click to enlarge !
source: L + R 42.003; photographer: Willy Leiser

Willie
James Mabon
b. October 24, 1925 in Hollywood, Shelby County, TN
d. April 19, 1985 in Paris, France

buried at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois
discography
W I L L I E   M A B O N, 1952; promotional photo; photographer: Gilles Petard
Willie Mabon 1952   photographer: Gilles Petard

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

Willie Mabon 78 rpm / 45 rpm / LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11949BIG WILLIE with acc.

- Bogey Man (R-1389) #   @ youtube
- It Keeps Raining (R-1390)   @ youtube

rec. 1949 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p, # hca; Earl Dranes, g





Apollo 450

Delmark DE 655
Classics CD 5154

1a1/1950BLUES ROCKERS

- Trouble In My Home (U7218) *
- Times Are Getting Hard (U7219) #

rec. 1949 in Chicago, IL by Al Benson; James Watts, * voc; Willie Mabon, p, # voc; Eddie El, g; Earl Dranes, b



Aristocrat 407
211/1952





WILLIE MABON and his Combo

- I Don't Know (U-4315)   @ youtube
- Worry Blues (U-4314)   @ youtube



unissued tracks from same session:
- See Me Cry (U-4315 A)
- L.A. (U-4315 B)



rec. c. October 1952 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Ernest Cotton, ts; Bill Anderson, b; Bill Stepney, dr



"I Don't Know" (Chess 1531) hit #1 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart and remained on the charts for 15 weeks

Parrot 1050 (11/1952)
[Al Benson's label]
Parrot discography


= Checker 1050
(end 11/1952)








= Chess 1531

1953

Answer song to "I Don't Know"

LINDA HAYES with RED CALLENDER SEXTETTE
- Yes! I Know (What You're Putting Down) (AA) #   @ youtube
QUE MARTYN
- Sister Ann (A) (instr) *   @ Spotify


# rec. c. December 1952 in Los Angeles, CA; Bertha Williams, voc; ts; bs; p; g; Red Callender, b; dr
* rec. 1952 in Los Angeles, CA; Quedellis Martyn, ts; org; b
10 inch 78 rpm

Recorded in Hollywood
244 (1953)
[John Dolphin's label]

7 inch 45 rpm

Recorded in Hollywood
244 (3/1953)

41953WILLIE MABON and his Combo

- I'm Mad (U 4328) #   @ youtube
- Night Latch (U 4331)

rec. February 5, 1953 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Ernest Cotton, ten; ? Bradshaw, b; Billie Stepney, dr











Chess 1538

# Chess LP 1439

   

- I'm Mad (alt tk) //
- Got To Have It (U 4329) #
- Beggar Or Bandit (U 4330) *

rec. February 5, 1953 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Ernest Cotton, ten; ? Bradshaw, b; Billie Stepney, dr
Chess unissued

# Charly CD BM44
* Teldec 6.24806AG (Ger)
// Chess CD CHD 9330

   

- You Got To Know (U 7526)
- Let's Face It Baby (U 7527)

rec. June 1953 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Paul King, tpt; Hal Ashby, Hubert Robertson, tens; Bill Anderson, b; Norman J. Davis, dr
Chess unissued
51953WILLIE MABON and his Combo

- You're A Fool (U 7528)   @ youtube
- Monday Woman (U 7529)   @ youtube

rec. June 1953 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Paul King, tpt; Hal Ashby, Hubert Robertson, tens; Bill Anderson, b; Norman J. Davis, dr



Chess 1548




Chess 1548 (8/1953)

61953WILLIE MABON and Orchestra

- I Got To Go (U 7571)   @ youtube
- Cruisin' (U 7572)   @ youtube

rec. November 1953 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"





Chess 1554

   

- Life Could Be Miserable

rec. November 1953 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"
Chess unissued

Chess CD CHD2-9385

   

- I'm Tired (U 7610) #   @ youtube

rec. late February / early March 1954 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"
Chess unissued

# Teldec 6.24806AG (G)

71954WILLIE MABON

- Would You Baby? (U 7511)   @ youtube
- Late Again (U 7612)

rec. c. February 1954 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Paul King, tp; Harold Ashby, Herbert Robertson, ts; Bill Anderson, b; Oliver Coleman, dr





Chess 1564

   

- I'm Tired (U 7610) #
- Mabon's Boogie (U 7512)

rec. c. February 1954 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Paul King, tp; Harold Ashby, Herbert Robertson, ts; Bill Anderson, b; Oliver Coleman, dr
Chess unissued

# Chess/Teldec 6.24806

   

- Heartbroken Blues (7677)
- Lonely Blues (U 7579) #
- Willie's Blues (7680) #

rec. August 1954 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"
Chess unissued

# Chess/Teldec 6.24806

81954WILLIE MABON

- Poison Ivy (U 7722)   @ youtube
- Say Man (U 7723)   @ youtube

rec. late September / early October 1954 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band" (Odie Payne, dr?; no tpt)







Chess 1580

91955WILLIE MABON

- Come On Baby (U 7678) #
- Wow   I Feel So Good (U 7782) *

# rec. August 1954 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band" (Odie Payne, dr?; no tpt)
* rec. late January / early February 1955 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"





Chess 1592

   

- This Pain (U 7783)

rec. October 1954 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"
Chess unissued
   

- He Lied (U 7869) #
- Someday You Gotta Pay (U 7870) #

rec. June 1, 1955 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"
Chess unissued

# Chess/Teldec 6.24806

1010/1955WILLIE MABON

- The Seventh Son (U 7871)   @ youtube
- Lucinda (U 7872)   @ youtube

rec. June 1, 1955 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band"





Chess 1608

111956

WILLIE MABON

- Knock On Wood (U 8119)   @ youtube
- Got To Let You Go (U 8120)



unissued track from same session:
- untitled (U 8121)



rec. May 26, 1956 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with "similar band", no tpt






Chess 1627

121957WILLIE MABON

- Light Up Your Lamp (F 575-1)   @ youtube
- Rosetta, Rosetta (F 576-1)   @ youtube (2:48)

rec. August 16, 1957 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, p; Ellis Hunter, g, Bill Anderson, b; Lonnie Lee Evans, dr



Federal 12306
   

- It's Gonna Hurt You (F 577)
- Got To Find My Baby (F 578)

rec. August 16, 1957 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, p; Ellis Hunter, g, Bill Anderson, b; Lonnie Lee Evans, dr
Federal unissued

Negro Rhythm 107

   

- Why Did It Happen To Me (10408) #
- I'm Mad At You (10409) #
- Keep My Lover Girl With Me (10410)
- I Love My Baby (10411)

rec. c. 1960 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p with unknown acc.
Chess unissued

# Chess/Teldec 6.24806

131960WILLIE MABON

- I Gotta Go Now (U 538)   @ youtube
- Michell (U 540)

rec. 1960 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Harvey Hill, g; Jay Peters, ten; Bill Anderson, b; Jimmy Bolden, dr



Mad 1298
[Tommy Jones' label]
141960WILLIE MABON

- I Don't Know (U 537)
- I Got To Have Her (U 539)

rec. 1960 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Harvey Hill, g; Jay Peters, ten; Bill Anderson, b; Jimmy Bolden, dr



Mad 1300
151962WILLIE MABON

- Got To Have Some (S-2125)   @ youtube
- Why Did It Happen To Me (F-2126)   @ youtube

rec. 1962 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Willie Hudson, Lacy Gibson, g; Billy Emerson, org; Al Duncan, dr



Formal 1016


= USA 823




= Sue WI-320 (UK 10/1964)

161962WILLIE MABON

- Fannie Mae (FR 1051 A) #
- Mean Mistreater (FR 1051 B)

rec. 1962 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Willie Hudson, Lacy Gibson, g; Al Duncan, dr



Formal 1018

# = Solar 54001

171962Willie Mabon

- Fannie Mae (FR 1051 A) #
- Early One Morning (FR 1052 B)   @ youtube

rec. 1962 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Willie Hudson, Lacy Gibson, g; Al Duncan, dr
# Formal 1018


Solar 54001

181963WILLIE MABON

- Just Got Some (USA 2556) #   @ youtube
- That's No Big Thing (USA 2557)   @ youtube

rec. February 7, 1963 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Lacy Gibson, g; Billy Emerson, org; 2 unk tens; Jack myers, b; Al Duncan, dr



