J O H N N Y   W O O D S; source: front cover of Rounder 2007
photo above: Johnny Woods 1967
source: front cover of Rounder 2007
R.L. Burnside & Johnny Woods play 'Suzanna'
Johnny Woods & R.L. Burnside play 'Suzanna' 1984
Johnny Woods
a/k/a 'Mississippi' Johnny Woods
b. November 1, 1917 in Looxahoma, Mississippi
d. February 1, 1990 in Olive Branch, Mississippi

discography
J O H N N Y   W O O D S; from front cover of Oblivion #2
Johnny Woods 1972 in front of Fred McDowell's new Pontiac
source: front cover of Oblivion #2; photographer: Tom Pomposello

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

Johnny Woods LPs / CDs / Video / DVD
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
1196?Mississippi Delta Blues – Vol. 1

Napoleon Strickland
- Oh Baby
Do Boy Diamond
- Long Haired Doney
- Going Away Blues

Johnny Woods & Fred McDowell
- Three O'Clock In The Morning #
Walter Miller
- Stuttgart, Ark
Tom Turner
- Gonna Bring Her Right Back Home

Furry Lewis
- See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Robert Diggs
- Drink, Drink, Drink
Dewey Corley
- Fishing In The Dark
Teddy Williams
- Down Home Blues
Houston Stackhouse
- Canned Heat
Peck Curtis
- The Death Of Sonny Boy Williamson


# rec. August 1967 in Como, Ms. by George Mitchell; Johnny Woods, voc, hca; Fred McDowell, g

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inner gatefold of Arhoolie 1041

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Arhoolie 1041

Arhoolie discography

21969Memphis Swamp Jam

Booker White
- Christmas Eve Blues
- Columbus, Miss. Blues
- Sad Day Blues
Piano Red
- Mobile Blues
- Abel Street Stomp

Nathan Beauregard
- Nathan's Bumble Bee Blues
- 'Bout A Spoonful
Sleepy John Estes
- Need More Blues
- President Kennedy Stayed Away Too Long



Fred McDowell
- Shake Em On Down #
- Fred's Blues #
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning #
Napoleon Strickland
- Back Water Rising
- Other's Piece
- Shimmy She Wobble

Furry Lewis
- Judge Boushay Blues
- Walking Blues
Watson & Jones [John Fahey & Bill Barth]
- Memphis Rag
- St. Louis Blues
- Praying On The Old Campground


# rec. June 9, 1969 in Memphis, TN; Fred McDowell, voc, g, Johnny Woods, hca

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inner gatefold of Blue Thumb BTS 6000

click to read first and second column of inner sleeve A !click to read third and fourth column of inner sleeve A ! click to read first column of inner sleeve B !click to read second column of inner sleeve B !click to read third column of inner sleeve B !
inner sleeves of Blue Thumb BTS 6000

DLP
notes by Pete Welding
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Blue Thumb BTS 6000
= King SR-481 (Jp 1971)

(=) Arhoolie 1084 (1979)
"Kings Of Country Blues
Vol. 1"

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and
Arhoolie 1085 (1979)
"Kings Of Country Blues
Vol. 2"


(=) Arhoolie CD 385


(=) Arhoolie CD 386
"Mississippi Delta Blues
Jam In Memphis
Vol. 1 & 2"

Arhoolie discography

31970Fred McDowell and Johnny Woods
Eight Years Ramblin'


Revival RVS 1001 / Barclay 920415 tracks:
- Shake Em On Down []
- Going Down To The River []
- Smokestack Lightning # [not on Fat Possum CD]
- My Babe # [not on Fat Possum CD]
- Long Haired Doney #

- Red Cross Store []
- I Left My Baby (Sitting In The Back Door Crying) (aka Standing At The Back Door) []
- John Henry []
- Scratch My Back * [not on Fat Possum CD]
- Going Away []

