Johnny Williams, Little Willie
Smith & Arthur Spires

source: Mamlish S-3800

Arthur
'Big Boy' Spires
b. February 25, 1912 in Yazoo City, Mississippi
arrived in Chicago in 1943
d. October 22, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois
discography
A R T H U R  ' B I G   B O Y'   S P I R E S; from Back Woods Blues, p. 20; photographer: Pete Welding
from Back Woods Blues, p. 20
photographer: Pete Welding

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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.

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Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires 78 rpm / 45 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11952"BIG BOY" SPIRES And His Guitar

- Murmur Low (C1017) #   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- One Of These Days (C1016)   @ youtube   @ Spotify

rec. March 13, 1952 in Chicago, IL; Arthur Spires, voc, g; Earl Dranes, Eddie El, g; # Willie Smith, maracas



Checker 752
27/1953BIG BOY SPIRES and His Trio

- About To Lose My Mind (C5000-4, C-5008 on label)   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Which One Do I Love (C5001-1)   @ Spotify

rec. January 17, 1953 in Chicago, IL; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, voc, g; John Lee Henley or P.T. Hayes, hca; Johnny Williams, g, Ted Porter, dr



Chance 1137
   

- Someday Little Darling (C5002-5)   @ Spotify
- My Baby Left Me (C5003-1)   @ Spotify
- Rhythm Rock Boogie (C5004-5)   @ Spotify
- Tired Of Being Mistreated (C5005-2)   @ Spotify

rec. January 17, 1953 in Chicago, IL; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, voc, g; John Lee Henley or P.T. Hayes, hca; Johnny Williams, g, Ted Porter, dr
Chance unissued

P-Vine PLP 705

   

- Silver-Haired Woman (C5006-4)   @ Spotify
- Fat Mouth (C5007-4)   @ Spotify

rec. January 17, 1953 in Chicago, IL; Johnny Williams, voc, g; P.T. Hayes, hca; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, g; Ted Porter, dr
Chance unissued

P-Vine PLP 705

   

- Dark And Stormy Night   @ Spotify
- Moody This Morning   @ Spotify

rec. 1954/55 in Chicago, IL; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, voc. g; Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, hca; Willie 'Long Time' Smith, p; Eddie El, g; b; dr
United unissued

P-Vine PLP-9040
Pearl PL 16
Delmark DD 716

   

- You Can't Tell   @ Spotify
- Wrapped In My Baby   @ Spotify

rec. 1954/55 in Chicago, IL; Willie 'Long Time' Smith, voc, p; Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, hca; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, Eddie El, g; b; Ted Porter, dr
United unissued

P-Vine PLP-9040
Pearl PL 16
Delmark DD 716

   

- Twenty-One Below Zero #   @ youtube
- Evening Sun
- What Did It
- What About You
- Stormy Night Blues
- 51 Highway Blues
- Right Away
- Water Coast Blues

rec. October 9, 1965 in Chicago by Pete Welding; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, voc, g; Johnny Young, g
Testament unissued

# Storyville SLP 180

3196?Big Boy Spires

- Murmur Low [Checker 752]
- One Of These Days [Checker 752]

- About To Lose My Mind [Chance 1137]
- Which One Do I LoveChance [Chance 1137]

7 inch 45 rpm EP
notes by Dave Sax





Advent EP 2802

Advent discography

41970Drop Down Mama

Johnny Shines
- So Glad I Found You
Robert Nighthawk
- Sweet Black Angel
- Anna Lee

Big Boy Spires
- One Of These Days [Checker 752]
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
- Drop Down Mama
Floyd Jones
- Playhouse

Big Boy Spires
- Murmur Low [Checker 752]

Floyd Jones
- You Canít Live Long
Johnny Shines
- Joliet Blues
Robert Nighthawk
- Jackson Gal Blues
- Return Mail Blues
Claude Smith
- Crying
- Sad Story
Floyd Jones
Dark Road





Chess 411






= P-Vine PLP 807 (Jp)