USA 735




= Sue WI-331 (UK 2/1965)

191963WILLIE MABON

- Too Hot To Handle (USA 783) *
- I'm The Fixer (USA 786) #   @ youtube

* rec. February 7, 1963 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Lacy Gibson, g; Billy Emerson, org; 2 unknown, ts; Jack Myers, b; Al Duncan, dr
# rec. Chicago, May 23, 1963; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Eugene Pearson, g; Billy Emerson, org; 2 unk tens; Jack myers, b; Al Duncan, dr



USA 741

= USA 785

# = Sue WI-382 (UK 9/1965)

   

- Klick-Ed Clack

rec. February 7, 1963 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Lacy Gibson, g; Billy Emerson, org; 2 unk tens; Jack myers, b; Al Duncan, dr
USA unissued
   

- Don't Let That Music Die
- Lover Gal

rec. May 23, 1963 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Eugene Pearson, g; Billy Emerson, org; 2 unk tens; Jack myers, b; Al Duncan, dr
USA unissued

Jewel / P-Vine PLP-9017
Flyright LP 580

201964WILLIE MABON

- Ruby's Monkey (USA 800)
- I'm Hongry (USA 801)

rec. January 27, 1964 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Willie Hudson, g; Earl Crossley,, Johnny Cameron, tens; Reginald Boyd, b; Al Thompson, dr

USA 750
211964WILLIE MABON

- New Orleans Blues (USA 813)
- Some More (USA 814) #   @ youtube

rec. January 27, 1964 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Willie Hudson, g; Earl Crossley,, Johnny Cameron, tens; Reginald Boyd, b; Al Thompson, dr





USA 759

# = Sue WI-382 (UK 9/1965)

221964WILLIE MABON

- Somebody Gotta Pay (820)   @ youtube
- Harmonica Special (821)

rec. January 27, 1964 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Willie Hudson, g; Earl Crossley,, Johnny Cameron, tens; Reginald Boyd, b; Al Thompson, dr

USA 767
231964WILLIE MABON

- Lonesome Blue Water (862)
- Some Time I Wonder (USA 863)   @ youtube

rec. October 29, 1964 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Billy Brimfield, tp; Neil Green, ts; John Watson, tb; unknown, g; Al Duncan, dr



USA 787
241964WILLIE MABON

- Something For Nothing (RK3M-6368)
- Baby Sweets (RK3M-6373)

rec. October 29, 1964 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Billy brimfield, tpt; Neil Green, ten; John Watson, tbn; unknown g; Al Duncan, dr

USA 805
261964The Blues Volume 4

Billy Stewart
- Billy's Blues part 2
Little Walter
- Last Night
Lowell Fulson
- Trouble Trouble
Larry Williams
- My Baby's Got Soul
Eddie Boyd
- Third Degree

Willie Mabon & His Combo
- I Don't Know

Betty James
- I'm A Little Mixed Up
Muddy Waters
- She's 19 Years Old
T.V. Slim
- Flat Foot Sam
Little Walter
- Boom Boom
Memphis Slim & House Rockers
- I Guess I'm A Fool
John Lee Hooker
- Leave My Wife Alone
notes by Joe Segal

Argo 4042 (US)

notes by Joe Segal


click to read notes !
= Chess CRL 4003
(UK 1964)


= Chess/MCA CH/CHD-
9220 (1990)

2809/1965WILLIE MABON

- I'm The Fixer [USA 741]
- Some More [USA 759]




Sue WI-382
291965Rhythm And Blues Of Chicago
Bluesscene USA Vol. 1

Elmore James
- Knocking At Your Door

Willie Mabon
- Mean Mistreater
Ricky Allen
- Ouch
T. V. Slim
- You Can't Love Me
A. C. Reed
- Lotta Lovin'
Ricky Allen
- I Don't Got It
Jesse Fortune
- Good Things

T. V. Slim
- Hold Me Close To Your Heart

Willie Mabon
- I'm The Fixer
A. C. Reed
- This Little Voice
Jesse Fortune
- Heavy Heart Beat
Ricky Allen
- Early In The Morning

Willie Mabon
- Fannie Mae
Jesse Fortune
- Too Many Cooks
notes by Paul Oliver



Storyville SLP 176






= Teichiku ULS-1817-R (Jp)

= Storyville SLP 840

Storyville discography

29a1966The Blues   Volume 5

- That's Alright - Jimmy Rogers
- Honey Bee - Muddy Waters
- How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf
- Ground Hog Blues - John Lee Hooker
- Free and Easy Mind - Jimmy Nelson
- Double Dealing - Percy Mayfield


- Seventh Son - Willie Mabon & his Combo
- Check Yourself - Lowell Fulson
- The Key - Sonny Boy Williamson
- Me and My Chauffeur - Memphis Minnie
- Confessin' the Blues - Little Walter & the Jukes
- 24 Hours - Eddie Boyd


"Electronically altered for STEREO"



Cadet LP-4051

= Chess/MCA CH/CHD-
9320 (1990)

301969WILLIE MABON

- I'll Keep On Hurtin' (C-18199)
- I Won't Be Back No More (C-18200)

rec. October 24, 1969 in Chicago,IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Lefty Bates, g; King Kolax, prob. Billy Brimfield, tp; Neil Green, ts; John Watson, tb; Eugene Howell, b; Al Thompson, dr

Checker 1235
   

- Troubles (C-18198)

rec. October 24, 1969 in Chicago,IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Lefty Bates, g; King Kolax, prob. Billy Brimfield, tp; Neil Green, ts; John Watson, tb; Eugene Howell, b; Al Thompson, dr
Checker unissued
311969Heavy Heads Voyage 2

Willie Mabon
- I Don't Know
Chuck Berry
- Wee Wee Hours
Muddy Waters
- Forty Days And Forty Nights
Sonny Boy Williamson
- Your Funeral And My Trial
Howlin' Wolf
- Moanin' At Midnight
Little Walter
- Off The Wall

Sonny Boy Williamson
- Fattening Frogs For Snakes
Little Walter
- Key To The Highway
Muddy Waters
- All Night Long
Howlin' Wolf
- How Many More Years
John Lee Hooker
- Union Station Blues
Lowell Fulson
- Reconsider Baby



Chess LPS 1528
31a1970


inner gatefold with Walter Horton photo by Marcel Imsand  
 

   

Have A Good Time - Chicago Blues
Chicago Anthology

Homesick James
- Little And Low ## [unissued Willie Dixon recording]   @ youtube
- Look On Yonder's Wall # [unissued Willie Dixon recording]   @ youtube
- My Home Ain't Here ## [unissued Willie Dixon recording]   @ youtube
Walter Horton
- I Need My Baby Blues * [unissued Willie Dixon recording]   @ youtube
- Have A Good Time * [unissued Willie Dixon recording]   @ youtube
Prez Kenneth
- I Am The Man Downstairs § [Biscayne 005]   @ youtube
- Messin' With Mabel § [Biscayne 015]   @ youtube

Smokey Smothers
- I'm Lookin' For You + [Gamma GA-104]   @ youtube
"Poor" Bob Woodfork
- I Wanna School You Pretty Baby || [originally unissued]   @ youtube
- Ain't Got A Lousy Dime || [originally unissued; alt tk of "The Sun Is Rising"]   @ youtube
L.C. McKinley
- So Strange // [originally unissued]   @ youtube
- Mind Your Business // [originally unissued]   @ youtube
Snooky Pryor
- I'm Going Away \\ [Atomic-H unissued]   @ youtube
- Rest A Little While \\ [Atomic-H unissued]   @ youtube


compiled by Mike Leadbitter
Walter Horton photo (inner gatefold) by Marcel Imsand

# rec. August 1964 in Chicago, IL by Willie Dixon; Homesick James, voc, g; ## Walter Horton, hca; Henry Gray or Willie Mabon, p; Mighty Joe Young, g; Willie Dixon, b; Clifton James, dr

* rec. 1964 in Chicago, IL; Walter Horton, voc, hca; Henry Gray, p; Mighty Joe Young, g; Willie Dixon, b; Clifton James, dr

§ rec. 1964/65 in Chicago, IL; Prez Kenneth (Kenneth Kidd), voc, b; Willie Welchess, ts; Birmingham Jones, hca; Kermit Chandler, g; Leroy Spottsville, dr

