R O B E R T   P E T E   W I L L I A M S; source: Front cover of Fantasy 24716; photographer: Lee Friedlander
source: Front cover of Fantasy 24716; photographer: Lee Friedlander

Robert Pete Williams
b. March 14, 1914 at Mr. Anderson's Place in Zachary, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
d. December 31, 1980 at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

buried at Southern Memorial Gardens, Blount Road, Baton Rouge
discography
R O B E R T   P E T E   W I L L I A M S; source: Front cover of Arhoolie 2015; photographer: Harry Oster
source: Front cover of Arhoolie 2015
photographer: Harry Oster
This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Robert Pete Williams 45 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11959Robert Pete Williams, Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey: Angola Prisoners' Blues

Robert Pete Williams
- Levee Camp Blues §
- Prisoner's Talking Blues #
- Motherless Children Have A Hard Time §
- Some Got Six Months #
- I'm Lonesome Blues #
Hogman Maxey
- Stagolee #
- Black Night Fallin' #
Guitar Welch
- Electric Chair Blues #
- I'm Gonna Leave You Mama #

§ on Arhoolie CD 394
# on Arhoolie CD 419

rec. 1959 at Angola State Penitentiary, Louisiana by Harry Oster




Louisiana Folklore Society
LFS A-3


= Collector JGN 1003
(UK 1961)


= Arhoolie R 2011 (1970)
Angola Prisoner's Blues


Arhoolie CD 419

Arhoolie discography

21959Prison Worksongs

Rodney Mason, Rev. Rogers & Roosevelt Charles
- Berta
Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey & Andy Mosley
- Take This Hammer
Rev. Rogers, Rodney Mason & Smith
- Stewball
Odea Mathews
- Five Long Years for One Man
Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey & Andy Mosley
- Alberta Let Your Bangs Grow Long
James Russel & Gang
- I Had Five Long Years
Johnny Butler & Gang
- Early In The Mornin'

Roosevelt Charles, Davis & Rodney Mason
- All Teamed Up in Angola's Mule Lot
Willy Rafus & Gang
- I Got a Hurtin' In My Right Side
Rodney Mason, Willy Rafus & Davis
- Let Your Hammer Ring
Willy Rafus, Andy Mosley & Johnny Butler
- Cleaning This Highway

Guitar Welch, Hogman Maxey & Robert Pete Williams
- John Henry
Odea Mathews
- Something Within Me
Murray Macon
- Jesus Cares


on CD only:
Emanuel Dunn
- Working On The Levee (Part 1)
- Working On The Levee (Part 2)
Big Louisiana
- Take This Hammer
Creola Scott/Ceola Scott
- Pickin' Cotton All Day Long
Emanuel Dunn
- My Mule "Grey"


rec. 1959 at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana by Harry Oster
notes by Harry Oster
& Chris Strachwitz

Louisiana Folklore Society
LFS A-5


= Collector JGN 1006
(UK 196?)


= Arhoolie R 2012


Arhoolie CD 448

Arhoolie discography

31959Angola Prison Spirituals

Andy Mosely & Robert Pete Williams
- I'm On My Way
Robert Pete Williams
- Church On Fire With The Word Of God
Robert "Guitar" Welch
- What Shall I Do
Angola Quartet
- Brother Norah

Tom Dutson & Robert Pete Williams
- Little School Song
Robert Pete Williams
- Dyin' Soul
Roosevelt Charles
- Let My People Go


Robert Pete Williams
- So Much Is Happenin' In The News
Tom Dutson & Robert Pete Williams
- Dig My Grave With A Silver Spade
Andy Mosely & "Hogman" Maxey
- Brother Mosely Crossed The Water
Angola Quartet No. 2
- I'm Stranded On The Banks Of Jordan

Robert Pete Williams
- I'm Goin' Back With Him When He Comes
Rev. Benjamin E. Osborne
- The Old Ship Of Zion


CD bonus tracks:
Robert Pete Williams
- When I Lay My Burden Down
Angola Quartet
- See How They Done My Lord
- Be With Me Jesus
Angola Vocal Group
- Rise And Fly
Andy Mosely & "Hogman" Maxey
- I Know I Got Religion
- Jesus
Angola Choir
- I Take Jesus (Do Lord, Remember Me)
- Each Day (Life's Evening Sun)r
- Steal Away


rec. 1959 at Angola State Penitentiary, LA by Harry Oster

Dr. Harry Oster Recordings discography

notes by Harry Oster






Louisiana Folklore Society
LFS A-6

notes by Harry Oster
click to enlarge !

click to enlarge !
= 77 LA 12/13 (UK)

77 Records discography

notes by Harry Oster
& Chris Strachwitz

= Arhoolie CD 9036 (2003)

3a196?ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS

- Letter From The Penitentiary (Part One) (5003A)
- Letter From The Penitentiary (Part Two) (5003B)

rec. March 21, 1959 at Angola State Penitentiary, LA by Harry Oster; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
7 inch 45 rpm