= MCA Chess CHD-93002

5197?Juke Joint Blues

Eddie Burns
- Bad Woman Blues
Ernest "Buddy" Lewis
- Lonesome Bedroom
Harvey Hill Jr.
- She Fooled Me
Mr. Honey (David Edwards)
- Build A Cave
L. C. Williams
- The Lazy J
Lightning Leon
- Reposession Blues
Alvin Smith
- On My Way

Dr. Hepcat
- Hattie Green
Sonny Boy Holmes
- The $64 Question

Arthur "Big Boy" Spires
- Which One Do I Love [Chance 1137]
Sonny Terry
- Harmonica Train
Sonny Boy Holmes
- T N T Woman
Jimmy Wilson
- Trouble, Trouble
Square Walton
- Bad Hangover


rec. 1948 - 1959
notes by Paul Oliver



Blues Classics BC 23

Blues Classics discography

61972Chicago Blues Anthology

Album 1
- Tough Times - John Brim
- Anna Lee - Robert Nighthawk
- So Glad I Found You - Johnny Shines
- Having Fun - Memphis Slim
- Goin' Away Baby - Jimmy Rogers
- I Don't Know - Willie Mabon

- Dark Road - Floyd Jones
- Dust My Broom - Elmore James
- Eisenhower Blues - J.B. Lenoir
- By Myself - Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam

- Murmur Low - Big Boy Spires [Checker 752]
- Rattlesnake - John Brim

Album 2
- I See My Baby - Elmore James
- Korea Blues - J.B. Lenoir
- You Can't Live Long - Floyd Jones
- I Can't Stop - Willie Dixon
- Third Degree - Eddie Boyd
- Ten Years Ago - Buddy Guy

- Be Careful - John Brim
- Jackson Town Gal - Robert Nighthawk
- The World's In A Tangle - Jimmy Rogers
- You Know My Live - Willie Dixon
- My Time After A While - Buddy Guy
- Chicago Bound - Jimmy Rogers
2 LP set

notes by Pete Welding





Chess 2CH 60012

= Chess CH 50 011 (Fr)

= Chess CXMD4053
(UK Chess Masters)


= Chess/MCA 2CH 92520
(1984)

76/1975Genesis Vol. 3 - Sweet Home Chicago

Album 1
Baby Face Leroy
- My Head Can't Rest Anymore
- Take A Little Walk With Me
Floyd Jones
- Dark Road
- Big World
- Overseas
- Playhouse
Otis Spann
- It Must Have Been The Devil
- Five Spot

Gus Jenkins
- Eight Ball

Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires
- One Of These Days [Checker 752]
- Murmur Low [Checker 752]
Little Henry
- I Declare That Ain't Right
- Matchbox Blues
Blue Smitty
- Sad Story
- Elgin Movements
- Date Bait


Album 2
Muddy Waters
- Mean Red Spider
- Hard Days
- Burying Ground
- Last Time I Fool Around With You
- Screaming And Crying
- Where's My Woman Been
- Rollin' And Tumblin' - part 1
- Rollin' And Tumblin' - part 2

- Stuff You Gotta Watch
- Lonesome Day
- Iodine In My Coffee
- Flood
- I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
- Oh! Yeh
- Smokestack Lightning


Album 3
Little Walter
- Juke
- Boogie
- Mean Old World
- Sad Hours
- Don't Have To Hunt No More
- Tonight With A Fool
- Quarter To Twelve
- Blues With A Feeling

- Last Boogie
- Fast Boogie
- Light's Out
- You're So Fine
- Blues Light
- Last Night
- Thunderbird
- I Got To Go


Album 4
Jimmy Rogers
- Today, Today Blues
- The World Is In A Tangle
- She Loves Another Man
- Hard Working Man
- Chance To Love
- My Little Machine
- Mistreated Baby
- What's The Matter

Jimmy Rogers
- You're The One
John Brim
- Rattlesnake
- It Was A Dream
- Ice Cream Man
- Lifetime Baby
- Tough Times
- Go Away
- That Ain't Right


compiled by Mike Rowe
4 LP box set

Chess 6641 174
(UK Phonogram)



Neil Slaven review in Blues Unlimited 113, p. 24-25; click to download pdf-file
Neil Slaven review in Blues
Unlimited 113, p. 24-25

