Big Joe
Williams

Joseph Lee Williams
b. October 16, 1903 in Crawford, Mississippi
d. December 17, 1982 in Macon, Mississippi

discography
B I G   J O E   W I L L I A M S; source: Front cover of Storyville SLP 224
source: Front cover of Storyville SLP 224
This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
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Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes

10 inch 78 rpm
 1929Joe Williams

- I Want It Awful Bad (M-195- ) #
- Mr. Devil Blues (M-196- )

rec. September 24, 1929 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN; 'Jackson' Joe Williams, voc, g; prob. Jed Davenport, hca, # sp

Vocalion 1457
11930Birmingham Jug Band

- German Blues (404677-B)   @ youtube
- Gettin' Ready For Trial (404682-C)   @ youtube

rec. December 11, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga.; unknown, hca, mand, g, jug, voc; Big Joe Williams gives the following personnel: poss. Jaybird Coleman, hca; Joe Williams, 'One-Armed Dave' (Dave Miles), 'Dr. Scott', Bogus Ben Covington, g, mand; 'Honeycup', jug; 'New Orleans Slide', washboard

OKeh 8856
21930Birmingham Jug Band

- Cane Brake Blues (404679-B)   @ Spotify
- Kickin' Mule Blues (404684-B)   @ youtube

rec. December 11, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga.; unknown, hca, mand, g, jug, voc; Big Joe Williams gives the following personnel: poss. Jaybird Coleman, hca; Joe Williams, 'One-Armed Dave' (Dave Miles), 'Dr. Scott', Bogus Ben Covington, g, mand; 'Honeycup', jug; 'New Orleans Slide', washboard

OKeh 8866
31930Birmingham Jug Band

- Bill Wilson (404681-B) #   @ youtube
- Birmingham Blues (404682-B) []   @ Spotify

rec. December 11, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga.; unknown, hca, mand, g, jug, # voc, [] sp; Big Joe Williams gives the following personnel: poss. Jaybird Coleman, hca; Joe Williams, 'One-Armed Dave' (Dave Miles), 'Dr. Scott', Bogus Ben Covington, g, mand; 'Honeycup', jug; 'New Orleans Slide', washboard

OKeh 8895
41930Birmingham Jug Band

- The Wild Cat Squawl (404680-A)   @ Spotify
- Giving It Away (404683-A)   @ youtube

rec. December 11, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga.; unknown, hca, mand, g, jug, voc; Big Joe Williams gives the following personnel: poss. Jaybird Coleman, hca; Joe Williams, 'One-Armed Dave' (Dave Miles), 'Dr. Scott', Bogus Ben Covington, g, mand; 'Honeycup', jug; 'New Orleans Slide', washboard

OKeh 8908
   

- Airplane Blues (404678-B)

rec. December 11, 1930 in Atlanta, Ga.; unknown, hca, mand, g, jug, voc; Big Joe Williams gives the following personnel: poss. Jaybird Coleman, hca; Joe Wiliams, 'One-Armed Dave' (Dave Miles), 'Dr. Scott', Bogus Ben Covington, g, mand; 'Honeycup', jug; 'New Orleans Slide', washboard
OKeh unissued
51935Joe Williams

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

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

Bluebird B5900
61935Albert Clemens / Joe Williams

Albert Clemens
- Policy Blues (You Can't 3-6-9 Me) (85787-1) *

Joe Williams
- Providence Help The Poor People (85489-1) #   @ youtube

# rec. Chicago, February 25, 1935; Joe Williams, voc, g
* rec. Chicago April 12, 1935; Albert Clemens (= Adam Wilcox; =? Cripple Clarence Lofton), voc, p; unknown g

Bluebird B5930
71935Sugar Cane Johnny / Joe Williams

Sugar Cane Johnny
- Who Pumped The Wind In The Doughnuts? (85788-1, -2) *

Joe Williams
- My Grey Pony (85491-1) #   @ youtube

# rec. February 25, 1935 in Chicago, IL; Joe Williams, voc, g
* rec. April 12, 1935 in Chicago, IL; Sugar Cane Johnny (= Johnny Ellis), voc; prob. Carl Martin or Freddie Spruell, g; prob. Washboard Sam, wb
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Bluebird B5948
81935Joe Williams

- 49 Highway Blues (85490-1)   @ youtube
- Stepfather Blues (85492-1)   @ youtube

rec. Chicago, February 25, 1935; Joe Williams, voc, g
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Bluebird B5996
91935Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers

- Baby Please Don't Go (96244-1)
- Wild Cow Blues (96246-1)

rec. Chicago, October 31, 1935; Joe Williams, voc, g; Chasey Collins, one-str. fiddle; 'Kokomo', wb
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Bluebird B6200
101935Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers

- Stack O'Dollars (96245-1)
- Worried Man Blues 96247-1)

rec. Chicago, October 31, 1935; Joe Williams, voc, g; Chasey Collins, one-str. fiddle; 'Kokomo', wb

Bluebird B6231
111937Big Joe

- I Know You Gonna Miss Me (07661-1)
- Brother James (07663-1)

rec. Aurora, Ill., May 5, 1937; Joe Williams, voc, g; Robert Lee McCoy, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca

Bluebird B7022
121937Big Joe

- Rootin' Ground Hog (07662-1)
- I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More (07664-1)

rec. Aurora, Ill., Chicago, May 5, 1937; Joe Williams, voc, g; Robert Lee McCoy, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca
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Bluebird B7065
 1938Joe Williams

- Get You Head Trimmed Down (020854-1)
- Haven't Seen No Whiskey (020856-1) #

rec. June 17, 1938 in Aurora, Il.; 'Jackson' Joe Williams, voc, g; Yank Rachell, mand, sp; # Sonny Boy Williamson, hca
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Bluebird B7719
 1938Joe Williams

- Peach Orchard Mama (020855-1) #
- Goin' Up The Mountain (020857-1)

rec. June 17, 1938 in Aurora, Il.; 'Jackson' Joe Williams, voc, g; Yank Rachell, mand, sp; # Sonny Boy Williamson, hca
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Bluebird B7770
131941Joe Williams

- Crawlin' King Snake (053989-1)
- Meet Me Around The Corner (053992-1)

rec. Chicago, March 27, 1941; Joe Williams, voc, g; William Mitchell, imb

Bluebird B8738
   

- Crawlin' King Snake (053989-2)

rec. Chicago, March 27, 1941; Joe Williams, voc, g; William Mitchell, imb
Bluebird unissued

RCA-Int. INT1087
RCA 731.016

141941Joe Williams

- I'm Getting Wild About Her (053990-1)
- Peach Orchard Mama (053991-1)

rec. Chicago, March 27, 1941; Joe Williams, voc, g; William Mitchell, imb
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Bluebird B8774
   

- Throw A Boogie Woogie (070482-1)
- North Wind Blues (070483-1)

rec. Chicago, December 12, 1941; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Alfred Elkins, bass cano
Bluebird unissued

BMG/Bluebird NL 90320 (1989)

151941Joe Williams

- Break 'Em On Down (070487-1)
- Please Don't Go (070484-1)

rec. Chicago, December 12, 1941; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Alfred Elkins, bass cano
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Bluebird B8969
161941Joe Williams

- Someday Baby (070486-1)
- Highway 49 (070485-1)

rec. Chicago, December 12, 1941; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Alfred Elkins, bass cano
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Bluebird B9025
171945Joe Williams

- Somebody's Been Worrying (D5-AB-355)
- Vitamin A (D5-AB-357)

rec. July 12, 1945 in Chicago; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Jump Jackson, dr
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Bluebird 34-0739
   

- Drop Down Blues (D5-AB-354)
- Wanita (D5-AB-356)

rec. July 12, 1945 in Chicago; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca; Jump Jackson, dr
Bluebird unissued

RCA FXM1 7323 (Fr)

181945JOE WILLIAMS / JAMES (Jack of All Trades) McCAIN

Joe Williams
- His Spirit Lives On (A) #
James McCain
- Good Mr. Roosevelt (B) *


# rec. 1945 in Chicago; Joe Williams, voc, g; Clifford Dinwiddie, wbd
* rec. 1945 in Chicago; James McCain, voc, hca; Memphis Slim, p; dr
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Chicago 103
191945JOE WILLIAMS

- Baby Please Don't Go (CCO 4833)
- Wild Cow Moan (CCO 4836)

rec. Chicago, July 22, 1945; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca, Ransom Knowling, b, Judge Riley, dr
Columbia 30099

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= Columbia 37945

201945JOE WILLIAMS

- Stack Of Dollars (CCO 4834)
- Mellow Apples (CCO 4835)

rec. Chicago, July 22, 1945; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca, Ransom Knowling, b, Judge Riley, dr
Columbia 30107

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= Columbia 38055

211947JOE WILLIAMS

- Banta Rooster Blues (CCO 4946)
- House Lady Blues (CCO 4948)

rec. Chicago, December 18, 1947; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca, Ransom Knowling, b, Judge Riley, dr

Columbia 30119

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= Columbia 38190

221947JOE WILLIAMS

- King Biscuit Stomp (CCO 4944)
- Don't You Leave Me Here (CCO 4949)

rec. Chicago, December 18, 1947; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca, Ransom Knowling, b, Judge Riley, dr
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Columbia 30129
231947JOE WILLIAMS

- P Vine Blues (CCO 4942)
- I'm A Highway Man (CCO 4945)

rec. Chicago, December 18, 1947; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca, Ransom Knowling, b, Judge Riley, dr
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Columbia 30191
241950Joe Williams

- Jivin' Woman   @ youtube
- She's A Married Woman   @ youtube

rec. 1949 in St. Louis, MO; Joe Williams, voc, g; Singleton Palmer, dr

Bullet 337
(78 rpm 1950)
(45 rpm 1951)
251952JOE WILLIAMS and HIS 9 STRING GUITAR

- Mama Don't Allow Me (DRC 58)
- Delta Blues (DRC 59)

rec. 1952 in Jackson, Ms; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
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Trumpet 151
261952JOE LEE WILLIAMS & His 9 String Guitar

- Over Hauling Blues (DRC 94, ACA 2125)
- Whistling Pines (DRC 95, ACA 2126)

rec. 1952 in Jackson, Ms; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
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Trumpet 169
271952JOE WILLIAMS AND HIS 9 STRING GUITAR

- Bad Heart Blues (DRC 99, ACA 2123)
- She Left Me A Mule (DRC 98, ACA 2124)

rec. 1952 in Jackson, Ms; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
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Trumpet 171
   

- Baby Please Don't Go
- Ride My New Car With Me
- Rather Be Sloppy Drunk
- Cottage Grove Blues

rec. March 1952 in Shreveport, LA; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
Specialty unissued

Specialty SNTF 5014
(UK 1973)

28c. 12/1956Po Joe Williams

- Goin' Back (56-558)
- My Baby Left (56-559)

rec. Chicago, October 16, 1956; Po Joe Williams, voc, g; Sam Fowler, hca; Al Duncan, dr
10-inch 78rpm
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7-inch 45rpm
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Vee-Jay VJ 227
  Po Joe Williams

- King's Highway
- Eula Mae

# rec. Chicago, October 16, 1956; Joe Williams, voc, g; Sam Fowler, hca; Al Duncan, dr
Vee-Jay unissued

Vee-Jay VJS1000 (1957)


EPs / LPs / CDs
28a1957Bluesville Chicago
Blues And Gospel Train No. 10

Joseph Lee Williams
- Going Back Home
- Baby Left Town
- Kings Highway
- Eula Mae
Eddie Taylor
- Bad Boy
- You'll Always Have A Home
- Ride Em On Down

Billy Boy
- Wish You Would
- I Was Fooled
- Don't Stay Out All Night
- I Ain't Got You
Snooky Pryor
- Judgement Day
- Someone To Love Me
Eddie Taylor
- Don't Knock At My Door



Vee Jay VJS1000

notes by Kurt Mohr



= Top Rank RLP 109 (Fr
1959 "Bluesville Chicago
Vol. 1"
)

28b1958Big Joe Williams: Piney Woods Blues

- Baby Please Don't Go §
- Drop Down Mama *
- Mellow Peaches #
- No More Whisky *
- Tailor Made Babe #
- Big Joe Talking [] #

- Some Day Baby §
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl *
- Peach Orchard Mama #
- Juanita §
- Shetland Pony Blues *
- Omaha Blues #

# rec. January 10/11, 1958 in St. Louis by Bob Koester; Big Joe Williams, voc, sp, g; [] with Bob Koester, Paul Bridenbach, John Hartford

* rec. February 8, 1958 in St. Louis by Bob Koester; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; J.D. Short, g, hca

§ rec. February 18, 1958 in St. Louis by Bob Koester; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; J.D. Short, g, hca

[label founder and owner Bob Koester in August 1958 moved his business from a location on the corner of Delmar and Oliver streets in St Louis to Chicago (http://www.delmark.com/delmark.history.htm)]

J.D. Short discography

notes (1955)
by Bob Koester
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Delmar DL-602 (1958)

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= Delmark DL-602 (19??)

notes (slightly amended
in 1961) by Bob Koester

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liner notes @
www.livebluesworld.com/

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= Delmark DL-602 (1961)

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= 77 LA 12/19 (UK 1963)

77 discography

notes by
Robert G. Koester
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= Delmark CD DD-602 (1993)

28c1960Joe Williams
a man sings the blues ..


- All I Want Is My Train Fare Home #
- I'm Talking About You #

- Joe Williams' Blues #
- Don't Leave Me Here

rec. September 1/3, 1957 Chicago, IL by Erwin Helfer; Poor Joe Williams, voc, g; # Erwin Helfer, p
7 inch 45rpm EP
notes (Febr. 1960) by
Charles Leary & John Deal
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Collector JEN 3 (UK)
291960Joe Williams
a man sings the blues ..


- Crawlin' King Snake
- Cow Cow Blues

- I May Be Wrong
- Keep A-Knockin'

rec. September 1/3, 1957 Chicago, IL by Erwin Helfer; Poor Joe Williams, voc, g; Erwin Helfer, p
7 inch 45rpm EP
notes (May 1960)
by Alexis Korner
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Collector JEN 4 (UK)
301960Blues 'n Trouble

Big Joe Williams
- Married Woman Blues
Lil' Son Jackson
- Johnny Mae
Lowell Fulson
- Good Woman Blues
Mance Lipscomb
- Back Water Blues
Jasper Love
- Jove's Honeydripper

Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- One Thin Dime
Sam Chatman
- God Don't Like Ugly
"Whistling" Alex Moore
- Wake Up Old Lady
Black Ace
- Hitchhiking Woman
Robert Curtis Smith
- Stella Ruth
Mercy Dee
- I Been A Fool


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Arhoolie F 1006

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reissued on Arhoolie CD
432 (1995)
"Mississippi Blues 1960"

Arhoolie discography

31196?Blues n' Trouble Vol. 2

Ligtning Hopkins
- Wine Drinking Woman
Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly
- Yellow-Brown Woman
Little Son Willis
- Nothing But The Blues
Blind James Phillips
- Night Is Falling
Lil' Son Jackson
- Bad Whiskey - Bad Women
Joe Turner & Pete Johnson
- B & O Blues

Mercy Dee
- Sugar Daddy

Big Joe Williams
- Little Machine
Paul McZiel Zydeco Band
- I'm Sad And I'm Blue
Blind James Campbell
- Sittin' Here Drinking
Robert Shaw
- Turn Loose My Tongue


notes by Chris A. Strackwitz
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Arhoolie F 1012

Arhoolie discography

321960Big Joe Williams: Tough Times

- Sloppy Drunk Blues
- Yo Yo Blues
- President Roosevelt
- Forty-Four Blues
- Greystone Blues
- I Want My Crown []

- Mean Stepfather
- Brother James
- Shake Your Boogie
- Vitamin A Blues
- She Left Me A Mule To Ride #
- So Glad

# rec. late 1959 in Oakland, CA by Bob Geddins; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
all other tracks rec. October 5, 1960 in Los Gatos, CA by Chris A. Strachwitz and Richard Garvin; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; [] Mary Williams, voc

cover art work on original issue by Clair Moxley
front and liner photos by Chris C. Strachwitz
notes by C. Strachwitz
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Arhoolie F 1002
(red or black vinyl!)

notes by
Chris A. Strachwitz
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= Arhoolie F 1002

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Arhoolie F 1002

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= Arhoolie AR 19026 (EUR)

Arhoolie discography

notes by Chris Strachwitz
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= Fontana 688 800 ZL (1965)
(Folk Blues USA series)

Fontana discography

re-released (along with most
of Arhoolie 1053) on
Arhoolie CD 315 "Shake
Your Boogie"

re-released by City Hall
Records; comes with a
download card included

331960Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Williams
Down South Summit Meetin'


- Ain't Nothin' Like Whiskey
- Penitentiary Blues
- If You Steal My Chickens You Can't Make 'Em Lay