Fat Possum CD 03642 tracks:
- Shake Em On Down []
- Going Away []
- Mama Says I'm Crazy [previously unissued] []
- I Got A Woman [previously unissued] #
- Red Cross Store []
- Going Down To The River []
- Standing At The Back Door []
- What's Going To Become Of Me? [previously unissued] []
- Long Haired Doney #
- John Henry []
- I Walked All Night Long [previously unissued] []

[] rec. August 1967 in Como, Ms. by George Mitchell; Fred McDowell, voc, g; Johnny Woods, hca

# rec. August 1967 in Como, Ms. by George Mitchell; Johnny Woods, voc, hca; Fred McDowell, g

* rec. August 1967 in Como, Ms. by George Mitchell; Johnny Woods, voc. hca

Mississippi Fred McDowell discography

notes by George Mitchell
and Tony Martin
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Revival RVS 1001 (UK 1970)

Revival discography

notes by George Mitchell
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= Barclay 920415 (Fr 1972)

notes by George Mitchell
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= Rounder 2007 (US 1976)

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= Guimbarda GS-11075
(Sp 1980)

notes by George Mitchell
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= Fat Possum CD 03642
(US 2002)
"Mama Says I'm Crazy"

41972Johnny Woods: Mississippi Harmonica

- Long Haired Doney
- Three O'Clock In The Morning

rec. April 27, 1972 in Olive Branch, Ms. by Tom Pomposello; Johnny Woods, voc, hca; photograph on front cover taken by Tom Pomposello: Johnny Woods in front of Fred McDowell's new Pontiac
7 inch 45 rpm
notes by Tom Pomposello







Oblivion o#2

more info / sound files

51979The Memphis Development Foundation Presents
Beale Street Saturday Night

Sid Selvidge
- Walkin' Down Beale Street
Fred Ford
- Hernando Horn
Grandma Dixie Davis
- Beale Street Blues
Sleepy John Estes
- Big Fat Mama / Liquor Store
Prince Gabe
- Ol' Beale Street Blues
Furry Lewis
- Furry's Blues
Teenie Hodges
- Rock Me Baby

Alex
[Teal]
- Rock Me Baby
Thomas Pinkston
- "Ben Griffin Was Killed In The Monarch ..." (narration)

Johnny Woods
- Frisco Blow
Mud Boy & the Neutrons
- On The Road Again
Thomas Pinkston
- "W. C. Handy Told Me 50 Years Ago ..." (narration)
Furry Lewis
- Chicken Ain't Nothing But A Bird
Grandma Dixie Davis
- Roll On, Mississippi


rec. October 1, 1978 at "The Tennessee Waltz", Orpheum Theater, Memphis, TN; mixed at Sam Phillips Recording Studio & Ardent Sudios; prod. by James Luther Dickinson; cover photograph by William Eggleston

notes by Stanley Booth
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Orpheum O-101
61984Johnny Woods / R.L. Burnside

DVD track sequence:
- Poor Black Mattie
- Rolling & Tumbling
- Peach Tree Blues
- Skinny Woman
- Going Down South
- I Believe My Time Ain't Long
- Bad Luck And Trouble
- Jumper On The Line
- Ramblin' On My Mind []
- Gone So Long []
- Long Distance Call
- 44 Blues []
- See What My Buddy Done
- Poor Boy
- Sneakers Jam []
- Somebody's Knocking On My Door
- Poor Boy

- Baby Scratch My Back #
- Poor Black Mattie #
- Long Haired Doney #
- So Many Cold Mornings #
- When My First Wife Left Me #
- Susanna #
- Jumper On The Line #
- Going Up The Country #
- Ain't That Just Like A Woman #
- Long Haired Doney #
- Moaning At Midnight #

R.L. Burnside, voc, g; # Johnny Woods, voc, hca; [] Fred Reining, el g


Swingmaster Video 4


video tracks rec. 1984 in the back of the Swingmaster record-shop in Groningen, The Netherlands

R.L. Burnside discography


Swingmaster Video 4


= Sunny Moon DVD (2009)
"R.L. Burnside Live 1984/
1986 with Johnny Woods"
(The Swingmaster
Vintage Tapes Vol. 1)

