Joe Willie Wilkins, Ann Arbor, 1973; source: Blues Unlimited 1234 (March/June 1979), 9. 13; photographer: Sandy Sutherland; click to enlarge !
Joe Willie Wilkins, Ann Arbor, 1973
source: Blues Unlimited 134 (March/June 1979), p. 13
photographer: Sandy Sutherland

... for (re)issues of recordings with Joe Willie Wilkins as accompanist
see the resp. discographies of the artist he is accompanying:
Charley Booker discography
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup discography
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards discography
Willie Love / Sonny Boy Williamson discography
Willie Nix discography


Joe Willie Wilkins
b. January 7, 1923 in Davenport, Mississippi
d. March 28, 1979 in Memphis, Tennessee

discography
Joe Willie Wilkins and W I L L I E   N I X; Blues Unlimited # 120 (1976), p. 6; ('courtesy Steve La Vere'); click to enlarge !
Joe Willie Wilkins and Willie Nix
source: Blues Unlimited # 120 (1976), p. 6
("courtesy Steve La Vere")

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

Joe Willie Wilkins 78 rpm / 45 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes

10 inch 78 rpm / 7 inch 45 rpm
   

- (Little) Walter's Instrumental   @ Spotify

rec. c. January 1951 in Memphis, TN; Walter Horton, hca; poss. Billy 'Red' Love, p; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; dr
Sun unissued

Redita LP 105
Sun Box 105

11951SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

- Eyesight To The Blind (DRC1-15)
- Crazy About You Baby (DRC1-16)

rec. January 4, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Joe Dyson, dr

Trumpet no #
21951SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

- Do It If You Wanta (DRC18)
- Cool, Cool Blues (DRC19) #

rec. August 5, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, # Dave Campbell, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Leonard Ware, b; dr



Trumpet 139
31951SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON His Harmonica and House Rockers

- Stop Crying (DRC17)
- Come On Back Home (DRC20)

rec. August 5, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Leonard Ware, b; dr



Trumpet 140
41951SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON His Harmonica & House Rockers

- West Memphis Blues (DRC22)
- I Cross My Heart (DRC21)

rec. August 5, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Leonard Ware, b; dr



Trumpet 144
51951SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

- Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues (DRC45)
- Pontiac Blues (DRC46)

rec. August 5, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Leonard Ware, b; dr

Trumpet 145
61951WILLIE LOVE and HIS THREE ACES

- Everybody's Fishing (DRC48) #
- My Own Boogie (DRC50) *

rec. July 25, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Willie Love, voc, p; * prob. Otis Green, ts; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; prob Alex Wallace, dr; # ens voc

Willie Love discography




Trumpet 147
71952SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

- Mighty Long Time (DRC88)
- Nine Below Zero (DRC89)

rec. December 4, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Cliff Givens, voc b; Joe Dyson, dr



Trumpet 166
81952SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON His Harmonica and House Rockers

- Stop Now Baby (DRC92)
- Mr. Down Child (DRC93)

rec. December 4, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Cliff Givens, voc b; Joe Dyson, dr



Trumpet 168
91952ELMER / ELMO JAMES

Trumpet 186:
Elmer James
- Gonna Find My Baby (DRC128) []
- Make A Little Love (DRC 129) []

Jewel 764:
Elmo James
- Dust My Broom (DRC53) (Trumpet 146) #
- Gotta Find My Baby (DRC128) (Trumpet 186) []

Jewel 783:
Elmo James
- Make A Little Love (DRC 129) (Trumpet 186) []
- Catfish Blues (DRC52) (Trumpet 146) *

[] rec. August 28, 1952 in Jackson, Ms.; Arthur Crudup, voc; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; b [credited to "Elmer/Elmo James"]

# rec. August 5, 1951 in Jackson, Ms.; Elmore James, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Leonard Ware, b; Frock O'Dell, dr