- First Meeting
- How Long Have It Been Since You Been Home []
- Wimmin From Coast To Coast

rec. July 6 & 7, 1960 in Los Angeles, CA

# Lightnin' Hopkins, g, voc; Sonny Terry, hca, voc; Brownie McGhee, g, voc; Big Joe Williams, g, voc; Jimmy Bond, b

Lightnin' Hopkins, g, voc; Brownie McGhee, g, voc

[] Lightnin' Hopkins, g, voc

notes by Ed Michel
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World Pacific WPL 296
= WP 1296 (mono)
= ST-1296 (stereo)

= Vogue LAE 12266 (1963)

notes by Ed Michel
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= World Pacific ST-1817
"First Meetin'" (1963)

notes by Paul Oliver
Fontana 688.007 ZL (1964)
"Penitentiary Blues"
(Folk Blues U.S.A. series)

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World Pacific WP 2826 (Jp)
"First Meetin' Of Blues Giants"

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= United Artists GXF-38 (Jp 1978)

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= Kimberly 2017 (mono)
= 11017 (stereo)
"Southern meetin'"

notes by Bill Dahl
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(=) Fuel 2000 CD 061101
(2001)
"Lightnin' Hopkins &
The Blues Summit"

2 CD set
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(=) Fuel 2000 CD 061477
(2005 remastered)
"Lightnin' Hopkins:
Blues Man -
Collector's Edition"

   

- Decoration Day Blues (1)
- Back South Blues (2)
- The Right Man's Going To Pay Off After Awhile (3)
- God Moves In The Wind (4)
- My House Burnt Down (5)
- Vee-Eight Ford Blues (6)
- Don't Watch Your Enemies Like You Watch Your Bosom Friend (7)
- Deceiving Blues (8)
- Pokino Blues (9)
- Rollin' And Tumblin' Blues (10)
- Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues (11)
- She Thinks She's Sick (12)
- Heart Trouble Blues (13)
- Stackolee (14)
- Trouble In Mind (15)
- Low Mellow (16)

rec. October 10, 1960 in Chicago, Ill. by Pete Welding; Theodore Darby, voc, g; Big Joe Williams, g

Blind Teddy Darby discography

Testament unissued
341961Big Joe Williams: Blues On Highway 49

LP track sequence:
- Highway 49 Blues [] #
- Poor Beggar *
- Blues Left Texas #
- 13 Highway #
- Down In The Bottom #
- Overhaul Your Machine #

- That Thing's In Town [] #   @ youtube
- Walk On, Little Girl #
- Tiajuana Blues *
- 45 Blues *
- Arkansas Woman #
- Four Corners Of The World [] #

CD track sequence:
- Highway 49 Blues [] #
- Overhaul Your Machine #
- Blues Left Texas #
- No. 13 Highway #
- Down In The Bottom #
- Poor Beggar *
- That Thing's In Town [] #
- Walk On, Little Girl #
- Tiajuana Blues *
- 45 Blues [Delmark EP 4] *
- Arkansas Woman #
- Four Corners Of The World [] #

# rec. July 13, 1961 in Chicago, IL; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; [] Ransom Knowling, b

* rec. July 20, 1961 in Chicago, IL; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; [] Ransom Knowling, b
notes by Bob Koester
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Delmar DL-604
"Roots of Jazz series"
= Delmark DL-604

notes by Bob Koester
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= Esquire 32-191 (UK 1963)

notes by Bob Koester

Delmark CD DD-604 (1993)


= P-Vine PCD-23664
(Jp 2005)

351961Stavin' Chain Mississippi Blues by
J. D. Short & Big Joe Williams

- Stavin' Chain Blues
- Mean Stepfather
- You Got To Help Me Some
- Sweet Old Kokomo
- Jumpin' In The Moonlight

- Jaydee Talks
- Nobody Knows Chicago Like I Do
- Gonna Check Up On My Baby
- You're Gonna Need King Jesus
- Rambled And Wandered
- Going Back To Crawford, Miss.

CD bonus tracks:
- Roll & Tumble
- You're Gonna Need King Jesus [alternate]
- Rocks & Gravel
- Stavin' Chain Blues [alternate]


rec. February 8, 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri

J.D. Short discography

notes by Bob Koester
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Delmark DL-609 (US)

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= Goody GY 10006 (196?)
"Super Black Blues, Vol. 1"
reissued (illegally?)


Delmark CD DD-609 (1991)
"Big Joe Williams
& J. D. Short"

361961Big Joe Williams: Nine String Guitar Blues

- I Got The Best King Biscuit [] #
- Haunted House Blues *
- I Done Stop Hollering [] *
- I Got A Bad Mind *
- Long Tall Woman, Skinny Mama Too [] *

- Stack Of Dollars [] #
- Indiana Woman Blues *
- My Baby Keeps Hanging Around #
- Jiving The Blues [] #
- Jump Baby Jump! [] *

# rec. July 13, 1961 in Chicago; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; [] Ransom Knowling, b

* rec. July 20, 1961 in Chicago; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; [] Ransom Knowling, b
notes by John Simmons


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Delmark DL-627

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= Delmark 900 203 (Fr)

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Delmark CD DD-627 (1993)

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= Collectables CD 5534
(1995) "Nine String
Guitar Wizard"

= P-Vine PCD-23696
(Jp 2005)

36a1961Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry: Blues Hoot Live at the Ash Grove

- Introduction to Big Car Blues
- Big Car Blues
- Coffee House Blues
- Stoll Pigeon Blues
- Ball Of Twine

- Blues For Gamblers #
- Right On That Shore #

- Early Morning Blues # []
- Walk On
- Blues For The Lowlands
- Down By The Riverside
- Blowin' The Fuses
- Po' Boy []
- I'm A Stranger Here (live)
- Trouble In Mind (live)


[] CD bonus tracks not included in original Davon LP
rec. Aug 1961; Lightnin' Hopkins; Brownie McGhee; Sonny Terry; # Big Joe Williams
DCC remastered by Steve Hoffman
notes by Barbara Dane
Davon 2015

= Horizon WP-1617 (mono)
Horizon SWP-1617 (stereo)
(1963)

notes by Barbara Dane
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= DCC Compact Classics
LPZ-2007 (180g) (1995)
= 24K gold CD 100 (1997)

3719??"Poor" Joe Williams: Treasury Of Jazz No. 23

- Little Leg Woman
- Somebody's Beeing Borrowing That Stuff *

- Providence Help The Poor People
- 49 Highway Blues

rec. Chicago, Febr. 25, 1935; * + Henry Townsend, g
7 inch 45rpm EP
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RCA 75723 (D)
 1962Alexis Korner presents
Kings Of The Blues Vol. 3


Joe Williams
- Ain't Seen No Whiskey
Arthur Crudup
- If I Get Lucky

Sleepy John Estes
- Working Man Blues
Furry Lewis
- Cannon Ball Blues


7 inch 45rpm EP
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RCA RCX 204
391962Mississippi’s Big Joe Williams And His Nine-String Guitar

- Whistling Pines
- Bluebird Blues
- She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
- Elevate Me Baby
- Mama Don't Allow Me To Fool Around
  All Night Long
- Kings Highway Blues

- Somebody's Been Fooling #1
- T.B. Blues
- King Bisquit Stomp
- Delta Blues
- Somebody's Been Fooling #3
- Rooting Ground Hog
- Don't Leave Me Here

recorded and supervised by Robert G. Koester
notes by
Charles Edward Smith
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Folkways FS 3820

notes by Pete Welding

Smithsonian Folkways
CD SF 40052 (1995)

401962Big Joe Williams/blues for 9 strings

- I'm A Fool About My Baby
- 38 Pistol Blues
- Pearly Mae
- Walking Blues
- Highway 45
- Meet Me In The Bottom

- Skinny Mama
- Jockey Ride Blues
- Coal And Iceman Blues
- Army Man Blues
- Black Gal
- Pallet On The Floor

rec. October 7, 1961 in New York by Mel Kaiser; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; Larry Johnson, hca; Willie Dixon, b; prod. by Kenneth S. Goldstein; remastered in 1981 by George Horn

Larry Johnson discography

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Bluesville BV 1056

DLP
notes by Martin Williams
and David Mangurian



(=) Fantasy DA 24724 (1981)
(along with BVLP 1083)
"Walking Blues"




= Fantasy FCD-24724-2

Bluesville discography

411963Big Joe Williams at Folk City

- Mink Coat Blues
- Burned Child Is Scared Of Fire
- Baby, I Ain't Gonna Let You Go
- Trouble Gonna Take Me To My Grave
- Bugle Blues
- Just Wanna Be Your Man

- I'm Gonna Do It This Time
- She's Doggin' Me
- How Do You Wnat Your Tollin' Done
- I Can't Sign My Name
- Bottle Up And Go
- I'm Tired Woman

rec. live at Gerde's Folk City, New York City; Febr. 26, 1962
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Bluesville BV 1067

click to enlarge !
= XTRA 5059 (UK 1968)
= OBCCD-580-2

Bluesville discography

421963Three Kings And The Queen

Roosevelt Sykes
- This Is A New World
Lonnie Johnson
- Mr. Johnson’s Guitar Talks

Big Joe Williams & Bob Dylan
- Sitting On Top Of The World
Victoria Spivey
- All You Men
Roosevelt Sykes
- Lake Charles Stomp

Big Joe Williams
- Strange Girl Blues
Lonnie Johnson
- Stick By Me Baby
Victoria Spivey
- Turpentine

Roosevelt Sykes
- Let’s Play Mommy And Daddy

Big Joe Williams & Bob Dylan
- Wichita
Victoria Spivey
- Brown Skin
Lonnie Johnson
- Stop Talking

Big Joe Williams
- No Partnership Woman
Victoria Spivey
- Blues For Robert Calvin No. 2
Lonnie Johnson
- Four Shots Of Gin
Sykes & Spivey
- Thirteen Hours


notes by Len Kunstedt
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Spivey 1004

Spivey discography

42a1963A Festival Of Blues

Sonny Boy Williamson
- Down And Out (tk 1) # [Storyville SLP 222, CD 8012]
Lonnie Johnson
- Don't Cry Baby * [Storyville SLP 188]

Memphis Slim
- Early One Morning || [Storyville SLP 222]

Big Joe Williams
- Vitamin A Blues // [Storyville SLP 188]

# rec. November 1, 1963 in Copenhagen, Denmark; Sonny Boy Williamson, voc, hca; Matt Murphy, g
* rec. November 1, 1963 in Copenhagen, Denmark; Lonnie Johnson, voc, g; Otis Spann, p
|| rec. October 16, 1963 in Copenhagen, Denmark; Memphis Slim, voc, p; Sonny Boy Williamson, hca

// rec. October 16, 1963 in Copenhagen, Denmark; Big Joe Williams, voc, g







Storyville SEP 415

Storyville discography

431964Big Joe Williams: Back To The Country

- Ain't Gonna Be Your Lowdown Dog
- Annie Mae
- You Can Stay Out
- Mean Backstabber
- Worry You Off My Mind
- Miss Ida B
- Put On Your Nightcap
- Woody Woodpecker
- I Got My Ticket
- Saturday Night Ball *

- Shake Your Boogie
- See See Rider
- Blues Everywhere I Go
- Worried And Lonesome
- My Black Woman
- The Moon Is Rising
- Down The Line
- My Baby Left Me A Mule To Ride
- Desert Blues
- Breakdown (instr)
- Goin' Back Home *

* = CD bonus tracks

+ Jimmy Brown, fiddle, g; Willie Lee Harris, hca
notes by Pete Welding
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Testament T 2205

click to enlarge !
= Bounty BY 6018 (UK 1966)

notes by Pete Welding
click to enlarge !
= Testament CD 5013 (1994)

Testament discography

441964Big Joe Williams
Portraits in Blues Vol. 7

Ramblin' And Wanderin' Blues

- So Soon I'll Be Going My Way Back Home
- Shake 'em Down
- Saturday Night Jump
- Jinx Blues
- Pick A Pickle
- Ramblin' And Wanderin' Blues

- Old Saw Mill Blues
- Don't The Apples Look Mellow Hangin'
- El Paso Blues
- Back Home Blues
- Don't You Leave Me Here
- Shaggy Hound Blues

rec. 1963 in Copenhagen, Denmark
notes by Paul Oliver
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Storyville SLP 163 (UK)

click to enlarge !
= Storyville 671163 (D)

notes by Paul Oliver
click to enlarge !
= Everest / Archive Of Folk
Music FS 218 (1967)

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= Storyville 616011 (UK 1969)

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= Columbia 5014 (Jp 19??)
"Blues"

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= Piccadilly PIC 3369 (1980)

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= Storyville SLP 4039 (1986)
"Blues Roots Vol. 5"

Storyville discography

451964Big Joe Williams
Classic Delta Blues


- Rollin' and Tumblin'
- Hellhound On My Trail
- Bird's Nest Bound
- Crossroads Blues
- Special Rider
- Pony Blues

- Pea Vine Special
- Walking Blues
- Dirt Road Blues
- Banty Rooster Blues
- Terraplane Blues
- Jinx Blues

rec. July 29 & September 26, 1964 in Chicago, IL by Norman Dayron; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; prod. by Pete Welding
notes by Pete Welding
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CBS 63813 (UK)

notes by Pete Welding
click to enlarge !
= Milestone MLP 3001
(US 1966)

notes by Pete Welding
click to enlarge !

click to enlarge !
= Milestone C 062-94327
(Fr 1973)

= Bellaphon 40108 (197?)


= OBCCD-545-2 (1991)

Milestone discography

461964Can't Keep From Crying
Topical Blues on the Death of President Kennedy

Big Joe Williams
- A Man Amongst Men
James & Fannie Brewer
- I Want To Know Why
John Lee Granderson
- A Man For The Nation
Otis Spann
- Sad Day In Texas
Mary Ross
- President Kennedy Gave His Life
Bill Jackson
- The 22nd Day Of November

James Brewer
- Why Did He Have To Go?
Johnny Young
- I Tried Not To Cry
Avery Brady
- Poor Kennedy
Fannie Brewer
- When We Got The Message
Jimmy Brown
- He Was Loved By All The People

CD bonus tracks:
Jimmy Brown
- Tribute To J.F.K.
Avery Brady
- Poor Kennedy no. 2

rec. in Chicago. Ill. in the weeks immediately following JFK's death on November 22, 1963

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Testament S-01

click to enlarge !
= Bounty BY 6035 (UK 1966)

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(=) Testament CD (1994)

Testament discography

471964Mississippi Mr. Shortstuff
with Big Joe Williams

- I Want To Love
- Moanin
- Didn't Know Right From Wrong #
- Cotton Pickin
- Old Grey Mule
- What Makes A Broke Man Sleep So Sound #

- I Want A Little Bit
- Great Big Legs
- If You Can't Fly A Plane #
- Don't Want
- No Special Woman
- Toledo To Buffalo #

rec. May 23, 1964 in New York; Short Stuff Macon, voc, g; Big Joe Williams, g, # voc

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Spivey 1005

Spivey discography

481965Ramblin' On My Mind
Classic Train and Travel Blues

Johnny Youngwith Little Walter Jacobs, Jimmy Walker
- Hear That Whistle Blow
Carl Hodges
- Standing At The Greyhound Station
Leroy 'Country' Dallas
- She Caught The M&O
Jimmy Brewer
- Pea Vine Whistle
Honeyboy Edwards
- Highway 61

Big Joe Williams
- Ramblin' On My Mind #

Blind Connie Williams
- Key To The Highway
Dr. Isaiah Ross
- Hobo Blues
John Lee Grandison
- My Home Ain't Here
Bill Jackson
- Freight Train Blues
Elijah Brown
- Cryin' Won't Make Me Stay
W. B. 'Piano Bill' Bryson
- Mean Old Train


# rec. July 29 or September 26, 1964 in Chicago by Norman Dayron; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; prod. by Pete Welding

notes by Pete Welding





Milestone MLP-3002

Milestone discography

48a1965Rev. Gary Davis / Short Stuff Macon

Rev. Gary Davis
- I'm On My Way To The Kingdom
- He Knows Just How Much We Can Beer
- Lord, I'll Be With You Always
- Yeah!