+ rec. 1968 in Chicago, IL; Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers, voc, hca, g; b; dr

|| rec. 1965 in Chicago, IL; "Poor" Bob Woodfork, voc, g; Henry Gray, p; Buddy Guy, Mighty Joe Young, g; Willie Dixon, b; Clifton James

// rec. 1964 in Chicago, IL; L.C. McKinley, voc, g; p; g; b; dr

\\ rec. 1954 in Chicago, IL by the Rev. Houston H. Harrington for his Atomic-H label; Snooky Pryor, voc, hca; Lazy Bill Lucas, p; Homesick James, g
notes on four leaflets
(December 1970)
by Mike A. Leadbitter









Sunnyland KS 101(UK)

Sunnyland discography

321972Willie Mabon Is Back - Funky

- Trouble Blues
- Guilty Blues
- Hang Loose Baby
- Worry Blues
- I'm Going To Get You

- I Wonder
- Poison Ivy
- Hey Gal
- My Baby Won't Write To Me
- Thinkin' About You
- I Don't Know

rec. early 1972 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Malcolm 'Little Mac' Simmons, hca; Mighty Joe Young, Eugene Pearson, g; Jimmy Richards, b; Bill Warren, dr



Blues On Blues BOB 10004
[Al Smith's label]


Blues on Blues discography

notes by Pete Welding

Antilles AN 7013 (1976)
"Willie Mabon Sings
'I Don't Know' and other
Chicago Blues Hits"

32a1972WILLIE MABON

- Poison Ivy (BOB-0012-A)
- Guilty Blues (BOB-0012-B)

rec. early 1972 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Malcolm 'Little Mac' Simmons, hca; Mighty Joe Young, Eugene Pearson, g; Jimmy Richards, b; Bill Warren, dr; prod. by Al Smith





Blues on Blues BOB 2002


Blues on Blues discography

32b1972Chicago Blues Anthology

Album 1
- Tough Times - John Brim
- Anna Lee - Robert Nighthawk
- So Glad I Found You - Johnny Shines
- Having Fun - Memphis Slim
- Goin' Away Baby - Jimmy Rogers

- I Don't Know - Willie Mabon

- Dark Road - Floyd Jones
- Dust My Broom - Elmore James
- Eisenhower Blues - J.B. Lenoir
- By Myself - Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam
- Murmur Low - Big Boy Spires
- Rattlesnake - John Brim


Album 2
- I See My Baby - Elmore James
- Korea Blues - J.B. Lenoir
- You Can't Live Long - Floyd Jones
- I Can't Stop - Willie Dixon
- Third Degree - Eddie Boyd
- Ten Years Ago - Buddy Guy

- Be Careful - John Brim
- Jackson Town Gal - Robert Nighthawk
- The World's In A Tangle - Jimmy Rogers
- You Know My Live - Willie Dixon
- My Time After A While - Buddy Guy
- Chicago Bound - Jimmy Rogers
2 LP set

notes by Pete Welding





Chess 2CH 60012

= Chess CH 50 011 (Fr)

= Chess CXMD4053
(UK Chess Masters)


= Chess/MCA 2CH 92520
(1984)

331973Willie Mabon: Cold Chilly Woman

- 'Round For You
- Cold Chilly Woman
- Michelle
- Guilty Blues *

- Why Did It Happen To Me
- Baby, Why Don't You Write To Me
- Lucinda
- Mary-Ann #
- Blue Piano In Bordeaux
- Michelle #
- Shakin' The Boogie #
- Why Did It Happen To Me #
- Sad Feeling #
- Mabon's Best #
- You Rascal You #

# CD bonus tracks

rec. Bordeaux, France, Dec. 3 & 4, 1972; Willie Mabon, voc, p, hca; * Emmett Sutton, b; Bill Warren, dr

Black & Blue 33.501


= Black & Blue CD 463
(2004)

341973Willie Mabon: Come Back

- Come Back
- Discotheque Special
- I'm Going To Get You
- Thinking About You
- Blues For Chantal

. Mabon's Boogie
- Somebody Got To Pay
- Worry Blues
- Fooling Around
- Evening Shadows

rec. France, Jan. 1973; Willie Mabon, voc, p, hca; Eddy Tuleja, g; Emmett Sutton, b; Tony Cahill, dr
notes by Laurent Goddet





America 30 AM 6126 (Fr)
351973Willie Mabon: The Comeback

- Klickety Clock
- Lonely Blues
- Come On Baby
- Keep My Lover With Me
- Shake That Thing
- I Still Don't Know

- The Comeback
- I Don't Know
- My Baby Won't Write To Me
- Boogie Woogie Special
- I'm Hungry
- I'll Keep On Hurtin' #

rec. & mixed January - March 1973 at Chalk Farm Studios, London, England; Willie Mabon, voc, p, hca; Mickey Baker, g; # Colin Smith, tpt, # Johnny Barnes, bs; Dan Armstrong, b; Pete York, dr; Dyan Birch, Frank Collins, Paddie McHugh of "Kokomo", backing voc; prod. by Jim Simpson
notes by Tony Cummings



Big Bear BEAR 9

Big Bear discography

35a1973The Montreux Blues Festival

Memphis Slim
- Wish Me Well
- Angel Child
- Lend Me Your Love
McHouston "Mickey" Baker
- Diggin' My Potatoes
- Make Your Bed Up Mama

Willie Mabon
- Harmonica Swing

Willie Mabon
- Sad Feeling
- Mabon Soul
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
- Louisiana Breakdown
- Highball For Gate
- Cajun Blues
- Got My Mojo Working


CD bonus tracks:
Willie Mabon
- Have A Little Mercy On Me
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
- The Drifter Rides Again


rec. June 29 & July 1, 1973 live at 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival; backing musicians from Freddie King Band and Little Milton Band

Barclay 920439 (Fr)

= Polygram Jazz / Verve
261006   (1993)

notes by Philippe Rault

= Maison De Blues 983
212-6   (Fr 2006)

361974Big Willie Mabon: Live + Well

LP tracks:
- Klickety Klock
- Dorsey's Boogie Woogie
- Lover Girl # []
- Rainy Night In Georgia
- Rockin' Willie #

- I Don't Know
- Hey Girl #
- Shake The Thing []
- Little Red Rooster []
- Amen []

[] not on CD reissues

CD tracks:
- Klickety Klock
- Willie's Bounce []
- Rainy Night In Georgia
- Dorsey's Boogie
- I Don't Know
- The Seventh Son []
- Rockin' Willie #
- I'm The Fixer []
- Hey Girl #
- When The Saints []
- That Lucky Old Sun []

[] not on LP issues

rec. "live" February 6, 1974 at "Sinkkasten", Frankfurt/Main, Germany; Willie Mabon, voc, p, # hca
notes by  S.A. Christmann



Ornament CH-7.102

= ESCEHA CH-7.102

= CMA/Ornament CD
CM 8008 (1991)

(original 1977)
notes by  S.A. Christmann







Chrisly CD CM-30008
(2000) "Rainy Night In
Georgia"

Ornament discography

371974Willie Mabon: Chicago 1963

- I'm The Fixer [USA 741]
- Just Got Some [USA 735]
- Somebody Gotta Pay [USA 767]
- I'm Hongry [USA 750]
- Ruby's Monkey [USA 750]
- That's No Big Thing [USA 735]

- Lonesome Blue Water [USA 787]
- New Orleans Blues [USA 759]
- Too Hot To Handle [USA 741]
- Harmonica Special (instr) [USA 767]
- Some Time I Wonder [USA 787]
- Some More [USA 759]




America 30 AM 6136 (Fr)
[very poor sound quality]
381974Jimmy Rogers: That's All Right

Black & Blue 33.504 tracks:
- Sloppy Drunk (5:35)
- Gold Tailed Bird (3:40)
- Walking By Myself (2.32)
- That's All Right (3:25)
- Ludella (3:14)

- I Lost The Good Woman (5:00)
- You're Sweet (3:09)
- The Last Time (3:50)
- Shelby County (3:00)
- Tricky Woman (3:32)

Black & Blue 33.544 tracks:
- Sloppy Drunk [version 2] (3:22) [previously unissued]
- I Can't Sleep For Worrying (3:54) [previously unissued]
- Mistreated Baby (3:32) [previously unissued]
- Slick Chick (2:00) [previously unissued]
- Pretty Baby (3:35) [previously unissued]
- Left Me With A Broken Heart (3:30) [previously unissued]