AMA 503
41963






Robert Pete Williams: Those Prison Blues

Folk Lyric FL 109 // 77 LA 12/17 track sequence:
- I'll Be Glad When I'm From Behind Iron Walls
- Louise #
- Blue In Me §
- Come Here Baby, Tell Me What Is Wrong With You #
- I Got The Blues So Bad §
- Boogy Woman []

- Pardon Renied (Denied) Again #
- Army Blues []
- Blues In The Dark
- Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
- Angola Special #

Arhoolie R 2015 track sequence:
- Pardon Denied Again #
- This Wild Old Life #
- Texas Blues #
- Up And Down Blues #
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- I'm Blue As A Man Can Be #
- Louise #
- Blue In Me §
- I Got The Blues So Bad §
- Come Here Baby, Tell Me What Is Wrong With You #

green = track on both LPs
# re-released on Arhoolie CD 394
§ re-released on Arhoolie CD 395

rec. 1959 & 1960 at Angola State Penitentiary, LA by Harry Oster and Richard Allen; Robert Pete Williams, voc, 6- or 12-str g; Hogman Maxey, 12-str g
cover photo by Harry Oster







notes by Harry Oster



Folk Lyric FL 109
(US 1963)

notes by Harry Oster
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= 77 LA 12/17 (UK 1963)

77 Records discography

notes by Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie R 2015 (US 1971)


Arhoolie CD 394  "I'm
Blue As A Man Can Be"

(US 1994)


Arhoolie CD 395  "When
A Man Takes The Blues"

(US 1994)

Arhoolie discography

5196?Country Negro Jam Session

Butch Cage & Willie Thomas
- 44 Blues
- Who Broke The Lock
- It's The Sign Of The Judgement
- Jelly Roll
- Brown Skin Woman

Robert Pete Williams & Guitar Welch, 2nd g
- Mississippi Heavy Water Blues   @ youtube

Clarence Edwards
- Smokes Like Lightning
- You Don't Love Me
Ben Douglas
- Foxhunt
Sally Dotson
- Your Dice Won't Pass
Rebecca Smith etc.
- I've Got Religion
Smokey Baby
- Going Downtown Boogie
Leon Strickland
- I Won't Be Your Low Down Dog No More

on CD only:
Butch Cage & Willie B Thomas
- The Piano Blues
Smoky Babe
- Cotton Field Blues
Otis Webster
- The Farm Blues
- The Boss Man Blues
Butch Cage & Willie B Thomas
- Whoa Mule!
Otis Webster
- Boll Weevil Blues
Clarence Edwards/Cornelius Edwards/Butch Cage
- Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas
- Dead And Gone
- Called For You Yesterday
- Me & My Chauffeur
- Baby Please Don't Go


rec. by Harry Oster




Folk Lyric FL 111




= Arhoolie R 2018


Arhoolie CD 372

Arhoolie discography

61961


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Robert Pete Williams: Free Again

- Free Again   @ youtube
- Almost Dead Blues   @ youtube
- Rolling Stone   @ youtube
- Two Wings   @ youtube
- A Thousand Miles From Nowhere   @ youtube

- Thumbing A Ride   @ youtube
- I've Grown So Ugly   @ youtube
- Death Blues   @ youtube
- Hobo Worried Blues   @ youtube
- Hay Cutting Song   @ youtube

rec. by Harry Oster
Fantasy F24716 re-mastered 1973 by Mike Reese

Snooks Eaglin discography


inner gatefold / labels of Fantasy F24716
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notes by Harry Oster
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Bluesville BVLP 1026

notes by Harry Oster
click to enlarge !
= Prestige PR/PRT 7808
(US 1970)
"electronically remastered for stereo"


= OBCCD-553-2

OBC discography

notes by Robert Shelton
click to enlarge !

click to enlarge !
= Fantasy F24716 (1973)
(along with BVLP 1046
Snooks Eaglin)
"Rural Blues"


= Ace CD CHD 705

Bluesville discography

6a1964Country Spirituals

Snooks Eaglin
- Down By The Riverside
Butch Cage, Willie Thomas & crowd
- Whe I See The Blood
Della Williams
- Motherless Children
New Orleans Street Gospel Singers
- I Will Be Your God
Otis Webster
- In My Saviours Care
Charles Henderson, Butch Cage, Willie Thomas & crowd
- Jesus On The Main Line

Rev. Pearly Brown
- If I Never See You Anymore
Andy Mosely, George Williams & Hogman Maxey
- I Know I Got Religion
Otis Webster
- This Little Light Of Mine
Angola Quartet
- Be With Me Jesus

Robert Pete Williams
- I'm Glad My Mother Teached Me How To Pray   @ youtube
Rev. Pearly Brown
- Nobody's Fault But Mine
Butch Cage, Willie Thomas & crowd
- If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again


rec. by Harry Oster
notes by Harry Oster
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click to enlarge !
Storyville SLP 135

