S M O K Y   B A B E; from front cover of of Bluesville BV 1063
source: front cover of Bluesville BV 1063
photographer: Harry Oster

Smoky Babe
real name: Robert Brown
b. 1927 in Itta Bena, Mississippi
d. 1975, location unknown

discography
S M O K Y   B A B E; from front cover of of Arhoolie R 2019
source: front cover of Arhoolie R 2019
photographer: Harry Oster
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

Smoky Babe LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
   

- Shake, Shake Mattie
- Biscuit Bakin' Mama

rec. February 6, 1960 in Scotlandville, LA; Smoky Babe, voc, g
unissued
11960Country Negro Jam Session

Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- 44 Blues
Robert Pete Williams
- Mississippi Heavy Water Blues
Clarence Edwards
- Smokes Like Lightning
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Who Broke The Lock
Clarence Edwards
- You Don't Love Me
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- It's The Sign Of The Judgement
Ben Douglas
- Foxhunt


Sally Dotson with Smoky Babe & Hillary Blunt
- Your Dice Won't Pass
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Jelly Roll
Rebecca Smith etc.
- I've Got Religion

Smoky Babe
- Going Downtown Boogie
Clarence Edwards
- Stack O' Dollars
Willie Thomas & Butch Cage
- Brown Skin Woman
Leon Strickland with Lucius Bridges
- I Won't Be Your Low Down Dog No More

additional tracks on Arhoolie CD 372:
Butch Cage & Willie B Thomas
- The Piano Blues

Smoky Babe
- Cotton Field Blues
Otis Webster
- The Farm Blues
- The Boss Man Blues
Butch Cage & Willie B Thomas
- Whoa Mule!
Otis Webster
- Boll Weevil Blues
Clarence Edwards/Cornelius Edwards/Butch Cage
- Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas
- Dead And Gone
- Called For You Yesterday
- Me & My Chauffeur
- Baby Please Don't Go


rec. during the late 1950s and early 1960s in southwest Louisiana by Harry Oster
cover photo of Butch Cage and Willie Thomas with their wives by Harry Oster

Dr. Harry Oster discography








Folk-Lyric FL 111








= Arhoolie R 2018

= Trio PA-6028 (Jp 1974)

notes by Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie CD 372

Butch Cage & Willie
Thomas discography

21961Smoky Babe and his friends: Hot Blues

track list of Folk-Lyric FL 118 / 77-LA-12-12
- Rabbit Blues
- Too Many Women
- Two Wings
- Mississippi River So Deep & Wide
- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry
- My Baby She Told Me

- Black Ghost
- Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog
- Bad Whiskey
- Black Gal
- My Baby Put Me Down
- Going Back Home

track list of Arhoolie R 2019
- Too Many Women
- Two Wings
- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry
- Mississippi River
- My Baby She Told Me
- Rabbit Blues

- Black Ghost
- Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog
- Bad Whiskey
- My Baby Put Me Down
- Going Back Home

rec. 1960 in Scotlandville, LA by Harry Oster; Smoky Babe, voc, g with Sally and William Dotson, Henry Thomas [= Lazy Lester], and Clyde Causey
photographer: Harry Oster

Dr. Harry Oster discography

notes by Harry Oster
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Folk-Lyric FL 118

notes by Harry Oster
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= 77 LA 12-12 (1962)

77 Records discography

notes by Harry Oster
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= Arhoolie R 2019 (197?)
"Hot Blues"

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(=) Arhoolie CD 440

Arhoolie discography

31963The Blues of Smoky Babe: Hottest Brand Goin'

- Now Your Man Done Gone []
- Hottest Brand Goin' //
- Something Wrong With My Machine \\ ^^^
- Insect Blues §
- Long Way From Home #
- I'm Goin' Back To Mississippi #

- Melvanie Blues *
- Locomotive Blues * ^
- Ocean Blues *
- Boogy Woogy Rag *
- Coon Hunt * ^ ^^
- Cold, Cold Snow °

all tracks rec. in Scotlandville, LA by Harry Oster

# rec. February 10, 1960; Smoky Babe, voc, g

[] rec. February 27, 1960; Smoky Babe, voc, g

* rec. February 10/25/27, 1960; Smoky Babe, voc, g; Clyde Causey, ^ hca, ^^ voc; ^^^ Henry Thomas [= Lazy Lester], hca