- I Lost The Good Woman (5:00) [Black & Blue 33.504]
- You're Sweet (3:09) [Black & Blue 33.504]
- The Last Time (3:50) [Black & Blue 33.504]
- Shelby County (3:00) [Black & Blue 33.504]
- Tricky Woman (3:32) [Black & Blue 33.504]

Black & Blue Black & Blue CD 59.544 / Evidence ECD 26036-2 track sequence:
- Sloppy Drunk [version 2] (3:25)
- I Can't Sleep For Worrying (3:56)
- Mistreated Baby (3:44)
- Slick Chick (2:03)
- Pretty Baby (3:39)
- Left Me With A Broken Heart (3:33)
- I Lost A Good Woman (5:03)
- You're Sweet (3:11)
- The Last Time (3:52)
- Shelby County (3:04)
- Tricky Woman (3:35)
- Sloppy Drunk (5:42)
- Gold Tailed Bird (3:59)
- Walking By Myself (2:44)
- That's All Right (3:35)
- Ludella (3:21)

Black & Blue BB 452-2 track sequence:
- Sloppy Drunk (tk 1) (3:25)
- I Can't Sleep For Worrying (tk 2) (3.58)
- Mistreated Baby (3:46)
- Pretty Baby (3:39)
- Slick Chick (2:04)
- Left Me With A Broken Heart (3:33)
- I Lost The Good Woman (5:04)
- You're So Sweet (3:13)
- The Last Time (3:53)
- Shelby County (3:03)
- Tricky Woman (3:35)
- Sloppy Drunk (tk 2) (3:29)
- Pretty Baby (tk 1) (3:11)
- I Cant Sleep For Worrying (tk 1) (3:56)
- Walkin' By Myself (2:52)
- Gold Tailed Bird (3:46)
- Sloppy Drunk (5:39)
- Ludella (3:20)
- That's All Right (3:33)

Jimmy Rogers, voc, g; Louis Myers, g; Willie Mabon, p; Dave Myers, b; Fred Below, dr

side A of Black & Blue 33.504 rec. December 8, 1973 live at the Casino of Biarritz, France
side B of Black & Blue 33.504 and side A of Black & Blue 33.544 rec. December 13, 1973 at Studio Condorcet in Toulouse, France

Black & Blue 33.504 front cover photo by J.-P. Tahmazian
Evidence ECD 26036-2 front cover photo by James Fraher

Jimmy Rogers discography

notes by
Jacques Morgantini



Black & Blue 33.504 (Fr)




(=) Black & Blue 33.544 (Fr)
"Sloppy Drunk"




(=) Black & Blue CD 59.544
(Fr 1989) "Sloppy Drunk"

notes by Bill Dahl



= Evidence ECD 26036-2
(1993) "Sloppy Drunk"


= Black & Blue CD 452-2
(Blues Reference series)
"That's All Right"

391975Willie Mabon: Shake That Thing

- Riverboat
- I Enjoy Myself In Pau
- Shake That Thing
- Poison Ivy
- Hey Girl

- Worry Blues
- Hungry
- I'm Mad
- Got To Have Some
- Lover Girl

rec. June 29, 1973 at Condorcet Studio, Toulouse, France; Willie Mabon, voc, p, hca: Louis Myers, Jimmy Rogers, g; Dave Myers, b; Fred Below, dr



Black & Blue 33.506








= Black & Blue 33.545


= Black & Blue CD 435-2
(Blues Reference)

= P-Vine PCD 5532

401975Otis Rush: Screamin' And Cryin'

- Looking Back §   @ youtube
- You're Gonna Need Me   @ youtube (5:25)
- It's My Own Fault   @ youtube

- I Can't Quit You Baby *   @ youtube (7:15)
- Everyday I Have The Blues   @ youtube
- A Beautiful Memory   @ youtube (5:55)
- I Got News For You #
- I Can't Quit You Baby #

rec. November 26, 1974 at Barclay studio, Paris, France; Otis Rush, voc, g; Jimmy Dawkins, g; Willie Mabon, p; § Sunnyland Slim, p; * Jerome Van Jones, p, org; James Green, b; Robert Plunkett, dr

# CD bonus tracks
notes by Didier Tricard







Black & Blue 33.516


= Evidence ECD 26014-2
(1992)

40a1975Mickey Baker: Take A Look Inside

- Make Your Bed Up Mama
- Don't Doubt Me
- Take A Look Inside
- Blues Fell This Morning
- Diggin' In My Potatoes
- Playing With Danger #

- I'll Always Be In Love With You #
- She Brings Out The Animal
- New York, New York
- Tight Ropes & Bumpy Roads
- Bewildered

Mickey Baker, voc, g; Willie Mabon, p, hca; Dan Armstrong, b (except #); # Pete Morgan, b; Peter York, dr
photos by Alan Johnson
notes by Tony Cummings







Big Bear BEAR 5

notes by Tony Cummings





= Big Bear / Intercord
INT 146.408 (G 1979)

Big Bear discography

40b1975Rhythm And Blues Of Chicago
Bluesscene USA Vol. 1

Elmore James
- Knocking At Your Door

Willie Mabon
- Mean Mistreater
Ricky Allen
- Ouch
T.V. Slim
- You Can't Love Me
A.C. Reed
- Lotta Lovin'
Ricky Allen
- I Don't Got It
Jesse Fortune
- Good Things

T.V. Slim
- Hold Me Close To Your Heart
Willie Mabon
- I'm The Fixer
A.C. Reed
- This Little Voice
Jesse Fortune
- Heavy Heart Beat
Ricky Allen
- Early In The Morning

Willie Mabon
- Fannie Mae
Jesse Fortune
- Too Many Cooks


front cover photo by Paul Oliver: Street musicians on Maxwell Street, Chicago
notes by Paul Oliver









Storyville SLP 176

notes by Paul Oliver







= Teichiku ULS-1817-R (Jp)

notes by Paul Oliver







= Storyville SLP 840

Storyville discography

411976Willie Mabon Sings "I Don't Know" and other Chicago Blues Hits

- Trouble Blues
- Guilty Blues
- Hang Loose Baby
- Worry Blues
- I'm Going To Get You

- I Wonder
- Poison Ivy
- Hey Gal
- My Baby Won't Write To Me
- Thinkin' About You
- I Don't Know

rec. early 1972 in Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Little Mac Simmons, hca; Mighty Joe Young, Eugene Pearson, g; Jimmy Richards, b; Bill Warren, dr
Blues On Blues BOB 10004

notes by Pete Welding

Antilles AN 7013

41a1976Mighty Joe Young: Bluesy Josephine

- Teasin' The Blues (tk 2) #   @ youtube
- Five Long Years *   @ youtube

- Sweet Home Chicago *   @ youtube
- Wisefool Express (instr) (tk 2) *   @ youtube

- Take Money (tk 3) #   @ youtube

Black & Blue CD 59.521 2 / Evidence ECD-26023-2 bonus tracks:
- Fool's Advice (tk 3)   @ youtube
- Need A Friend   @ youtube


Black & Blue BB 442.2 track sequence:
- Teasin' The Blues (tk 1) # (10:20)
- Take Money (tk 1/2/3?) # (5:27)
- Five Long Years * (9:21)
- Wisefool Express (tk 1) * (6:32)
- Take A Fool [sic] Advice (tk 3) (4:38)
- Sweet Home Chicago (8:25)
- Need A Friend (4:35)

- Take Money (tk 2) # (5:18) [previously unissued]
- Wisefool Express (tk 1) (5:43) [previously unissued]
- Teasin' The Blues (tk 1) # (10:35) [previously unissued]



unissued tracks from same session:
- Take A Fool Advice (tk 1)
- Take A Fool Advice (tk 2)
- Take A Fool Advice (tk 4)
- Take A Fool Advice (tk 5)

- Take Money (tk 2) #
- Take Money (tk 4) #



rec. November 28, 1976 at Condorcet Studio, Toulouse, France; Mighty Joe Young, voc, g; * Ken Sajdak [Saydak], p (# Willie Mabon, p; Ken Sajdak [Saydak], org); Cornelius Boyson, b; Willie Hayes, dr

photography Black & Blue 33.521 (1976) / CD 59.521 2 (1989): Brigitte Charvolin
photography Black & Blue 33.521 (19??): Luc Nicolas-Morgantini
photography Evidence ECD-26023-2 (1993): Joseph A. Rosen (MJY at Mancini's Club, McKee's Rocks, PA, c. 1979)
photography Black & Blue 442.2 (2000): Jean-Pierre Tahmazian & Luc Nicholas Morgantini [sic], Brigitte Charvolin, Jean-Pierre Arniac & Willy Leiser

Mighty Joe Young discography

notes (in French) by
Didier Tricard (English trans-
lation by Gwen Persiany)







Black & Blue 33.521 (Fr 1976)

notes (in French) by
Didier Tricard (English trans-
lation by Gwen Persiany)







= Black & Blue 33.521
(Fr 19??)