Storyville discography

71965The Blues at Newport 1964 Part 1

Fred McDowell
- Lord I'm Going Down South
- Highway 61
- If The River Was Whiskey
Sleepy John Estes
- Sleepy John's Twist
- Mailman Blues
- Drop Down Mama
- Clean Up At Home

Doc Reese
- Old Hannah
- Hey Rattler
- Oh My Lord

Robert Pete Williams
- Levee Camp Blues
- On My Way From Texas
- Midnight Boogie

rec. July 23-26 1964 live at the Newport Folk Festival
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Vanguard VRS 9180 (mono)
= VSD 79180 (stereo)
81965Traditional Music at Newport 1964 - Part 2

Clayton McMichen with Frank Wakefield
- Old Joe Clark
- Bile Them Cabbage Down
Phipps Family
- Anchored His Love
- God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign

Robert Pete Williams
- Bull Dog Blues
Seamus Ennis
- Did The Rum-Do-Daddy
- Piper On The Hearth
- What'll Ye Do
- Father's Maid
Prank Proffitt
- My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains
- Poor Man
Georgia Sea Island Singers
- Down In The Mire

Mississippi John Hurt
- Coffee Blues
Glenn Ohrlin
- Montana Is My Home
- The Chickens They Grow Tall
Jean Ritchie
- 'Tis The Gift To Be Simple
- Goin' To Boston
Almeda Riddle
- The Hangman
Phoeba and Roscoe Parsons
- Sourwood Mountain
- Shortening Bread
Reverend Robert Wilkins
- I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
- Thank You Jesus (with the Georgia Sea Island Singers)


rec. July 23-26 1964 live at the Newport Folk Festival
click to enlarge !
Vanguard VRS 9183 (mono)
= VSD 79183 (stereo)
91966Robert Pete Williams:
Louisiana Blues


Takoma LP track sequence:
- Somebody Help Poor Me
- Freight Train Blues
- It's Hard To Tell
- I'm Going Down Slow
- Motherless Children Have A Hard Time

- Ugly
- So Long Boogie
- This Is A Mean Old World To Me
- High As I Want To Be
- It's A Long Road

Vanilla OMP track sequence:
- Freight Train Blues
- High As I Want To Be
- I'm Going Slow
- It's A Long Old Road
- It's Hard To Tell
- Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
- So Long Boogie
- Somebody Help Poor Me
- This Is A Mean Old World To Me
- Ugly

rec. July 1966 in Berkeley, Ca.; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
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Takoma B 1011

click to enlarge !
= Takoma ST-72711


= Ace CDTAK 1011

Takoma discography


= AIM CD 1014
(Australia 1999)
"It's A Long Old Road"


= Vanilla OMP (2010)
"Freight Train Blues"

9a1966Son House & Robert Pete Williams: Live!

Son House
- Depot Agent Blues *
- County Farm Blues *
- The Pony Blues *
- Death Letter Blues *


Robert Pete Williams
- I'm A Poor Boy Long Ways From Home #
- Workin' Woman Blues #
- I'm Down On My Knees #
- Oh Lord Please Help Me On My Way #
- I'm Drunk Now # []

* rec. 1964 [1965] live in Rochester, NY; Son House, voc, g

# rec. October 1966 live in Hinterbrühl, Austria; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g; [] Sleepy John Estes & Yank Rachell, sp



Roots SL 501 (Austria)
= Autogram SL 501 (G 2005)

Roots discography

101966American Folk Blues Festival '66

Vol. 1: Amiga 855114
Roosevelt Sykes
- Running The Boogie
Otis Rush
- All Your Love
Little Brother Montgomery
- I Keep On Drinking
Sleepy John Estes
- You Shouldn't Do It
Big Joe Turner
- Roll 'Em Pete

Junior Wells
- Sheckin' (sic!) On My Baby
- Vietnam Blues #
Sippie Wallace
- Suitcase Blues

Robert Pete Williams
- Midnight Boogie #
Big Joe Turner
- Flip, Flop And Fly

Vol. 2: Amiga 855126
Otis Rush
- It Takes Time #
Roosevelt Sykes
- Night Time Is The Right Time #
Otis Rush
- My Own Fault
Little Brother Montgomery
- Pinetop's Boogie Woogie #
Sleepy John Estes
- Yellow Jam Blues #

Junior Wells
- Over Yonders Walls #
Sippie Wallace
- Women Keep Your Mouth Shut #
Junior Wells
- A Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson

Robert Pete Williams
- Louise
Big Joe Turner
- Feeling Happy #

# not on Fontana 885 431 BY

Fontana 885 431 BY
Roosevelt Sykes
- Running The Boogie
Otis Rush
- All Your Love
Little Brother Montgomery
- I Keep On Drinking
Sleepy John Estes
- You Shouldn't Do It
Otis Rush
- My Own Fault

Junior Wells
- Checkin' On My Baby
- A Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson
Sippie Wallace
- Suitcase Blues

Robert Pete Williams
- Louise
Big Joe Turner
- Flip, Flop And Fly
- Roll 'Em Pete

rec. October 16, 1966 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, East-Berlin