Short Stuff Macon
- My Jack Don't Drink Water   @ youtube
- Corrina
- Hell Bound Blues
- Messing With That Thing
- Rock Road Bad Treatin'

Macon tracks rec. May 18, 1964 after a concert at Bard College in New York; John Wesley Macon, voc, g, Big Joe Williams, g, sp
notes (on Gary Davis)
by Gillian Cook

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click to read notes !
XTRA 1009 (UK 1965)

XTRA discography

491966Big Joe Williams: Studio Blues

- Levee Camp Blues #
- Low Down Dirty Shame # *
- Gamblin Man #
- Ain't Gonna Rain No More # *
- Feel So Good #

- Prowling Ground Hog #
- Back Home Again
- Sugar Babe # *
- Tell Me Mama #
- Studio Blues #

rec. October 7, 1961 in New York by Mel Kaiser; Big Joe Williams, voc, 9-str., 6-str. & 12.str. g; * Larry Johnson, hca; # Willie Dixon, b; prod. by Kenneth S. Goldstein; remastered in 1981 by George Horn

Larry Johnson discography

notes by David Mangurian
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Bluesville BVLP 1083

DLP
notes by Martin Williams
and David Mangurian



(=) Fantasy DA 24724 (1981)
(along with BVLP 1056)
"Walking Blues"




= Fantasy FCD-24724-2

Bluesville discography

50196?Big Joe Williams: Legend Of The Blues Vol. 6

- Levee Camp Blues
- Tell Me Mama
- Studio Blues

Prestige/Bluesville recordings
7 inch 45 rpm EP
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La Voix de son Maitre /
Pathé Marconi EGF 15010
(Fr)
511965Bluebird Blues 1933-46

Blind Willie McTell
- Lonesome Day Blues
- Searching The Desert For The Blues
Tampa Red
- Kingfish Blues
- Mean Mistreater Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Wild Cow Blues
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
Sonny Boy Williamson
- Down South
- Moonshine

Tommy McClennan
- Bluebird Blues
- Brown Skin Girl
Sleepy John Estes
- Lawyer Clark Blues
- Little Laura Blues
Arthur Crudup
- Black Pony Blues
- Death Valley Blues
Lonnie Johnson
- Jersey Belle Blues
- Crowing Rooster Blues


reissue prod. by Brad McCuen
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RCA Victor LPV-518
= RCA RD-7786
521965Big Joe Williams
Early Recordings 1935 - 1941


- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
- Providence Help The Poor People
- 49 Highway Blues
- Stepfather Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Stack O'Dollars
- Wild Cow Blues

- Worried Man Blues
- I know You Gonna Miss Me
- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Brother James
- Crawlin' King Snake
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Meet Me Around The Corner

notes by Stephen Calt
Don Kent & Pat V. Conte



Mamlish S-3810

Mamlish discography

531966Big Joe Williams

- Momma's Milk Cow
- Stack O'Dollars
- Some Changes Gotta Be Made
- Something Wrong With My '52 Ford
- Going Back To Louisiana
- Don't Know Right From Wrong

- Worried Life Blues
- School Girl
- Going To St. Louis
- Put On Your Black Dress Baby
- Something Worryin' My Mind
- Careless Love []

rec. May 14, 1965 in New York (for Folkways Records); Big Joe Williams, voc, g, [] kazoo; Bill Einhorn, hca; Tom Pyle, b
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XTRA 1033 (UK)

XTRA discography

541966Big Joe Williams: On The Highway

- 13 Highway #
- 45 Blues *

- Highway 49 [] #
- Four Corners Of The World [] #

# rec. July 13, 1961 in Chicago; Big Joe Williams, voc, 9-string g; [] Ransom Knowling, b

* rec. July 20, 1961 in Chicago; Big Joe Williams, voc, 9-string g; Ransom Knowling, b
7 inch 45rpm EP
notes by Bob Koester
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Delmark DJB 4
551966Blues Roots / Mississippi

Compiled and edited by Samuel Charters

Big Joe Williams
- ???
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Folkways RBF 14

RBF discography

561966Big Joe, Sonny, Brownie, Lightnin'

Big Joe Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry
- Chain Gang Blues [Verve Folkways FTS-3011-3]
Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Terry
- Blues For Gamblers [Davon LP 2015]

Big Joe Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee
- I've Been Buked [Verve Folkways FTS-3011-3]
Big Joe Williams
- Razor Sharp Blues [Verve Folkways FTS-3011-3]
Sonny Terry, Big Joe Williams, Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins
- Right On That Shore [Davon LP 2015]

rec. July 6, 1960 in Los Angeles, CA
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Society SOC 1020 (UK)

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(=) Fuel 2000 CD 061101
(2001)
"Lightnin' Hopkins &
The Blues Summit"

2 CD set
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(=) Fuel 2000 CD 061477
(2005 remastered)
"Lightnin' Hopkins:
Blues Man -
Collector's Edition"

571966The Sound Of The Delta
A Mississippi Blues Anthology

Ruby McCoy
- Black Mary
Elijah Brown
- Won't Be Troubled Long

Big Joe Williams
- Your Close Friend
Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Kokomo
Bert Logan
- Don't You Want To Be A Member?
Elijah Brown
- Pearline
Arthur Weston
- Uncle Sam Called Me (I Got To Go)
Avery Brady
- Bad Weather

Ruby McCoy
- Rising Sun, Shine On
Arthur Weston
- Early in the Morning

Big Joe Williams
- Walkin' Ground Hog
Elijah Brown
- Winding Ball
Russ Logan
- Annie Mae
Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Louise
Avery Brady
- Let Me Drive Your Ford
Andrew Cauthen
- Canary Bird


prod. by Sammy and Pete Welding; engineered by Norman Dayron or Big Joe Williams
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Testament LP 2209 (US)

= Bounty BY 6033 (UK)

(=) Hightone TCD 5012 (1994)

Testament discography

581967Down With The Game Vol. 1

Little Buddy Doyle
- Three-Sixty-Nine Blues
- Sweet Man Blues
Tommy Griffin
- Miserable Life Blues
Charley Jordan
- Cutting My A B C's
- Chifferobe
Little David
- Original Sweet Patunia (Patootie Blues)
- Standing By A Lampost
[sic]

Memphis Minnie
- Memphis Minnie-jitis Blues
- Frankie Jean ((That Trottin' Fool)
Robert Petway
- Boogie Woogie Woman
Bukka White
- When Can I Change My Clothes
- High Fever Blues

Joe Williams
- Please Don't Go
- Break 'Em On Down



Down With The Game D 200

DWTG discography

591967Living Legends
Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, Big Joe Williams

- Levee Camp Moan [Son House]
- Black Bottom [Bukka White]
- Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues [Bukka White]

- Whiskey-Headed Woman [Big Joe Williams]

- Devil Got My Woman [Skip James]
- I'm So Glad [Skip James]

- So Soon [Big Joe Williams]
- Somebody Evil [Big Joe Williams]
- Thunderbird Blues [Bukka White]
- Poor Boy [Bukka White]


rec. August 8, 1966 (Skip James) & November 24-27, 1966 live at the Cafe Au-Go-Go, New York; prod. by Jerry Schoenbaum

Son House discography

Skip James discography

'Bukka' White discography

notes by
Brian van der Horst
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Verve Folkways FT/FTS-3010
59a1967The Blues Box

LP 1
Lightnin' Hopkins
- Big Car Blues (100848)
- Coffee House Blues (100849)
- Stool Pigeon Blues (100850)
- Ball Of Twine (100851)
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
- Walk On (100852)
- Blues For The Lawlands (100853)
- Gonna Lay My Body Down (100854)
- Just Rode In Your Town (100855)
- Sun's Gonna Shine (100856)

rec. at the Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA., July 6 & 7, 1960; Lightnin' Hopkins, g, voc

LP 2
Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Williams
1. Drinking In The Blues (100857)
2. Poor Boy (100858)
3. Everybody's Blues (Three Aces On The Bottom Of The Deal) (100859)
4. Razor Sharp Blues (100860)
5. Chain Gang Blues (100861)
6. Brand New Car (New Car Blues (100862)
7. I've Been Scorned (I've Been Buked) (100863)
8. Great Gospel Blues (I'm Gonna Mourn On That Shore) (100864)

rec. July 6 & 7, 1960 at the Ash Grove, Los Angeles, Ca; Sonny Terry hca, voc -3,5/8; Brownie McGhee, g, voc; Lightnin' Hopkins, g, voc -1,2,4/8; Big Joe Williams, g, voc -1/3,5/8); Jimmy Bond, b -3,4

LP 3
Jimmy Witherspoon
- Tell Him I Was Flyin', Pt. 1&2 (Take This Hammer, Pt. 1 (100865))
- Goin' To Chicago Blues (100866)
- In Blues (100867)
- Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You? (100868)
- Loser's Blues (100869)
- Please Send Me Someone To Love (100870)
- Life's Highway (Keys To The Highw (100871)ay)
- Cry The Blu (100872)es
- Out Blues (100873)
- Since I Fell For Yo (100874)u
- Everything (100875)
- Tell Him I Was Flyin', Pt. 2&3 (100876)

rec. Los Angeles, CA., 1960; Jimmy Witherspoon, voc; Teddy Edwards, ts; Paul Moer, p; Richard "Groove" Holmes, org; Herman Mitchell, g; Jimmy Bond, b; Frank Butler, dr;

3 LP box
click to enlarge !
Verve Folkways FT/FTS 3011-3
601967Big Joe Williams & Short Stuff Macon
Hell Bound & Heaven Sent


- Night Cap Blues *
- My Jack Don't Drink Water No More #
- Flour Dough Blues *
- Hell-Bound Blues #   @ youtube
- Big-Legged Women, Keep Your Dresses Down *
- Short Stuff's Corinna #

- Don't Leave Me Here *
- You Rascal You *
- Messing With That Thing #
- Bumble Bee *
- If You Can't Fly *
- Rock Road Bad Treatin' #

rec. May 18, 1964 after a concert at Bard College in New York; John Wesley Macon, g, # voc; Big Joe Williams, g, * voc

Cover drawing and cover design by Craig Mierop

Short Stuff Macon discography

notes by Paul Nelson
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Folkways FT 1004 (mono)
Folkways FTS-31004 (stereo)
61196?Encore For The Chicago Blues

Muddy Waters Blues Men
- Yes Sir! Boss
Harvey Hill
- I Feel So Good
Koko Taylor
- I'm Looking For A Man
Memphis Slim
- Chicago To Paris
Babe Stovall
- My Brown Is A Mistraeter

Big Joe Williams
- Move Your Hand
Olive Brown
- Woman's Lament
J.B. Lenoir
- Korea Blues

Washboard Sam's Band
- Chicago Rock
Victoria Spivey
- T B Blues
Willie Dixon
- Brooklyn Going To Be My Home
John Hammond
- Squeeze My Lemon
John Henry Barbee
- Six Weel Old Blues
Viola Wells
- See See Rider
Homesick James
- Somebody's Been Talkin'
Roosevelt Sykes
- Dirty Mother Fuyer
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Spivey 1009

Spivey discography

61a196?Mississippi 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
- 21 Below Zero

Jimmy Brown, Big Joe Williams, Willie Lee Harris
- Goin' Back Home
Big John Henry Miller, Jimmy Lee Miller
- Down Here By Myself


rec. 1964/65 in Chicago by Pete Welding
notes by Pete Welding



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

notes by Pete Welding



= Storyville SLP 4035
"Blues Roots Vol. 1"

Storyville discography

62196?Blues All Around My Bed
Blues Scene USA Vol. 3

Carl Hodges
- Blues All Around My Bed

Big Joe Williams
- Hellhound On My Trail
John Lee Granderson
- Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl
Johnny Young & John Wrencher & John Lee Granderson
- Green Door Blues
James Robinson
- Standing In My Backk Door Crying
W.B. 'Piano Bill' Bryson
- Sometimes I Rate

Connie Williams
- One Thin Dime
Leroy 'Country' Dallas
- Sweet Man Blues
Doug Quattlebaum
- Good Woman Blues
Bill Jackson
- Trouble In Mind
Avery Brady
- Gonna Let You Down
Arthur Weston & Big Joe Williams & George Robertson
- Roll Me Over Slow

Storyville SLP 181
= Storyville 670181 (D)
= Storyville SLP 842


= Storyville SLP 4036 (1981)
"Blues Roots Vol. 2"

Storyville discography

631968Otis Spann / Big Joe Williams

Otis Spann
- Tribute To Martin Luther King (Muddy Waters)

Big Joe Williams
- The Reverend Martin Luther King (Joe Williams)

rec. April 4, 1968 (within hours after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King); prod. by Norman Dayron
7 inch 45 rpm
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Cry 468
"A Division of Alexander
Productions"
641968The Roots Of America's Music

Big Joe Williams
- Greystone Blues
2-disc package


Arhoolie R2001/2002
= Stateside/Toshiba SR-9323B
(Jp 1972)

651969?The Mississippi Blues No. 3: Transition, 1926-1937

Hambone Willie Newbern
- Roll and Tumble Blues
- Hambone Willie's Dreamy-Eyed Woman's Blues
Robert Johnson
- I'm A Steady Rollin Man
- Sweet Home Chicago
Johnnie Temple
- Big Boat Whistle
Blind Joe Amos
- C & O Blues
Skip James
- Cherry Ball Blues
Bo Weavil Jackson
- You Can't Keep No Brown


Big Joe Williams
- Stepfather Blues
- 49 Highway Blues
Mississippi John Hurt
- Stack O Lee Blues
Mississippi Bracey
- You Scolded Me And Drove Me From Your Door
- I'll Overcome Someday
Mary Butler
- Mad Dog Blues
Rosie Mae Moore
- School Girl Blues
Bertha Lee
- Mind Reader Blues
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Origin Jazz Library OJL-17

OJL discography

661969Big Joe Williams
Thinking Of What They Did To Me


- Louisiana Bound
- Killing Floor Blues
- Throw The Boogie Woogie
- Dirt Road Blues
- Montreal Blues
- Take Me Out Of The Bottom
- Thinking Of What They Did To Me

- The Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King []
- Army Man In Vietnam []
- Creole Queen
- Remember Way Back
- Bad Living #
- Trouble For Everybody [] #
- King Jesus []

rec. December 14, 1969 at Arhoolie House in Berkeley, Ca. by Chris Strachwitz; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; [] Charlie Musselwhite, hca

# not reissued on Arhoolie CD 315
"Trouble For Everybody" reissued on Charlie Musselwhite: The Blues Never Die (Vanguard CD 153/54-2, 1994)
notes by Pete Welding
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Arhoolie 1053

= Arhoolie AR 19009 (EUR)

most tracks re-released
(along with Arhoolie 1053)
on Arhoolie CD 315 "Shake
Your Boogie"

Arhoolie discography

671969Big Joe Williams
Hand Me Down My Old Walking Stick


- Hand Me Down My Old Walking Stick
- Mama Don't Like Me Runnin' Round
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Everybody's Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
- Buffalo
- Church Bell Ring
- Baby Keeps On Breakin'g 'em Down
- Shady Grove

- Sittin' And Thinkin'
- Blues 'round The World
- Oh Baby
- Pearly Mae
- Scardie Mama
- She'll Be Coming 'round The Mountain
- Old Folks Tavern
- Take It All

rec. 1968 in England
notes by Tony McPhee
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World Pacific WP 21897 (US)
click to enlarge !
= Liberty LBL/LBS 83207 (UK)

= Sequel CD 208

681969Big Joe Williams
& Sonny Boy Williamson


- King Buiscet Stomp
- I'm A Highway Man
- Don't You Leave Me Here
- Banta Rooster Blues
- P Vine Blues
- Mellow Apples
- House Lady Blues

- Baby Please Don't Go
- Stack Of Dollars
- Wild Cow Moan
- Bad And Weakhearted Blues
- Mean Stepfather Blues
- Somebody's Been Borrowing
- Break 'Em On Down

all the Columbia recordings with some Bluebird recordings
notes by Pete Welding
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Blues Classics BC-21

Blues Classics
discography

691969Really Chicago Bluesyoutube playlist

LP 1:
Johnny Shines/Sunnyland Slim/Backwards Sam Firk
- Two Long Freight Trains   @ youtube

John Lee Granderson/Big Joe Williams/Firk
- Girl At The Bottom   @ youtube
Slim/Shines/Firk
- Rolling And Tumbling   @ youtube
Honeyboy Edwards/Firk
- Hot Springs Blues #   @ youtube

Williams/Granderson/Firk
- If You Can't Shimmy-She-Wobble   @ youtube
Shines/Slim/Firk/Williams
- As Long As The World Stands   @ youtube

Shines/Edwards/Walter Horton
- For The Love Of Mike [sic] (aka "Love Of Mine")   @ youtube
Honeyboy Edwards
- Jersey Bull Blues   @ youtube

Williams/Granderson/Firk
- You're An Old Lady   @ youtube
Shines/Slim/Firk/Williams
- Poor Man's Tonic   @ youtube
Horton/Edwards/Shines
- Way 'Cross Town   @ youtube

Williams/Shines/Slim
- Jook House Blues   @ youtube


LP 2:
Slim/Shines/Firk
- Cuttin' Out Blues   @ youtube
Honeyboy Edwards/Firk
- Howling Wind #   @ youtube

Shines/Slim/Williams/Firk
- Evening Sun   @ youtube
Granderson/Williams/Firk
- Going 'Round The World   @ youtube
Williams/Slim/Shines/Firk
- Mama Don't Allow Me   @ youtube

Slim/Shines/Firk
- She Got A Thing Going On   @ youtube

Granderson/Williams/Firk
- Stop Breaking Down   @ youtube
Honeyboy Edwards
- Sweet Home Chicago   @ youtube