(=) Black & Blue CD 59.521 2
(Fr 1989)

notes by Chris Heim







(=) Evidence ECD-26023-2
(US 1993)

notes (in French) by
Jacques Périn (English
translation by Jeff &
Patricia Kresser)



(=) Black & Blue BB 442.2
(Fr 2000)

42197?Sunnyland Slim: Worried About My Baby

- Worried About My Baby
- She Used To Love Me
- So Glad
- Levee Camp Blues
- Depression Blues

- I Got To Quit Ma Baby
- See My Lawyer
- It's You Baby
- No More Whiskey
- I Done You Wrong
- Swinging In Paris

rec. by Pierre Dobler at Barclay studio, Paris, France, Nov. 26, 1974: Sunnyland Slim, voc, p; Jimmy Dawkins, g; Willie Mabon, hca; James Green, b; Bob Plunkett, dr



Black & Blue 33.558
431976Heavy Timbre
Chicago Boogie Piano

Blind John Davis
- Davis Boogie
- A Little Every Day
- I Almost Lost My Mind
Sunnyland Slim
- She’s Got A Thing Goin’ On
- Canadian Walk
- Gotta See My Lawyer

Willie Mabon
- I Don’t Know

Willie Mabon
- World of Trouble
- The Seventh Son
Jimmy Walker
- Four O’Clock Blues
- I Just Want To Hold On
Erwin Helfer
- The Fives
- Improvizations
Sunnyland Slim organ / Erwin Helfer piano
- Big Joe

CD bonus tracks:
Sunnyland Slim
- Promote Sunnyland A Drink
Blind John Davis
- Kansas City

Willie Mabon
- Slow Blues
Sunnyland Slim organ / Blind John Davis piano
- Johnny Sunny Blues
Jimmy Walker
- Mr. Freddie Blues









The Sirens 102


(=) The Sirens CD 5002 (2002)

441976Boogie Woogie: Jean-Paul Amouroux And His Friends
Duos with Memphis Slim, Sammy Price, Milt Buckner, Jay McShann, Willie Mabon

- Boogie for 2 Pianos
- Crazy Boogie
- Lady Be Good Boogie
- Mister Freddie Boogie
- Sixth Avenue Express n 1
- Devil's Boogie
- Honky Tonk Train Blues
- My Chile
- Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
- Slapping the Boogie
- Boogie for Fats Domino
- Boogie for Chuck Berry
- Boogie for Lionel Hampton
- Boogie for 3 Pianos
- Boogie Woogie Explosion

Media 7

= Media 7 MDCD 201 (1989)

451978going to chicago blues!   1949-1957

Robert Jr. Lockwood
- Aw Aw Baby [J.O.B. 1107]   @ youtube
- Sweet Woman From Maine [J.O.B. 1107]   @ youtube
L.C. McKinley
- Blue Evening (Blues) [Vee Jay unissued]   @ youtube
J.B. Lenoir
- In The Evening [J.O.B. unissued]  @ youtube
- Please Don't Go Away [J.O.B. unissued]   @ youtube
Forest City Joe
- Ash Street Boogie [Aristocrat unissued]   @ youtube


Willie Mabon
- It's Gonna Hurt You [Federal unissued] #   @ youtube
- Got To Find My Baby [Federal unissued] #   @ youtube
Robert Jenkins Trio
- Steelin' Boogie pt. 1 [Parkway 103]   @ youtube
- Steelin' Boogie pt. 2 [Parkway 103]   @ youtube
Sunnyland Slim
- Back To Korea [Sunny 101]   @ youtube
- It's All Over Now [Sunny 101]   @ youtube


# rec. Chicago, Aug. 16, 1957; Willie Mabon, p; Ellis Hunter, g, Bill Anderson, b; Lonnie Lee Evans, dr

A Division of Son Brimmer Enterprises
Album production: Joe Willie Gilmore
Liner notes: Hayes Williams
Mastering: Friday Ford Studios
Design and Calligraphy: Garfield Akers
Photos: Dudlow Tutwiler Archives
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Negro Rhythm 107
[George Paulus label]

BU 130/26

461979Willie Mabon: Chicago Blues Session!@ youtube

- Little Red Rooster   @ youtube
- Lonely Blues   @ youtube
- It's A Shame   @ Spotify
- Moanin' Blues   @ youtube

- Monday Woman (A Tribute to Jimmy Reed)   @ youtube
- Louise (A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf)   @ youtube
- Seventh Son (Dedicated to Wilie Dixon)   @ Spotify
- I'm Mad   @ youtube
- A Change Is Gonna Come   @ Spotify

rec. July 4th, 1979 at Odyssey Sound Studio, Chicago, IL; Willie Mabon, voc, p, hca; Hubert Sumlin, g; Eddie Taylor, g; Aron Burton, b; Casey Jones, dr

inner sleeve notes by Willy Leiser ("About Willie Mabon")
and Horst Lippmann ("About The Session")
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Bellaphon CDLR 82003
- Little Red Rooster
- Lonely Blues
- It's A Shame
- Moanin' Blues
- Monday Woman (A Tribute to Jimmy Reed)
- Louise (A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf)
- Seventh Son (Dedicated to Wilie Dixon)
- I'm Mad
- A Change Is Gonna Come
- I Don't Know #   @ Spotify
- Mabon's Boogie #   @ Spotify

# additional tracks from L+R 42.013
notes by Willy Leiser
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L + R 42.003


= Evidence CD 26063 (1995)

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(=) Bellaphon CDLR 82003
(1996) "Willie Mabon"
(Blues Classics series)

L + R discography

471979Blues 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

481979Willie Mabon & Jean-Paul Amouroux:
Boogie Woogie For 2 Pianos


- Boogie In The Garden *
- Klickety Klock *
- I Don't Know *
- Willie's Blues *
- Boogie Woogie Time
- When The Saints Go Marchin' In # *

- Willie's Boogie Woogie *
- Boogie All Night Long
- Honky Tonk Train Blues
- Shake Eattle And Roll *
- Pinetop's Boogie Woogie *
- Slapping The Boogie *

rec. February 22 & 23, 1979 live at Jardin de Beaubourg in Paris, France; Willie Mabon, left p, voc, # hca; Jean-Paul Amouroux, right p; * Gilles Chevaucherie, b

Adda 590119 (Fr 1979)




= Adda CD 590119
(Fr 1992)


= Swing Land SLCD 1503

  Willie Mabon & Jean-Paul Amouroux:
Boogie Woogie For 2 Pianos Vol. 2


Milan unissued
491980The first Blues Sampler

Louisiana Red & Sunnyland Slim Blues Band
- Chicago, Glad To Be Back Home
J.B. Lenoir
- I Feel So Good
The Eddie Taylor Blues Band + Carey Bell
- Wreck On 83 Highway
Willie Dixon with Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim
- My Babe
Eddie Boyd with Buddy Guy a.o.
- Blue Monday Blues
Eunice Davis with Wasboard Doc, Lucky & Flash a.o.
- Rock Little Daddy

Hubert Sumlin & Carey Bell
- Brought Up The Hard Way

Willie Mabon with Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Taylor a.o.
- Monday Woman
Wasboard Doc, Lucky & Flash; guest Lousiana Red
- Early One Morning
Philadelphia Jerry Ricks & Oscar Klein
- Levee Woman
Sunnyland Slim Blues Band; guest Carey Bell
- Tired Of Travelling
Lousiana Red
- Witchcraft Blues


tracks from other L+R LPs, and unissued takes
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L+R 42.006 (Germany 1980)

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= L+R 30 888 2
(Germany 1980) "Blues
Meeting"
(Club Edition)

L + R discography

501980Willie Mabon: I'm The Fixer

- I'm The Fixer [USA 741]
- Lover Gal [previously unissued]
- Just Got Some [USA 735]
- I'm Hongry [USA 750]
- Some More [USA 759]
- Don't Let That Music Die [previously unissued]