American Folk Blues Festival discography

notes by Karlheinz Drechsel
click to enlarge !

click to read notes (in German) !
Vol. 1 Amiga 855114
(DDR 1969)

= Amiga CD 82876-63060-2
(2004)

notes by Karlheinz Drechsel
click to enlarge !

click to read notes (in German) !
Vol. 2 Amiga 855126
(DDR 1969)

click to enlarge !

click to read track list !
= Amiga CD 82876-63061-2
(2004)

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click to enlarge !
Fontana 885 431 BY


Philips/Phonogram
SFL-7386 (1969)
American Folk Blues
Festival 65-66


L+R 42.069
= LR CD-2069

L + R discography

10a1968Bye Bye, Bird ...
Solo Blues

Sonny Boy Williamson
- Bye Bye Bird

Robert Pete Williams
- Midnight Boogie
Little Brother Montgomery
- Vicksburg Blues
Willie Dixon
- Big Legged Woman
Sonny Boy Williamson
- In My Own Little Cabin

Sunnyland Slim
- Leavy [sic] Camp Moan
Sonny Boy Williamson
- Dissatisfied
J.B. Lenoir
- Everybody Is Crying About Vietnam
Hubert Sumlin
- When I Feel Better


notes by Horst Lippmann







Scout Sc-1

Scout discography

111969Up The Country

Robert Pete Williams
- Don't The Moon Look Lonesome
Yank Rachell
- Yellow Jam Blues
Sippie Wallace
- Up The Country
Sleepy John Estes
- I'm A Tearing Little Daddy
Magic Sam Blues Band
- Back Door Friend
Roosevelt Sykes
- Boot That Thing

Roosevelt Sykes
- Night Time Is The Right Time
Sippie Wallace
- Women Be Wise
Magic Sam Blues Band
- Feeling Good
Joe Turner
- Chains Of Love
Joe Turner with Otis Rush's Blues Band
- Well Oh Well



Scout Sc-3

Scout discography

121971


Robert Pete Williams

- Farm Blues   @ Spotify
- Goodbye Slim Harpo °°   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Rub Me Until My Love Comes Down   @ Spotify
- Freight Train Blues   @ Spotify
- Got Me Way Down Here   @ Spotify
- Matchbox Blues   @ Spotify

- Railroad Blues   @ Spotify
- Tombstone Blues   @ Spotify
- Sweep My Floor   @ Spotify
- You Used To Be A Sweet Cover Shakin' Woman But You Ain't No More   @ Spotify
- Vietnam Blues   @ youtube   @ Spotify

rec. during the week of Christmas, 1970 at Maringouin, LA by Parker A. Dinkins; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
photographs by Parker Dinkins

°° Fat Possum CD 80349 bonus track
notes by Terry Pattison

Ahura Mazda AMS 2002
(US 1971)

notes by Terry Pattison







Saydisk / Ahura Mazda
AMS 2002 (UK 1971)


Ahura Mazda discography

notes by Terry Pattison

= Fat Possum CD 80349
(US 2001)

131971ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS

- Goodbye Slim Harpo #   @ youtube   @ Spotify
- Vietnam Blues   @ youtube   @ Spotify

Slim Harpo discography

7 inch 45 rpm





Ahura Mazda 45-AMS-101


Ahura Mazda discography


re-released on
Fat Possum CD 80349
(2001)

141971Robert Pete Williams & Roosevelt Sykes: Blues From The Bottoms

- Gonna Stand No Quittin' #
- Broken Hearted Man #
- Salty Woman #
- Whiskey Head Man #
click to enlarge !
- I'm The Sweet Root Man *
- Spontaneous Conversation *

- Lord Help Poor Me #
- Goodbye Faye And John #

# rec. December 12, 1971 at 1213 Bourbon Street, New Orleans by John Bentley; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
* rec. December 30, 1971 at 1213 Bourbon Street, New Orleans by John Bentley; Roosevelt Sykes, voc, g

Roosevelt Sykes discography

notes by John Bentley
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77 LEU 12/50 (UK)

77 discography

151972




Robert Pete Williams
with Big Joe Williams

Storyville SLP 225 track sequence:
- 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 #

Storyville STCD 8001 track sequence:
- Doctor Blues(3:07)
- Got On His Mind # (5:14)
- Meet Him Over In Paradise (3:41)
- Goodbye Baby # (5:03)
- It's Gotta Be Jelly 'Cause Jam Don't Shake Thataway (3:30)
- She Walked Around With Her Mouth Poked (3:04) [previously unissued]
- I Need To Be Loved (2:54) [previously unissued]
- Blues Leave Me Alone (3:19) [previously unissued]
- Texas Blues (3:12)
- Talkin' Blues (13:26)
- Greyhound Bus # (3:13)
- Put On A Show (3:18) [previously unissued]
- Take It Along With You Everywhere You Go (3:25) [previously unissued]
- Late Night Boogie (3:10) [previously unissued]

rec. March 20, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark; Robert Pete Williams, voc, 12str g, 6str g; # Big Joe Williams, kazoo
notes by
Derrick Stewart-Baxter