81975Mississippi Blues
Blues Scene USA Vol. 4

Bert Logan, Russ Logan, Big Joe Williams
- Four O'Clock In The Morning
Roosevelt Charles
- Bye Bye Baby Blues
Big Joe Williams, Coot Venson
- Sugar Mama
Avery Brady
- I Don't Want You No More
Big Joe Williams, Willie Lee Harris
- I Can Seen My Baby In My Dreams
Jimmy Brewer
- Big Road Blues

Arthur Weston, Big Joe Williams, George Robertson
- Someday Baby
Big Joe Williams, Coot Venson
- Long Road Blues
Johnny Young
- Pony Blues
Big Joe Williams, Ruby McCoy
- Rising Sun Blues

Johnny Young & Big Boy Spires [sic]
- 21 Below Zero [Testament unissued]
Jimmy Brown, Big Joe Williams, Willie Lee Harris
- Goin' Back Home
Big John Henry Miller, Jimmy Lee Miller
- Down Here By Myself


rec. October 9, 1965 in Chicago by Pete Welding; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, voc, g; Johnny Young, g
notes by Pete Welding



Storyville SLP 180
= Storyville 670180
= Teichiku ULS-1815-R (Jp)




= Storyville SLP 4035
"Blues Roots Vol. 1"

Storyville discography

91976Chicago Slickers 1948-1953

Little Walter
- I Want My Baby
Floyd Jones
- School Days
- Hard Time
Forest City Joe
- A Woman On Every Street
Little Walter
- Just Keep Lovin' Her
John Brim
- Dark Clouds
- Lonesome Man Blues
Earl Hooker
- Sweet Angel

Johnny Shines
- Ramblin'
- Cool Driver
Homesick James
- Lonesome Ole Train
- Farmer's Blues
Delta Joe
- Train Time

Big Boy Spires
- About To Lose My Mind [Chance 1137]
Floyd Jones
- Early Morning
notes by Leroy Pierson



Nighthawk 102

Nighthawk discography

101977Johnny Shines & Big Boy Spires with Johnny Williams
Chance Vintage Blues R&B Crops Vol. 1

Johnny Shines
- Evening Shuffle (take 2)
- No Name Blues
- Brutal Hearted Woman
- Gonna Call The Angel (rehearsal and take 3)
- Evening Shuffle (take 3)

Big Boy Spires
- Pine Gasoline (originally issued as "About To Lose My Mind") [Chance 1137]

Big Boy Spires
- Sometimes I Wonder (originally issued as "Which One Do I Love") [Chance 1137]
- Someday Little Darling [Chance unissued] *
- My Baby Left Me [Chance unissued] *
- Rhythm Rock Boogie [Chance unissued] *
- Tired Of Being Mistreated [Chance unissued] *
Johnny Williams
- Silver Haired Woman [Chance unissued] []
- Fat Mouth [Chance unissued] []

rec. January 17, 1953 in Chicago, IL; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, g, * voc; Johnny Williams, g, [] voc; John Lee Henley or P.T. Hayes, hca; Ted Porter, dr



P-Vine PLP 705 (Jp)
11197?Black Cat Trail

Elmore James
- Hawaiian Blues

Big Boy Spires
- Murmur Low [Checker 752]
Johnny Howard
- Vacation Blues
Slim Pickens
- Bad Woman Blues
Robert Nighthawk
- Crying Won't Help You
Grace Brim
- Strange Man
Willie Lane
- Black Cat Rag

Otis Hinton
- Walking Down Hill
Snooky Pryor
- Boogie Twist
Black Diamond
- T. P. Railer
Chicago Sunny Boy
- Western Union Man
Baby Face Leroy
- Pet Rabbit
Rev. Utah Smith
- God's Mighty Hand
Country Paul
- Black Cat Trail



Mamlish S-3800

Mamlish discography

121979Blues 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 [Testament unissued]
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

Storyville discography

131982Chicago Blues In The Groove
Black Music in the 50's Vol. 8

Eddie Boyd
- Blue Coat Man
L.C. McKinley
- Tortured Blues
- Be My Companion (Companion Blues)
- Weeping Willow Blues
Ernest Cotton
- Empty Bed
Eddie Ware
- That's The Stuff I Love
- Lonely Broken Heart