- Somebody Gotta Pay [USA 767]
- Harmonica Special (instr) [USA 767]
- New Orleans Blues [USA 759]
- Some Time I Wonder [USA 787]
- Something For Nothing [USA 805]
- Baby Sweet [USA 805]




Jewel / P-Vine PLP-9017
(Jp 1980)

notes by Alan Balfour







= Flyright LP 580
(UK 1981)
"Original USA recordings
1963-64"

Flyright discography

511981
DLP
American Folk Blues Festival '80

LP 1:
Louisiana Red
- Pretty Woman #
- I Wonder Who #
- Lonesome Train #
- Tribute To Mama Spivey # °°

Willie Mabon
- Mabon's Boogie *   @ Spotify
- I Don't Know *   @ Spotify
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Washboard Doc, Lucky & Flash
- Shake, Rattle And Roll ||
Eunice Davis
- Rock Little Daddy []
Washboard Doc, Lucky & Flash
- Flip, Flop And Fly ||
Hubert Sumlin & Carey Bell
- Gamblin' Woman //
- I Got A Little Thing They Call The Swing //


LP 2:
Carey Bell
- One Day I Get Lucky \\
- Nineteen Years Old \\
- What My Mama Told Me \\
Sunnyland Slim
- Everytime I get To Drinking §

Sunnyland Slim
- Sunnyland's New Orleans Boogie §
Eddie Taylor
- Dust My Broom $
- There'll Be A Day $
Louisiana Red
- Labour Blues ##
- Thirty Dirty Women # °°


°° not on CD

rec. April 20 in Saarbrücken, April 22 in Mannheim, May 5 in Hamburg and May 7 in Düsseldorf, Germany
# Louisiana Red, voc, g
* Willie Mabon, voc, p; Hubert Sumlin, g; Eddie Taylor, g; Robert Stroger, b; Odie Payne, dr
|| Joseph "Washboard Doc", washboard; Cab Lucky, g, voc; John "Flash" Whitner, washtub b, humazoo, voc; Louisiana Red, dobro
[] Eunice Davis, voc; Sunnyland Slim, p
// Hubert Sumlin, voc, g; Carey Bell, hca; Eddie Taylor, g \\ Carey Bell, voc, hca; Hubert Sumlin, g; Eddie Taylor, g; Robert Stroger, b; Odie Payne, dr
§ Sunnyland Slim, voc, p; Carey Bell, hca; Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Taylor, g; Robert Stroger, b; Odie Payne, dr
$ Eddie Taylor, voc, g; Carey Bell, hca; Hubert Sumlin, g; Robert Stroger, b; Odie Payne, dr
## Louisiana Red, voc, g; Carey Bell, hca; Sunnyland Slim, p; Hubert Sumlin, g; Robert Stroger, b; Odie Payne, dr


photos by Ulla Reimer, Gerd Scheffler and Norbert Hess

Hubert Sumlin discography

American Folk Blues Festival discography

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notes by Norbert Hess
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L+R 42.013
(Germany 1980)

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(=) Optimism LR CD-2013
(US 1991)

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(=) Bellaphon CDLS 42013
(Germany 1998)

L + R discography

521982Willie Mabon & His Combo: The Seventh Son

- I Don't Know
- Worry Blues
- I'm Mad
- Night Latch
- You're A Fool
- Monday Woman
- I Got To Go
- Cruisin'
- Late Again

- Would You Baby ?
- Poison Ivy
- Say Man
- Wow I Feel So Good
- Come On Baby
- The Seventh Son
- Lucinda
- Knock On Wood
- Got To Let You Go

Crown Prince IG-402 (Swe)
531982Willie Mabon: I'm A Heart Regulator
Blues Roots Vol. 16

- I Don't Know [Parrot 1050 / Chess 1531]
- Begger Or Bandit [previously unissued]
- You're A Fool [Chess 1548]
- Monday Woman [Chess 1548]
- Willie's Blues [previously unissued]
- Someday You Gotta Pay [previously unissued]
- Poison Ivy [previously unissued]

- I'm Mad At You [previously unissued]
- Lonely Blues [previously unissued]
- I'm Tired [previously unissued]
- He Lied [previously unissued]
- Knock On Wood [Chess 1627]
- Why Did It Happen To Me [previously unissued]
- Seventh Son [Chess 1608]

'Blues Roots' series originally compiled by Manfred Miller & Wolfgang Michels
cover photo by Stephanie Wiesand

Chess GCH 8099 / Chess CH 9189 prod. for reissue by Milton Malden, Norman Schoenfeld & Freddi Jefferies
notes by Manfred Miller

Teldec/Chess 6.24806 AG
(Germany 1982)








= Sugar Hill/Chess CH 9189
(US 1984)






= Green Line/Chess
GCH 8099 (It 198?)


'Blues Roots' discography

541984Willie Mabon: Mr. I-Don't-Know Man

- Knock On Wood
- The Seventh Son
- Poison Ivy
- You're A Fool
- He Lied
- Willie's Blues
- Say Man
- Someday You Gotta Pay

- I Don't Know
- Worry Blues
- Monday Woman
- Night Latch
- I'm Mad At You
- I'm Mad
- I Got To Go
- Why Did It Happen To Me



Chess / P-Vine PLP-6020 (Jp)
551984Willie Mabon: CHESS Masters

- I Don't Know
- Beggar Or Bandit
- You're A Fool
- Monday Woman
- Willie's Blues
- Someday You Gotta Pay
- Poison Ivy

- I'm Mad (alt. track)
- Lonely Blues
- I'm Tired
- He Lied
- Knock On Wood
- Why Didn't It Happen To Me
- The Seventh Son



Chess CXMP 2056
561986Atlantic Blues: Piano

- Yancey Special - Jimmy Yancey
- Talkin' Boogie - Little Brother Montgomery
- Mournful Blues - Jimmy Yancey
- Farish Street Jive - Little Brother Montgomery *
- Salute To Pinetop - Jimmy Yancey
- Vicksburg Blues 1951 - Little Brother Montgomery *
- Shave 'Em Dry - Jimmy Yancey

- Frankie And Johnny - Champion Jack Dupree
- T.B. Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
- Strollin' - Champion Jack Dupree
- Ball The Wall - Professor Longhair *
- Tipitina - Professor Longhair
- Blue Sender - Vann Piano Man Walls
- After Midnight - Vann Piano Man Walls


- Roll 'Em Pete - Joe Turner with Pete Johnson, p
- 'Fore Day Rider - Jay McShann
- Cherry Red - Jay McShann Joe Turner with Pete Johnson, p *
- My Chile - Jay McShann
- Cow Cow Blues - Meade Lux Lewis
- Albert's Blues - Meade Lux Lewis
- Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade Lux Lewis

- Ray's Blues - Ray Charles *
- Low Society - Ray Charles
- A Bit Of Soul - Ray Charles *
- Hey Bartender - Floyd Dixon
- Floyd's Blues - Floyd Dixon
- After Hours Blues - Texas Johnny Brown
- Junco Partner - Doctor John

- I Don't Know - Willie Mabon #

* not included on CD reissue
# rec. October 24, 1976 in Chicago; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Mick Jagger, hca; Lurrie Bell, b; Morris Jennings, dr; prod. by Ahmet Ertegun & Mick Jagger
2 LP set
notes by Jim O'Neal

Atlantic 7-81694-1

part of "Atlantic Blues:
Guitar, Piano, Vocalists,
Chicago"
(8 LP box)

Atlantic 7-81713-1

4 CD set

(=) Atlantic CD 82309 (1990)
"Atlantic Blues: Guitar,
Piano, Vocalists, Chicago"

56a1987The Best of Chess Blues   Volume One

- Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
- Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel) - Robert Nighthawk
- 24 Hours - Eddie Boyd and His Chess Men

- Seventh Son - Willie Mabon
- Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulsom
- (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
- Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
- Juke - Little Walter & His Night Cats
- Eisenhower Blues - J.B. Lenoir
- Walking By Myself - Jimmy Rogers
- Don't Start Me Talkin' - Sonny Boy Williamson
- Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) - Little Walter


compiled by Andy McKaie



Chess CHD-31315
56a1991The Blues   Volume 6
'50s Rarities

- Goin' Back Home - Howlin' Wolf
- Juke (U 7437-4) - Little Walter [previously unissued]
- Funeral Hearse At My Door - Rocky Fuller
- Date Bait - Blue Smitty & His String Men
- Lake Michigan - Memphis Minnie
- What Kind Of Gal Is That? - Little Joe E. Lee
- I Don't Know - Sonny Boy Williamson II
- Would You Call Me A Fool? - Percy Mayfield
- All Night Long - Muddy Waters
- Gary Stomp - John Brim
- Overseas - Floyd Jones
- Got Lonesome Here - Eddie Boyd
- Messin' Around With The Blues - Alberta Adams

