H E N R Y   T O W N S E N D; source: http://www.tendaysout.net/townsend.html
Henry Townsend 200?
source: www.tendaysout.net
photographer's name not given

Henry
Townsend

Henry James 'Mule' Townsend
b. October 27, 1909 in Shelby, Mississippi
d. September 24, 2006 in Mequon, Wisconsin

discography
H E N R Y   T O W N S E N D; source: front cover of Folkways FS 3816
Henry Townsend, St. Louis, 1962
source: front cover of Folkways FS 3816
photographer Ann / Sam Charters
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

Henry Townsend 78 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes

10 inch 78 rpm
11929Henry Townsend

- Mistreated Blues (403301-A)
- Poor Man Blues (403303-A)

rec. November 15, 1929 in Chicago, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc. g


Columbia 14491-D
21929Henry Townsend

- Henry's Worry Blues (403300-A)
- Long Ago Blues (403302-A)

rec. November 15, 1929 in Chicago, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc. g

Columbia 14529-D
31931Henry Townsend

- Doctor Oh Doctor (L-465-1)
- Jack Of Diamonds Georgia Rub (L-469-1)

rec. c. May, 1931 in Grafton, Wis.; Henry Townsend, voc. g

Paramount 13097
   

- Sunshine Special Blues (69400-2)
- Hard Rock Was My Pillow (69402-2)

rec. June 9, 1931 in Louisville, Ky; Willie Kelly (Roosevelt Sykes), voc, p; Henry Townsend, g
Victor unissued
41931Willie Kelly

- As True As I've Been To You (69403-1) #
- Don't Squeeze Me Too Tight (69419-2) *

# rec. June 9, 1931 in Louisville, Ky; Willie Kelly (Roosevelt Sykes), voc, p; Henry Townsend, g

* rec. June 10, 1931 in Louisville, Ky; Willie Kelly (Roosevelt Sykes), voc, p

Victor 23286
51931Willie Kelly

- No Settled Mind Blues (69401-1) #
- Hard Luck Man Blues (69404-1) *

# rec. June 9, 1931 in Louisville, Ky; Willie Kelly (Roosevelt Sykes), voc, p; Henry Townsend, g

* rec. June 9, 1931 in Louisville, Ky; Willie Kelly (Roosevelt Sykes), voc, p; Clifford Gibson, g

Victor 23320
61931Jesse Townsend

- No Home Blues (69410-2)
- Take A Chance (69411-2)

rec. June 9, 1931 in Louisville, Ky; Henry Townsend, voc, g; Willie Kelly (Roosevelt Sykes), p

Victor 23322
  Henry Thomas

- Can't Do That No More (77309-1)

rec. December 11, 1933 in Chicago, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc. g; Roosevelt Sykes, p

Bluebird unissued
71933Henry Thomas

- She's Got What I Want (77310-1)
- My Sweet Candy (77311-1)

rec. December 11, 1933 in Chicago, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc. g; Roosevelt Sykes, p

Bluebird B5343
= Sunrise S3424
81933Henry Thomas / Walter Davis

- Sick With The Blues (77314-1) *
- Stormy Weather Blues No. 2 (77286-1) (Walter Davis)

* rec. December 11, 1933 in Chicago, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc. g

Bluebird B5411
91935Joe Williams

- Little Leg Woman (85487-1)
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff (85488-1) #

rec. Chicago, February 25, 1935; Joe Williams, voc, g; # Henry Townsend, g

Bluebird B5900
101935Henry Townsend

- Don't Love That Woman (85493-1)
- She's Got A Mean Disposition (85494-1)

rec. February 25, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc, g

Bluebird B5966
111935Pine Top

- Tell Her About Me (91439-1)
- Workhouse Blues (91442-1)

rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Aaron Sparks, voc, p; Henry Townsend, g

Bluebird B6041 1)
121935Peter J. Clayton / Milton Sparks

Peter J. Clayton
- Yo Yo Jive [No. 2] (91416-1) *

Milton Sparks
- Grinder Blues (91447-1) #

* rec. July 27, 1935 in Chicago; Peter J. Clayton, voc; Beatrice 'Toots' Willis, p
# rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago; Milton Sparks, voc; Aaron Sparks, p; Henry Townsend, g

Bluebird B6096
131935Walter Davis / Pine Top

Walter Davis
- Santa Claus (91434-1) *

Pine Top
- Every Day I Have The Blues (91440-1) #

# rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Aaron Sparks, voc, p; Henry Townsend, g
* rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Walter Davis, voc, p; prob. Henry Townsend, g

Bluebird B6125
141935Tampa Red / Milton Sparks

Tampa Red
- Rowdy Woman Blues (91404-1) *

Milton Sparks
- I Wake Up In The Morning (91448-1)

* rec. July 27, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Tampa Red, voc, g, k; Myrtle Jenkins, p; unknown, sb
# rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago; Milton Sparks, voc; Aaron Sparks, p; Henry Townsend, g

Bluebird B6126
151935Memphis Minnie / Pine Top

Memphis Minnie
- Hustlin' Woman Blues (96227-1) *

Pine Top
- Got The Blues About My Baby (91441-1) #

# rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Aaron Sparks, voc, p; Henry Townsend, g
* rec. October 31, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Memphis Minnie, voc, g; prob. Black Bob, p; Casey Bill Weldon, stg; Bill Settles, sb

Bluebird B6202
161935Bumble Bee Slim / Milton Sparks

Bumble Bee Slim
- Everybody's Fishing (85533-1) *

Milton Sparks
- Ina Blues (91446-1) #

* rec. February 27, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Amos Easton, voc; poss. Horace Malcolm, p; Big Bill Broonzy, g
# rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago; Milton Sparks, voc; Walter Davis, p; Henry Townsend, g
* Bluebird B5964
(as by "Amos")