Jo Jo Williams
- All Pretty Wimmins
Morris Pejoe
- Let's Get High
- It Hurts My Feeling

Big Boy Spires & Willie Smith
- Dark And Stormy Night [United unissued] *
- Grooving This Morning [United unissued] *
- You Can't Tell [United unissued] []
- Rock With My Baby [United unissued] []

rec. 1954/55 in Chicago, IL; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, g, * voc; Willie 'Long Time' Smith, p, [] voc; Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, hca; Eddie El, g; b; dr, [] Ted Porter, dr


P-Vine PLP-9040 (Jp)
142/1984Going Back Home
Chicago Bluesmasters Vol. 3

Big Joe Williams
- Goin' Back Home [Vee-Jay 227]
- My Baby Left Me [Vee-Jay 227]
- King's Highway [Vee-Jay unissued]
- Eula Mae
[Vee-Jay unissued]
Big Boy Spires
- About To Lose My Mind [Chance 1137]
- Which One Do I Love [Chance 1137]
Johnny Williams
- Silver Haired Woman [Chance unissued]
- Fat Mouth [Chance unissued]

Little Walter
- That's Alright
- Just Keep Loving Her
John Lee Hooker
- Talkin Boogie
- Miss Lorraine
- I Love To Boogie
- Graveyard Blues
- 609 Boogie
- Road Trouble


notes by Bez Turner



Charly CRB 1067 (UK)
151989Morris Pejoe, Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith: Wrapped In My Baby - Chicago Blues

Morris Pejoe
- Let's Get High
- You Messed Up
- I Wish My Baby
- Move It On Out And Go
- May Bea
- Treat Me The Same

- Baby, You Know That's Wrong
- Let's Get High (alt. tk.)
- You Gone Away #
- She Walked Right In #

Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith [sic]
- Dark And Stormy Night [United unissued] *
- Moody This Morning [United unissued] *
- You Can't Tell [United unissued] []
- Wrapped In My Baby [United unissued] []

rec. 1954/55 in Chicago, IL; Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, g, * voc; Willie 'Long Time' Smith, p, [] voc; Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, hca; Eddie El, g; b; dr, [] Ted Porter, dr

# on Delmark CD only

cover art by George Hansen

Pearl PL 16

notes by Bill Dahl

= Delmark DD 716 (1998)

161997Chicago Blues: The Chance Era

- Miss Lorraine - John Lee Hooker
- I Love To Boogie - John Lee Hooker
- That's Alright (Ora Nelle Blues) - Little Walter
- Lonesome Old Train - Homesick James
- Williamson Shuffle - Homesick James

- About To Lose My Mind - Big Boy Spires [Chance 1137]
- My Baby Left Me - Big Boy Spires [Chance unissued]
- Some Day Little Darling - Big Boy Spires [Chance unissued]
- She Got Me Walkin' - Lazy Bill Lucas
- I Had A Dream - Lazy Bill Lucas
- Price Of Love - J.B. Hutto
- Pet Cream Man - J.B. Hutto
- Lovin' You - J.B. Hutto
- Whiskey Headed Woman - Homesick James
- 12th Street Station - Homesick James
- Wartime - Homesick James
- Silver Haired Woman - Johnny Williams
- Fat Mouth - Johnny Williams
- Nervous Wreck - Willie Nix
- No More Love - Willie Nix
- The Woman I Love (My Home Is In Georgia) - Homesick James
- Dirty Rat - Homesick James
- Baby Please Don't Throw Me Down - Jimmy Eager
- I Should Have Loved Her More - Jimmy Eager
- Graveyard Blues - John Lee Hooker
- Road Trouble - John Lee Hooker
- Talkin' Boogie - John Lee Hooker
- I Just Keep Loving Her - Little Walter
- Homesick - Homesick James
- Williamson Boogie - Homesick James