- I'm Mad (alt tk) - Willie Mabon [previously unissued]
- Alarm Clock Blues - Floyd Dixon
- Don't Drive Me Baby - Lowell Fulson



Chess/MCA CH/CHD-
9330 (1991)
56b1992The Ultimate Blues Collection Volume 2

CD 1:
Willie Mabon
- I Don't Know
- Rainy Night In Georgia
Carey Bell
- She's Nineteen Years Old
Fernest Arcenaux
- The Things I Used To Do
Archie Edwards
- Boogie Woogie Mama #
Big Jay McNeely
- Pretty Girls
- Country Boy
Detroit Gary Wiggins
- That What You Doin' To Me
Luther Allison
- The Dock Of The Bay
- Let's Try It Again


CD 2:
John Lee Hooker
- Introduction
- Goin' To California
- Black Night Is Falling
- Crawlin' Kingsnake
John Cephas
- Richmond Blues #
- St. James Infirmary #
Louisiana Red
- Louisiana Boogie
- When My Mama Was Livin'
- Got Sad News
- Stop Doggin' Me Around
Sam Chatmon
- I Gets The Blues #
- St. Louis Blues
#

CD 3:
Champion Jack Dupree
- Wine, Wine, Wine
- You Can Make It
Memphis Piano Red
- Mother-In-Law Blues #
- Barrelhouse Blues #
Erwin Helfer and The Chicago Allstars
- Sneaky Pete
- 4 O'clock Blues
Tommy Tucker
- Blues Had A Baby
- Hard Luck Blues
- Five Long Years #
- Drifting Blues
#

# previously unreleased
3 CD set



Chrisly CM 11002
("Chrisly Blues Box")

Ornament discography

56c1992The Ultimate Blues Collection Volume 3

CD 1:
Karen Carroll
- Little Red Rooster
- Woke Up This Morning
- Big Boss Man
- Sweet Home Chicago
Maisha Grant
- Help Me Through The Day
- Mellow Down Easy
- Mama Talk To Your Daughter
- Please Love Me
The Cat
- Tin Roof Rules
Katie Webster
- When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
- Misty Blue


CD 2:
Thomas Shaw
- I'm Broke And I Haven't Got A Dime
- Sail Along Little Girl
Joanna Connor
- Guitar Woman
- The Sky Is Crying
VGO / Ed Morris
- Talking Hard Luck Blues
James 'Son' Thomas
- Bull Cow Blues
Luther Allison
- Fight
- Freedom
Thomas Shaw
- Smokey Mountain
- Mini Blues
Sam Chatmon
- Sittin' On Top Of The World


CD 3:
Willie Mabon
- Klickety Klock
- Lover Girl
- Dorsey's Boogie
- The Seventh Son
The Cat
- I Love My Baby
- Came Home This Morning
- Rockin' The Subway
'Big Moose' Walker
- Don't Cry Baby
Little Willie Littlefield
- Adam Come And Get Your Bone
- Prisoner For Tonight
Tommy Tucker
- Trouble In Mind



3 CD set



Chrisly CM 11003
("Chrisly Blues Box")
571993Willie Mabon: Seventh Son
Charly Masterworks Vol. 44

- I Don't Know
- I'm Mad (alt tk)
- Got To Have It
- Beggar Or Bandit
- You're A Fool
- Monday Woman
- I'm Tired
- Lonely Blues
- Willie's Blues
- Poison Ivy
- He Lied
- Someday You Gotta Pay
- The Seventh Son
- Knock On Wood
- Why Didn't It Happen To Me
- I'm Mad At You

1952-1960 Formal, USA, Mad recordings

Charly CDBM44
581993Sunnyland Slim: House Rent Party
with Jimmy Rogers, Willie Mabon, St. Louis Jimmy, ...

- I'm Just A Lonesome Man
- Sad Old Sunday (Mother's Day)

Willie Mabon
- Boogie Man
- Hard Time (When Mother's Gone)
- Chicago Woman
- I'm In Love
- Bad Times (Cost Of Living)
- Nervous Breakdown

Willie Mabon
- It Keeps Rainin'
- Brown Skin Woman
- Old Age Has Got Me
- That's All Right
- Sad Old Sunday (alternate)
- I'm Just A Lonesome Man (alternate) - Bad Times (alternate)

Delmark DE 655
(Apollo series)

www.delmark.com

591994Hubert Sumlin: Blues Anytime!

- It's You Baby *
- Love You Woman *
- Everytime I Get To Drinking *
- When I Feel Better *
- Blues Anytime *
- I Love *
- Leavy
[sic] Camp Moan *
- My Babe *
- Hubert's Blues *
- We Gonna Jump *
- Big Legged Woman *
- Too Late For Me To Pray *

- Mabon's Boogie #
- I Don't Know #
- Woodchopping Blues []
- I Love []
- Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky []

* rec. Nov. 1, 1964 at the Amiga-Studios in East-Berlin, Germany; Hubert Sumlin with Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon, Clifton James (from L + R 42.004 (1981))

# rec. April 20/22th, and May 5/7th, 1980 in Saarbrücken, Mannheim, Hamburg, and Düsseldorf, Germany; Willie Mabon, voc, p; Hubert Sumlin, voc, g; Eddie Taylor, el. g; Robert Stroger, b; Odie Payne, dr (from L + R 42.013 (1981))
[] rec. March 17, 1981 at the Siegerlandhalle. Siegen, Germany; Hubert Sumlin, voc, g; Louisiana Red, voc, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Robert Stroger, b; Odie Payne, dr (from L + R 42.022 (1981))
click to enlarge !
L + R CDLR 72010

L + R discography

601995The Best of Willie Mabon: I Don't Know
Chicago Rhythm & Blues Piano

- I Got To Have Some
- Mean Mistreater
- Why Did It Happen To Me
- Fannie Mae
- Sometime I Wonder
- I'm Hungry
- Just Got Some
- Harmonica Special
- Too Hot To Handle
- Somebody's Gotta Pay
- I Don't Know
- Shake That Thing
- Dorsey's Boogie Woogie
- Little Red Rooster
- Rockin' Willie

Wolf WBJ 020
611997Chess Blues Piano Greats

disc 1:
Eddie Boyd
Otis Spann

disc 2:
Willie Mabon
- Don't Know
- Worry Blues
- I'm Mad
- Got To Have It
- Monday Woman
- I Got To Go
- Life Could Be Miserable
- Late Again
- Willie's Blues
- Say Man
- Poison Ivy
- Wow! I Feel So Good
- The Seventh Son
- Lucinda
- Someday You Will Have To Pay
- He Lied
- Knock On Wood
- I Love My Baby
Lafayette Leake
- Slow Leake
- Wrinkles (live)
- Swiss Boogie (live)
2 CD set

MCA 9385
621999I Blueskvarter Chicago 1964, Volume One

CD One
Willie Mabon
- Michelle
- I´m Hungry
- I Don't Know
- New Orleans Blues
- I'm The Fixer
James Brewer
- I Know A Woman, She Lives Up The Hill
- Big Road Blues
- Blues In The Morning, Blues Every Turn Around
- Poor Kelly Blues
- I Don't No Woman, She Got Hair Like Drops Of Rain
Eddie Boyd (+ Mike Bloomfield)
- Five Long Years
- Early Grave
- The Big Question
- Look Over Younder Wall
Yank Rachell (+ John Lee Granderson, Mike Bloomfield)
- Going To Pack Up My Things And
- Every Night And Day, I Hear My Baby Call My Name
- My Baby Rocks Me
- My Baby's Gone, Soon I´ll Be Gone Myself