* rec. July 24, 1951 in Jackson, Ms.; Andrew 'Bobo' Thomas, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Leonard Ware, b [credited to "Elmo James"]

Elmore James discography




Trumpet 186


(=) Jewel 764 (1965)




(=) Jewel 783 (1967)

   

- Gotta Find My Baby (alt tk)
- Gotta Find My Baby (alt tk)

rec. August 28, 1952 in Jackson, Ms.; Arthur Crudup, voc; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; b

Arthur Crudup discography

Trumpet unissued

P-Vine PCD 2185 (Jp)

101953WILLIE NIX   THE MEMPHIS BLUES BOY

- Seems Like A Million Years (U 59)   @ youtube
- Baker Shop Boogie (U 60)   @ youtube

rec. October 9, 1952 in Memphis, TN; Willie Nix, voc, dr; James Cotton, hca; Albert Williams, p; Joe Willie Wilkins, g

Willie Nix discography




Sun 179
   

- Baker Shop Boogie (tk 1) #
- Baker Shop Boogie (tk ?) *

rec. October 9, 1952 in Memphis, TN; Willie Nix, voc, dr; James Cotton, hca; Albert Williams, p; Joe Willie Wilkins, g
Sun unissued

# Charly CR 30114

* Titanic CD 6006

   

- untitled instrumental

rec. December 10, 1952 in Memphis, TN; Willie Nix, voc, dr; George Lawson, ts; James Cotton, hca; Albert Williams, p; Joe Willie Wilkins, g
Sun unissued
   

- Hoodoo Man (Memphis Al) #
- Rhumba Chillen *

rec. 1952 in Memphis, TN; Albert Williams, p; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Dickie Houston, dr; James Walker, washb
Sun unissued

# Sun Box 105

* Charly CR 30127

   

- Sweet Home Chicago (tk. 1) *

- Sweet Home Chicago (tk. 2) #

rec 1952/53 in Memphis, TN; Honeyboy Edwards, voc, g; Albert Williams, p; poss. Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Dickie Houston, dr; James Walker, washb

David 'Honeyboy' Edwards discography

Sun unissued

* Charly CD Sun 7
(1988)

# Charly CR 30127 (1977),
Charly Sun Box 105 (1985)

   

- Shout Brother, Shout (DRC174)
- Way Back (DRC175)
- Worried Blues (DRC175A) #
- Wonderful Baby (DRC176)
- Lonesome World Blues (DRC177?) #
- Willie Mae (DRC178)
- Ella Lee (DRC178)

rec. March 23, 1953 in Jackson, Ms.; Willie Love, voc, p; Bernard Williams, ts; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; b; Oneal Hudson, dr
Trumpet unissued

# Acoustic Archives AA 700

111953SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON His Harmonica & Houserockers

- Too Close Together (DRC91) #
- Cat Hop (DRC180) *

# rec. December 4, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Cliff Givens, voc b
* rec. March 23, 1953 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Kyle, Carlton Wells or Bernard Williams, sax; J.W. Walker, p; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; b; O'Neil Hudson, dr

Trumpet 212
121953"SONNY BOY" WILLIAMSON and His House Rockers

- She Brought Life Back To The Dead (DRC90 78 rpm) #
- She Brought Life Back To The Dead (45-DRC90 45 rpm) #
- Gettin' Out Of Town (DRC185)

# rec. December 4, 1951 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Willie Love,, p; Elmore James, Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Cliff Givens, voc b
* rec. October 24, 1953 in Jackson, MS; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; Bernard Williams, ts; .James Williams, g; Hermann Fowlkes, b; O'Neil Hudson, dr; Frank Crawley, mrcs





Trumpet 215
131957ROOSEVELT SYKES

- She's Jail Bait (1006A)   @ Spotify
- Sputnik Baby (1006B)   @ Spotify

rec. 1957 in Memphis, TN; Roosevelt Sykes, voc, p; ts; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; b; dr