Bluebird B6521

171936Bo Carter / Milton Sparks

Bo Carter
- T Baby Blues (99234-1) *

Milton Sparks
- Erie Train Blues (91445-1) #

# rec. July 28, 1935 in Chicago; Milton Sparks, voc; Walter Davis, p; Henry Townsend, g
* rec. February 20, 1936 in Chicago, Ill.; Bo Carter, voc, g
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Bluebird B6529 1)
181935Henry Townsend / Bo Carter

Henry Townsend - She's Got A Mean Disposition (85494-1) #
Bo Carter
- I Get The Blues (99235-1)


# rec. February 25, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc, g

* rec. February 20, 1936 in New Orleans, LA; Bo Carter, voc, g

Bluebird B6589
191937Henry Townsend

- Lose Your Man (016534-1)
- Now I Stay Away (016537-1)

rec. November 11, 1937 in Aurora, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc. g, unknown, p; Robert Lee McCoy, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, h

Bluebird B7453
201937Henry Townsend

- All I've Got's Gone (016535-1)
- A Ramblin' Mind (016536-1)

rec. November 11, 1937 in Aurora, Ill.; Henry Townsend, voc. g, unknown, p; Robert Lee McCoy, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, h

Bluebird B7474
211948St. Louis Jimmy [sic]

- Now I'm Through (A) #
- Mr. Brown Boogie (instr) (B)

rec. 1948 in Chicago, IL; Henry Townsend, g, # voc; Henry Brown Roosevelt Sykes, p [info from Jaap Hindriks]; b

Bullet 291

LP / CD compilations
221962Henry Townsend: Tired Of Bein’ Mistreated

- Cairo's My Baby's Home
- Tired Of Being Mistreated
- Rocks Have Been My Pillow
- The Train Is Coming
- She Just Walked Away

- I Asked Her If She Loved Me
- I Got Tired
- My Home Ain't There
- All My Money Gone
- She Drove Me To Drinking
- My Baby Have Come Back

rec. May 17, 1961 at Technisonic Studios, St. Louis by Sam Charters; Henry Townsend, voc, g, p; Tommy Bankhead, g
notes by Samuel B. Charters
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Bluesville BV 1041

Bluesville discography

notes by Samuel Charters
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= Folkways FS 3816 (1984)
"The Blues In St. Louis
Vol. 3"

231964The Country Blues Volume 2

Texas Alexander
- Levee Camp Moan
Peg Leg Howell
- Tishamingo Blues

Henry Townsend
- Mistreated Blues
Eddie Kelly's Washboard Band
- Poole County Blues
Papa Charlie Jackson
- Papa's Lawdy Lawdy Blues
"Georgia Bill"
- Scarey Day Blues
Luke Jordan
- Church Bells Blues

Bo Carter
- I'm An Old Bumble Bee
Charlie Lincoln
- Jealous Hearted Blues
Bukka White
- Strange Place Blues
Blind Boy Fuller with Sonny Terry
- Bye Bye Baby Blues
Charlie Pickett
- Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon
Brownsville Son Bonds
- Weary Worried
Big Maceo with Tampa Red
- Maceo's 32 - 20


Compiled and edited by Samuel Charters







RBF 9

RBF discography

21965Conversation With The Blues
A Documentary of Field Recordings by Paul Oliver

LP tracks:
Boogie Woogie Red - So Much Good Feeling (spoken, with own piano)
Willie Thomas - A Little Different spoken
James Butch Cage & Willie Thomas - Kill That Nigger Dead (Cage, vocal and fiddle; Thomas, vocal and guitar)
Lil' Son Jackson - The Onliest Way (spoken)
J.B. Lenoir - My Father's Style (guitar solo)
J.B. Lenoir - So It Rocked On (spoken)
J.B. Lenoir - Move To Kansas City (vocal and own guitar)
Otis Spann - When She Comes Back (spoken)
Otis Spann - Poor Country Boy (vocal, with own piano)
Lightnin' Hopkins - Ain't No Easy Thing (spoken)
Mance Lipscomb - Evil Heart Blues (vocal and own piano)
Blind Arvella Gray - A Roughneck (spoken)
Roosevelt Sykes - West Helena Blues (vocal and guitar)
Will Shade - Days Of Nineteen-Hundred (spoken)
Will Shade - Newport News Blues (vocal and own guitar)
Whistling Alex Moore - Chock House Days (spoken)
Whistling Alex Moore - Come and Get Me (vocal and own piano)
Whistling Alex Moore - Chock House Days (spoken)
Brother John Sellers - Move Back For What? (spoken)
J. B. Lenoir - I Been Down So Long (vocal and own guitar)

Jasper Love - Santa Fé Blues (vocal and piano)
John Lee Hooker - Somewhere Down The Line (spoken)
Robert Curtis Smith - I Hope One Day My Luck Will Change (vocal and own guitar)
Otis Spann - Only Places They Can Go (spoken)
Otis Spann - People Calls Me Lucky (vocal and own piano)