Storyville SLP 225
(Denmark 1972)

notes by
Derrick Stewart-Baxter

= Storyville ST 21023 (Fr)

notes by
Derrick Stewart-Baxter




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

Storyville discography


Pure Pleasure SLP 225
(UK 2008) (180 g LP)

161972The Great Blues Men

Homesick James
- Set A Date
John Lee Hooker
- Dusty Road
Sleepy John Estes
- Corinna #
Muddy Waters
- Nineteen Years Old
Jesse Fuller
- San Francisco Bay Blues
Mance Lipscomb
- Blues In G
Rev. Gary Davis
- If I Had My Way #

Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
- Key To The Highway
Otis Spann
- Burning Fire
Lightnin' Hopkins
- Cotton Field Blues
Big Bill Broonzy
- Louise, Louise Blues
Johnny Young
- Tighten Up On It
James Cotton
- Ain't Nobody's Business


Mississippi John Hurt
- Moanin' The Blues
Junior Wells
- Stormy Mnday Blues #
Johnny Shines
- Dynaflow Blues
Son House (+ Al Wilson)
- Empire State Blues #
Sonny Terry
- Mountain Blues
Joe Turner & Pete Johnson
- It's All Right, Baby

Jimmy Rushing
- How Long, How Long Blues
Skip James
- Cypress Grove Blues
J. B. Hutto
- Please Help
Fred McDowell
- Fred's Ramblin' Blues
Ida Cox
- Four Day Creep #

Robert Pete Williams
- On My Way From Texas
Otis Rush
- I't's A Mean Old World

# not on CD

DLP
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Vanguard VSD 25/26

Vanguard / King GW-203/4
(Jp 1972)

(=) Vanguard CD 25/26 (1988)

171972



Robert Pete Williams: Sugar Farm

- Better Have Your Way °°
- Louise
- When I Was Young
- My Shoes Turn Up My Feet

- The New Talking Blues Of Angola
- Two White Horses In A Line /
  See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

°° track not on Blues Beacon 631000 (1981)

rec. March 11 & 12, 1972 at the Meilhaus Studio in Munich, Germany; prod. by Peter Gleissner during the American Folk Blues Festival 1972




notes by Teddy Doering



Blues Beacon 1932 101
(Germany 1972)

notes by Teddy Doering

= Roots SL 512 (issued in a
Blues Beacon jacket)
(Austria
1972)

Roots discography


(=) Blues Beacon 631000
(Germany 1981)

= CD BLU-1000


Blues Beacon discography

18197?Robert Pete Williams: When I Lay My Burden Down

- Straighten Up
- Your Troubles Gonna Be Like Mine
- Ramblin' Man
- No One To Care For Me
- Frisky Woman

- Promise Me That
- When I Lay My Burden Down
- Sick And Lonesome
- May Rise Out Of My Tomb (instr) #
- Tippin' In On Me

rec. December 1971 in New Orleans, LA; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g, # kazoo

photography by Fay Rogers
notes by John Bentley







Southland SLP-4


Southland SCD-4
"Broken-Hearted Man"

Southland discography

191973American 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

201973Robert Pete Williams: The Legacy Of The Blues Vol. 9

- Woman Ain't No Good
- Come Here Sit Down On My Knee
- Angola Penitentiary Blues
- Late Night Boogie
- Goin' Out Have Myself A Ball

- Poor Girl Out Of The Mountain
- Grave Yard Blues
- You're My All Day Steady And My Mid-Nite Dream
- Keep Your Bad Dog Off Me

prod. by Samuel Charters

book accompanying "The Legacy Of The Blues" LP series
     
Sam Charters: The Legacy Of The Blues - (A Glimpse Into The) Art And Lives
Of Twelve Great Bluesmen.-
- UK hardback edition: London (Calder & Boyars) 1975
- UK paperback edition: London (Marion Boyars Publishers) 1975
- US hardback edition: Boston (Da Capo Press) 1977
- US paperback edition: Boston (Da Capo Paperback) 1977


Sonet SNTF 649


= GNP1 Crescendo
GNPS-10019 (1992)

20a1974The 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


book accompanying "The Legacy Of The Blues" LP series
     
Sam Charters: The Legacy Of The Blues - (A Glimpse Into The) Art And Lives
Of Twelve Great Bluesmen.-
- UK hardback edition: London (Calder & Boyars) 1975
- UK paperback edition: London (Marion Boyars Publishers) 1975
- US hardback edition: Boston (Da Capo Press) 1977
- US paperback edition: Boston (Da Capo Paperback) 1977

Sonet SNTX 1




= Crescendo GNPS 10010
(1976)

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


= GNP Crescendo (1992)

211976Great Bluesmen Newport

Robert Pete Williams
- Midnight Boogie
- Levee Camp Blues
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
- My Baby Done Changed The Lock On The Door
John Lee Hooker with Bill Lee on bass
- Tupelo
- Bus Station Blues