\\ rec. February 10, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g; Henry Thomas [= Lazy Lester], hca

// rec. March 10, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g

§ rec. March 27, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g

° rec. June 14, 1961; Smoky Babe, voc, g

Dr. Harry Oster discography

notes by Harry Oster







Bluesville BV 1063

Bluesville discography




= Ace CH 261 (UK 1/1989)




= OBC OBCCD-595-2 (2001)

OBC discography

4196?The Country Blues
Storyville Blues Anthology   Vol. 10

Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Mean Old Frisco

Smoky Babe
- Boogy
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Miss Sadie May

Smoky Babe
- I Went Down 61 Highway
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Stagalee

Smoky Babe & Sally Dotson
- Black Ghost
Lemon Nash & Henry Thomas
- New Orleans Blues


Smoky Babe
- Regular Blues
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- I Can't Quit You Baby
Hilary Blunt
- A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- This Is My Life
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Bugle Call Blues
Clarence Edwards, Cornelius Edwards, Butch Cage
- Goin' Back To New Orleans

Smoky Babe
- Talkin' Baby

rec. at informal sessions in the homes of Butch Cage & Mabel Lee Williams near Baton Rouge, LA by Harry Oster

Dr. Harry Oster discography

notes by Harry Oster
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Storyville SLP 129

Storyville discography

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= Teichiku ULS-1825-R
(Jp 1975)

Butch Cage & Willie
Thomas discography

51979Blues Roots: Give Me The Blues

Smoky Babe
- Boogy
Avery Brady
- I Don't Want You No More
Doug Quattlebaum
- Good Woman Blues
Huddie Ledbetter
- Frankie And Albert, parts 1 + 2

[Jimmy Brewer
- Big Road Blues
Even though shown on the cover as well as on the label track listing and even though there's a picture and a short bio of Jim Brewer in the liner notes - this Jim Brewer track is actually / erraneously? not included; instead there's the following Arthur Weston track !!!]

Arthur Weston
- Someday Baby
Big Joe Williams
- Long Road Blues
Big Bill Broonzy
- You Better Mind

Clarence Edwards
- Mean Old Frisco
Bert Logan, Russ Logan, Big Joe Williams
- Four O'Clock In The Morning
Big Joe Henry Miller, Jimmy Lee Miller
- Down Here By Myself
Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires
- 21 Below Zero
Johnny Young
- Green Door Blues
Arthur Weston
- Roll Me Over Slow


Champion Jack Dupree
- Back Door Special
Roosevelt Sykes
- Southern Style Piano
Henry Brown
- Low Down Drag
Memphis Slim
- Funky Blues
Jimmy Yancey
- Yancey Special
Sunnyland Slim
- Sunnyland's Boogie

Speckled Red
- Cow Cow Blues
Otis Spann
- The Skies Are Blue
Memphis Slim
- A Letter Home
Otis Spann
- Boots And Shoes
Memphis Slim
- Rebecca Blues
Willie Mabon
- I'm The Fixer
Champion Jack Dupree
- I Just Want To Be Free


DLP







Storyville 6.28470
= PGP RTB 2LP 3220044

to read liner notes
click on pictures of covers
G = German / E = English
text has been black/white
reversed to improve readability

61996Smoky Babe, Herman E. Johnson:
Louisiana Country Blues


Smoky Babe
- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry
- Too Many Women
- Two Wings
- Mississippi River
- My Baby She Told Me
- Rabbit Blues
- Black Ghost
- Ain't Got No Rabbit Dog
- Bad Whiskey
- Black Gal
- My Baby Put Me Down
- Going Back Home
- Regular Blues
Herman E. Johnson
- I Just Keeps On Wanting You
- You Don't Know My Mind
- Motherless Children
- Depression Blues
- She's A-Looking For Me
- She Had Been Drinking
- I'm Growing Older
- Po' Boy
- Leavin' Blues
- Piano Blues
- Where The Mansion's Prepared For Me


Smoky Babe rec. 1960 in Scotlandville, LA by Harry Oster; previously issued on Folklyric LP 118 and Arhoolie LP 2019