71987Blues by Johnny Woods: So Many Cold Mornings

- So Many Cold Mornings *
- She's Loving Another Man *
- Be My Baby *
- One String Baby §
- That's Allright *
- Going Over The Hill *

- Going Up The Country #
- My Jack Don't Drink No Water (aka Long Haired Doney) # []
- On This Killing Floor #
- Susanna # []
- Shake A Regular Boogie #

* rec. August 19, 1981 near Coldwater, Ms.; Johnny Woods, voc, hca

# rec. November 1984 in Groningen, The Netherlands; Johnny Woods, voc, hca; [] R.L. Burnside, g

§ rec. August 22, 1981 in Senatobia, Ms.; Ranie Burnette, voc g; Abe "Keg" Young, hca

prod. by Sem van Gelder and Leo Bruin

Swingmaster 2112 (NL)

(=) Swingmaster CD 2203
(NL 1999)

81988DXCV1 Down Home Delta Experimental Projects Compilation Vol. 1: The Blues

- Baby Please - unknown
- Roll Me Over Slow - Alex Teal, Chopping Wood

- Old Hucklebuck - Johnny Woods, Lee Baker
- I'm Black - Furry Lewis
- Jes' Like A Monkey - Johnny Woods
- Holy Spirit - Hammy Nixon, Sleepy John Estes, Bobby Ray Watson, Ry Cooder (mandolin), Lee Baker, James Luther Dickinson
- Dozens - Thomas Pinkston

- Ol' Man Mose - Johnny Woods, Verlina Woods, Bobby Ray Watson, Lee Baker, Jimmy Crosthwait, James Luther Dickinson
- Same Man All The Time - Thomas Pinkston
- Policy Talk - Thomas Pinkston
- Blind Man In The Tear Gas - Sleepy John Estes, Ry Cooder, James Luther Dickinson
- Not Now - Furry Lewis

- Blue Moon - Johnny Woods

rec. and comp. by James Luther Dickinson
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Fan Club FC 044

more info

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= Fan Club FC064cd

91995Shake 'Em On Down
The Real Country Blues

- Shake 'Em On Down - Fred McDowell
- Sloppy Drunk Blues - Big Joe Williams
- Alabama Blues - Bukka White
- Need More Blues - Sleepy Joe Estes
- Judge Boushay Blues - Furry Lewis
- Pardon Denied Again - Robert Pete Williams
- Rabbit Blues - Smoky Babe
- Take Me Out Of The Bottom - Big Joe Williams
- Fred's Worried Life Blues - Fred McDowell
- Poor Black Mattie - R.L. Burnside
- Come Home To Me Baby - Joe Callicott
- Smokestack Lightning - Clarence Edwards
- Write Me A Few Lines - Fred McDowell
- Mississippi River - Smoky Babe
- Just Tippin' It - Robert Pete Williams
- She Left Me A Mule To Ride - Big Joe Williams
- Canned Heat - Houston Stackhouse

- Three O'Clock In The Morning - Johnny Woods
- 'Bout A Spoonful - Nathan Beauregard
- You Call Yourself A Cadillac - Robert Nighthawk
- Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business - Johnny Young & Otis Spann
- Oh Baby - Napeleon Strickland

Arhoolie/Ace CDCHD 527
10199?Mississippi Delta Blues Jam in Memphis, Vol. 1

Napoleon Strickland with The Como Drum Band
- Back Water Rising

Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods
- Shake 'Em On Down
- Fred's Blues
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning
Otha Turner with The Como Drum Band
- Otha's Piece
Napoleon Strickland with The Como Drum Band
- Shimmy She Wobble
Fred McDowell
- Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
- A Dark Cloud Rising
Furry Lewis
- Furry Lewis' Blues (previously unreleased)
- Walking Blues
- Judge Bushay Blues
R.L. Watson & Josiah Jones [= John Fahey & Bill Barth]
- Memphis Rag
- St. Louis Blues
- Praying On The Old Campground / Lonesome Blues
Memphis Piano Red
- Mobile Blues
- Abel Street Stomp


rec. June 1969; includes all of Arhoolie LP 1085, part of 1084 and several previously unissued cuts. LPs 1084 & 1085 were once available as "Swamp Blues", a double LP originally released on Blue Thumb

