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B O S T O N   B L A C K I E promo photo; photographer: Felix Wohrstein
photographer: Felix Wohrstein

Boston Blackie
real name: Benjamin Joe "Bennie" Houston, in his early career known as "Dog Man"
b. November 6, 1943 in Panola, Sumter County, Alabama
d. July 11, 1993 in Chicago, Illinois (shot by James "Tail Dragger" Jones)
discography
 

#year
of release
title / label / notes
11998Boston Blackie & Otis 'Big Smokey' Smothers: Chicago Blues Session   Volume 1

Otis 'Big Smokey' Smothers
- I Can't Judge Nobody   @ youtube
- Hello Little School Girl
- Sad, Sad Day
- Do the Thing

Boston Blackie
- ABC Blues * (4:54)   @ youtube
- Louise #   @ youtube
- Hey Baby #   @ youtube
- How Much More Long *   @ youtube
Otis 'Big Smokey' Smothers
- Give Me Back That Way
- Blues All Day Long   @ youtube
- I've Been Drinking Muddy Water

Boston Blackie
- ABC Blues (tk 2) * (4:21)   @ youtube
- Find Me Another Babe *   @ youtube

Boston Blackie tracks rec. January 29, 1992 at ACME Recording in Chicago, IL by Paul Smith; Boston Blackie, voc, g; Luther Adams, g; # Willie Kent or * Michael Riley, b; Cleo Williams, dr; prod. by Willie Kent
photo by Felix Wohrstein
Otis 'Big Smokey' Smothers tracks rec. 1984 & 1991

notes by JoAnn Larson & Richard Shavzin (Boston Blackie) and Sam Burckhardt (Smokey Smothers)

Wolf CD 120.847 (Austria 1998)


= Wolf CD 120.847 (Austria 20??) "Boston Blackie & Otis 'Big Smokey' Smothers: ABC Blues"

Otis 'Big Smokey' Smothers discography



Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Bob Eagle & Eric S. LeBlanc: Blues - A Regional Experience.- Santa Barbara (Praeger Publishers) 2013, p. 95
- Robert Ford: A Blues Bibliography, 2nd Edition (Routledge Music Bibliographies) 2007, p. 64
- Robert Ford & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1971 - 2000 [the later years].- Vancouver 2011, p. 51
- Scott Fornek: Deadly Feud Robs the Blues of Two Voices.- Chicago Sun-Times, July 18, 1993
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: Front cover of Wolf CD 120.847; photographer: Felix Wohrstein

thanks to Kirk Whiting, Hannes Folterbauer and Lex Jansen for additional info / scans

 

B O S T O N   B L A C K I E at the Majestic Lounge; photographer: Jim O'Neal
Boston Blackie at the Majestic Lounge
photographer: Jim O'Neal

 

B O S T O N   B L A C K I E   & Billy Lane, bass at Eddie's Place (the former 1815 Club, on 1815 W. Roosevelt Road), Chicago, January 1977; source: Jefferson 45 (Autumn 1979); photographer: Magnus Calais
Boston Blackie & Billy Lane, bass at Eddie's Place
(the former 1815 Club, on 1815 W. Roosevelt Road), Chicago, January 1977
source: Jefferson 45 (Autumn 1979); photographer: Magnus Calais

 

B O S T O N   B L A C K I E   & Eddie C. Campbell, Chicago, 1977; source: Juke Blues #1 (July 1985), p. 26; photographer: André Hobus
Boston Blackie & Eddie C. Campbell, Chicago, 1977
source: Juke Blues #1 (July 1985), p. 26; photographer: André Hobus

 

B O S T O N   B L A C K I E   Blues Band at Buddy's Sunset Lounge (2853 W. Lake, Chicago), l to r: Boston Blackie (Bennie Houston), B.B. Jones (= Alvin Nichols, guest on guitar), Pete Peterson, West Side Wes; photo accompanying Tommy Lofgren's article 'Sweet Hot Chicago' in Jefferson 77 (Summer 1987); photographer: Hans Ekestang
Boston Blackie Blues Band at Buddy's Sunset Lounge (2853 W. Lake, Chicago)
l to r: Boston Blackie (Bennie Houston), B.B. Jones (= Alvin Nichols, guest on guitar), Pete Peterson, West Side Wes
photo accompanying Tommy Lofgren's article "Sweet Hot Chicago" in Jefferson 77 (Summer 1987); photographer: Hans Ekestang

 

Tail Dragger and B O S T O N   B L A C K I E ;  with B.B. Jones and Westside Wes at Buddy's Sunset Lounge, Chicago, Summer 1987; source: Jefferson 105 (Autumn 1994); photographer: Hans Ekestang; (The photo accompanies a newspage with a.o. the news that Tail Dragger had fatally shot Boston Blackie.)
Tail Dragger and Boston Blackie with B.B. Jones and Westside Wes
at Buddy's Sunset Lounge, Chicago, Summer 1987
source: Jefferson 105 (Autumn 1994); photographer: Hans Ekestang
(The photo accompanies a newspage with a.o. the news that Tail Dragger had fatally shot Boston Blackie.)

 

Dogman, Bob Corritore, Foots (obscured), Tail Dragger & B O S T O N   B L A C K I E; source: Bob Corritore photo gallery; photographer: Marty Green
Dogman, Bob Corritore, Foots (obscured), Tail Dragger
& Boston Blackie at the Delta Fish Market

source: Bob Corritore photo gallery [under reconstruction]
photographer: Marty Green

 


Wolf CD 120.847; notes by JoeAnn Larson & Richard Shavzin
source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A8KX7Q_xXs

 

 

 

09/26/2018)