Granderson/Williams/Firk
- Yellow Box Blues   @ youtube
Slim/Williams/Shines/Firk
- Bye Bye Baby   @ youtube

all tracks rec. September 1969 in Chicago, IL; prod. by Gene Rosenthal

 

David 'Honeyboy' Edwards discography

Backwards Sam Firk (Michael Stewart) discography

John Lee Granderson discography

Johnny Shines discography

DLP
notes by G. L. Moore







Adelphi AD 1005




= Echo ECB 803 (1985)
"Blues Anthology Vol. 3"
"Real Chicago Blues"




= Echo ECB 804 (1985)
"Blues Anthology Vol. 4"
"More From Chicago"

# Genes GCD 9914

Adelphi discography

701969Sonny Boy Williamson: Sonny Boy And His Pals





Sonny Boy Williamson (I) with Yank Rachell, Eliah Jones and Joe Williams
notes by David Harrison
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Saydisk Matchbox SDR 169
711969American Folk Blues Festival '63

Memphis Slim
- Wish Me Well

Big Joe Williams
- I Have No Friends
Willie Dixon
- Sittin' And Cryin' The Blues
- Crazy For My Baby
Victoria Spivey
- Grant Spivey
Matt "Guitar" Murphy
- Matt's Guitar Boogie

Sonny Boy Williamson
- I Don't Know
- Sonny's hcaonica Boogie
Lonnie Johnson
- It's Too Late To Cry
Otis Spann
- Had My Fun
Muddy Waters
- Five Long Years
Memphis Slim et al.
- Bye, Bye, Blues

rec. October 13th, 1963 in Bremen

+ Bill Stepney, dr

Big Joe Williams
- Big Roll Blues *
- Back In The Bottom Blues *
- Baby Please Don't Go *

* on Evidence ECD 26200 only

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= Fontana 681510 TL (mono)
= Fontana 885403 ZY (stereo)
= Fontana 5204
= Fontana 858 100 FPY

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= Exodus 302


= Philips/Phonogram
SFL-7385 (1969)
American Folk Blues
Festival 63-64

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= L+R 42.023
= LR CD-2023
L + R discography

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= discs 2 & 3 of
Evidence 5 CD set ECD 26200

722/1969The Mike Raven Blues Sampler

Leadbelly
- Little Children's Blues
Jimmy Witherspoon
- Evenin'
Dr. Ross
- After Hours Blues
Gary Davis
- Say No To The Devil

Big Joe Williams
- Bottle Up And Go
Memphis Slim
- Frankie and Johnny

Sonny Terry
- Louise
Jesse Fuller
- Brownskin Gal
Mabel Hillery
- It's So Hard To Be A Nigger
Blind Willie McTell
- Married Man's A Fool
Scraper
[sic] Blackwell
- "A" Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins
- Blues In A Bottle



Transatlantic TRA SAM 5
72a1969Blues Roots

- Frisco Lines - Fred McDowell
- Fare You Well Baby Blues - Joe Callicott
- Long Haired Doney - R. L. Burnside

- Mean Stepfather - Big Joe Williams
- Bald Eagle Train - Bukka White & Washboard Willie
- Don't Drive Me Away - R.C. Smith

- Long Tall Girl - Mance Lipscomb
- Red River Blues - Lil' Son Jackson
- I Am The Black Ace - Black Ace
- Whistling Alex Moore Blues - Alex Moore
- Texas Blues - Lowell & Martin Fulson
- The Ma Grinder - Robert Shaw
- Take a Walk - Lightnin' Hopkins


- Bear Cat Blues - John Jackson
- Snowing and Raining Blues - Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly
- Got A Date At Half Past Eight - Jesse Fuller
- You Got Another Man - Lightnin' Hopkins and Barbara Dane
- Struggle Here In Houston - Juke Boy Bonner
- Listen At That Bull - G. Coleman
- Trouble Blues - Big Joe Turner

- Dream - John Littlejohn
- Sugar Daddy - Mercy Dee Walton
- I'm Feeling Alright - Big Mama Thorton
- Sometimes I Cry - Johnny Young
- Black Snake Blues - Clifton Chenier
- Two Bugs - Earl Hooker


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"The selections from this album have been comprised from the catalog of Arhoolie Records ... Except where otherwise indicated, all selections produced and recorded by Chris Strachwitz"
two record set

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Poppy PYS-60.003
= RCA / Victor SHP-6124/25

Poppy discography

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= Tomato DLP 2696181 (1989)

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reissued as Tomato CD
TOM 3001

731973Big Joe Williams with Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie and Sonny: Blues Bash

- Chain Gang Blues
- Everybody's Blues
- Great Gospel Blues

- Razor Sharp Blues
- Brand New Car
- I've Been Scorned

CD content:
- Chain Gang Blues
- Buked and Scorned
- Razor Sharp Blues
- Stool Pigeon Blues
- Brand New Car
- Blues For Gamblers
- Ball Of Twine
- Great Gospel Blues

rec. live at The Ash Grove, LA

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Olympic 7115
= Astor GGS 1428 (Aus)

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= Tradition/Rykodisc TCD 1014
(1996) "Big Joe Williams
& Friends: Have Mercy!"

7419??Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie Mc Gee [sic], Sonny Terry et Big Joe Williams: Blues Festival
15 anniversaire disque vogue Vol. 55

- I've Been Buked [Verve Folkways FTS 3011-3] #
- Trouble In Mind (aka Sun's Gonna Shine) [Archive of Folk FS 242] *
- Brand New Car (aka New Car Blues) [Verve Folkways FTS 3011-3] §
- Drinkin' In The Blues * [Archive of Folk FS 242]

- Chain Gang Blues (aka Early In The Morning Blues) [Verve Folkways FTS 3011-3] #
- I'm A Stranger Here (aka Just Rode In Your Town) * [Archive of Folk FS 242]
- Razor Sharp Blues [Verve Folkways FTS 3011-3] []
- Po Boy * [Archive of Folk FS 242]

"rec. 1960 live at the Troubadour, Los Angeles"

# rec. c.July 1960 at the Ash Grove, Los Angeles; Lightnin' Hopkins, voc, g; Brownie McGhee, voc, g; Sonny Terry, voc, hca; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

§ rec. c.July 1960 at the Ash Grove, Los Angeles; Sonny Terry, voc, hca; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

[] rec. c.July 1960 at the Ash Grove, Los Angeles; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

* rec. c.May 25/c.July 1960 at the Ash Grove, Los Angeles; Brownie McGhee, voc, g; Sonny Terry, voc, hca

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Vogue LD 681-30
751970Big Joe Williams: Crawling Kingsnake

- Stepfather Blues)
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Wild Cow Blues
- I Know You Gonna Miss Me
- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Brother James
- I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More
- Crawlin' King Snake

- I'm Getting Wild About Her
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Meet Me Around The Corner
- Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Someday Baby
- Break 'Em On Down

First five Bluebird sessions from 1935 to 1941

Big Joe Williams voc, g, rec. 2/25/35 Chicago
with Chasey Collins, Henry Townsend and "Kokomo", rec. 10/31/35 Chicago
with Sonny Boy Williamson and Robert Lee McCoy, rec. 5/5/37 Aurora, Illinois
with Williams Mitchell, rec. 3/27/41 Chicago
with Sonny Boy Williamson and Alfred Elkins, rec. 12/12/41 Chicago

notes by Neil Slaven
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RCA International INT 1087
(UK)

= RCA Victor 731016 (Fr)

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= RCA RA-5701 (Jp 1975)

75a1970Kings And The Queen Vol. 2

Memphis Slim
- Everything I Do Is Wrong
Lonnie Johnson
- Feelings From The Fingers
Roosevelt Sykes
- Sleeping All Day Blues

Victoria Spivey, Big Joe Williams, Bob Dylan
- Big Joe, Dylan and Victoria
Victoria Spivey
- A Bum Can't Do You No Good
Memphis Slim
- European Blues

Victoria Spivey
- Go Tell My Other Man

Big Joe Williams
- Drifting Blues
Roosevelt Sykes, John Hammond
- Bicycle Riding Mama
Lonnie Johnson
- Be Careful
Victoria Spivey, Bob Dylan
- It's Dangerous
Memphis Slim
- Slim's Organ Boogie For Victoria
notes by Len Kunstedt
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John Hammond discography

761971Blues 1920-40

LP 1
Tommy Johnson
- Big Road Blues
- Canned Heat Blues
Ishman Bracey
- Trouble-Hearted Blues
Blind Willie McTell
- Dark Night Blues
- Loving Talking Blues
Clifford Gibson
- Drayman Blues
Bukka White
- The Panama Ltd.

Jim Jackson
- I'm Wild About My Loving
Furry Lewis
- Dry Land Blues
Frank Stokes
- T'Ain't Nobody's Business
- Frank Stoke's Dream
Sleepy John Estes
- The Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair
- Lawyer Clark Blues
Memphis Minnie
- Don't Want No Woman



LP 2
Memphis Jug Band
- Memphis Jug Blues
- Going Back To Memphis
- Jug Band Waltz
Gus Cannon
- Viola Lee Blues
- Going To Germany
- Walk Right In
Daddy Stovepipe
- The Spasm

Tommy McClennan
- Whiskey Head Woman
- De'se My Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Peach Orchard Mama
Robert Petway
- Catfish Blues
Robert Lockwood
- Take A Little Walk With Me



LP 3
Leroy Carr
- Rocks In My Bed
- Six Cold Feet In The Ground
Peetie Wheatstraw
- Devil's Son-In-Law
- Peetie Wheatstraw
Little Brother Montgomery
- Vicksburg Blues - part 3
Big Maceo
- Worried Life Blues
Joe Pullum
- Hard Working Man Blues

Big Bill Broonzy
- Friendless Blues
- The Southern Blues
Tampa Red
- Kingfish Blues
Robert Lee McCoy
- Tough Luck
Sonny Boy Williamson
- Good Morning Schoolgirl
- Early In The Morning
Jazz Gillum
- Key To The Highway
3 LP box

RCA Victor RA-5433/5 (Jp)








= RCA Victor RA-9051/3
(Jp 1975)

76a1971Big Joe Williams

- Mama Don't Allow Me
- Delta Blues
- Overhauwling Blues

- Whistling Pines
- She Left Me A Mule
- Bad Heart Blues


XX MIN 700 (UK)

XX discography

771972Big Joe Williams

- Pretty Willie Done Me Wrong
- I Want To Know What My Baby's Puttin Down
- Tell Me Who's Been Tellin' You
- A Change Gotta Be Made
- My Baby Left Town
- Miss Emma Lou Blues
- My Baby Won't Be Back No More

- Turnroad Blues
- Same Old Rainey Day
- Pearly Mae Blues
- Keep-A-Walkin Little Girl
- I Won't Do That No More
- Quit Draggin'Bringin' My Baby Back Home
- Crazin' The Blues

rec. March 20, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
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Storyville SLP 224 (Dk 1972)

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= Storyville ST-21022 (Fr)

Storyville discography

77a1972Robert Pete Williams
with Big Joe Williams

- Doctor Blues
- Got On His Mind
- Meet Him Over In Paradise
- Goodbye Baby
- It's Gotta Be Jelly 'Cause Jam Don't Shake Thataway

- Texas Blues
- Talkin' Blues
- Greyhound Blues

CD bonus tracks:
- She Walked Around With Her Mouth Poked
- I Need to Be Loved
- Blues Leave Me Alone
- Put On A Show
- Take It Along With You Everywhere You Go
- Late Night Boogie

rec. March 20, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark
notes by
Derrick Stewart-Baxter

Storyville SLP 225
= Storyville ST 21023 (Fr)


(=) Storyville CD 8001 (1991)
Blues Masters, Vol. 1

Storyville discography


Pure Pleasure SLP 225 (2012)
(180 g LP)

781972Big Joe Williams
Blues From The Mississippi Delta


- Dedication To Otis Spann (Blues On Decoration Day)
- Got To Put You Down
- Juanita Blues
- 71 Cadillac Blues
- Christmas Blues
- European Trip Blues (Around The World Blues)

- Rap Session (Al Smith & Country Joe) *
- Jump Jump Julie
- Lookie Here, Baby
- Vitamin B Blues

rec. c. 1971 in Chicago, IL; Big Joe Williemas, voc, g; 2nd g; b; dr; * Al Smith, sp; prod by Al Smith

"Available on Ampex Stereo Tapes"

notes by Al Smith
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Blues On Blues BOB 10003
78a1973Country Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Baby Please Don't Go #
- Ride My New Car With Me #
- Rather Be Sloppy Drunk #
- Cottage Grove Blues #
Country Jim
- Dial 110 Blues
Pete McKinley & Country Jim
- Shreveport Blues
- Don't Want Me Blues

Pine Bluff Pete
- A Woman Acts Funny
- No. 4 Boogie
- Hampton Stranger
- Uncle Sam Blues
Pete McKinley
- Mean Black Snake
Clarence London
- One Rainy Morning
- Ain't Done Nothin' Wrong


# rec. March 1952 in Shreveport, LA; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
notes by Samual Charters



Specialty SNTF 5014 (UK)
791973American Folk Blues Festival '72

Bukka White
- I'm Gettin' Ready
- World Boogie *
- Aberdeen Blues

Big Joe Williams
- My Baby Is Gone
- My Boots & Shoes
- Louise *
Robert Pete Williams
- Look Here Woman

Roosevelt Sykes
- Driving Wheel *
- Sweet Home Chicago
- Boot That Thing *
Memphis Slim
- Baby Please Come Home *
- Lonesome Traveller
- Boogin' And Bluesin'
Johnny Young, W.D.Kent, Billy Davenport
- Instrumental Boogie


Big Mama Thornton
- Tell Me Baby
- Ball In (!) Chain
T-Bone Walker
- Shake It Baby
- Goin' Back To Church

Jimmy Rogers & Whispering Smith
- Chicago Bound *
- Tricky Woman
Lightnin' Slim & Whispering Smith
- Winter Time Blues
Jimmy Dawkins Chicago Blues Band
- Don't Ever Leave Me
- Got My Mojo Workin'


* not on CD

rec. March 16, 1972 at Hilpert Theatre, Lünen, Germany, and October 26, 1972 at Circus-Krone-Bau, München, Germany
DLP     notes by
Siegfried Schmidt-Joos
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Atlantic 60036 (1973)
The 10th American Folk
Blues Festival Blues
Giants - Rock Creators

DLP
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= L+R 42.018

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(=) L+R CDLS-2018

L+R discography

79a197325 Géants du Blues
A World of Jazz

LP 1:
Big Bill Broonzy
- Louise Louise Blues
Curtis Jones
- Lonesome Bedroom Blues
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
- I Love You Baby
Blind John Davis
- How Long Blues
Lonnie Johnson
- Big Leg Woman
Louisiana Red
- Keep Your Hands Off My Woman

Lightnin' Hopkins
- Catfish Blues
Champion Jack Dupree
- The Death Of Louis (Armstrong)
Jimmy Dawkins
- The Way She Walks
Hubert Sumlin
- Funky Roots
Eddie Kirkland
- Have Mercy On Me
The Aces
- Dust My Broom



LP 2:
Memphis Slim
- Sassy Mae
Sonny Boy Williamson
- The Skies Are Crying
St. Louis Jimmy
- Some Sweet Day
Eddie Boyd
- I Cried
Roosevelt Sykes
- Jail Bait
Blind Lemon Jefferson
- Deceitful Brownskin Blues

John Lee Hooker
- Wednesday Evening Blues
Jimmy Reed
- Hard Walking Hanna
Doug Quattlebaum
- Trouble In Mind

Big Joe Williams
- Pallet On The Floor [Bluesville 1056]
Billy Boy Arnold
- I' M Gonna Move
Sunnyland Slim
- Brownskin Woman


Achtung !!! Since I only had a list of songs and a list of artists on this DLP, the assignment of artists and songs is my own guess following previous releases on the Vogue label - further enlightenment / necessary corrections are most appreciated ;-)
DLP



Vogue 400 037 (Fr)


= Vogue Plaisir Double
DP 37 (Fr 1975?)

