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 Records founder and owner Lillian McMurry pressed up a limited supply of this record and sent the test pressing back to the pressing plant to get more made. The plant burned down with the test pressing in it so she had to re-record the record; those replicate recordings took place on March 12, 1951, Joe Willie Wilkins' guitar being replaced by Henry Reed on bass (see below)



Trumpet no #
 1951SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

- Eyesight To The Blind (DRC15-2)   @ youtube
- Crazy About You Baby (DRC16-2)   @ youtube

rec. March 12, 1951 in Jackson, Ms; Alex 'Rice' Miller, voc, hca; prob. Willie Love, p; (Elmore James ?) g; Henry Reed, b; Joe Dyson, dr

in addition to those labels shown in the right column, Lillian McMurry also used what was left of the DRC-1-15/DRC-1-16 labels (see above) on later records of DRC-15-2/DRC-16-2, but with DRC 15-2 resp. DRC 16-2 in the wax.!





Trumpet 129
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) #   @ youtube
- Rhumba Chillen *   @ youtube

rec. 1952 in Memphis, TN; Albert Williams, voc, 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

# Charly CR 30127
Charly Sun Box 105

   

- 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 Listen
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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