooking
- The Rattler
- Ther Ought To Be Law
- Lonesome Train Blues
- Tribute To My Father
- 13 Is My Number
- The Jugdement
- Hoodoo Man (The Voodoo Woman And The Witch Doctor)
- Jimmy, Is That You
- Suffering With The Lowdown Blues

Arhoolie 1067
Arhoolie 1071


Arhoolie 207 (cassette)

Arhoolie discography

131998Omar Sharriff: Anatomy Of A Woman

- It's The Booty Not The Beauty
- President & The Tramp
- Anatomy Of A woman
- Blues In The Night
- Ms. Julie
- Feline Domesticus
- She Made Me Turn To Stone
- The Devil & The Woman
- The Booty Bag
- The Woman & The Backdoor Man
- The Smell Of A Woman
- Women With No Eyes

rec. 1998 in Sacramento, CA; Omar Sharriff, voc, p; John Mullick, tp; Steve Gundhi, sax; Little Aaron King, g; Eric Kleven, b; Keeno Burns, dr

Have Mercy HMCD-13
142000The Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Box Set

CD - D: 1979 - 1991
- Gritenme Piedras Del Campo - Flaco Jimenez
- Co-Fe - John Delafose
- Single Girl - Rose Maddox
- Bec De La Manche - Canray Fontenot
- Bosco Stomp - Octa Clark/Hector Duhon
- Negra Ausencia - Santiago Jimenez Jr.
- La Chanson De Cinquante Sous - Michael Doucet with BeauSoleil (previously unreleased)
- Shake What You Got - Preston Frank
- Little Black Eyes - Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band
- The Chill Of A Saturday Afternoon - Wade Fruge
- Jolie Blonde - Chuck Guillory
- Here To Stay - Rebirth Brass Band
- I Know That's Right - Katie Webster
- I've Been There - Lawrence Ardoin
- Mentiste Cuando Dijiste - Flaco Jimenez
- Aguililla - Los Campesinos De Michoacan
- La Reine De La Salle - Odile Falcon
- Chanson De La Sagesse - Michael Doucet
- Hot Chili Mama - BeauSoleil
- Check Out The Zydeco - C.J. Chenier
- El Canoero - Valerio Longoria
- Corrido Del Mono - Los Gavilanes De Oakland

- San Francisco Can Be Such A Lonely Town - Omar Sharriff

"106 songs by 96 artists clocks in at over 6 hours"
5 CD box set

Arhoolie CD 491


Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Jean-Claude Arnaudon: Dictionnaire du Blues.- Paris, France (Filipacci) 1977, pp. 34-35
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, pp. 5, 467, 529
- Robert Ford & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1971 - 2000 [the later years].- Vancouver 2011, p. 11
- Sheldon Harris: Blues Who's Who - A Bibliographical Dictionary of Blues Singers.- New York 1987, pp. 29-31
- http://boogiewoogiemarshall.com/?page_id=86
- http://shreveportsheiks.blogspot.com/
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

 

O M A R   S H A R I F F; source: Harris 1987, p. 30 ('courtesy C Strachwitz')
Dave Alexander early 1970s
source: Harris 1987, p. 30 ("courtesy C. Strachwitz")
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