Son House
- Son's Blues
- Death Letter Blues #
- Pony Blues
Sleepy John Estes
- Mailman Blues
- Clean Up At Home
Doc Reese
- Hey Rattler / Oh My Lord


Mississippi John Hurt
- Sliding Delta
- Trouble, I've Had It All My Day
Skip James
- Hard Times Killing Floor Blues
- Cherry Ball Blues #
- Illinois Blues
The Reverend Gary Davis
- Death Don't Have No Mercy

Willie Doss
- Catfish Blues
- I Had A Woman
Mississippi Fred McDowell
- Lord, I'm Going Down South
- If The River Was Whiskey
Lightnin' Hopkins with Samuel Lay
- Cotten Fields Blues
- Shake That Thing

gatefold inner sleeve of Vanguard VSD 77/78
gatefold inner sleeve, left side; click to enlarge !gatefold inner sleeve, right side; click to read Maynard Solomon notes !

# note on CD 77/78: "due to compact disc time restrictions some songs on the original album are not included in this package"
DLP
notes by Maynard Solomon
click to enlarge !

click to read track list !
Vanguard VSD 77/78

click to enlarge !
King/Vanguard LAX-155
(Jp 1976)

notes by Samuel Charters
click to enlarge !
= Vanguard CD 77/78 (1991)
2 LPs on 1 CD #
Great Bluesmen At
Newport 1959-1965

22197810th Anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

- Caledonia - Clifton Chenier
- Brown Skin Girl - Irving McLean
- Ice Cream Freezer - Roosevelt Sykes
- The Breaks - Henry Butler
- Baby What You Want Me To Do - Ironing Board Sam
- Paul Barbarin's Second Line - Onward Brass Band


- Rock Me Mama - Robert Pete Williams #
- Jolie Blonde - Mamou Hour Cajun Band
- Charleston Rag - Eubie Blake
- Darktown Strutter's Ball - New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
- Themes From A Movie - Charles Mingus solo performance
- Doxology - The Youth Inspirational Choir, Lois Dejean, soloist


# rec. April 16, 1976 live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
notes by John Murphy









Flying Fish FF099

= Sonet SNTF 812 (UK 1979)

notes by John Murphy

= Flying Fish CD FF-70099

22a1978I Blues di Robert "Pete" Williams

- Wrong (3:24)
- Big Fat Mama (3:23)
- Chicago (4:17)
- Must Be Another Man (3:46)
- Promise Land (3:36)
- Louise (4:10)

- Gamblin Man (4:40)
- Talkin' Blues (4:55)
- Match Box Blues (4:32)
- Watch Yourself Boy Round By That Deep Blue Sea (4:00)
- Medley: Monologue by Robert "Pete" Williams (6:05)
- Greyhound Blues (6:05)

rec. September 19, 1977 at Cinemusic in Milano, Italy; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g
photography by Paola Mattioli
notes by Diana Nadas







D.D.Q. Q28004 (It 1978)
"Dischi della Quercia"
22b1979Butch Cage: Raise A Rukus Tonight

Butch Cage with Willie Thomas
- Mean Old Frisco

Robert 'Pete' Williams
- Black Cat Bone
Clarence Edwards
- Awful Blue
Butch Cage with Willie Thomas
- If I Had My Way
Charles Henderson
- She Was A Woman Didn't Mean No Man No Good
Clarence Edwards
- Come On Baby, Don't You Want To Go
Butch Cage with Willie Thomas
- Tomorrow Gonna Be My Trying Day
- Raise A Ruckus Tonight

Butch Cage with Willie Thomas
- Let Your Light Shine On Me
Charles Henderson
- Rock Island Blues
Clarence Edwards
- I Got A Coal Black Mare
Charles Henderson
- Corrine, Corrina
Butch Cage with Willie Thomas
- I Shall Not Be Moved

Robert 'Pete' Williams
- Hoodoo Blues
Clarence Edwards
- Can't Stand To Be Your Dog
Butch Cage with Willie Thomas
- I Take The Blues When It Rains


field recordings made in Louisiana in 1960 and 1961 by Harry Oster
notes by Bruce Bastin
click to enlarge !

click to enlarge !
Flyright LP 545

Flyright discography

231978Rare 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 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 You're Mine # *
- Diggin' My Potatoes # *$
- Three Harp Boogie # *$+

Robert Pete Williams
- Ugly Man Blues #
J. B. Lenoir
- My Dear Old Mother
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Someday Baby #


# on Rounder CD

rec. early to mid 1960s in Chicago by Norman Dayron
Roots TR 1005 (US)

click to enlarge !
= TK Records TKR 82539
(UK)

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

241980Dick Annegarn - Robert Pete Williams: Ferraillages

Dick Annegarn
- duduche's blues
- françoise parodie
- johnny johnny
- désolé

Robert Pete Williams
- I Wrote My Woman A Letter
- Drag For You, Baby
- Baby Please Don't Go