Henry Townsend - What Have I Committed (spoken) #
James Butch Cage - Tween Midnight And Day (vocal and own guitar)
Little Brother Montgomery - Walking Basses (spoken)
Little Brother Montgomery - Dud Low Joe (piano solo)
Little Brother Montgomery - It's A Barrelhouse Blues (spoken) []
Little Brother Montgomery - Vicksburg Blues (vocal with piano)
Little Brother Montgomery - They Beat Me To Chicago (spoken) []
Roosevelt Sykes - They All Called Him 'Pork Chops' (spoken)
Roosevelt Sykes - Forty-Four Blues (vocal and own piano)
Robert Junior Lockwood & Sunnyland Slim - Doctor Clayton And Me (spoken) []
Robert Junior Lockwood & Sunnyland Slim - Take A Little Walk With Me (vocal with own electric guitar, with Sunnyland Slim, piano) []
Edwin Buster Pickens - To Have The Blues Within (spoken)
Mance Lipscomb - Blues In The Bottle (vocal and own guitar)

CD tracks:
- So Much Good Feeling - Boogie Woogie Red
- A Little Different - Willie Thomas
- Kill That Nigger Dead - James "Butch" Cage & Willie Thomas
- The Onliest Way - Lil Son Jackson
- My Father's Style / So It Rocked On / Move To Kansas City - J.B. Lenoir
- When She Come Back / Poor Country Boy - Otis Spann
- Ain't No Easy Thing - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Evil Heart Blues - Mance Lipscomb
- A Roughneck - Blind Arvella Gray
- West Helena Blues - Roosevelt Sykes
- Days of 1900 / Newport News Blues - Will Shade
- Chock House Days / Come and Get Me - Whistling Alex Moore
- Move Back! For What? - Brother John Sellers
- Been Down So Long - J.B. Lenoir
- A Place They Call Boots' - James "Stump" Johnson []
- Henry Brown Blues - Henry Brown []
- They Called Us Gandy Dancers / Work Songs / John Henry - Blind Arvella Gray with Blind James Brewer []
- Santa Fe Train - Edwin "Buster" Pickens
- Most Reason I Sing - Robert Curtis Smith
- Santa Fe Blues - Jasper Love
- Somewhere Down The Line - John Lee Hooker
- I Hope One Day My Luck Will Change - Robert Curtis Smith
- Only Places They Can Go / People Call Me Lucky - Otis Spann

- What Have I Committed? - Henry Townsend #
- 'Tween Midnight And Day - James "Butch" Cage
- Walking Basses / Dud Low Joe / The First Vicksburg Blues - Little Brother Montgomery
- They Call Him "Pork Chops" / Forty-Four Blues - Roosevelt Sykes
- Blues In The Bottle - Mance Lipscomb
- To Have The Blues Within - Edward "Buster" Pickens
- Colorado Springs Blues - Edwin "Buster" Pickens []

# rec. 1960 in Chicago, IL; LP resp. CD accompanying Paul Oliver's book by the same title

[] = not on LP resp. CD !!!

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Decca LK 4664

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2nd ed. (1997) of book
(with enclosed CD)

251966Blues Rediscoveries
Compiled and Edited by Samuel Charters

Mississippi John Hurt
- Ain't No Tellin'
- Avalon Blues
Bukka White
- Sleepy Man Blues
- Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues

Henry Townsend
- Poor Man Blues
John Estes
- Poor Man's Friend
- Liquor Store Blues

Blind Gary Davis
- Oh Lord Search My Heart
- You Got to Go Down
Peg Leg Howell
- Doin' Wrong
Furry Lewis
- Jelly Roll
- Sweet Papa Moan
Big Joe Williams
- Highway 49
- Someday Baby


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RBF 11

RBF discography

261968The Blues In St. Louis 1929-1937

Henry Townsend
- Henry's Worry Blues
Kokomo Arnold
- Set Down Gal
Barrel House Buck
- I Got To Go Blues
Peetie Wheatstraw
- C & A Blues
Henry Spaulding
- Biddle Street Blues
Bessie Mae Smith
- St. Louis Daddy

Henry Townsend
- She's Got A Mean Disposition

Walter Davis
- Sloppy Drunk Again
Charley Jordan
- Tight Haired Mama Blues
Peetie Wheatstraw
- Sleepless Night Blues
Teddy Darby
- Deceiving Blues
Alice Moore
- Black Evil Blues
Speckled Red
- House Dance Blues
Peetie Wheatstraw and His Blues-Blowers
- Throw Me In The Alley


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Origin Jazz Library OJL-20

OJL discography

271968St. Louis Town 1929-1933

Henry Spaulding
- Cairo Blues

Henry Townsend
- Long Ago
Hi Henry Brown
- Skin Man
Charley Jordan
- Hunkie Tunkie
- Spoonful Blues
Teddy Darby
- Built Right On The Ground
- Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues

Jim Jackson
- St. Louis Blues
Hi Henry Brown
- Nut Factory
Charley Jordan
- Keep It Clean - No. 2
- You Run And Tell Your Daddy
Joe Stone
- It's Hard Time
Jelly Jaw Short
- Barefoot Blues
- Snake Doctor Blues


notes by Don Kent
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Belzona L 1003

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= Yazoo L 1003

= CD 1003 YAZ [1991]
with different liner notes !