801974Big Joe Williams
Malvina My Sweet Woman


- Whistling Pine Blues *
- Mama Don't Allow No Doggin' All Night Long *
- Thousand Year Blues *
- She's Been Shaking A Little Boogie *
- Strange Girl Blues *
- Early Morning Blues *
- Shake A Little Boogie *
- Early In The Morning *
- New Car Blues *
- Taylor Made Stomp *

- You Done Me Wrong **
- Black Rat Blues **
- Poor Beggar **
- Everyday Brings Out A Change **
- Baby Don't You Wanna Go **
- Highway 61 Blues **
- Rooster Blues **
- Rollin' in Your Arms **
- You Are My Sunshine **

* 1951/52 demo recordings Baul Recording Co., St. Louis
** March 24, 1973 concert in Zodiac, Amstelveen
notes by Leo W. Bruin
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Oldie Blues OL 2814 (NL)

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= Oldie Blues OLCD 7004
(1997)

Oldie Blues discography

811974Il Blues Rurale - Country Blues

Richard Rabbit Brown
- James Alley Blues
Blind Boy Fuller,
- Three Ball Blues
Willie Baker
- Sweet Patunia
Willie Reed
- Leaving Home
Leadbelly
- See See Rider
Blind Lemon Jefferson
- Pneumonia Blues
Texas Alexander
- Water Bound Blues
Black Ace
- Christmas Time Blues

Furry Lewis
- Pearlee Blues
Bessie Tucker
- Penitentiary
Sleepy John Estes
- Diving Duck Blues
Charley Patton
- High Water Everywhere
Robert Wilkins
- National Stonewall Blues
Skip James
- Cypress Grove Blues
Robert Johnson
- Hellhound On My Trail

Big Joe Williams
- Rooting Ground Hog

Albatros VPA 8187
= Albatros VC 0775
(cassette)


(=) Albatros ALB 8
3LP = VPA 8187/88/89
"Il Blues Rurale/Jazzistico/
Urbano"

Albatros discography

821974Big Joe Williams
Legacy Of The Blues, Vol. 6


- I've Been Wrong, But I'll Be Right
- Black Gal You Sure Looking Warm
- Whe I First Left Home
- Little Annie Mae
- Levee Break Blues
- Hang It Up On The Wall

- Lone Wolf
- Thie Heavy Stuff Of Mine
- Tell My Mother
- Big Fat Mama
- Back On My Feet
- Jefferson And Franklin Blues

prod. by Sam Charters
notes by Sam Charters
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Sonet SNTF 635 (UK)

= GNP Crescendo GNPS 10016
(US 1976)


= GNP Crescendo CD 0016
(US 1992)

82a1974The Legacy Of The Blues Sampler

- Aberdeen Mississippi Blues - Bukka White
- Funky Malaguena - Snooks Eaglin
- Found My Baby Gone - Champion Jack Dupree
- Wishy Washy Woman - Mighty Joe Young
- I'm A Bluesman - Juke Boy Bonner

- Black Gal You're Sure Looking Warm - Big Joe Williams

- Long Time Gone, A - Memphis Slim
- Starry Crown Blues - J.D. Short<
- I'm Going To Have Myself A Ball - Robert Pete Williams
- The Cannonball - Eddie Boyd
- She's So Mellow - Sunnyland Slim
- Please Help Poor Me - Lightnin' Hopkins


"Maxi Sampler" bonus tracks:
- Poor Boy Long Way From Home - Bukka White
- Drive It Home - Snooks Eaglin
- You're The One - Champion Jack Dupree
- Early In The Morning - Mighty Joe Young
- Lonesome Ride Back Home - Juke Boy Bonner

- I Been Wrong But I'll Be Right - Big Joe Williams
 - Lets Get With It - Memphis Slim
- Make Me Down A Pallet - J.D. Short
- You're My All Day Steady And My Midnight Dream - Robert Pete Williams
- It's A Mellow Day - Eddie Boyd
- Get Hip To Yourself - Sunnyland Slim
- Water Fallin' Boogie - Lightnin' Hopkins

Sonet SNTX 1




= Crescendo GNPS 10010
(1976)

(=) Sonet SNTCD 1 (1989)
"The Legacy Of The Blues
Maxi Sampler"


= GNP Crescendo (1992)

831974Big Joe Williams
Don't Your Plums Look Mellow Hanging On Your Tree


- Don't Your Plums Look Mellow Hanging On Your Tree
- Working On The Levy (Night & Day)
- Things Gonna Come My Way
- Mad Mad Blues
- Southern Whistle Blow

- This Old London Town
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Franklin Street Blues
- She Won't Do Right
- Going Down Home
- Sugar Hill

rec. 1974 in Muscle Shoals, AL; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; Jerry Bridges, b; Roger Allen Clark, dr; prod. Al Smith; eng. Larry Hamby
notes by Al Smith
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Bluesway BLS 6080
841974Lonesome Road Blues
15 Years in the Mississippi Delta 1926 - 1941

Big Joe Williams
- Little Leg Woman
Arthur Pettis
- Good Boy Blues
Sonny Boy Nelson
- Street Walkin'
Mississippi Bracey
- Stered Gal
- Cherry Ball
Sam Collins
- My Road Is Rough And Rocky
- Lobesome Road Blues

Robert Petway
- Catfish Blues
Freddie Spruell
- Milk Cow Blues
- Tom Cat Blues
Skip James
- I'm So Glad
Robert Lockwood
- Take A Little Walk With Me
Johnny Temple
- The Evil Devil Blues
The Mississippi Moaner
- It's Cold In China Blues
notes by Stephen Calt
and John Miller
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Yazoo 1038

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= Yazoo CD 1038 (1992?)

Yazoo discography

84a197?Big Joe Williams

- Sugar Hill
- Watergate Blues

"Production: Ricky Breazeale"
7 inch 45 rpm
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MEB EB-1001
(Mack Banks Publications)
84b197?Delmark Blues Masterpiece

- All Of Your Love - Magic Sam
- Indiana Woman Blues - Big Joe Williams
- If You Change Your Mind - J.B. Hutto
- Little Angel Child - Jimmy Dawkins
- All Days Are Good Days - Roosevelt Sykes
- Sad Dreams - Carey Bell

- Steady Rollin' Man - Robert Jr. Lockwood
- Diving Duck Blues - Sleepy John Estes
- All Pretty Wimmins - Jo Jo Williams
- Coal Black Mare - Arthur Crudup
- You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now - Luther Allison
- Wilkins Street Stomp - Speckled Red
- Early In The Morning - Junior Wells


"Special Album" (promotion LP)



Delmark/Trio TD6 (Jp)
84c1975Bluebird Blues

Sleepy John Estes
- Poor John Blues
- Little Laura Blues
- When The Saints Go Marching In
Son Bonds
- A Hard Pill To Swallow
Blind Willie McTell
- Searching The Desert For The Blues
- Mr. McTell Got The Blues


Big Joe Williams
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
- Wild Cow Blues
Tommy McClennan
- Bottle It Up And Go
- Brown Skin Girl
- Bluebird Blues
Clifford Gibson
- She Rolls It Slow


Sonny Boy Williamson
- Down South
- Moonshine
- Elevator Woman
Washboard Sam & His Washboard Band
- Gonna Hit The Highway
Big Maceo
- Texas Blues
- Detroit Jump

Arthur "Big Boy"Crudup
- That's All Right
- Mean Old Frisco
- Rock Me Mama
Doctor Clayton
- Copper Colored Mama
Doctor Clayton's Buddy
- Nappy Head Woman
- Walking With The Blues
2 LP set

RCA RVC RA-9054/55 (Jp)
84c1976The 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
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
DLP
notes by Giles Oakley
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Red Lightnin' RL0033 (UK)


Red Lightnin' discography

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

84d1976Big Joe Williams
Bluebird No 8

- I Know You Gonna Miss Me
- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Brother James
- I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More
- Crawlin' King Snake
- I'm Getting Wild About Her
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Meet Me Around The Corner

- Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Someday Baby
- Break 'em On Down
- Drop Down Blues [previously unissued]
- Somebody's Been Worryin' [Bluebird 34-0739]
- Wanita [previously unissued]
- Vitamin A [Bluebird 34-0739]

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RCA FXM1 7323 (Fr)
84e1976Walter Davis
Bluebird No 9

- Sad And Lonesome Blues #
- Sweet Sixteen #
- Let Me In Your Saddle
- Don't You Want To Go?
- One Sweet Letter From You
- Teasin' Brown Skin
- Goodbye
- I Feel All Right

- Hello Baby
- Frisco Blues
- Biddle Street Blues
+ 5 postwar tracks

# with poss Joe Williams, g; poss. Henry Townsend, g
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RCA FXM1 7330 (Fr)
851978Rare Gems

Little Brother Montgomery
- Ain't Nobody Here But Me
- Buddy Bolden's Blues
- Prescription For The Blues
- Salty Dog
John Lee Granderson
- Bumble Bee
Robert Nighthawk
- Murderin' Blues
- Medley: Annie Lee & Sweet Black Angel
Otis Spann
- Hotel Lorraine
- Blues For Martin Luther King
Johnnie Jones * with Billy Boy Arnold
- Worried Life Blues
- I Hear My Black Name Ringing *
Rev. Robert Wilkins
- Glory Hallelujah
- Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Big Joe Williams
- Wild Cow Moan
- Screamin' And Cryin'
James Cotton with Elvin Bishop *, Paul Butterfield # and Billy Boy Arnold +
- So Glad I'm Living *
- Diggin' My Potatoes *#
- Three Harp Boogie *#+
Robert Pete Williams
- Ugly Man Blues
J. B. Lenoir
- My Dear Old Mother
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Someday Baby

prod. by Norman Dayron
early to mid 1960s
in Chicago

= Roots TR 1005 (US)
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= TK Records TKR 82539 (UK)

notes by Pete Welding
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reissued on Bullseye/
Rounder CD BEYE9530 (1993)
"Rare Chicago Blues 1962-68"

861979Big Joe Williams: Last Of The Ramblin' Blues Man [sic]
Blues Roots   Vol. 3

- Ramblin' And Wanderin' Blues
- Don't The Apples Look Mellow Hangin'
- Jinx Blues
- Shake 'em Down
- Don't You Leave Me Here
- Saturday Night Jump

- Pretty Willie Done Me Wrong
- Tell Me Who's Been Telling You
- Hellhound On My Trail
- Some Old Rainy Day
- A Change Got To Be Made
- Turnroad Blues

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Storyville 6.23702 (D)

Storyville discography

871979Blues Roots: Give Me The Blues

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

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

Arthur Weston
- Someday Baby

Big Joe Williams
- Long Road Blues
Big Bill Broonzy
- You Better Mind

Clarence Edwards
- Mean Old Frisco

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


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

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







Storyville 6.28470
= PGP RTB 2LP 3220044

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

Storyville discography

87a1979Blues Giants
Masters of Jazz Vol. 15

LP 1
- Southern Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
- Jasper's Gal - Memphis Slim
- Anytime Is The Right Time - Roosevelt Sykes
- New Shake 'Em On Down - Tommy McClennan
- Willow Tree Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
- Anna Lou Blues - Tampa Red

- Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams
- Worried Life Blues - Big Maceo

- Early In The Morning - Sonny Boy Williamson
- Milk Cow Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
- Pleading Blues - Little Brother Montgomery
- Get Yourself Together - Lonnie Johnson
- Walkin' And Drinkin' - Roosevelt Sykes
- Evil Blues - Washboard Sam
- Let Me In Your Saddle - Walter Davis
- Key To The Highway - William 'Jazz' Gillum



LP 2
- Beer Drinking Woman - Memphis Slim
- Crawlin' Kingsnake - Big Joe Williams
- Winter Time Blues - Big Maceo Merriweather
- Louisiana Blues part 2 - Little Brother Montgomery
- Booker T. Blues - Washboard Sam
- Look On Yonder Blues - William 'Jazz' Gillum
- Coal And Iceman Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
- My Stove Don't Work - Casey Bill Weldon

- Big Time Woman - Roosevelt Sykes
- Katy Mae Blues - Tommy McClennan
- Good Jelly - Big Bill Broonzy
- When Things Go Wrong With You - Tampa Red
- 'Way Down In Louisiana - Casey Bill Weldon
- Teasin' Brown Skin - Walter Davis
- Caught The Old Coon At Last - Memphis Slim
- Lazy Woman Blues - Lonnie Johnson
DLP








RCA CL 42858 (UK)

881980I Have To Paint My Face

F 1005 (1960) track list:
Sam Chatman
- I Have To Paint My Face [lyrics]
- You Shall Be Free (Nigger Be A Nigger) *
- I Stand And Wonder
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Forty-Four Blues #
Jasper Love
- Desert Blues
Sam Chatmon
- Lay My Burden Down (Glory Hallelujah) *
Kathryn Pitman and group
- Save A Seat For Me

Wade Walton & R. C. Smith
- Barbershop Rhythm
R.C. Smith
- Going Back To Texas
Jasper Love & Columbus Jones
- The Slop
R. C. Smith
- Lost Love Blues
- Lonely Widow
Wade Walton
- Rooster Blues
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Butch's Blues

rec. 1960 by Chris A. Strachwitz with assistance from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Oliver

notes to Arhoolie F 1005; click to enlarge ! notes to Arhoolie F 1005; click to enlarge ! notes to Arhoolie F 1005; click to enlarge !

F 1005 (1980) track list:
Sam Chatman
- I Have To Paint My Face [lyrics]
K. C. Douglas
- Big Road Blues #
Sam Chatman
- I Stand And Wonder

Big Joe Williams
- Texas Blues #
Bukka White
- Drifting Blues #

Wade Walton & R. C. Smith
- Barbershop Rhythm
R. C. Smith
- Going Back To Texas
K. C. Douglas & Sidney Maiden
- Blues And Trouble #
R. C. Smith
- Lonely Widow
Wade Walton
- Rooster Blues
Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- Butch's Blues

* omitted from 1969 and 1980 remastered LP versions; not included in CD 432

# on remastered LP version only

notes by Mack McCormick
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Arhoolie F 1005 (1960)

notes by Chris Strachwitz
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Arhoolie F 1005 (1980)
subtitled "A Random Collection of
Mississippi Blues"

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partly reissued on Arhoolie
CD 432 (1995)
"Mississippi Blues 1960"

Arhoolie discography

891980Chicago Breakdown

Little Brother Montgomery
- Hesitatin' Blues
John Lee Granderson
- Minglewood Town
Dr. Ross
- Chicago Breakdown

Big Joe Williams
- I Feel So Worried
James Cotton with Elvin Bishop and Paul Butterfield
- V 8 Ford Blues
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Cryin' Won't Make Me Stay

Little Brother Montgomery with Michael Bloomfield
- Michigan Water Blues
John Lee Granderson
- Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl
Dr. Ross
- Hobo Blues

Big Joe Williams and Paul Butterfield
- Stack O' Dollars
James Cotton with Elvin Bishop and Paul Butterfield
- Polly Put The Kettle On
Eddie Boyd
- Five Long Years
notes by Norman Dayron
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Takoma TAK 7071

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= Sonet SNTF 863


Fantasy TAKCD-8907-2
"Takoma Blues"

Takoma discography

901980Rare Blues

Dr. Isaiah Ross
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Alberta

Big Joe Williams
- I Ain't Got Nobody
Son House
- Preachin' The Blues
Rev. Robert Wilkins
- I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down

Little Brother Montgomery
- The Pleadin' Blues
Sunnyland Slim
- Lend Me Your Love
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Two Trains Running

Big Joe Williams
- Whistling Pines
Rev. Robert Wilkins
- O Lord I Want You To Help Me
notes by Norman Dayron
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Takoma TAK 7081

notes by Norman Dayron
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= Sonet SNTF 853
= Sonet RISLP-14115


Fantasy TAKCD-8907-2
"Takoma Blues"

Takoma discography

911980Downhome Delta Blues 1949-1952

Pee Wee Hughes
- Country Boy Blues
Little Sam Davis
- Goin Home Blues
- 1958 Blues
Earl Hooker
- On the Hook
Little Sam Davis
- Goin' To New Orleans
- She's So Good To Me
Joe Hill Louis
- Jealous Blues
- Joe's Jump

Sunny Blair
- Please Send My Baby Home
Baby Face Turner
- Blue Serenade
Junior Brooks
- Lone Town Blues
Luther Huff
- Dirty Disposition
- 1951 Blues
Bobo Thomas
- Catfish Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Jivin Woman
- She's A Married Woman



Nighthawk 109

Nighthawk discography

921980Big Joe Williams & Sonny Boy Williamson 'No. 2'

Big Joe Williams
- Cotton Grove
- Meet Me In The Bottom
- Bessermer Baby
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Shake Your Boogie

Sonny Boy Williamson
- Steady Rollin' Man
- Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket

Big Joe Williams
- Jump Baby Jump
- Mean Mistreater
- Prison Bound
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P-Vine PLP 9014
931980Big Joe Williams: Back To The Roots

- Down In The Bottom #
- Boogie Woogie All Day Long #
- I Wanna Die Easy When I Die *
- Bull Cow Blues *
- Watergate Blues §
- I'm Gonna Do It This Time, Ain't Gonna Do It No Mo' *
- Stella Blues §
- I Thought It Was Somethin' Big To Make A Record In Them Days []
- Jinx Blues ~
- Sugar Hill Story //
- Skin And Bone Blues {}
- Jump, Baby, Jump {}

- Came Out The Wilderness //
- Lord Have Mercy \\
- Motherless Children \\
- Levee Camp Holler //
- You Gonna Need King Jesus On Your Bond //
- Sinner Man //
- 'Bama Leaves Fallin' \\
- This Little Light 'O Mine //
- When The Saints Go Marchin' In \\
- In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down ||
- Kansas City Blues $
- What You Gon' Do, Sinner? ~ ^^