CD Two
Johnny Young (+ Slim Willis, Otis Spann, Robert Whitehead)
- Why Did You Break My Heart
- Better Cut It Out
- My Baby Walked Out And Left
- Step By, Baby
- Monkey-Face Woman
Sunnyland Slim (+ Mike Bloomfield)
- Brownskin Woman - It's You Baby
- One Room Country Shack
- Sunnyland's Jump
- Rock Me
Big Walter Horton (+ Robert Nighthawk)
- Let's Have A Good Time
- Mean Mistreater
- I'm In The Mood
- Louise, Louise
- You Don't Mistreat Me
- Trouble In Mind

Interviews
Willie Mabon
James Brewer
Eddie Boyd
Yank Rachell
2 CD set



Jefferson Records
SBACD 12653/4

www.jeffersonbluesmag.com

631999Chicago Blues From Federal Records

Kid Thomas
- Wolf Pack
- The Spell
- Jivin' Mess
- You're Fine
- Come Here Woman
- Beulah Come Back
- Here Is My Story
- Ride On, Ride On
Smokey Smothers
- I've Been Drinking Muddy Water
- Blind And Dumb Man Blues
- Hello Little School Girl [Federal 12466]
- Come On Rock Little Girl

Willie Mabon
- Light Up Your Lamp
- Rosetta Rosetta
- It's Gonna Hurt You
- Got To Find My Baby
Bobby King
- I Want You To Rock Me
- Two Telephones
- W-A-S-T-E-D
- What A Day What A Night
Eddie Clearwater
- Real Good Time
- Hey Bernardine



(=) Ace CDCHD 717
(UK 1999)
642002Don't Worry 'bout The Bear

disc 1
- Shake Your Boogie - Snooky Pryor
- After You There Won't Be Nobody Else - Snooky Pryor
- Crossroads - Homesick James
- Highway 51 - Homesick James
- Honeydripper - Big John Wrencher
- Seems Like A Million Years - Eddie "Playboy" Taylor
- Ready For Eddie - Eddie "Playboy" Taylor
- Don't Worry 'Bout the Bear - Doctor Ross
- I'm A Mannish Boy - Doctor Ross
- Got Something To Tell You [live] - Doctor Ross, Chicago Aces
- Sneaky Pete - Erwin Helfer
- Homage To AA And PJ - Erwin Helfer, Bob Hall
- Texas Flood - Whispering Smith
- Walkin' In The Park - Lightnin' Slim
- 12th Street Boogie - G.P. Jackson
- Meet Me In The Alley - Johnny Mars, Boogie Woogie Red & Baby Boy Warren


disc 2
- She's in L.A. - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
- Do It If You Wanna - Eddie "Guitar" Burns
- Viper Song - Boogie Woogie Red
- I Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold
- It's My Own Fault - Johnny Mars
- I've Been Down So Long - Johnny Mars

- Klickety Klock - Willie Mabon
- Blues Fell This Morning - Mickey Baker
- I'll Always Be In Love With You - Mickey Baker
- Alimony - Tommy Tucker
- Buzzard Luck - Billy "The Kid" Emerson
- Blues For My Baby - Charles Brown
- So Tired - Gene "The Mighty Flea" Connors
- Let The Good Times Roll - Gene "The Mighty Flea" Connors
- Honky Tonk - Gene "The Mighty Flea" Connors
- When A Woman Loves A Man - Cousin Joe
2 CD set
notes by Jim Simpson

Indigo IGOXDCD 2503 (UK)


= Sanctuary CD 81268 (2003)


= Castle CD 36170 (US 2005)

652002The USA Records Blues Story

- Figure Head - Lonnie Brooks
- The Duck Walk - Eddy Clearwater

- Some Time I Wonder - Willie Mabon
- From My Heart - Fenton Robinson
- Going Or Coming - Ricky Allen
- Forget It - Jimmy Burns
- It's Bad To Make A Woman Mad - Detroit Junior
- You Better Stop - Andrew Brown
- Hard Times (Follow Me) - Mighty Joe Young
- Like Heaven To Me - Koko Taylor
- I Feel So Good - J.B. Lenoir
- I'd Rather Fight Than Switch - A.C. Reed

- Just Got Some - Willie Mabon
- Too Many Cooks - Jesse Fortune
- Crossroads - Homesick James
- I Have Made A Change - Ricky Allen
- She's A Sweet One - Junior Wells
- Through All Your Faults - Jimmy Burns
- Call My Job - Detroit Junior
- Momee, Momee - Eddy Clearwater
- Something Can Go Wrong - Andrew Brown
- I'm Not Going Home - Lonnie Brooks
- Say You're Leavin' - Fenton Robinson
- My Baby's Sweet - Homesick James
- Honky Tonky - Koko Taylor
- Good Things - Jesse Fortune


compiled by Bill Dahl
notes by Bill Dahl

Fuel 2000 061209

= Varese Sarabande

662005The Chronological Willie Mabon 1949 - 1954

- Bogey Man
- It Keeps Raining
- Worry Blues
- I Don't Know
- I'm Mad
- Got To Have It
- Beggar Or Bandit
- Night Latch
- You're A Fool
- Monday Woman
- I Got To Go
- Cruisin'
- I'm Tired
- Would You Baby ?
- Late Again
- Come On Baby
- Lonely Blues
- Willie's Blues
- Poison Ivy
- Say Man

Classics CD 5154
(Blues & Rhythm Series)
672013Willie Mabon: Willie's Blues
The Greatest Hits 1952 - 1957

- Worry Blues
- I'm Mad
- Got To Have It
- Beggar Or Bandit
- You're A Fool
- Monday Woman
- I Got To Go
- Life Could Be Miserable
- I'm Tired
- Late Again
- Poison Ivy
- Say Man
- Lonely Blues
- Willie's Blues
- Wow I Feel So Good
- Someday You Will Have To Pay
- He Lied
- The Seventh Son
- Lucinda
- Knock On Wood
- Light Up Your Lamp
- Rosetta Rosetta
- It's Gonna Hurt You
- Got To Find My Baby






Jasmine JASMCD 3040
 

Additional information appreciated !!!

 

Sources / Further reading:
- own record collection
- Bob Eagle & Eric S. LeBlanc: Blues - A Regional Experience.- Santa Barbara (Praeger Publishers) 2013, p. 245
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970 (2nd edition).- Vancouver 2012, pp. 242,/nbsp;407-408, 415
- Bez Turner, Guido van Rijn & Jim O'Neal (with help from Alan Balfour): Willie Mabon discography.- Blues Unlimited 143 (1982), pp. 29-31
- http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/aristocrat.html (Aristocrat discography)
- http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/chess2.html (Chess discography)
- http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/parrot.html (Parrot discography)
- http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads/label/crown/crown.htm
- eBay auctions
- diverse internet resources

source of left column picture: Front cover of L + R 42003; photographer: Willy Leiser

thanks to Alan Balfour, Marc Claes, Phil Wight, Lex Jansen, Max Hoeffner, Robert Pruter and Kedric Mabon for additional info / scans

 

Odie Payne, Little Johnny Jones, Willie Mabon, Big Bill Hill, Sam Dawson, Caledonia Lounge, Chicago 1950; source: Blues Forum Nr. 2 (März/April/Mai 1981), p. 41; photoshop treated by Stefan Wirz
Odie Payne, Little Johnny Jones, Willie Mabon, Big Bill Hill, Sam Dawson, Caledonia Lounge, Chicago 1950

source: Blues Forum Nr. 2 (März/April/Mai 1981), p. 41; photographer's name not given; photoshop treated by Stefan Wirz

 

W I L L I E   M A B O N   Chess publicity photo, c. 1953; source: Blues Forum Nr. 7 (3. Quartal 1982), p. 21; photographer: Maurice, Chicago
Chess publicity photo, c. 1953
source: Blues Forum Nr. 7 (3. Quartal 1982), p. 21
photographer: Maurice, Chicago

 

Jimmy Bolden, W I L L I E   M A B O N   & Luther Tucker, Chicago, 1959; source: Blues Unlimited #143 (Autumn/Winter1982), p. 27; photographer: Marcel Chauvard
Jimmy Bolden, Willie Mabon & Luther Tucker, Chicago, 1959
source: Blues Unlimited #143 (Autumn/Winter1982), p. 27; photographer: Marcel Chauvard

 

 W I L L I E   M A B O N   & Luther [not 'Otis'!] Tucker, Chicago, 1959 [not 1961!]; source: ; photographer: Marcel Chauvard
Willie Mabon & Luther [not "Otis"!] Tucker, Chicago, 1959 [not 1961!]
source: ; photographer: Marcel Chauvard

 

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