Mississippi Fred McDowell discography

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Arhoolie CD 385
111999R.L. Burnside, Ranie Burnette & Johnny Woods: Going Down South

- Going Down South #
- Miss Maybelle *

- So Many Cold Mornings +
- Going Away Blues # []
- Can't Be Satisfied #
- One String Baby §
- Hungry Spell *

- Going Up The Country {}

- My Jack Don't Drink No Water $
- Stack O'Lee And Billy Lyons # []
- Walking Blues #
- Coal Black Mattie *

- She's Loving Another Man +
- Lonesome Moon Blues *
- Suzanna Blues $

# rec. February 6, 1986 in New Orleans, La.; R.L. Burnside, voc, g; [] Curtis Salgado, hca

* rec. November 1980 in Groningen, The Netherlands; Ranie Burnette, voc, g


+ rec. August 19, 1981 at R.L. Burnside's house near Coldwater, Ms.; Johnny Woods, voc, hca

§ rec. August 22, 1981 in Senatobia, Ms.; Ranie Burnette, voc, g; Abe 'Keg' Young, hca

$ rec. November 1984 in Groningen, The Netherlands; Johnny Woods, voc, hca; R.L. Burnside, g [Swingmaster LP 2112 (1987)]

{} rec. November 1984 in Groningen, The Netherlands; Johnny Woods, voc, hca

prod. by Sem van Gelder and Leo Bruin

R.L. Burnside discography




Swingmaster CD 2203 (NL)
122001It Came From Memphis   volume 2

- Come On Down To My House - Good Kid Robert
- Boogie - Otha Turner
- Smokestack Lightning - Moloch
- By Your Side - Sid Selvidge (rec. 1966)
- Let Your Light Shine On Me - Mud Boy And The Neutrons (rec. 1992)
- T'aint Nobody's Business - Hammie Nixon

- Shake Your Boogie - Johnny Woods
- Calvin's Boogie - Phineas Newborn Orchestra
- Train Kept A 'Rolling - Tav Falco's Unapproachable Panther Burns
- Trip To Bandstand - B.B. Cunningham
- Memphis, Tennessee - Jerry Lawler
- You'll Do It All The Time - Jim Dickinson And The New Beale Street Sheiks (rec. 1964)
- Going Down Slow - Soldiers Of The Cross
- Family Values - Band Of Ones
- Back For More - Lawson And Four More
- Special Rider - Insect Trust
- Bottle Up And Go - Bootleggers Quartet
- It Came From Memphis, Vol. 2 (bonus track)


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Birdman BMR 036
132003Jim Dickinson Field Recordings: Delta Experimental Project Vol. 3

Otha Turner & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
- My Babe
Mose Vinson
- Old Blue Jumped A Rabbit
Furry Lewis
- Furry's Blues
Sleepy John Estes
- Broke & Hungry
Alec Teal & Butter Biscuit
- Roll Me Over Slow

Johnny Woods
- So Many Cold Mornings
Furry Lewis
- Turkey In The Straw
Sleepy John Estes
- Floating Bridge
Johnny Woods
- Lonesome Feelin'
Mose Vinson
- Barrel House Blues
- Cryin' Won't Make Me Stay
Sleepy John Estes & Hammy Nixon
- Race That You Don't Run
Tate County Singers
- Jesus Is On The Mainline

Birdman BMR 047


Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- http://frederatorblogs.com/kathleen/2008/03/09/johnny-woods-mississippi-harmonica/
- http://fredseibert.com/post/321609658/all-the-oblivion-records
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: front cover of Oblivion o#2

thanks to Alan Balfour and Joe Louis for additional info / scans

 

Stefan Wirz


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