Yazoo discography

281968Missouri and Tennessee 1924-1937

Missouri
Charley Jordan
- Raidin' Squad
The Two Charlies
- Got Your Water On
- Don't Put Your Dirty Hands On Me
Henry Spaulding
- Biddle Street Blues
Stovepipe No. 1
- Lonesome John
- Fisher's Hornpipe

Henry Townsend
- She's Got A Mean Disposition
Stovepipe No. 1 & David Crockett
- A Woman Gets Tired Of The Same Man All The Time


Tennessee
Hambone Willie Newbern
- Hambone Willie's Dreamy-eyed Woman's Blues
- Way Down In Arkansas
Banjo Joe
- My Money Never Runs Out
Rosie Mae Moore
- Staggering Blues
James "Yank" Rachel
- Little Sarah
- T-Bone Steak Blues
Charlie Pickett
- Crazy 'bout My Black Gal

Memphis Jug Band
- Evergreen Money Blues




Roots RL 310

Roots discography

291969Up And Down The Mississippi

Richard (Rabbit) Brown
- Mystery Of The Dunbar's Child
- I'm Not Jealous Roots
Buddy Boy Hawkins
- Jailhouse Fire Blues
- Shaggy Dog Blues
Bo Weavil Jackson (Sam Butler)
- You Can't Keep No Brown
Mae Glover & John Byrd
- Pig Meat Papa
Jim Thompkins
- Bedside Blues
Bertha Lee & Charley Patton
- Mind Reader Blues

Robert Lee McCoy
- Friar's Point Blues
Mississippi Bracey
- You Scolded Me And Drove Me From Your Door
- I'll Overcome Someday
Will Weldon
- Hitch Me To Your Buggy
Little Buddy Doyle
- Grief Will Kill Me
- Bad In Mind Blues
Lane Hardin
- California Desert Blues

Henry Townsend
- Henry's Worry Blues




Roots RL-319

Roots discography

3019??Hard Time Blues - St. Louis 1933-1940

Lane Hardin
- Hard Times Blues (1935)
Aaron “Pinetop” Sparks
- Workhouse Blues (1935)
Mary Harris
- Happy New Year Blues (1935)
Roosevelt Sykes
- Drunken Gambler (1937)

Henry Townsend
- Don’t Love That Woman (1934)
Charly Jordan
- Tight Time Blues (1934)
Walter Davis
- Just Thinking (1940)

Blind Teddy Darby
- Pitty Pat Blues (1933)
Peetie Wheatstraw
- Third Streets Going Down (1937)
Alice Moore
- Blue Black and Evil Blues (1935)
Charlie McFadden
- Times Are So Tight (1933)
Leroy Henderson
- Good Scuffler Blues (1935)
Milton Parks
- Grinder Blues (1935)
Lane Hardin
- California Desert Blues (1935)





Mamlish S-3806

Mamlish discography

311972St. Louis Blues 1929-1935
The Depression


Henry Townsend
- Sick With The Blues
Charley Jordan
- Gasoline Blues
Hi Henry Brown
- Preachers Blues

Henry Townsend
- Mistreated Blues
Charley Jordan
- Raidin' Squad Blues

Henry Townsend
- She's Got A Mean Disposition
Georgia Boyd
- Never Mind Blues
Hi Henry Brown
- Titanic Blues

Henry Townsend
- Henry's Worried Blues
Charley Jordan
- Big Four Blues
Joe Stone
- Back Door Blues

Henry Townsend
- Poor Man Blues
Charley Jordan
- Keep It Clean
Peetie Wheatstraw
- Sleepless Nights Blues


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Yazoo L 1030

= CD 1030 YAZ [1991]

Yazoo discography

32197?Things Have Changed
an anthology of today's blues from St. Louis

Henry Townsend
- Cairo Blues
Arthur Weston
- Uncle Sam Called Me
George McCoy
- Things Have Changed
Jimmy Brown
- Two Trains
Ethel McCoy
- Bumble Bee
Henry Brown
- Webster's Blues

George McCoy
- Train
Arthur Weston
- Highway 49

Henry Townsend
- Christmas Blues
Clarence Johnson
- Baby Let Me Come Back Home

Henry Townsend
- Tired Of Being Mistreated
Henry Brown
- Henry's Jive


rec. 1969
notes by Dick Spottswood,
Don Kent & Stephen Calt





Adelphi AD 1012

Adelphi discography

331973Henry Townsend: Henry T. Music Man
Henry Townsend and Backwards Sam Firk with Henry Brown and Vernell Townsend

- Cairo Blues *
- Tired Of Being Mistreated *

- Biddle Street Blues
- She Walked Away
- Every Day of My Life
- Sloppy Drunk Again
- Why Do We Love Each Other
- Deep Morgan Stomp

- Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
- Heart Trouble
- Doing Better in Life
- Do You Remember Me?
- Now or Never!

* on CD only



Adelphi AD 1016


= Genes/Adelphi CD 9916
(1999)

Adelphi discography

34197739th National Folk Festival

Albert Hash and the Whitetop Mountain Band
- Single Girl, Married Girl
- I'll Fly Away
Kyle Creed
- Roustabout
Abe Horton
- House Carpenter
E.C. Ball
- Old Jimmy Sutton
Ted Lundy
- Sally Anne
Rose Maddox
- Philadelphia Lawyer
Graham Townsend
- Hangman's Reel
Dewey Balfa
- Indian On A Stump
Joe Politte
- Sugar In The Gourd
The Balfa Brothers
- Tu en a eu, mais tu en aura plus

Joe & Antoinette McKenna
- Unnamed Reel
- Drops Of Brandy / Unnamed Slip Jig
Joe Jerdak
- Bellydancing Mawwal
Cheremosh Musicians
- Girls Dance Medley
Rumisonkos
- Augite de Putina
John Jackson
- You Ain't No Woman

Henry Townsend
- Walk All Night

rec. July 29-31, 1977 at Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, VA

NCTA NFF-77

www.ncta.net
(National Council for
the Traditional Arts)

351980Henry Townsend & Vernell Townsend, Piano Slim:
St. Louis Blues


- Baby Please Don't Go
- Baby Tell Me What Is On Your Mind
- Goodbye, Baby
- Cairo
- I Hate To Leave
- What Tomorrow Brings
- As She's Gone, I'm Looking Right Into Her Heart