# rec. March 31, 1973 in Berlin, Germany; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

[] rec. July 24, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, sp

* rec. July 28, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, sp

§ rec. August 2, 1978 in Mashulaville, MS; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

// rec. August 3, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, voc

\\ rec. August 20, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

|| rec. August 22, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

{} rec. August 22, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; Ponytail Slim [Axel Küstner], hca

$ rec. August 25, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, voc, g

~ rec. August 26, 1978 in Crawford, MS; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; ^^ B.L. Logan, voc

prod. by Siegfried A. Christmann & Axel Küstner
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Ornament CH-7.713 (D)

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= Chrisly CD CM 30001-2
("Ornament Blues Masters")
"Watergate Blues" (2000)

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Ornament discography

941980Big Joe Williams
1973 - 80 Field Recordings


- Tailor Made Baby
- Prison Bound Blues
- Dark Road Blues
- Hold Up The Light, Let It Shine
- Delta Blues
- Lord Have Mercy
- Don't Your House Look Lonesome
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff O' Mine *
- Deal 'Em On Down
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed *
- Lonesome Train Blues
- No More Whiskey
- Liza Jane Blues
- Texas Blues **
- When I Lay My Burden Down *

Big Joe Williams, 9 str g, voc
* Lydia Carter, voc
** Cooper Terry, hca
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L+R 42.047

= L+R CD-2047

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= Evidence CD 26096 (1998)
"No More Whiskey"

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= Bellaphon LRCD 82004
(1996) "Big Joe Williams"
(Blues Classics series)

Al Handa review

L+R discography

951980Chicago Blues - Live at the Fickle Pickle

Johnny Jones & Willie Dixon
- Johnny's Boogie
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Long Haired Doney
- Make Some Love To Me
- Smokestack Lightnin'
John Henry Barbee
- I Need Your Love
- Tell Me Baby
Johnny Jones & Billy Boy Arnold
- Sloppy Drunk
- Early In The Morning
- My Little Machine
- Going To The River
Blind James Brewer
- Big Road Blues
- See What Poor Kelly Done

Big Joe Williams
- Sugar Mama


rec. 1963

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Flyright LP 549

Flyright discography

95a1980Delta Blues Festival '79

Napoleon Strickland Fife and Drum Band (Jesse Mae Hemphill, Abe Young)
- Shimmy Shawhaha
Boyd Rivers
- Grow Sick And Die (de.youtube.com)
Clyde Maxwell
- Alberta

Big Joe Williams
- Tell Me Mama
Harmonica Medley:
Napoleon Strickland with Hammie Nixon
- Fox Chase
- Let's Boogie
- Rock Me Mama
- Mule To Ride
Sam Chatmon & Eugene Powell
- How Long

Johnny Shines
- Have You Ever Loved A Woman
Sam Myers
- Everything's Gonna Be Alright
Sylvia Embry
- Goin' To New York
Betty Fikes & Johnny Shines Band
- Rock Me Baby
Lefty Dizz
- You Might Have Made Your Move Too Soon


rec. September 8, 1979 in Freedom Village (outside Greenville), Mississippi, by Worth Long in cooperation with Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE)

soundtrack of film "Mississippi Delta Blues" 60 min, colour, mono, 1980; filmed live at the 2nd Mississippi Delta Blues Festival at Freedom Village, hosted by Willie Dixon (Kay Jazz KJ 081)



Delta Blues DBF 79


95b1981Big Joe Williams, Memphis Slim, Little Brother Montgomery
Unissued Chicago Blues of the 50's from Cobra & JOB

Big Joe Williams
- Cottage Grove
- Meet Me In The Bottom
- Bessemer Baby
- Baby Please Don't Go (tks. 1 & 2)
- Highway 49
- Shake Your Boogie
- Jump Baby Jump

Big Joe Williams
- Mean Mistreater
- Prison Bound
Little Brother Montgomery
- Keep Drinkin'
- Boogie
Memphis Slim
- I Wonder What's The Matter
- Best Girl I Ever Had
notes by Alan Balfour



Flyright 577

(=) Flyright CD 31
Chicago piano 1951-58
from JOB & Cobra

The JOB label

Flyright discography

95c1981Vintage Blues

Big Maceo
- Kid Man Blues
Dr. Clayton
- Cheating And Lying Blues
Arthur Crudup
- Who's Been Fooling You
- The War Is Over
Jazz Gillum
- Whiskey Headed Buddies
Lonnie Johnson
- Some Day Baby
- My Love Is Down
Piano Red
- Sober
St. Louis Jimmy
- My Story Blues
Arbee Stidham
- My Heart Belongs To You

Sunnyland Slim
- Farewell Little Girl
- Broke & Hungry
Roosevelt Sykes
- Bobby Sox Blues
- Her Little Machine
Tampa Red
- Give Me Mine Now
- Better Leave My Gal Alone

Big Joe Williams
- Drop Down Blues
- Wanita [actually plays "Somebody's Been Borrowing"]
Sonny Boy Williamson
- We Got To Win
- Sonny Boy's Jump


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RCA INTS 5099
= RCA NL 43607
961982Okeh Chicago Blues

- Good Doing Daddy - Big Boy Edwards (Unissued Master)
- Hollywood Stomp - Victoria Spivey & Her Chicago Four
- Blues And Trouble - Curtis Jones (Unissued Performance)
- Brownskin Woman Swing - Roosevelt Scott
- Miss Ora Lee Blues - Peter Chatman & His Washboard Band
- Born For Bad Luck - Brownie McGhee
- Weed Head Woman - Champion Jack Dupree

- 15 Cents A Day - Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper)
- Crawlin' King Snake - Tony Hollins
- Confessin' The Blues - Peter Cleighton
- I Am Sailin' - Memphis Minnie
- Just Had To Holler - Little Son Joe
- I Can't Write - Big Bill & His Rhythm Band
- Bad Whiskey Blues - The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson)


- Tennessee Woman Blues - Johnny Shines (Unissued)
- Delta Pine Blues - Johnny Shines (Unissued)
- Ride, Ride Mama - Johnny Shines (Unissued)
- Evil-hearted Woman Blues - Johnny Shines (Unissued)
- Johnny Shines (Vocal, Guitar), Probably Big Bill Broonzy (Guitar), Chicago, Feb 24, 1946
- Jitterbug Blues - Muddy Waters (Unissued)
- Hard Day Blues - Muddy Waters (Unissued)
- Burying Ground Blues - Muddy Waters (Unissued)
Muddy Waters (Vocal, Guitar), James Clarke (Piano), Probably Baby-face Leroy Foster (Guitar), Chicago, September 27, 1946)

Big Joe Williams
- P Vine Blues
- Bad And Weak Hearted Blues
- King Biscuit Stomp
- I'm A Highway Man
- Banta Rooster Blues (Unissued)
- Mean Step Father Blues (Unissued)
- House Lady Blues
- Don't You Leave Me Here (Big Joe Williams (Vcl, Guitar), Sonny Boy Williamson (Harmonica), Ransom Knowling (Bass), Judge Lawrence Riley (Drums), Chicago, December 18, 1947)
DLP
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Epic EG 37318/37319
96a1983More 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

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

96b2/1984Going 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

Charly CRB 1067 (UK)
96b1984Chicago Downhome Blues:
Jimmy Reed, Morris Pejoe, Big Joe Williams


Jimmy Reed
- I Ain't Got You
- She Don't Want Me No More
- Come On Baby
- I Don't Go For That
- I Wanna Be Loved
- I'm Goin Upside Your Head
- When You're Doin' Alright

Morris Pejoe
- You're Gonna Need Me
- Hurt My Feelings

Big Joe Williams
- Goin Back Home
- My Baby Left Town
- Kings Highway
- Eula Mae

VeeJay recordings
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Teichiku UPS 2270 (Jp)
971987Big Joe Williams
Baby Please Don't Go


- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
- Stepfather Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Wild Cow Blues
- I Know You Gonna Miss Me
- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Brother James
- I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More

- Crawlin' King Snake
- I'm Getting Wild About Her
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Meet Me Around The Corner
- Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Someday Baby
- Break 'Em On Down
notes by Terry Ohmer
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Bluetime / Contact Records
BT-2007 (Dk)
981988Big Joe Williams
Live 1974


LP tracks
- Shake Your Boogie
- My Woman
- Evening Sun
- Come Here Baby
- Don't Your Peaches Look Mellow

- Where Did You Stay Last Night
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Sloppy Drunk
- Banty Rooster
- Don't You Know

CD tracks
- Shake Your Boogie
- Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King
- Taylor Made Baby
- Sloppy Drunk
- Please Come On Home To Me
- Annie Mae
- Banty Rooster Blues
- Rusty Can Blues
- Some Other Man Blues
- Baby, Please Don't Go
- Don't Your Plums Look Mellow, Hanging Up On Your Tree #
- Bull Cow Blues
- Someday Baby

rec. live at the Old Capitol Building, Jackson, Mississippi, Nov. 22, 1974

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Wolf 120.918

(=) Wolf CD 120.916 (2007)
"Shake Your Boogie"

991989Sonny Boy Williamson & Big Joe Williams:
Throw A Boogie Woogie


- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Sugar Mama Blues
- Got The Bottle Up And Gone
- Early In The Morning
- Black Gal Blues
- Moonshine
- Whiskey Headed Blues
- You Give An Account


- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Brother James
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Crawlin' King Snake [53989-2, not take 1 as stated !]
- Highway 49
- Please Don't Go
- North Wind Blues
- Throw A Boogie Woogie
notes by Bill Altmann

BMG/Bluebird NL 90320 (G)
= BMG/Bluebird CD ND90320
= RCA 9599-2-R (US 1989)
99a1989Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Joe Williams: Throw A Boogie Woogie

- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- Sugar Mama Blues
- Got The Bottle Up And Gone
- Early In The Morning
- Black Gal Blues

- Moonshine
- Whiskey Headed Blues
- You Give An Account

- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Brother James
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Crawling King Snake
- Highway 49
- Please Don't Go
- North Wind Blues
- Throw A Boogie Woogie

notes by Bill Altman

RCA NL 90320 (G)
= RCA CD ND 90320
= RCA cassette NK 90320

= RCA CD 9599


= Roslin CD (2010)

 1990Down Home Blues
A "Home Cooking" Sampler


Lightning Hopkins - Stinking Foot
Lightning Hopkins - Rainy Day In Houston
Johnny Copeland - Working Man Blues
Big Walter with Albert Collins - Nothing But The Blues
Juke Boy Bonner - Gimme Some Boone's Farm [Home Cooking HCS 113]
Calvin "Loudmouth" Johnson - Lean On Your Body
Larry Davis - That's Allright With You

Gene Vell - Screaming All Night Long
Sidewalk Sam - Mister Lend Me A Dime
Peppermint Harris - To Be With The One You Love
Clarence Green - Empty House Of So Many Tears
Pete Mayes - Crazy Woman
Big Walter with Albert Collins - If Blues Was Money
Pete Mayes - Moving Out
Lonnie Mitchell - Louisiana Slow Drag

rec. 1958 to 1965 in Houston, TX; prod. by Roy C. Ames

cover photograph shows Big Joe Williams (even though he's not present on the LP); photographer: Burton Wilson

notes by Roy Ames



Rattlesnake MMLP55001
(Germany 1990)
1001990Delta Blues 1951

Big Joe Williams
sessions on Scott's Radio Service, and at Cedars of Lebanon in 1951, originally issued on Trumpet Records, Jackson, Mississippi
- Mama Don't Allow Me
- Delta Blues
- Overhauling Blues
- Whistling Pines
- Friends And Pals
- Juanita
- She Left Me A Mule
- Bad Heart Blues

Luther Huff
rec. at Scott's Radio Service Jan/Feb 1951
- 1951 Blues
- Dirty Disposition
- Bull Dog Blues
- Rosalee
Willie Love and his Three Aces (incl. Elmore James, Little Milton)
recorded at Scott's Radio Service and Musician's Union Hall
- Everybody's Fishing
- My Own Boogie
- 74 Blues
- Shady Lane Blues
- 21 Minutes To Nine
- Vanity Dresser Boogie

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notes by Marc Ryan
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Acoustic Archives AA-702
North San Juan, CA
("Trumpet Records")


= Alligator ALCD 2702 (1993)

1011991Big Joe Williams
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol. 1 (1935-1941)


- Little Leg Woman
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
- Providence Help The Poor People
- 49 Highway Blues
- My Grey Pony
- Stepfather Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Stack O' Dollars
- Wild Cow Blues
- Worried Man Blues
- I Know You Gonna Miss Me
- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Brother James
- I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More
- Crawlin' King Snake
- I'm Getting Wild About Her
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Meet Me Around The Corner
- Throw A Boogie Woogie
- North Wind Blue
- Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Someday Baby
- Break 'Em On Down
notes by Bob Groom
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RST BDCD-6003

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= Document BDCD 6003
"Break 'Em On Down"
1021991Big Joe Williams
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol. 2 (1945-1949)


- Drop Down Blues
- Somebody's Been Worryin'
- Wanita
- Vitamin A
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Stack Of Dollars
- Mellow Apples
- Wild Cow Moan
- P Vine Blues
- Bad And Weakhearted Blues
- King Biscuit Stomp
- I'm A Highway Man
- Banta Rooster Blues
- Mean Step Father Blues
- House Lady Blues
- Don't You Leave Me Here
- Jivin' Woman
- She's A Married Woman
- Walking Blues
- Atlanta Town
notes by Bob Groom
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RST BDCD-6004

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= Document BDCD 6004
"Somebody's Been Worryin'"
1031991Big Joe Williams
Bluesmaster Vol. 2


- So Soon I Will Be Goin' My Way Back Home
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Saturday Night Jump
- Jinx Blues
- Pick A Pickle
- Ramblin' And Wanderin' Blues
- Old Saw Mill Blues
- Don't The Apples Look Mellow
- El Paso Blues
- Back Home Blues
- Don't You Leave Me Here
- Shaggy Hound Blues
- Wild Cow Moan
- Juanita
- Vitamin A Blues

from two Storyville LPs; rec. Kopenhagen 1963
notes (reprinted)
by Paul Oliver
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Storyville STCD 38002

Storyville discography

1041992Big Boss Men
Blues Legends Vol. 1

Earl Hooker
- Blues For Dancers
Jimmy Reed
- Hard Walkin' Hanna
- Xmas Present Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Blues On Decoration Day
- My Troubles
- What You Gonna Do For Me
Lightnin' Hopkins
- War Is Starting Again
- Louisiana Woman
Homesick James
- Lonesome Road
- The Woman I Love
Roosevelt Sykes
- I'm Gonna Get Even With You
- Bird Nest On The Ground
- Bad News
- Hey Woman
Jimmy Reed
- Cry Before I Go
- Down At The Corner Grocery Store
- Big Legged Woman

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Red Lightnin' RLCD 0092


Red Lightnin' discography

104a1992Big Joe Williams: Baby Please Don't Go
The Blues Collection # 36

- Worried Man Blues
- Stepfather Blues
- Wild Cow Blues
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
- Stack O' Dollars
- Providence Help The Poor People
- Brother James
- I Know You Gonna Miss Me
- Rootin' Ground Hog
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Meet Me Around The Corner
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Crawlin' King Snake
- North Wind Blues
- Throw A Boogie Woogie

edited by Tony Russell
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Orbis Blu NC 36
104b1992The Ultimate Blues Collection Volume 1

CD 1:
Big Joe Williams
- Bull Cow Blues
- When The Saints Go Marchin' In
Doctor Ross
- My Little Woman
- Cat Squirrel
Blind John Davis
- Everyday I Have The Blues
- Limehouse Blues
John Lee Hooker
- You're So Fine
- It Serve Me Right To Suffer
Guitar Slim
- Early Mornin' Blues
Tommy Tucker
- Come Back Baby / What Did I Say
- Hi Heel Sneakers
Tommy Tucker & Louisiana Red
- Early Morning Blues


CD 2:
Guitar Slim
- Outdoor Weather Blues
Richard Bargel
- Dancing Up That Country Road
Guitar Slim
- Hard Headed Blues
Richard Bargel
- Blue Steel
- Me And The Devil Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Down In The Bottom
- Boogie Woogie All Night Long
- I'm Gonna Do It This Time, Ain't Gonna Do It No Mo'
- In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down
- In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down
Dr. Ross
- Chicago Breakdown
- 30:20 Blues
- Sweet Black Angel
- China Blues


CD 3:
Memphis Piano Red
- Rocky Mountain Blues
- Red's Boogie
- My Life Is So Meserable
Champion Jack Dupree
- I Ain't Good Lookin'
- Reminscing Fats W.
Blind John Davis
- Dippermouth Blues
- Cow Cow Blues
- Moanin' The Blues
Big Moose Walker
- Would You Baby
- Somebody Got To Go



3 CD set





Chrisly CM 11001
("Chrisly Blues Box")
104c1992Jaybird Coleman & The Birmingham Jug Band 1927-30

Jaybird Coleman
- My Jelly Blues (Bertha Ross, voc) - Mill Log Blues
- Boll Weevil
- Ah'm Sick And Tired Of Tellin' You
- Man Trouble Blues
- Trunk Busted - Suitcase Full Of Holes
- I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan - Some O' These Days
- You Heard Me Whistle
- No More Good Water - 'cause The Pond Is Dry
- Mistreatin' Mama
- Save Your Money - Let These Women Go
- Ain't Gonna Lay My 'ligion Down (Frank Palmes)
- Troubled 'bout My Soul (Frank Palmes)
- Coffee Grinder Blues
- Man Trouble Blue

The Birmingham Jug Band
- German Blues [OKeh 8856]
- Cane Brake Blues [OKeh 8866]
- The Wild Cat Squawl [OKeh 8856]
- Bill Wilson [OKeh 8908]
- Birmingham Blues [OKeh 8895]
- Gettin' Ready For Trial [OKeh 8856]
- Giving It Away [OKeh 8908]
- Kickin' Mule Blues [OKeh 8866]
notes by Kip Lornell

Document DOCD-5140
1051993Big Joe Williams
Shake Your Boogie


- Sloppy Drunk Blues
- Yo Yo Blues
- President Roosevelt
- Fourty Four Blues
- Greystone Blues
- I Want My Crown *
- Mean Step Father
- Brother James
- Shake Your Boogie
- Vitamin A Blues
- She Left Me A Mule To Ride
- So Glad
- Louisiana Bound
- Killing Floor Blues
- Throw The Boogie Woogie
- Dirt Road Blues
- Montreal Blues
- Take Me Out Of The Bottom
- Thinking Of What They Did To Me
- The Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King **
- Army Man In Vietnam **
- Creole Queen
- Remember Way Back
- King Jesus **

* Mary Williams, voc
** Charlie Musselwhite, hca

all of Arhoolie 1002 and most of Arhoolie 1053

notes by Chris Strachwitz
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Arhoolie CD-315
1061993Big Joe Williams
Blues From The South Side


- Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Sinking Blues
- Put On Your Nitecap Baby
- Bye Bye Baby Blues
- Don't Want No Big Fat Woman
- Ride in My New Car With Me Blues
- Going Away
- Won't Be Back Till Fall
- Sloppy Drunk Blues
- Sugar Mama
- 44 Blues
- Terraplane Blues

front cover of first issue had photo of Joe Williams (former Count Basie vocalist), not Big Joe Williams !!!