- Which One Do I Love (Sometimes I Wonder) - Big Boy Spires [Chance 1137]
- Rhythm Rock Boogie - Big Boy Spires [Chance unissued]
- Tired Of Being Mistreated - Big Boy Spires [Chance unissued]
- Just Can't Stay - Willie Nix
- All By Myself - Willie Nix
- My Baby's Gone - Lazy Bill Lucas
- I Can't Eat, Can't Sleep - Lazy Bill Lucas
- Combination Boogie - J.B. Hutto
- Dim Lights - J.B. Hutto
- Things Are So Slow - J.B. Hutto
- Johnnie Mae - Homesick James
- Farmer's Blues - Homesick James
- Lonesome Blues - Homesick James
- Roll, Tumble And Slip (I Cried) - Sunnyland Slim
- Train Time (4 O'clock Blues) - Sunnyland Slim
- Long Lonesome Day - Homesick James
- Late Hours At Midnight - Homesick James
- Now She's Gone - J.B. Hutto
- Please Mr. Doctor - Jimmy Eager
- 609 Boogie - John Lee Hooker
2 CD set

Charly CDGR 146-2
17200?Down Home Blues Classics Chicago 1946 - 1954

disc 1
- Money Taking Woman - Johnny Young
- Falling Rain Blues - Little Willie Foster
- Dim Lights - J.B. & His Hawks
- Dark Road - Floyd Jones
- Blow Wind Blow - Muddy Waters
- Bobby Town Boogie - Lee Brown
- Wine O Woman - Tony Hollins
- Floyd's Blue - Floyd Jones
- I Had A Dream - Lazy Bill Lucas
- Just Can't Stay - Willie Nix
- Round About Boogie - Jimmy Rogers
- Homesick - Homesick James
- Carrie Lee - J.B. Lenoir
- Pet Rabbit - Leroy Foster
- Now She's Gone - J.B. & His Hawks
- Schooldays On My Mind - Floyd Jones
- It'll Plumb Get It - Morris Pejoe
- Nervous Wreck - Willie Nix
- You Can't Live Long - Floyd Jones
- I Won't Let Her Do It - Tampa Red
- Going Back To Memphis - Sunnyland Slim
- I'll Get a Break - Tony Hollins
- Loving You - J.B. & His Hawks
- On The Road Again - Floyd Jones
- Please Mr Doctor - Jimmy Eager


disc 2
- Combination Boogie - J.B. & His Hawks
- So Crazy About You Baby - Tampa Red
- All By Myself - Willie Nix
- Fishing Blues - Tony Hollins
- Worried Man Blues - Johnny Williams
- Four Day Jump - Little Willie Foster
- Things Are So Slow - J.B. & His Hawks
- She Got Me Walkin' - Lazy Bill Lucas
- Big World - Floyd Jones
- My Little Girl Blues - Lee Brown
- No More Love - Willie Nix
- Devil Is A Busy Man - Sunnyland Slim
- The Woman I Love - Homesick James
- Any Old Lonesome Day - Floyd Jones
- Can't Get Along - Morris Pejoe
- Deep In Debt - J.B. Lenoir
- Early Morning - Floyd Jones
- Louella - Leroy Foster
- Pet Cream Man - J.B.& His Hawks
- Farmer's Blues - Homesick James
- Skinny Mama - Floyd Jones
- Should Have Loved Her More - Jimmy Eager
- Mad Love - Muddy Waters
- Ain't Times Hard - Floyd Jones
- Lonesome Ole Train - Homesick James


disc 3
- Tough Times - John Brim
- Let Me Ride Your Mule - Johnny Young
- New Little Girl, Litlte Girl - Lee Brown
- Big Town Playboy - Little Johnny Jones
- Leaving Daddy Blues - Grace Brim
- I Found My Baby - Jimmy Reed
- Act Like You Love Me - Jimmy Rogers
- Joliet Blues - Johnny Shines
- Dust My Broom - Robert Lockwood
- Bad Luck Blues - Albert King
- Baby Please Don't Go - Muddy Waters
- My Baby Told Me - J.B. Lenoir
- Lawdy Lawdy - Junior Wells
- My Baby Walked Out On Me - Johnny Young
- So Much Trouble - Tampa Red
- Hoodoo Man - Junior Wells
- Dark Clouds - John Brim
- Don't Have To Hunt No More - Little Walter
- I Want You For Myself - Snooky Pryor
- Going Down The Line - Grace Brim
- It's All Over Now - Sunnyland Slim
- Easy Walkin' Papa - Essie Sykes
- Lonesome Man Blues - John Brim