- Trying To Be Satisfied
- Going Back Home
- M & O
- Going Down Slow
- Early In The Morning
- Sloppy Drunk
- Tired Of Being Mistreated

side one rec. Nov. 1980 at Heinz Studios, Vienna, Austria
side two rec. Nov. 1980, live in Kufstein, Austria



Wolf 120.495


= Wolf CD 120.495

361980Henry Townsend: "Mule"

- Bad Luck Dice
- Nothing But Trouble
- Things Have Changed //
- The Old Man's Soul
- Tears Come Rollin' Down # [] §
- It's A Hard Toad To Travel
- Talkin' Guitar Blues # \\

- I'm Just An Ordinary Man
- Alley Strut
- Can't You See # []
- Dark Clouds Rising //
- The Train Is At The Station
- Overstayed My Time

rec. 1979 in St. Louis, MO; Henry Townsend, voc, p, # g; [] Vernell Townsend, voc; Yank Rachell, // mand, \\ g; § Norman Merritt, g




Nighthawk 201 notes

notes by Leroy Pierson



Nighthawk 201


= Nighthawk NHCD-201
(1993)

Nighthawk discography

371981Henry Townsend:
Hard Luck Stories


- Hard Luck Story
- The Cutback Blues
- Bring Me My Pistol And My Shotgun Too
- Heartbroken Man Blues
- Baby Boy Blues

- Tears Settled In My Eyes
- What Would You Do?
- The Three G's Blues
- Have No Fear
- People Need People
- I Got To Go

rec. August 11, 12 & 15 1981 in St. Louis by Leo Bruin

Swingmaster 2107
381983More Devil's Music Vol. 2

James DeShay Band
- Crossroads
- Pony Blues
- Mistake In Life
- Evil Is Going On
- Hold That Train, Conductor
- Forty Four

Big Joe Williams
- Providence Help The Poor People

Henry Townsend
- Tears Came Rolling Down
Big Joe Williams
- Sloppy Drunk

Henry Townsend
- Wave My Hands Bye Bye
Big Joe Williams
- Meet Me At the Bottom
Victoria Spivey
- T.B. Blues



Red Lightnin' RL 0038


Red Lightnin' discography

391986National Downhome Blues Festival - Volume Four

Dr. Ross
- Chicago Breakdown
- That's All Right, Mama
- Biscuit Baking Woman
Booker T. Laury
- Woman I Love Lives In Memphis, Tennessee
- Disco Strut

Son Thomas
- Roll And Tumble

Henry & Vernell Townsend
- The Tears Come Rolling Down
Henry Townsend
- Standing Looking Out The Window
Larry Johnson
- The Wrong Woman
- Can't You Hear The Angels Singing?
Hezekiah & The Houserockers
- Downhome Blues


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Southland SLP-24

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(=) Southland SCD-22
(2001)

Southland discography

401986Henry Townsend and Henry Spaulding (1929-37)

Henry Spaulding (1929)
- Cairo Blues
- Biddle Street Blues

Henry Townsend (1929 - 1937)
- Henry's Worry Blues
- Mistreated Blues
- Long Ago Blues
- Poor Man Blues
- She's Got What I Want
- My Sweet Candy
- Sick With The Blues
- Don't Love That Woman
- She's Got A Mean Disposition
- Lose Your Man
- All I've Got's Gone
- A Ramblin' Mind
- Now I Stay Away

on CD only:
Charley Jordan
- Stack O'Dollars Blues
- Keep It Clean
- Big Four Blues
- Just a Spoonful
- Two Street Blues
- Raidin' Squad Blues
- Hunkie Tunkie Blues
- Gasoline Blues



Wolf WSE 117


Wolf CD WSE 110
St. Louis Blues: Charlie
Jordan, Henry Townsend
& Henry Spaulding
Complete Recordings
1929-37

411992Roots of Rhythm & Blues
A Tribute to the Robert Johnson Era


Johnny 'Ned' Shines & Kent DuChaine & ensemble
- Sweet Home Chicago
Lonnie Pitchford
- Come On In My Kitchen
Moving Star Hall Singers
- You've Got to Move

Henry Townsend
- All My Money's Gone
Robert Jr. Lockwood & Gene Schwartz, b
- How Long, How Long Blues
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards
- That's Alright
Jesse Mae Hemphill
- Train, Train
Elder Roma Wilson
- This Train
Phil Wiggins
- Silver Comet Train
Railroad Maintenance Crew
- Captain Can't Read
Johnny 'Ned' Shines
- Satisfied
- Watermelons
David Savage
- I'm Going Home
John Cephas & Phil Wiggins
- Brownsville Blues
Johnny 'Ned' Shines & ensemble
- Loved And Lost
Lonnie Pitchford
- Walking Blues
Johnny 'Ned' Shines
- Tell Me Daddy, How You Want Your Rolling Done
David Savage
- Bertha
Moving Star Hall Singers
- If You Miss Me
Johnny 'Ned' Shines & ensemble
- Moon Is Rising
Robert Jr. Lockwood
- Kindhearted Woman Blues
Toshi Reagon
- I Hate to See the Sun Go Down
Lonnie Pitchford
- Terraplane Blues
Johnny 'Ned' Shines & ensemble
- Milk Cow Blues
- Fat Mama


notes by
Barry Lee Pearson
with introduction by
Bernice Johnson Reagon
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CBS 48584
42199?St. Louis Country Blues 1929 - 1937