House of Sound C&S 505
[Chesley Sherod's label]
141973JOE WILLIE WILKINS & HIS KING BISCUIT BOYS

- It's Too Bad [edited version, 3:14]  
- Mr. Downchild [edited version, 2:57] #  

rec. 1973 in Memphis, TN by Steve LaVere & Fred Hay; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g; Roland 'Boy Blue' Hayes, hca; Melvin Lee, b; Homer Jackson, dr

Mimosa 174

LP / CD compilations
151973Memphis Blues At Sunshine / Memphis Blues At Sunrise

Joe Hill Louis
- Gotta Let You Go
- Glamour Girl
- Boogie In The Park
Billy "The Kid" Emerson
- We Gonna Rock Tonight [previously unissued]
- Chop Chop [previously unissued] [Drop Top]
- Shake It [previously unissued]

Walter Horton
- Little Walter's Instrumental [previously unissued]
Howlin' Wolf
- How Many More Years (alt tk) [previously unissued]

Rufus Thomas
- Tiger Man (alt tk)
- Crazy About My Baby (Crazy About You Baby)
Walter 'Tang' Smith
- Every Monday Morning [previously unissued]
Raymond Hill
- Hold Me Baby [previously unissued]
- Did You Ever Loved A Woman (Have You Ever Loved A Woman) (prev. unissued)
Johnny London
- Flat Tire (instr)
- Drivin' Slow (instr)
Harmonica Frank
- She Done Moved


"(in agreement with Collector Records)"

label has "Memphis Blues At Sunrise", cover says "Memphis Blues At Sunshine"; on back cover sides A and B reversed





Redita RLP 105 (NL)
[first series]

BU 107,23
161976The Devil's Music
from the BBC T.V. series

Mississippi and Memphis Blues
Sam Chatmon
- Stop And

Big Joe Williams
- Highway 49

Houston Stackhouse
- Cool Drink Of Water *
Sam Chatmon
- Sam's Rag
Big Joe Williams
- Watergate Blues
Sam Chatmon
- Who Gonna Love You Tonight
Booker White
- Aberdeen Mississippi

Mose Vinson
- When You Got Rid Of My Mule

Sonny Blake
- One Room Country Shack //
- Bring It On Home To Me []
Joe Wilkins
- Mr. Downchild #   @ Spotify
Houston Stackhouse
- Mean Red Spider *
Mose Vinson
- Bugle Call Blues
Laura Dukes
- Crawdad



Chicago Blues
The Aces
- Take A Little Walk With Me
Billy Boy Arnold
- Somebody Help Me
Fenton Robinson
- Somebody Loan Me A Dime
Good Rockin' Charles
- Don't Start Me To Talkin'
Fenton Robinson
- You Don't Know What Love Is
Joe Carter
- It Hurts Me Too

Billy Boy Arnold
- She Fooled Me
The Aces
- Blue Shadows
Good Rockin' Charles
- Shake Your Boogie
Little Brother Montgomery
- Vicksburg Blues
Edith Wilson
- Yankee Doodle Blues
Little Brother Montgomery
- I Ain't Got No Special Rider Now


# rec. January 19, 1976 in Memphis, TN; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g; Mose Vinson, p; Houston Stackhouse, g; L.T. Lewis, dr

* rec. January 19, 1976 in Memphis, TN; Houston Stackhouse, voc, g; Joe Willie Wilkins, g

[] // rec. January 19, 1976 in Memphis, TN; Sonny Blake, voc, hca; // Mose Vinson, p; [] Joe Willie Wilkins, g; L.T. Lewis, dr
DLP
notes by Giles Oakley
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Red Lightnin' RL0033


Red Lightnin' discography

3 CD set
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(=) Indigo IGOTCD 2537
(UK 2003)

171977Joe Willie Wilkins & His King Biscuit Boys

- Mr. Downchild [LP version; 3:09] #
- Sad Letter *
- Hucklefinger *
- Me & The Devil Blues *
- Everyday I Have The Blues *