- Which One Do I Love - Big Boy Spires [Chance 1137]
- Back To Korea - Sunnyland Slim

disc 4
- Jimmy's Boogie - Jimmy Reed
- Rattlesnake - John Brim
- Tonight With A Fool - Little Walter
- Shelby County Blues - Little Johnny Jones
- Be On Your Merry Way - Albert King
- Korea Blues - J.B. Lenior
- (I'm Gonna) Dig Myself A Hole - Robert Lockwood
- Big Stars Falling - Tampa Red
- Juniors Wail - Junior Wells
- Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man - Muddy Waters
- Gary Stomp - John Brim
- Gonna Buy Me A Telephone - Morris Pejoe
- Crosstown Blues - Snooky Pryor

- Murmur Low - Big Boy Spires [Checker 752]
- Roll And Rhumba - Jimmy Reed
- Out On The Road - Jimmy Rogers
- So Glad I Found You - Johnny Shines
- Left Me With A Broken Heart - Jimmy Rogers

- One Of These Days - Big Boy Spires [Checker 752]
- Green And Lucky Blues - Tampa Red
- Please Don't Say Goodbye - Essie Sykes
- Come On Baby Now - Rocky Fuller
- Bout The Break Of Day - Junior Wells

- About To Lose My Mind - Big Boy Spires [Chance 1137]
- Eagle Rock - Junior Wells
4 CD set

Boulevard Vintage 1014
182012Juke Joints   Vol. 3

disc 1
- I'm A King Bee - Slim Harpo
- My Woman Has A Black Cat Bone - Hop Wilson
- Steady - Jerry McCain
- Late Hours At Midnight - Homesick James
- Ludella - Jimmy Rogers
- Sail On, Little Girl - Pete McKinley
- Alley Special - Wright Holmes
- Play My Juke Box - Boy Green
- Chicago Blues - Dan Pickett
- Shackles Round My Body - David Wylie
- Throw A Little Boogie - Manny Nicholls
- Dial 110 Blues - Country Jim

- About To Lose My Mind - Big Boy Spires
- You Better Move On Away From Here - Honeyboy
- Applejack Boogie - Pinetop Slim
- Seems Like A Million Years tk 1 - Willie Nix
- Western Union Man - Chicago Sunny Boy
- Silver Haired Woman - Johnny Williams
- She Got Me Walkin' - Lazy Bill Lucas
- Ride My New Car With Me - Big Joe Williams
- After Hours - Earl Hooker
- 1958 Blues - Little Sam Davis
- Bad Feeling Blues (alt tk) - Lightnin' Slim
- Feel So Worried tk 2 - Sammy Lewis & Willie Johnson
- I Want A Roller - Smokey Hogg
- Gary Stomp - John Brim


disc 2
- Operator Blues tk 2 - Houston Boines
- My Baby Left Me - John Lee Hooker
- Lookin' For My Baby tk 5 - Little Milton
- I'm Gonna Love You - Eddie Taylor
- She's Gone With The Wind - The Sugarman
- Eula Mae - Big Joe Williams
- Ardelle - Pete McKinley
- Happy Home Blues - D.C. Washington
- I've Got Love If You Want It - Slim Harpo
- That's All Right - Jimmy Rogers
- Hello Central, Please Give Me 209 - Robert Lee Westmoreland
- Crying - J.D. Edwards
- I'll Move You - Eddie Kirkland
- Awful Shame - Hank Kilroy
- Cadillac Blues - J.D. Horton
- Hollywood Boogie - Country Jim
- Chicken Stuff - Hop Wilson
- Please Mam Forgive Me - Sunny James
- You Better Watch That Jive - Smokey Hogg
- Walking Talking Blues - Manny Nicholls
- Locked In Jail Blues - Johnny Beck
- Highway 51 - Stick Horse Hammond
- Jet Black Woman - Buddy Chiles
- I Had A Dream - Lazy Bill Lucas
- Got A Letter This Morning - Clarence London
- Down South - Junior Blackmon