Henry Spaulding (1929)
- Cairo Blues
- Biddle Street Blues

Henry Townsend (1929-1937)
- Henry's Worry Blues
- Mistreated Blues
- Long Ago Blues
- Poor Man Blues
- No Home Blues
- Take A Chance
- She's Got What I Want
- Sick With The Blues
- Don't Love That Woman
- She's Got A Mean Disposition
- Lose Your Man
- All I've Got's Gone
- A Ramblin' Mind
- Now I Stay Away
J.D. Short (1930-1933)
- Telephone Arguin' Blues
- Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake
- Snake Doctor Blues
- Barefoot Blues
- Grand Daddy Blues
- It's Hard Time
- Back Door Blues



Document DOCD-5147
431996Too Late, Too Late Vol. 5 (1927-64)

Sister Morgan (1927)
- Hurry Down, Sunshine, And See What Tomorrow Brings
Lonnie Johnson (1927)
- Handfull O' Keys
- Searchin' For Flats
Cow Cow Davenport (1928)
- Cow Cow Blues (take B)
Elizabeth Johnson (1928)
- Be My Kid Blues
- Sobbin' Woman Blues
Leroy Carr (1928)
- Box Car Blues
Frank Stokes (1929)
- I'm Going Away Blues
- Old Sometime Blues

Henry Townsend (1931)
- Doctor, Oh Doctor
- Jack Of Diamonds Georgia Rub
Blind Wille McTell (1933)
- Broke Down Engine No. 2 (take 1)
- Love Makin' Mama (take 2)
John (Big Nig) Bray (1934)
- Trench Blues. Leadbelly (1940)
- Didn't Ol' John Cross The Water?
Sonny Terry (1944/45)
- I Have Had My Fun
- Keys To The Highway
Leadbelly (1945)
- Eagle Rock Rag (alt. take)
James 'Jack Of All Trades' McCain (1945)
- Good Mr. Roosevelt
Montana Taylor (1946)
- Lowdown Bugle (take B)
- Detroit Rocks
Big Maceo (c. 1950)
- Eloise, Don't Play Me For A Fool
Scrapper Blackwell (1959)
- How Long No. 2
Rev. Lonnie Farris (1964)
- Peace In The Valley (Proverb 1001)



Document DOCD 5411
441999Henry Townsend: The 88 Blues

- I Believe In Love (g)
- No Doggin' (p)
- She's Gone (p)
- You've Changed (g)
- Drivin' On The Highway (g)
- Search For Your Heart (p)
- It's Got To End Somewhere (g)
- Hear Me Cryin' (p)
- Train Comin' (p)
- Gone Too Long (g)
- Change Your Name (g)
- Leave You Alone (p)
- The Way You're Actin' (g)
- The 88 Blues (p)
- Baby Please Don't Go (g)

rec. 1997 at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO

Blueberry Hill CD BBH-032
451999Broke, Black And Blue
An Anthology Of Blues Classics And Rarities

disc 1
Up Country Blues
- Barrel House Blues - Ed Andrews
- Georgia Stockade Blues - Tom Delaney
- Sun Brimmers Blues - Memphis Jug Band
- Goin' To Leave You Blues - Big Boy Cleveland
- Dry Bone Shuffle - Blind Blake
- Up Country Blues - DeFord Bailey
- Dead Drunk Blues - Sippie Wallace
- Original Stack O'Lee Blues - Long 'Cleve' Reed
- Easy Rider Don't You Deny My Name - Barbecue Bob
- Bo Lita - Kid Brown
- Everybody Help The Boys Come Home - William & Versey Smith
- Church Bells Blues - Luke Jordan
- Two Ways To Texas - Emery Glen
- It Won't Be Long Now - Barbecue Bob & Laughing Charley
- Bottleneck Blues - Weaver & Beasley
- Rock Island Blues - Lewis Black
- Midnight Blues - Bill Moore
- Fare Thee Blues - Johnnie Head
- My Monday Woman Blues - Jim Jackson
- What's The Matter Blues - Frank Stokes
- School Girl Blues - Rosie Mae Moore
- Cool Drink Of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson
- Left Alone Blues - Ishman Bracey
- T And T Blues - Mooch Richardson
- TC Johnson Blues - T. C. Johnson


disc 2
Broke & Hungry Blues
- Ham Hound Crave - Rube Lacey
- No More Women Blues - Alger "Texas" Alexander
- How Long, How Long Blues - Willie Jackson
- Unknown Blues - Tarter & Gay
- Chicken Wilson Blues - Chicken Wilson
- Stack O' Lee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
- Broke And Hungry Blues - Peg Leg Howell
- Funny Feathers - Victoria Spivey
- Pitchin' Boogie - William Ezell
- Mr- Devil Blues - Jed Davenport
- Mississippi Bottom Blues - Kid Bailey
- Weary Heart Blues - James Wiggins

- Poor Man Blues - Henry Townsend
- Framer's Blues - Eli Framer
- Trinity River Blues - T-Bone Walker
- Heavy Suitcase Blues - Charley Taylor
- Traveling Mama Blues - Joe Calicott
- Jumpin' And Shoutin' Blues - Garfield Akers
- Bedside Blues - Jim Thompkins
- Walking Blues - Son House
- Future Blues - Willie Brown
- Long Ways from Home - Louise Johnson
- Frisco Blues - Bayless Rose
- Good Boy Blues - Arthur Petties
- No Special Rider Blues - Little Brother Montgomery