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Pilz CD 449320-2
(Golden Legend Series)
1071993
James Cotton, Little Brother Montgomery, Otis Spann, Big Joe Williams & others

Big Joe Williams
- Wild Cow Moan
- Screamin' And Cryin'


re-release of Roots TR 1005
prod. by Norman Dayron

www.rounder.com
Bullseye/Rounder
CD BEYE9530

107a1994Bloodstains On The Wall

Honey Boy
- Blood Stains On The Wall
- You Better Move On Away From Here
- Have You A Match
Pine Blues Pete
- Uncle Sam Blues
- Woman Acts Funny
- Going Back To Mama
- Got A Letter This Morning
- Want To Boogie Woogie

Big Joe Williams
- Ride My New Car With Me
- Rather Be Sloppy Drunk
Country Jim Bledsoe
- Dial 110 Blues
- Hollywood Boogie
- One Thing My Baby Likes
- Stormin' And Rainin'
Little Temple
- I Ate The Wrong Part
- What A Mistake
- Mean And Evile
- Cold Love
Pete McKinley
- Black Snake Blues
- Cryin' For My Baby
- Look A Here Boy
- Whistlin' Blues
- Don't Want Me Blues
- David's Boogie
- Sail On Little Girl Sail On


compiled by Billy Vera
click to enlarge !
Ace CDCHD 576
107b1994Big Joe Williams: Baby Please Don't Go


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Blues Encore CD 52035 (It)
1081995Bottleneck Blues

Napoleon Strickland
- Key To The Bushes

Big Joe Williams
- Talking About Bottleneck
- Traveling Blues
Robert Night Hawk
- Crying Won't Help You
Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Six White Horses
Mott Willis
- Knife Instrumental
Robert Lee Granderson
- Flora Blues
J.B. Hutto & The Hawks
- Wild Wild Woman
Blind Connie Williams
- St. Louis Blues
David Honeyboy Edwards
- Worryin' Woman Blues
Robert Johnson
- I'm Coming, Lord, Please Don't Drive Me Away
Chicago Blues Band
- Verna Lee Blues
Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Wouldn't Mind Dying
John Littlejohn
- Dust My Broom
Blind Connie Williams
- Trouble In Mind

Big Joe Williams
- How Do You Want Your Rollin' Done
Mott Willis
- M & O Blues
Johnny Shines
- Crucial Moment
Jack Owens
- Train Time
Robert Johnson
- I Don't Know When Death Is Gonna Call Me
Herb Quinn
- Casey, You Can't Ride This Train
Napoleon Strickland
- Skake 'Em Down
(Testament 2216
announced, but not issued)


Testament TCD 5021
= P-Vine PCD-5576 (Jp)

1091995Capitol Blues Collection

Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Terry
- Wimmin From Coast To Coast
Lil' Son Jackson
- Ticket Agent Blues
Sonny Terry
- Telephone Blues
Memphis Slim
- All This Piano Boogie

T-Bone Walker
- I'm Gonna Find My Baby
Sonny Terry
- Whoopin' The Blues
Muddy Waters
- Rock Me
Son House
- Death Letter Blues
10 inch LP
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Capitol (promotional LP)
109a1995Ain't Times Hard
Modern Blues Anthology

CD 1
- Dust My Broom - Elmore James
- Well That's All Right - Howlin' Wolf
- Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd
- Seems Like A Million Years - Willie Nix
- We All Gotta Go Sometime - Joe Hill Louis
- Mojo Boogie - J.B. Lenoir
- Evening Sun - Johnny Shines
- I'm Looking For A Woman - Little Hudson
- Easy - Big Walter Horton
- Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog) - Rufus Thomas
- Take A Little Chance - Jimmy De Berry
- Feelin' Good - Junior Parker
- Mystery Train - Junior Parker
- The Boogie Disease - Doctor Ross
- Hart's Bread Boogie - Billy Love
- Ain't Times Hard - Floyd Jones
- Combination Boogie - J.B. Hutto
- Cotton Crop Blues - James Cotton
- I'm Gonna Murder My Baby - Pat Hare
- You Don't Have To Go - Jimmy Reed
- Bad Boy - Eddie Taylor
- Aw Baby (Sweet Home Chicago) - Robert Jr. Lockwood
- So Long Baby, Goodbye - Willie Johnson


cd 2
- I Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold
- Big Town Playboy - Eddie Taylor
- Hands Off - Priscilla Bowman
- I Ain't Got You - Billy Boy Arnold
- Every Woman I Know (Crazy About Automobiles) - Billy 'The Kid' Emerson
- Judgement Day - Snooky Pryor
- I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush
- Have A Good Time - Big Walter Horton
- The Telephone Is Ringing - Pee Wee Crayton

- Going Back Home - Big Joe Williams
- It's You Baby - Sunnyland Slim
- Fishin' In My Pond - Lee Jackson
- The Twelve Year Old Boy - Elmore James
- All Your Love - Magic Sam
- Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed
- Blues Get Off My Shoulder - Bobby Parker
- Mama, You Got A Daughter - John Lee Hooker
- Double Trouble - Otis Rush
- Row Your Boat - Charles Clark
- Roll You Moneymaker - Shakey Jake
- This Is The End - Buddy Guy
- Number Nine Train - Tarheel Slim
- Kansas City - Jimmy Witherspoon
- I'm In The Mood - John Lee Hooker


cd 3
- Bad Luck And Trouble - Boogie Jake
- No More Doggin' - Rosco Gordon
- Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Jimmy Reed
- Rockin' The House - Memphis Slim
- Just A Little Bit - Rosco Gordon
- Fannie Mae - Buster Brown
- Somebody's Doin' Me Wrong - Edgar Blanchard
- Little By Little - Junior Wells
- Will My Man Be Home Tonight? - Lillian Offitt
- You Don't Have To Go - Sam Myers
- Messin' With The Kid - Junior Wells
- Blue Guitar - Earl Hooker
- Sittin' Here Drinkin' - Christine Kitrell
- You Don't Love Me - Willie Cobbs
- Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed
- Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
- Got Me A Louisiana Woman - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Shake Your Moneymaker - Elmore James
- Mean Old Frisco - Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
- My Baby's Sweet - Homesick James
- It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James
- Too Many Cooks - Jesse Fortune
- Cut You A-Loose - Rick Allen
- You Better Stop - Andrew Brown


cd 4
- Rough Dried Woman, Pt. 1 - Big Mac
- Ain't Broke Ain't Hungry - Polka Dot Slim
- Figure Head - Lonnie Brooks
- The Way I Feel - Detroit Junior
- Southern Country Boy - Carter Brothers
- Out Of Bad Luck - Magic Sam
- Ride With Your Daddy Tonight - Frank Frost
- Say You're Leavin' - Fenton Robinson
- She's Crazy 'bout Entertainers - Jerry Mccain
- Hard Times - Young, Mighty Joe
- Rambling Woman - Johnny 'Big Moose' Walker
- Put It All In There - George 'Wild Child' Butler
- Long Way From Home - Lightnin' Hopkins
- Rock Me Baby - Ike And Tina Turner
- Cummins Prison Farm - Calvin Leavy
- Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
- Shakin' Hands With The Judge - Little Joe Blue
- My Baby - Lowell Fulson
- High Cost Of Livin' - Al King
- It's My Fault Darling - Little Johnny Taylor
- Go And Help Yourself - Albert Washington
- Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man, Pt. 1 - Bobby Rush
- Spider In My Stew - Buster Benton
- Food Stamp Blues - Eddie Lang


compiled by Les Fancourt
4 CD set

Charly CD 3 (UK)
1101996Big Joe Williams
Giant Of The 9-String Guitar


- Little Leg Woman
- Providence Help The Poor People
- 49 Highway Blues
- Stepfather Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Wild Cow Blues
- Stack Of Dollars
- I Know You Gonna Miss Me
- Brother James
- Rootin' Ground Hog
- I Won't Be In Hard Luck No More
- Meet Me Around The Corner
- Crawlin' King Snake
- I'm Getting Wild About Her
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Please Don't Go
- Break 'Em On Down
- Highway 49
- Someday Baby
- His Spirit Lives On
- Vitamin A Blues
- Somebody's Been Worryin'
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EPM Musique CD BC158552
= Jazz Archives CD 158552
1111996Big Joe Williams / Blind Willie McTell
Wild Cow Blues


Big Joe Williams
- Stack O'Dollars
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Providence Help The Poor People
- 49 Highway
- I Know That You're Gonna Miss Me
- Borrowing That Stuff
- Stepfather Blues
- Worried Man Blues
- Wild Cow Blues
Blind Willie McTell
- Statesboro Blues
- Three Women Blues
- Loving Talking Blues
- Love Changing Blues
- Stole Rider Blues
- Drive Away Blues
- Mr. McTell Got The Blues


Magnum MACD 077
111a1996Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 1
15 Down Home Country Blues Classics

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

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



Arhoolie CD 101
1121997Big Joe Williams
Sugar Mama


- Don't Want No Big Fat Women
- Ride In My New Car
- Goin' Away, Won't Be Back 'til Fall
- Sloppy Drunk Blues
- Sugar Mama
- Nobody Knows You (When You're Down And Out)
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Sinking Blues
- Put On Your Nitecap Baby
- Bye Bye Baby Blues
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Blue Dog Records /
KRB Music 5156-2
1131998Big Joe Williams
Baby Please Don't Go


- Little Leg Woman
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
- 49 Highway Blues
- Stepfather Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Stack of Dollars
- I Know You Gonna Miss Me
- Crawlin' King Snake
- Throw a Boogie Woogie
- Please Don't Go
- Highway 49
- Someday Baby
- Break 'Em on Down
- Drop Down Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Mellow Apples
- Wild Cow Moan
- P Vine Blues
- King Biscuit Stomp
- I'm a Highway Man
- Banta Rooster Blues
- House Lady Blues
- Don't Leave Me Here

rec. 1935 - 1947

notes by
Hannes Folterbauer
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Wolf CD WBJ 003

1141998Big Joe Williams
These Are My Blues


- Baby Please Don't Go
- Man Amongst Men
- Sun Never Go Down
- Mellow Peaches
- '56 Plymouth
- Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
- These Are My Blues (Gonna Sing 'Em For Myself)
- Put On Your Nightcap
- Highway 49
- Bottle Up And Go
- Low Down Dirty Shame
- Sloppy Drunk Blues
- Vitamin A Blues
- You Are My Sunshine
- Boogie Chillen
- Don't Want No Arkansas Woman
- Rock Me Mama

rec. live at Rockford College in 1965
notes by Frank Scott
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Testament TCD 6010
1151998The Best Of Big Joe Williams
Ramblin' And Wanderin'


- Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Sinking Blues
- Put On Your Nightcap Baby
- Bye Bye Baby Blues
- Don't Want No Evil Woman
- Ride In My New Car Blues
- Goin' Away Wont Be Back Till Fall
- Sloppy Drunk Blues
- Sugar Mama
- 44 Blues
- Terraplane Blues
- Razor Sharp Blues
- Chain Gang Blues
- Everybody's Blues
- Great Gospel Blues (Right On That Shore)
- I've Been Scorned
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Saturday Night Jump
- Pick A Pickle
- Ramblin' And Wanderin' Blues
- Old Saw Mill Blues
- Paso Blues
- Don't You Leave Me Here
notes by Peter Noble

Aim CD 11 (Australia)
1161998Down Home Slide

- That's All Right # Robert Nighthawk
- I Know She Didn't Love Me # John Henry Barbee
- Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed # Mississippi Fred McDowell, Annie Mae McDowell

- Roll Me Over Slow # Big Joe Williams
- Everything Gonna Be Alright # Robert Nighthawk
- John Henry # Elijah Brown
- Jackson Town Eddie Taylor
- Mad & Evil # George Coleman
- I'm On My Way To Canaan Land # Blind Connie Williams

- Which Way My Baby Go # Big Joe Williams
- Hoodoo Snake Doctor Blues Johnny Shines
- Slidin' John Littlejohn

- Walk On, Little Girl # Big Joe Williams
- Poor Boy Long Way From Home Arthur Weston
- Anna Lee # Robert Nighthawk
- Sweet Home Chicago David Honeyboy Edwards
- I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion # Mississippi Fred McDowell

- My Lonesome Bed # Big Joe Williams
- Key To The Highway # Blind Connie Williams

Testament CD 6009
1171999Big Joe Williams and Friends
Going Back To Crawford


- Back Home Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Saturday Night Women
- Been In Crawford Too Long
- Sugar Diabetes Blues
- Run Here Jailer With The Key
- Take Me Out of the Bottom
- Bird Nest
- Corrina
- I Walked All Night Long
- Sugar On The Bottom
- Bad Luck
- Checkin' Out
- My Last Girl-Don't Treat Her Wrong!
- Can't Listen No More
- Don't Stay Long
- I'm Wild About My Jelly Roll
- Moanin' 'Fo Day
- I'm Leavin' This Town
- I Don't Know Why
- My Baby Stopped Drinking Water
- Good Times Here, Better Down The Road
- Shake It Enough For Me
- Mary Frances
- My Baby Don't Stand No Foolin'
- She Have Broken My Heart
rec. Crawford, Miss. in 1971

Big Joe Williams, voc, g
Austen Pete, voc, g, second g
John “Shortstuff” Macon,
voc, (rattling) g
Glover Lee Connor, voc
Amelia Johnson, voc

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Arhoolie CD 9015

1181999Big Joe Williams
Crawlin' King Snake


- Bad And Weakhearted Blues
- I'm Getting Wild About Her
- North Wind Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- My Grey Pony
- Wild Cow Blues
- Vitamin A Blues
- Peach Orchard Mama
- Jivin' Woman
- Throw A Boogie Woogie
- Little Leg Woman
- House Lady Blues
- Crawlin' King Snake
- She's A Married Woman
- Stack Of Dollars
- Break 'Em On Down
- Providence Help The Poor People
- Someday Baby
- Somebody's Been Borrowing That Stuff
- Worried Man Blues
- His Spirit Lives On

Catfish KATCD 128
118a1999Broke, 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)
1192000Big Joe Williams and Friends

- Delta Blues [Big Joe Williams]
- 1951 Blues [Luther Huff]
- Mama Don't Allow Me [Big Joe Williams]
- Gonna Find My Baby [Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup]
- She Left Me A Mule To Ride [Big Joe Williams]
- Dirty Disposition [Luther Huff]
- Bad Heart Blues [Big Joe Williams]
- Bulldog Blues [Luther Huff]
- Juanita [Big Joe Williams]
- Rosalee [Luther Huff]
- Friends And Pals [Big Joe Williams]
- Make A Little Love [Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup]
- Over Hauling Blues [Big Joe Williams]
- Catfish Blues [Bobo Thomas]
- Whistling Pines [Big Joe Williams]
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Cleopatra
Purple Pyramid CLP 834
1202000A Shot In The Dark
Nashville Jumps