Herman E. Johnson rec. 1961 in Baton Rouge, LA by Harry Oster; previously issued on Arhoolie LP 1060

Dr. Harry Oster discography

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Arhoolie CD 440

Herman E. Johnson discography

71996Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 1
15 Down Home Country Blues Classics

- Frisco Line - Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Lightning Hopkins
- Going Down In Georgia On A Horn - John Jackson
- Cairo Blues - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson
- 'bout A Spoonful - Mance Lipscomb
- Drink On Little Girl - Black Ace
- Country Boy Down In New Orleans - Snooks Eaglin
- Columbus, Mississippi Blues - Bukka White
- Shake 'em On Down - Dr. Ross
- Just Trippin' In - Robert Pete Williams
- Hump In My Back - Jesse Fuller
- Brother James - Big Joe Williams

- I'm Broke And I'm Hungry - Smoky Babe
- Poor Black Mattie - R.L. Burnside
- Mercury Blues - K.C. Douglas



Arhoolie CD 101
81999The Bluesville Years, Vol. 9
"Down the Country Way"


J.T. Adams And Shirley Griffith
- Match Box Blues
- O Mama How I Love You
Robert Curtis Smith
- Get A Real Young Woman
- I'm Going Away

Smoky Babe
- Hottest Brand Goin'
- Locomotive Blues
Robert Pete Williams
- Free Again
- Rolling Stone
Wade Walton
- Rock Me, Mamma
- Blues, Stay Away From Me
Big Joe Williams
- Jockey Ride Blues
- Coal And Iceman Blues
Pete Franklin
- I Got To Find My Baby
- Black Gal
Scrapper Blackwell
- Blues Before Sunrise
- A Blues
Blind Willie Mctell
- Broke Down Engine Blues
- Don't Forget It
Tampa Red
- Dark And Stormy Night
- You Better Let My Gal Alone



Prestige PRCD-9917-2
91999Shake 'Em On Down
The Real Country Blues

- Shake 'Em On Down - Fred McDowell
- Sloppy Drunk Blues - Big Joe Williams
- Alabama Blues - Bukka White
- Need More Blues - Sleepy Joe Estes
- Judge Boushay Blues - Furry Lewis
- Pardon Denied Again - Robert Pete Williams

- Rabbit Blues - Smoky Babe
- Take Me Out Of The Bottom - Big Joe Williams
- Fred's Worried Life Blues - Fred McDowell
- Poor Black Mattie - R.L. Burnside
- Come Home To Me Baby - Joe Callicott
- Smokestack Lightning - Clarence Edwards
- Write Me A Few Lines - Fred McDowell

- Mississippi River - Smoky Babe
- Just Tippin' It - Robert Pete Williams
- She Left Me A Mule To Ride - Big Joe Williams
- Canned Heat - Houston Stackhouse
- Three O'Clock In The Morning - Johnny Woods
- 'Bout A Spoonful - Nathan Beauregard
- You Call Yourself A Cadillac - Robert Nighthawk
- Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business - Johnny Young & Otis Spann
- Oh Baby - Napeleon Strickland



Arhoolie/Ace CD 527
102014Smoky Babe: Way Back in the Country Blues
the lost Dr. Oster recordings

- Boss Man Blues
- Backyard Boogie
- Bad Luck And Trouble
- Diggin' My Potatoes
- What's Wrong With You
- Chicago Bound
- If I Had Listened To What My Mama Say
- On Mr. Walter's Farm
- I'm Going Home On The Morning Train
- I'm Goin' Away Baby
- Way Back In The Country Blues
- Shake, Shake Mattie
- I'm Wild About You, Black Gal
- Arkansas Blues
- Terraplane Blues
- Goin' Home Blues
- Boogie Gal

rec. between February 1960 and August ’61 in Scotlandville, LA and Vance, MS by Harry Oster; edited and prod. by Chris Strachwitz and Adam Machado
notes by Adam Machado

Arhoolie CD 548

www.arhoolie.com
"Available for download on July 29,
and coming soon on LP"

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- eBay auctions
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970 (2nd edition).- Vancouver 2012, p. 575
- http://www.fonorama.cz/firmy/A/ACE.htm
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: front cover of Bluesville 1063; photographer: Harry Oster

 

Stefan Wirz


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