disc 3
Good Whiskey Blues
- Married Man Blues - Blind Willie Reynolds
- Dupree Blues - Willie Walker
- 22-20 Blues - Skip James
- Lonesome Road Blues - Sam Collins
- Midnight Hour Blues - Leroy Carr
- Fat Mama Blues - Jabo Williams
- Never Mind Blues - Georgia Boyd
- Twelves (Dirty Dozens) - Kokomo Arnold
- Little Leg Woman - Big Joe Williams
- That's What My Baby Likes - Bessie Jackson
- Good Whiskey Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw
- Strut That Thing - Cripple Clarence Lofton
- Teasin' Brown Blues - Louie Lasky
- Cold Blooded Murder, No.2 - Bumble Bee Slim
- Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind - Blind Boy Fuller
- Ashes In My Whiskey - Walter Davis
- It's Cold in China Blues - The Mississippi Moaner
- Jockey Blues - Jazz Gillum
- Prisoner Blues - George Clarke
- Back Door Blues - Casey Bill Weldon
- Don't Sell It (Don't Give It Away) - Buddy Woods
- Booker T. Blues - Washboard Sam
- Hard Scufflin' Blues - Little Buddy Doyle
- Jersey Belle Blues - Lonnie Johnson
- Baby, Please Don't Tell On Me - Tommy McClennan


disc 4
Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame
- East St.Louis Blues - Faber Smith, Jimmy Yancey
- Bukka's Jitterbug Swing - Bukka White
- Can't You Read - Big Maceo Merriweather
- Life Is Like That - Memphis Slim
- Memory Of Sonny Boy - Forrest City Joe
- Horse Shoe Boogie - Lee Brown
- Ruby Moore Blues - Lee Brown
- Low Land Blues - Lee Brown
- Round The World Blues - Lee Brown
- Rock That Boogie - Jimmie Gordon
- Fast Life - Jimmie Gordon
- Mistreated Blues - Jimmie Gordon
- I Ain't Like That No More - Jimmie Gordon
- Chain Gang Blues - Johnny Temple
- Yum, Yum, Yum - Johnny Temple
- My Baby's Acting Funny - Jimmie Gordon
- It's Time To Go - Jimmie Gordon
- That Woman's A Pearl Diver - Jimmie Gordon
- Jumpin' At The Club Blue Flame - Jimmie Gordon
- I Believe I'll Go Downtown Again - Johnny Temple
- Something In The Moon That Gives Me A Thrill - Johnny Temple
- Dixie Flyer - Johnny Temple
- Believe My Sins Have Found Me Out - Johnny Temple
- Rhythm Mama - Johnny Temple
- New Little Girl, Little Girl - Lee Brown


4 CD set,   40 page
booklet by Joop Visser





Proper CDBOX 7 (UK 1999)
462000Henry Townsend:
St. Louis Blues Ace


- Big City Blues
- People Need People
- Dirty Trick Blues
- I'm Having Bad Luck
- Too Pretty For Me
- I'm Gonna Stay
- Your Doggone Ways
- The Three GS Blues
- Night Is Falling
- Hey Dear Brother
- Heart Broken Man Blues
- Slap Her Down
- The Cut Back Blues
- Down by That Muddy Pond
- Baby Boy Blues

rec. 1980-83 in St. Louis & 1987 in Groningen, The Netherlands

Swingmaster CD 2202
472000Henry Townsend and Friends:
Henry's Worry Blues


Henry Townsend
- Henry's Worry Blues
- Mistreated Blues
- Long Ago Blues
- Poor Man Blues
- Doctor Oh Doctor
- Jack Of Diamonds Georgia Rub
- No Home Blues
- Take A Chance
- She's Got What I Want
- My Sweet Candy
- Sick With The Blues
- Don't Love That Woman
- She's Got A Mean Disposition
- Lose Your Man
- All I've Got's Gone
- A Ramblin' Mind
- Now I Stay Away
J.D. Short
- Telephone Arguin' Blues
- Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake
- Snake Doctor Blues
- Barefoot Blues
- Grand Daddy Blues
Joe Stone
- It's Hard Time
- Back Door Blues



Catfish CD 172

Catfish discography

482001Henry Townsend: My Story

- Less Than A Man
- Tell Me
- World Full Of People
- No Fuss And Fight
- Dreaming
- You Should've Told Me
- My Story
- Help Me Darling
- Screaming And Crying
- Put Me On Hold
- Goodbye
- Repentance Blues

rec. October 12/13, 1999 in Salina, Kansas

Apo CD 2014
492001Henry Townsend: The Real St. Louis Blues

- Can't You See; Mercy
- Can't Help Myself
- So Long, So Long
- Pleasin' Myself
- My Babe
- Crying Won't Make Me Stay
- Sad Story
- I've Got To Go
- Long Ago
- Bye Bye St. Louis
- Room And Board
- What's On Your Mind
- Let Her Go
- I Regret
- Every Once In A While
- Going Back Home

rec. August 1979 in St. Louis by Bob West


Arcola ACD 1002
502001Big Al Calhoun: Harmonica Blues
with Henry Townsend

- Black Panther
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Al's Boogie-Woogie
- Buy Me An Airplane
- Shake Your Boogie
- Medley: It's Too Late
  Brother/MyBabe
- That's All Right
- Betty Lou #
- Can't You See # *
- Love Was In Our Hearts #
- Wake Up Old Maid *
- Tears Come Rollin' Down
- Tin Pan Alley *
- Old Story Blues #

rec. August 29, 1979 in St. Louis; Big Al Calhoun, voc, hca; Henry Townsend, g, # voc; * Vernell Townsend, voc

Arcola ACD 1003
512001National Downhome Blues Festival - Volume Two

John Jackson
- Bad Water Blues
- Rocks & Gravel
- I'm A Bad Man
Albert Macon & Robert Thomas
- She Wanna Do The Boogie Woogie
- My Baby Don't Wear No Drawers
Robert Lockwood
- Big Legged Woman
Snooky Pryor & Homesick James
- Why You Want To Treat Me Like That
- Boogie Twist
Piano Red
- Right String But The Wrong Yo Yo
- Lowdown Dog
Eddie Kirkland
- I Got My Eyes On You