Blues & Rhythm on Nashville’s Independent Labels, 1945-1955

disc 3:
- Private Property Blues - Don Q And His Q Tones
- Baby I Don't Need You Now - Don Q And His Q Tones

- Jivin' Woman - Joe Williams [Bullet 337]

- She's A Married Woman - Joe Williams [Bullet 337]
- I Just Can't Help it - Walter Davis
- Bullet Boogie - Cecil Gant
- So Tired - Cecil Gant
- Take It And Get - Cecil Gant
- Lonely Nights - Walter Davis
- Chili-Dogs - Dusty Brooks
- Don't Get Excited - Tucker Coles
- T C Blues - Tucker Coles
- My Baby Left Me - Little Eddie
- Darling You Know I Love You - Little Eddie
- House Rockers Jamboree - Tucker Coles
- Why Don't You Let Me Be - J.D. Horton
- Cadillac Blues - J.D. Horton
- Don't Let That Music Die - Big Three Trio
- Till The Day I Die - Big Three Trio
- Goodbye Mr. Blues - Big Three Trio
- Why Do You Do Me Like You Do - Big Three Trio
- Appetite Blues - Big Three Trio
- Raid On Cedar Street - Tom Douglas
- Payday Lover - Vivian Verson
- I Want To Know - Vivian Verson
- Feelin' Sad - Eddie Jones
- Certainly All - Eddie Jones
- Every Monday Morning Blues - Walter 'Tang' Smith
- High Tone Mama - Walter 'Tang' Smith


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Bear Family BCD 15864-HL
(8 CD Boxed Set)
1212001Big Joe Williams
Absolutely The Best


- Cottage Grove **
- Meet Me In The Bottom **
- Bessemer Baby **
- Baby Please Don't Go (track 1) **
- Baby Please Don't Go (track 2) **
- Shake Your Boogie **
- Jump Baby Jump **
- Mean Mistreater **
- Prison Bound **
- Chain Gang Blues
  (+ Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny & Brownie)
- Razor Sharp Blues
- I Feel So Worried *
- So Soon I'll Be Goin' My Way Back Home *
- Shake 'Em On Down *
- Don't You Leave Me Here *
- Fickle Pickle *
- Ramblin' And Wanderin' Blues *
- Don't The Apples Look Mellow *
- El Paso Blues*
- Shaggy Hound Blues *

** rec. 1957 by Erwin Helfer + Erwin Helfer, p

* rec. 1963

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Varese CD 061141
1222001Big Joe Williams
Highway Man


- Highway 99
- Baby, Please Don't Go, No. 2
- '72 Cadillac Blues
- Franklin Avenue Blues
- Backroad Blues
- Church Bells Ringin'
- Mean Southern Blues
- Big Joe's Hometown Blues
- Cherry Tree
- Queen Of Spades
- Down Behind The Sun
- Pea Vine Whistle
- Highway 61
- I'm Gonna Overhaul Your Machine
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Southland SCD-CD19

Southland Records
discography

1232001Lightnin' Hopkins & The Blues Summit

- Ain't Nothin' Like Whiskey #
- Penitentiary Blues #
- If You Steal My Chickens You Can't Make 'Em Lay #
- First Meeting #
- How Long Have It Been Since You Been Home #
- Wimmin From Coast to Coast #
- Right On That Shore *
- Early Morning Blues (aka Chain Gang Blues) *
- Blues For Gamblers *
- I've Been Buked And I've Been Scorned *
- Brand New Car (aka New Car Blues) *
# = World Pacific WPL
296 (1960 "Down South
Summit Meetin'"
)

* = Society SOC 1020
(1966 "Big Joe, Sonny,
Brownie, Lightnin'"
)

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Fuel 2000 CD 061101

123a2001Big Joe Williams: Jackson, Mississippi Blues

Big Joe Williams
- Delta Blues
- Mama Don't Allow Me
- She Left Me A Mule
- Bad Heart Blues
- Juanita
- Friends & Pals
- Overhauling Blues
- Whistling Pines
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup & Sonny Boy Williamson
- Gotta Find My Baby
- Make A Little Love With Me
- Gotta Find My Baby (alt tk)
- Gotta Find My Baby (alt tk)
Bobo Thomas
- Catfish Blues
Luther Huff
- 1951 Blues
- Dirty Disposition
- Bull Dog Blues
- Rosalee





P-Vine PCD 2185 (Jp 2001)
123b2001Screamin' and Hollerin' The Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton

disc 6: Charley's Orbit - Songs
- Booze And Blues - Ma Rainey
- The Crowing Rooster - Walter Rhodes
- I Will Turn Your Money Green - Furry Lewis
- Ham Hound Crave - Rube Lacy
- Bye Bye Blues - Tommy Johnson
- Maggie Campbell - Tommy Johnson
- Big Road Blues - Tommy Johnson
- Kansas City Blues - William Harris
- Rowdy Blues - Kid Bailey
- Mississippi Bottom Blues - Kid Bailey
- Cold Woman Blues - Blind Joe Reynolds
- Sitting On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks
- Just A Spoonful - Charley Jordan
- Banty Rooster - Blind Pete And George Ryan

- My Grey Pony - Big Joe Williams
- Dark Road Blues - Willie Lofton Trio
- Blues - Unknown Convict
- Sic 'Em Dogs On - Bukka White
- Po' Boy - Bukka White
- Make Me A Pallet on the Floor - Willie Brown
- County Farm Blues - Son House
- Saddle My Pony - The Howlin' Wolf
- Forty Four - The Howlin' Wolf
- Too Close - Roebuck "Pops" Staples & Staple Singers

7-CD album

Revenant RVN-CD-212
1242002Big Joe Williams
Meet Me Around The Corner






Past Perfect CD 205752
125200?Big Joe Williams
The Final years


- Tailor Made Woman
- Highway 49
- Back Door
- Whistling Pine Blues
- Sunny Road Blues
- A Change Gotta Be Made
- No Special Rider Blues
- Baby Please Don't Go
- I Belive I'll Make A Change
- You're Dogging Me
- New Car Blues
- Black Rat Blues
- Mama Don't Allow Me
- Down On Mr. Mace George's Farm
- Meet Me In The Bottom
- Muscle Shoals Blues
- Big Road Blues

rec. Sept. 1979 at Muscle Shoals Studios
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Gitanes Jazz/Verve
519-943-2 (F)
1262003Big Joe Williams: I Got Wild

- Coffeehouse Blues * (3:23)
- Angel Child * (2:58)
- studio talk (1:45) || #
- P-Vine Blues (4:04) || #
- Bull Cow Blues * (2:42)
- So Much Wine * (3:16)
- studio talk (0:45) || #
- Studio Blues || # (4:20)
- She Are My Sunshine [sic] * (2:34)
- Arkansas Woman [alt tk] * (3:46)
- studio talk || # (2:38)
- That Thing's in Town [alt tk] || *(4:03)
- Desert Blues § (3:25)
- I Got Wild § (2:59)
- Prison Bound § (3:30)
- Midnight Creep § (2:52)
- G.M. & O Blues § (3:43)
- Interview § (1:41)
- I'm Tired [] (4:43)
- Back Door [] (2:47)

[] rec. January 10/11, 1958 in St. Louis, MO by Bob Koester; Big Joe Williams, voc, sp, g; with Bob Koester & Paul Bridenbach
§ rec. February 18, 1958 in St. Louis, MO by Bob Koester; Big Joe Williams, voc, g
* rec. July 13, 1961 in Chicago, IL by Bob Koester; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; || Ransom Knowling, b, sp
# rec. July 20, 1961 in Chicago, IL by Bob Koester; Big Joe Williams, voc, g; || Ransom Knowling, b, sp
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Delmark DE-767
1272004I Blueskvarter Chicago 1964, Volume Three

CD One
Snooks Eaglin
- Yours Truly
- Pine Top's Boogie Woogie
- My Babe
- Let Me Go Home, Whiskey
- Careless Love
- Rock Island Line
- CC Rider
- I'm Looking For A Woman
- Hello Dolly
- Lonesome Road
Babe Stovall
- Good Morning Blues
- Candy Man
- Fo' Day Blues
- Gonna Move To Kansas City
Johnny Moment
- Keep Our Business To Yourself
- You Got To Mind How To Treat Someone Else
Will Shade
- I Got The Blues So Bad
- I Can't Stand It
Furry Lewis
- Baby, I Know You Don't Love Me
Earl Bell
- Travellin' Man
- Terraplane Blues
Moose Williams
- Mother Keep Your Light Burning High In The Window



CD Two
Willie Mabon
- Somebody's Got To Pay
Big Walter Horton
- West Side Blues
- Tin Pan Alley
- This Is It
Sunnyland Slim
- Prison Bound
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Hot Potatoes
- One Room Country Shack
Little Brother Montgomery
- Vicksburg Blues
Johnny Young
- You Got Bad Blood, I Think You Need A Shoot
Washboard Sam
- Mama Don't Allow

Big Joe Williams
- Rootin' Groundhog
- Southern Blues
- King's Highway Blues
Champion Jack Dupree
- Improvisations and Interview
- Drive 'em Down Special
- Improvisations and Interview
- I Feel Like A Millionaire
- Improvisations and Interview
- Barrelhouse Woman
- Improvisations and Interview
2 CD set




Jefferson Records
SBACD 12658/9

1282005Blues With A Message

- I Have To Paint My Face - Sam Chatman
- John Henry - John Jackson
- Walked Down So Many Turn Rows - Mercy Dee
- Tom Moore's Farm - Mance Lipscomb
- Tom Moore Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins
- River Blues - Lowell Fulson
- Levee Camp Blues - Fred McDowell
- The 1919 Influenza Blues - Essie Jenkins
- Why I Like Roosevelt - Willie Eason
- Little Soldier Boy - Doctor Ross
- Prisoner's Talking Blues - Robert Pete Williams
- I Got To Climb A High Mountain - Johnie Lewis
- Depression Blues - Herman E. Johnson
- Stockyard Blues - Johnny Young/Big Walter Horton
- What Will I Tell The Children - Juke Boy Bonner
- It's Enough - Juke Boy Bonner
- Things Gonna Get Better - Bee Houston

- Back Home Blues - Big Joe Williams
notes by Paul Oliver

Arhoolie CD 510
1292005Lightnin' Hopkins: Blues Man - Collector's Edition

disc 1: Texas Electric Blues Sessions
- Mr. Charlie - Give Me Time To Think
- Fox Chase
- Mr. Ditta's Grocery Store
- Open Up Your Door
- Baby Child
- Cookings Down
- Got Her Letter This Morning
- Rain Falling
- Mini Skirt
- Conversation With Mr. Hopkins
- Black Ghost / Ease My Pain


disc 2: California Country Blues Sessions
- Ain't Nothin' Like Whiskey #
- Penitentiary Blues #
- If You Steal My Chickens You Can't Make 'Em Lay #
- First Meeting #
- How Long Have It Been Since You Been Home #
- Wimmin From Coast to Coast #
- Right On That Shore *
- Early Morning Blues (aka Chain Gang Blues) *
- Blues For Gamblers *
- I've Been Buked And I've Been Scorned *
- Brand New Car (aka New Car Blues) *
# = World Pacific WPL
296 (1960 "Down South
Summit Meetin'"
)

* = Society SOC 1020
(1966 "Big Joe, Sonny,
Brownie, Lightnin'"
)

2 CD set
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Fuel 2000 CD 061477

1302007Big Joe Williams: Shake Your Boogie
Live at the Old Capitol Building, Jackson, Mississippi, 1974

- Shake Your Boogie
- Death Of Dr. Martin Luther King #
- Taylor Made Baby #
- Sloppy Drunk
- Please Come On Home To Me #
- Annie Mae #
- Banty Rooster Blues
- Rusty Can Blues #
- Some Other Man Blues #
- Baby, Please Don't Go
- Don't Your Plums Look Mellow, Hanging Up On Your Tree #
- Bull Cow Blues #
- Someday Baby #

rec. live at the Old Capitol Building, Jackson, Mississippi, Nov. 22, 1974

# not on LP 120.918

(=) Wolf 120.918 (1988)"Live 1974"

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Wolf CD 120.916

1312012Juke 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, pp. 578-582
- http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/ebony.html - Ebay auctions
- diverse other internet resources

thanks to Scott Barretta, Helge Thygesen, Mark Sinclair Harris, Marc Claes, Ray Templeton, and Oliver Kostrinsky for additional information / scans

 

Big Joe Williams' trunk
Big Joe Williams' trunk
(picture from the book 'Michael Bloomfield: Unterwegs mit Big Joe'; photographer: Axel Küstner)

 

Bob Dylan, Victoria Spivey, Len Kunstadt, Big Joe Williams; Photograph Bobbie Hickey
Bob Dylan, Victoria Spivey, Len Kunstadt, Big Joe Williams
(picture from Big Joe's Spivey session; photographer: Bobbie Hickey)

 

Big Joe Williams' 9-string guitar
He said that when he'd take a break, people'd be over there messin' with his guitar. He said, "That's what got me to start puttin' strings on my guitar." He said, "I put the seventh string on there" - being the double E - "and that messed up most of 'em for a while. But then one guy kept comin' 'round, and he got used to that extra string. I thought to myself, 'I gotta mess him up a little bit more.' I put the double B on it. I stumped him for a while, but he got used to that. I thought to myself, 'Well, I'm gonna really trick you this time. I'm gonna double the D string, the fourth string.' He couldn't handle it, and he never messed with my guitar again."
Now one thing to keep in mind is that some people think that Big Joe added an octave D on there, like a 12-string, but they were doubled. I used to fix Big Joe's guitars for him, and it was a unison string. When he'd play a 12-string, he'd use octaves in the traditional manner. But on his nine-strings, the strings were always unison. Very few people know this, but Big Joe had two nine-string tunings. He called one "Spanish tuning," which was an open G that he'd capo at the second fret to hit his key. Then he had another G variation. He called it "open G with a 10 chord bass." Sometimes he would call it the "10 card bass." What it was, he'd lower the bottom D when he'd tune the bottom string to a D. He'd drop it on down to a B and make bass runs on it. I think what he was doing was he was calling it a "10 chord bass" at first, and some people didn't understand what he was saying. He started calling it a "10 card bass." He adopted that designation for it too, 'cause they would be looking at it as 10 cards, as in a poker game. He'd go, "Yeah, that fits with what I got in mind too." He'd only tune it down like that once in a while. That's the story of the nine-string.

from D. Thomas Moon: The Verdict Of Big Joe Williams.-
Blues Access No. 33 (Spring 1998), p. 20-28

 

Big Joe Williams playing his nine-string guitar; photographer: Ray Flerlage
Big Joe Williams playing his nine-string guitar
(source: front cover of 77 LA 12/19); photographer: Ray Flerlage

Big Joe Williams playing his nine-string guitar; enlargement of picture above; click to further enlarge !
detail of picture above; click to further enlarge !

Big Joe Williams playing his nine-string guitar; photographer: David Gahr; click to enlarge !
Big Joe Williams playing his nine-string guitar; click to enlarge !
(source: front cover of Stefan Grossman featuring Rory Block: How To Play Blues Guitar.- Kicking Mule KM 109)
photographer: David Gahr

Hammie Nixon and Big Joe Williams 1980; photographer: Axel Küstner
Hammie Nixon and Big Joe Williams 1980
(source: D. Thomas Moon: The Verdict Of Big Joe Williams.- Blues Access No. 33 (Spring 1998), p. 20-28)
photographer: Axel Küstner

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enlargement of picture above; click to further enlarge !

my interpretation of what's to be seen above (second D string missing !)
my interpretation of what's to be seen above (second D string missing !)

 

Leo Bruin: Malvina My Sweet Woman - The Story of Big Joe Williams; click to enlarge !
Leo Bruin: Malvina My Sweet Woman
- The Story of Big Joe Williams
Munich Records, Holland, 1975
Michael Bloomfield: Unterwegs mit Big Joe
Michael Bloomfield: Unterwegs mit Big Joe
(German edition of 'Me and Big Joe')
Jürgen A. Schmitt Publikationen, Frankfurt a. M., 1982

Big Joe Williams tribute by eRIC Leblanc

Japanese Editions of Big Joe Williams records

"Baby Please Don't Go (Origins of a Blues)" by Max Haymes

handbill 2; click to enlarge !
Vulcan Gas Company Concert Dance Handbill. Issued to advertise a show with Big Joe Williams & band New Atlantis January 17th & 18th, Fri-Sat 9pm-2am, 1969 316 Congress Austin, Texas
handbill 1; click to enlarge !
Handbill used to promote a pair of shows featuring Big Joe Williams & Georgtown Medical Band. These shows took place May 30 & 31, 1969 at the historic Vulcan Gas Co. in Austin, Texas

 

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