disc 3
- She's Tough - Jerry Mccain
- Baker Shop Boogie tk 1 - Willie Nix
- Ridin' Home - Leslie Louis
- Sad And Lonely - Country Jim
- Crawdad - Smokey Hogg
- No One To Love Me - Manny Nicholls
- Wonderin' And Worryin' - Slim Harpo
- Lightnin' Slim Boogie - Lightnin' Slim
- A & B Blues - Boy Green
- Homesick Blues - Homesick James
- Fat Mouth - Johnny Williams
- Number Writer - Dan Pickett
- King's Highway - Big Joe Williams
- John Henry - Pinetop Slim
- Jammin' - Earl Hooker
- Take It Easy - Nat Terry
- Mr Ticket Agent - Silver Cooks

- Which One Do I Love - Big Boy Spires
- Little School Girl - L.C. Greene
- Excuse Me Baby - Sunny James
- Have You A Match - Honeyboy
- Goin' To New Orleans - Little Sam Davis
- Want To Boogie-woogie - Clarence London
- Love Me Mama - Boogie Bill Webb
- Log House On The Hill - Leroy Johnson
- You'll Always Have A Home - Eddie Taylor


disc 4
- Jimmie's Boogie - Jimmy Reed
- Rather Be Sloppy Drunk - Big Joe Williams
- G-man Blues - Houston Boines
- No One To Love Me - Leroy Johnson
- Y M & V Blues - Lost John Hunter
- Sittin' Here Wonderin' - Luther Stoneham
- Strange Love - Slim Harpo
- Size 4 Shoe - Smokey Hogg
- I'm In Love - Jimmy Rogers
- You Gotta Lay Down Mama - Johnny Beck
- Jelly Roll Man - Bill Simpson
- Cold In The Evening - J.D. Edwards
- Mistreated Blues - Buddy Chiles
- My Baby's Gone - Lazy Bill Lucas
- Forgive Me - Manny Nicholls
- Don't Do It Again - Leslie Louis
- Good Lookin' Woman - Country Jim
- Goin' Back To Mama - Clarence London
- Truck 'em On Down - Stick Horse Hammond
- Goin' Back Home Today - Willie Baker
- Uncle Sam Blues - Pinebluff Pete
- Harlem Women - Hank Kilroy
- Don't Want Me Blues - Pete McKinley
- Broke And Hungry - Hop Wilson
- I Don't Know Why - Nat Terry
- Boogie - Boogie Bill Webb


compiled by Neil Slaven
4 CD set
notes by Neil Slaven

JSP JSPCD 77150
 

Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, p. 503, 497, 582
- Sheldon Harris: Blues Who's Who - A Bibliographical Dictionary of Blues Singers.- p. 479
- Mike Leadbitter & Neil Slaven: Blues Records 1943 to 1966 - A complete guide to 20 years of recorded blues.- London/New York 1968.- p. 302
- Pete Welding: Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires: A Bio-Discography.- Blues Unlimited 28 (1965), p. 2-5. - reprinted in: Simon E. Napier (ed.): Back Woods Blues.- pp. 20-22.- reprinted in: Mike Leadbitter (ed.): Nothing But The Blues.- London, 1971, pp. 78-79
- http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/chance.html
- http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/chess1.html
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: Back cover of  Chess 411 (photographer: Pete Welding)

thanks to Marc Claes, Robert Pruter and Byron Foulger for additional info / scans


Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires

source: Back cover of Chess LP 411; photographer: Pete Welding

 


Louis Thomas Watts (a/k/a Kid Thomas a/k/a Tommy Lewis/Louis)
L.T. Smith, Johnny Williams, Little Willie Smith & Arthur Spires

source: Mike Rowe: Chicago Breakdown, p. 129

"Big Boy Spires And His Rhythm Rocking Three"

Chicago Defender ad for the grand opening celebration
of the Palace Inn on December 11, 1953

 

Pete Welding: Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires: A Bio-Discography.-
in: Simon A. Napier (ed.): Back Woods Blues.- Bexhill-On-Sea 1968, pp. 20-22
  (reprint from Blues Unlimited 28 (1965))

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