- Tribute to Joe Willie Wilkins - Johnny Shines §
- Little Care Blues *
- It's Sad To Be Alone *
- Na's Blues - Nate Armstrong []
- Walkin' Blues / Feel Like Goin' Home *
- It's Too Bad [LP version, 3:37] #

# rec. 1973 in Memphis, TN by Steve LaVere & Fred Hay; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g; Roland 'Boy Blue' Hayes, hca; Melvin Lee, b; Homer Jackson, dr

* rec. 1972-1976 live in Memphis, TN; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g; (collective personnel): Greg 'Fingers' Taylor, Sonny Blake, Roland 'Boy Blue' Hayes, hca; Johnny Shines, Houston Stackhouse, g; Melvin Lee, b

[] rec. September 28, 1973 live at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Nathaniel Armstrong, hca; Sonny Blake, hca; Joe Willie Wilkins, Houston Stackhouse, g; Melvin Lee, b; Homer Jackson, dr

§ rec. October 19, 1973 live at the Memphis Blues Caravan, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Johnny Shines, voc, g





Adamo ADS 9507
181994Memphis Blues Caravan   Vol. I

Sam Chatmon
- Forgive Me Too
Big Sam Clark
- I Fell in Love With This Woman
Sonny Boy Nelson
- Pony Blues
Earl Bell
- Travelin' Blues
Sleepy John Estes / Hammie Nixon
- President Kennedy Stayed Away Too Long
- Yellow Yam Blues
Bukka White
- Bed Springs Blues
Furry Lewis
- Mary Tell-Blues/Mother Story
Harmonica Frank
- Goin' Away Happy

Houston Stackhouse
- Crying Won't Help You *
Joe Willie Wilkins & His King Biscuit Boys
- Me And The Devil Blues #

# rec. November 17, 1973 live Memphis Blues Caravan at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g; Nathaniel Armstrong, hca; Houston Stackhouse, g; Melvin Lee, b; Homer Jackson, dr; Clemon Lee 'Sonny' Blakes, sp

* rec. October 12, 1973 live at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN; Houston Stackhouse, voc, g; Joe Willie Wilkins, g; Brewer Phillips, b; Ted Harvey, dr
notes by Steven C. LaVere
click to enlarge !
Memphis Archives
CD MA 7008
191994Memphis Blues Caravan   Vol. II

Memphis Piano Red
- Blues Like Showers Of Rain
Skip James
- Crow Jane
Little Red Holmes
- Peach Tree Blues
Joe Dobbins
- Satchel Blues
Bukka White
- Uncle Sam Blues
Furry Lewis
- Furry Lewis' Blues
Johnny Shines
- Mr. Tom Green's Farm

Joe Willie Wilkins
- Hard Headed Woman #
Roland Boy Blue Hayes
- Cold Chills

Charlie Booker with Joe Willie Wilkins & His King Biscuit Boys
- New Moonrise Blues *
Big Daddy Rucker with T-Bone Terrell & His Band
- Sweet Little Angel


# rec. September 25, 1976 live at The Back Door, San Diego State University, CA; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g

* rec. October 12, 1973 live at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN; Charley Booker, voc, g; Joe Willie Wilkins, Houston Stackhouse, g; Brewer Phillips, "bass on guitar"; Ted Harvey, dr (King Biscuit Boys); prod. by Steve LaVere

Charley Booker discography

notes by Steven C. LaVere
click to enlarge !
Memphis Archives
CD MA 7009
201994Roosevelt Sykes   Vol 10   1951 - 1957