Robert Pete Williams
- Mama Had A Shotgun
- I'm Goin' Away
Dick Annegarn
- le blues de londres
- traversin
- albert
- qua-dri-pho-nie


rec. November 23 & 24, 1979 live au Théâtre de Sartrouville, France
Robert Pete Williams photo by Jean-Philippe Martin Payre







Spalax 86818 (Fr 1980)
251980




Robert Pete Williams: Santa Fe Blues

- Santa Fe Blues   @ Spotify
- Cow Bell Mourn   @ Spotify
- Late Las' Nite   @ Spotify
- Time's So Hard With Me   @ Spotify
- Goin' Thru' The Bushes Like A Turkey Again #   @ Spotify

- Candy Man   @ Spotify
- I'm Gonna Go To The River   @ Spotify
- My Baby Leant Out With Another Man   @ Spotify
- The Woman I Got   @ Spotify
- Santa Fe Kazoo Blues   @ Spotify
- C'Mon Babe, Let's Have A Ball   @ Spotify
- I'm Gonna Leave You Baby [a cappella]   @ Spotify

rec. November 19, 1979 at Metronome Studios in Paris, France; Robert Pete Williams, voc, g, kazoo; # Larry Martin, p; # "Sloppy" Willie Eckert, g; prod. by Larry Martin & Paul Pechenaert
Paris PLB 2.28504 cover photo by J.P (Jean-Philippe) Martin-Payre
BLU 3035 front cover photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir






notes by Larry Martin

Paris PLB 2.28504
(Fr 1980)






= Free Bird FLY 14
(Fr 1980)


= DeAgostini BLU 3035
(Switzerland 1993)
"Time's so Hard with Me"


= Editions Atlas BLU 3035
(Fr 1993)
"Time's so Hard with Me"


= EPM/Blues Collection
BC 157832 (Fr 1996)
"Last Recordings"

25a1988Country Blues Live

Mississippi John Hurt (recorded at Joel Jacobson's, Washington, D.C., 1960's)
- I Shall Not Be Moved
- Avalon Blues
- I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down
- Payday
- Casey Jones
- Spanish Flang Dang
- Welcome

Robert Pete Williams (at Johnny's, Hinterbruhl, Austria, October 1966)
- I'm So Worried

John Jackson (at Washington Folk Festival)
- John Henry
- Poor Boy
- Buck Dancer's Choice
- Tell Me Pretty Mama
Sleepy John Estes & Yank Rachell (In Vienna, Austria, October 1966, TV show)
- I'm A Tearing Little Daddy
- 80 Highway
- Mailman Blues



Document DLP 525
Limited Edition

Document discography

26199?Robert Pete Williams Live 1974: Out On The Highway

LP track sequence:
- Big Fat Mama
- Mr. Charlie
- I Got The Blues
- Have Mercy On Me

- Out On The Highway
- My Woman Left Me
- Greyhound Blues
- Railroad Slide

CD track sequence:
- Louise
- Big Fat Mama
- Mr. Charlie
- I Got The Blues
- Glory Hallelujah
- You Don't Have To Go
- Have Mercy On Me
- Greyhound Blues
- Out On The Highway
- My Woman Left Me
- Dying Bed
- Railroad Slide

rec. 1974 live at the University of Miami, FL


Wolf 120.919

(=) Wolf CD 120.912 (2007)
"Louise"

271991Blues At Newport
Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival 1959-64

Mississippi John Hurt
- Candy Man
- Coffee Blues
- Stagolee
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
- Long Gone
- Key To The Highway
Reverend Gary Davis
- Samson And Delilah
- I Won't Be Back No More
Reverend Robert Wilkins
- The Prodigal Son
- (I Wish I Was In) Heaven Sitting Down
Skip James
- Devil Got My Woman
Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachel & Hammy Nixon
- Clean Up At Home

Robert Pete Williams
- On My Way From Texas
- Bulldog Blues
Jesse Fuller
- I Double Double Do Love You
- San Francisco Bay Blues
John Hammond
- Me And The Devil
John Lee Hooker
- Sometimes You Make Me Feel So Bad
- Hobo Blues
Dave Van Ronk
- That Will Never Happen No More
click to enlarge !
Vanguard CD 70115-2
281993Blues With A Feeling

Robert Pete Williams
- Levee Camp Blues

Vanguard VCD2-77005
(Recorded live at the
Newport Folk Festival)
291994Robert Pete Williams: I'm Blue As A Man Can Be

- Pardon Denied Again
- This Wild Old Life
- Just Tippin' In #
- Louise
- Church On Fire No. 2 #
- Texas Blues
- I'm Blue As A Man Can Be
- Up and Down Blues
- So Much Is Happenin' In This Wicked World #
- Come Here Baby
- Levee Camp Blues
- Two Wings #
- Angola Special
- Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
- Please Lord, Help Me on My Way #

# previously unreleased



Arhoolie CD 394
301994Robert Pete Williams: When A Man Takes The Blues

- When A Man Takes The Blues *#
- I Had Trouble *#
- All Night Long #
- Dyin' Soul
- I Got The Blues So Bad
- Sinner Don't You Know #
- Hot Springs Blues #
- This Train Is Heaven Bound #
- Sant Fe Blues
- Blue In Me
- Death Comes Creepin' In Your Room #
- Wife And Farm Blues #
- I Want To Die Easy #
- Robert Pete Williams Monologue *#