Dr. Ross
- Chicago Breakdown
- That's All Right, Mama
- Biscuit Baking Woman
Booker T. Laury
- Woman I Love Lives In Memphis, Tennessee
- Disco Strut
Son Thomas
- Roll And Tumble

Henry & Vernell Townsend
- The Tears Come Rolling Down
Henry Townsend
- Standing Looking Out The Window
Larry Johnson
- The Wrong Woman
- Can't You Hear The Angels Singing?
Hezekiah & The Houserockers
- Downhome Blues


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Southland SCD-22

Southland discography

522007Bullet Records Blues

- Going Down Slow - St. Louis Jimmy
- I Ain't Done Nothing Wrong - St. Louis Jimmy
- My Trouble - St. Louis Jimmy
- Sittin' And Thinkin' - St. Louis Jimmy

- Mr. Brown Boogie - St. Louis Jimmy [sic]
- Candy Man Blues - Roosevelt Sykes
- Why Should I Cry - Sykes, Roosevelt
- Move Back To The Woods - Walter Davis
- You've Got To Reap What You Sow - Walter Davis
- Wonder What I'm Doing Wrong - Walter Davis
- Got To See Her Every Night - Walter Davis
- So Long Baby - Walter Davis
- I Just Can't Help It - Walter Davis
- Hard Times - Smokey Hogg
- Jivin' Woman - Big Joe Williams
- She's A Married Woman - Big Joe Williams
- Miss Martha King - B.B. King
- When Your Baby Packs Up And Goes - B.B. King
- Evil Man Blues - Rudy Greene
- No Good Woman Blues - Rudy Greene
- Florida Blues - Rudy Greene
- My Baby Left Me - Little Eddie
- Darling You Know I Love You - Little Eddie
- Why Don't You Let Me Be - J.D. Horton
- Cadillac Blues - J.D. Horton


notes by Fred James

Blue CD SPV 49762
532007Kenny Wayne Shepherd: 10 Days Out - Blues from the Backroads

Cootie Stark & Neal "Big Daddy" Pattman - Prison Blues
Jerry "Boogie" McCain - Potato Patch
Buddy Flett - Honky Tonk
B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone
Bryan Lee - Tina Marie
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Born In Louisiana
John Dee Holeman - Chapel Hill Boogie

Henry Townsend - Tears Come Rollin' Down
Etta Baker - Knoxville Rag
Neal "Big Daddy" Pattman - Big Daddy Boogie
Cootie Stark - U-Haul
Henry Gray & Howlin Wolf Band - Red Rooster
Hubert Sumlin & Howlin Wolf Band - Sittin On Top Of The World
George "Wild Child" Butler & Howlin Wolf Band - Spoonful
Pinetop Perkins & Muddy Waters Band - Grindin Man




Reprise 49294-2
542009Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920s Volume 7
2010 Calendar with free CD

CD and Calendar contents:
- That's No Way To Get Along - Robert Wilkins
- High Water Everywhere Parts 1 & 2 - Charley Patton
- Hard Luck Child - Skip James
- Match Box Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
- Mojo Hand Blues - Ida Cox
- She's Crazy 'Bout Her Lovin' - Mississippi Sheiks
- The Death Of Holmes' Mule Parts 1 & 2 - Charlie Turner and Winston Holmes
- Slow Driving Moan - Ma Rainey
- Early Morning Blues - Blind Blake
- Coal Man Blues - Papa Charlie Jackson
- Sawmill Moan - Ramblin' Thomas
- This Old World's In A Hell Of A Fix! - Rev. J. Gordon McPherson


Supplementary CD tracks:
- Ain't Gonna Lay My 'Ligion Down tk. 1 - Frank Palmes
- Ain't Gonna Lay My 'Ligion Down tk. 2 - Frank Palmes
- Married Man Blues - Test, tk. 2 - Irene Scruggs with Blind Blake
- Married Man Blues - Test, tk. 3 - Irene Scruggs with Blind Blake

- Doctor Oh Doctor - Henry Townsend
- Jack O' Diamonds Georgia Rub - Henry Townsend

remastered by Richard Nevins

Blues Images Vol. 7 (2010)

Blues Images



Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Robert M.W. Dixon, John Godrich & Howard W. Rye: Blues & Gospel Records 1890 - 1943, 4th ed. 1997, p. 927
- Robert Ford & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1971 - 2000 [the later years].- Vancouver 2011, p. 459-460
- Mike Rowe & Charlie O'Brian: 'Well them two Sparks Brothers they been here and gone'.- Blues Unlimited 144 (Spring 1983), pp. 9-14
- http://deltabluescartel.tripod.com/discographies.htm
- http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads/label/wolf/wolf1.htm
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

1) black & white label pictures taken from Mike Rowe/Charlie O'Brian article in BU 1983

source of left column picture: front cover of Apo CD 2014

thanks to Jaap Hindriks and Russell Shor for additional info

 

H E N R Y   T O W N S E N D, St. Louis, 1962 (photo used on the front cover of Bluesville BV 1041); source: eBay auction; photographer Ann / Sam Charters
Henry Townsend, St. Louis, 1962
(photo used on the front cover of Bluesville BV 1041)
source: eBay auction; photographer Ann / Sam Charters

 

Henry Townsend bio

A Blues Life
Henry Townsend as Told to Bill Greensmith

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