- Fine And Brown
- Lucky Blues
- Raining In My Heart
- Heavy Heart
- Walkin' This Boogie
- Four O'clock Blues
- Hot Boogie
- Something Like That
- Security Blues
- Toy Piano Blues
- Listen To My Song
- Come Back Baby
- Ruthie Lee
- Tell Me True
- Boogie Sykes
- You Can't Be Lucky All The Time
- Sweet Old Chicago
- Blood Stains
- Hush Oh Hush
- I'm Tired
- Crazy Fox

- She's Jail Bait
- Sputnik Baby
- Low Land Blues
- Savoy Boogie


notes by Chris Smith

Blues Documents
BDCD-6050
211996King Biscuit Boys / Big Walter Horton: Well All Right!
Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival   Vol. 4

King Biscuit Boys
Joe Willie Wilkins
- Introduction (by Joe Willie Wilkins) #
- Little Car Blues #
- Me And The Devil Blues #
Sonny Blake
- Down So Long []
Houston Stackhouse
- Cool Drink of Water Blues *
- Bricks In My Pillow *
- Sweet Black Angel *
Joe Willie Wilkins
- It's Too Bad #
- Mr. Downchild #

Walter Horton
- Introduction *
- Walter's Slow Blues *
- Hard Hearted Woman *
- Swingin' Blues *
- That Ain't It *
- Trouble In Mind *
- St. Louis Blues *
- Walter Jumps One *
- It Hurts Me Too *


# rec. September 9, 1973 live, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g; Sonny Blake, hca, [] voc; Houston Stackhouse, g, * voc; prob. Melvin Lee, b; Homer Jackson, dr; prod. by John Sinclair for Big Chief Productions

* rec. September 8, 1973 live, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Walter Horton, voc, hca; John Nicholas, el g; Sarah Brown, el b; Fran Christina, dr; prod. by John Sinclair for Big Chief Productions



Schoolkids SKR 2104
22199?Giants Of Country Blues   Vol. 2

James 'Son' Thomas
- I Hurst Me Too
- Four Women Blues
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Dust My Broom
- Beefsteak Blues
R.L. Burnside
- It's Be Troubled
- When My First Wife Left Me


Joe Willie Wilkins
- Walking Blues #
Boogie Bill Webb
- Doodeville Blues
- I'll Buy You A Ticket
- It Used To Be
- Maggie Campbell Blues
- Seven Sisters Blues
Clyde Maxwell
- Untitled Blues
Cornelius Bright
- Devil's Blues


# rec. 1976 in Memphis, TN by Hannes Folterbauer; Joe Willie Wilkins, voc, g; Sonny Blake, hca

cover drawing of Clyde Maxwell by Bernd Conrad
notes by Michael Hortig
and Herbert Pessiak



Wolf LP 120.917


Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Jean-Claude Arnaudon: Dictionnaire du Blues.- Paris, France (Filipacci) 1977, p. 269
- Karel Bogaert: Blues Lexicon.- Antwerpen (Standaard) 1972, p. 403
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970 (2nd edition).- Vancouver 2012, p. 277, 595, 663, 680
- Robert Ford: A Blues Bibliography, 2nd Edition (Routledge Music Bibliographies) 2007, p. 1044-1045
- Robert Ford & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1971 - 2000 [the later years].- Vancouver 2011, p. 19, 49, 409, 424, 493-494
- Sheldon Harris: Blues Who's Who - A Bibliographical Dictionary of Blues Singers.- New York 1987, p. 560-561
- Cilla Huggins: Joe Willie Wilkins obituary.- Blues Unlimited 134 (March/June 1979), pp. 12-13
- Jim O'Neal: Joe Willie Wilkins - 1923 - 1979.- Living Blues 42 (January/February 1979), pp. 8-9
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

 

Joe Willie Wilkins and W I L L I E   N I X; Blues Unlimited # 120 (1976), p. 6; ('courtesy Steve La Vere'); click to enlarge !
Joe Willie Wilkins, centre, and Houston Stackhouse, second from left
source: Blues Unlimited 134 (March/June 1979), p. 13; photographer's name not given
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