# previously unreleased
* recorded by Chris Strachwitz in Berkeley, Ca., April 1970



Arhoolie CD 395
311994Angola Prisoners' Blues

Robert Pete Williams
- Prisoner's Talking Blues #
Hogman Maxey
- Stagolee #
Guitar Welch
- Electric Chair Blues #
Hogman Maxey
- Black Night Is Fallin' #

Robert Pete Williams
- Some Got Six Months #
Guitar Welch
- I'm Gonna Leave You Mama #

Robert Pete Williams
- I'm Lonesome Blues #
A Capella Group
- Angola Bound
Hogman Maxey
- Worried Blues
Guitar Welch
- Josephine
Clara Young
- Soldier's Plea
Odea Mathews
- The Moon Is Rising
Thelma Mae Joseph
I'm Still In Love With You
Vocal Group
I Miss You So
Butterbeans
Hello, Sue
Hogman Maxey
Fast Life Woman
Otis Webster
Careless Love
Roosevelt Charles & Otis Webster
- Have You Ever Heard The Church Bells Tone
Guitar Welch
- 61 Highway
Roosevelt Charles
- Strike At Camp I

# previously released on Arhoolie 2011
all others previously unreleased


Arhoolie CD 419
31a1996Arhoolie 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
322001Newport Folk Festival
Best of Blues 1959-68


Robert Pete Williams
- Levee Camp Blues
- Midnight Boogie
- On My Way From Texas
click to enlarge !
Vanguard CD 70193-2
332003Roots Of The Blues

Robert Pete Williams
- Midnight Boogie
3-CD Set

click to enlarge !
Vanguard CD 79715

342004Robert Pete Williams: Poor Bob's Blues

disc 1
- My Mind Wandering Around (a capella)
- Cane Cut Man
- My Daddy Was A Hoodoo Man
- No More Sweet Potatoes
- Poor Bob's Blues
- Cows Love Music
- Can't Yo-Yo No More
- Shake, Shake Baby
- Lord, I Done You Wrong
- Been Mistreated So Long

disc 2
- Things All Wrong With Me
- Matchbox Blues
- Sad News From Korea
- What A Shape I'm In
- Poor Boy, Long Way From Home
- Out All Night Long
- Crying Won't Make Me Stay
- All Out And Down
- Tom And Old Master

rec. by Dr. Harry Oster

Arhoolie CD 511
352004Robert Pete Williams: Long Ol' Way From Home
(The Chicago Sessions)

- It's So Cold In Chicago
- Bye, Bye Baby
- Greyhound Bus Blues
- Louise
- Freight Train Blues
- Lord, I'm Going Back Home Soon
- Kazoo Blues
- Jessie James
- Feel Like Blowing My Horn
- Motherless Child
- Ugly Man Blues
- Lonesome Blues
- I Just Can't Stand It No More
- My Mother Prayed In The World One Day
- Poor Boy Long Ol' Way From Home

rec. early 1965 at The University of Chicago in Chicago, IL and at Lake Forest College; prod. by Norman Dayron

notes by Bill Dahl

Fuel 2000 CD 061391
362005Blues 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
372007Robert Pete Williams: Louise
Live at the University of Miami Florida, 1974

- Louise
- Big Fat Mama
- Mr. Charlie
- I Got The Blues
- Glory Hallelujah
- You Don't Have To Go
- Have Mercy On Me
- Greyhound Blues
- Out On The Highway
- My Woman Left Me
- Dying Bed
- Railroad Slide
(=) Wolf 120.919 (199?)
"Out On The Highway"


Wolf CD 120.912



Additinal information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Jean-Claude Arnaudon: Dictionnaire du Blues.- Paris, France (Filipacci) 1977, pp. 273-274
- Karel Bogaert: Blues Lexicon.- Antwerpen (Standaard) 1972, pp. 408-409
- Bob Eagle & Eric S. LeBlanc: Blues - A Regional Experience.- Santa Barbara (Praeger Publishers) 2013, p. 210
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970 (2nd edition).- Vancouver 2012, pp. 676-678
- Robert Ford: A Blues Bibliography, 2nd Edition (Routledge Music Bibliographies) 2007, pp. 1061-1063
- Robert Ford & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1971 - 2000 [the later years].- Vancouver 2011, pp. 499-500
- diverse internet ressources
- Ebay auctions

thanks to Alan Balfour, John Rische, Oliver Kostrinsky, Snežana Lazarević, Klaus Kilian and Wilson Fabian Ruales Villalva for additional info / scans

source of left column picture: cover of Sonet SNTF 649

 

Dr. Harry Oster (April 12, 1923 - Jan. 19, 2001)

source: http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/faculty/memorials/oster.shtml

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Discography of Dr. Harry Oster recordings

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