LietuviųEnglish (United Kingdom)
Pradinis puslapis M Willie Mabon - Chicago Blues
Willie Mabon - Chicago Blues
Artists - M
There are no translations available.

Willie Mabon

Willie Mabon (24 October 1925, Hollywood, Memphis, Tennessee – 19 April 1985, Paris, France) was an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist.

Career

Born Willie James Mabon, and brought up in Memphis, he had become known as a singer and pianist by the time he moved to Chicago in 1942. He formed a group, the Blues Rockers, and in 1949 began recording for the Aristocrat label, and then Chess. His style contrasted with many Chess artistes – it was cool and jazzy, emphasising piano and saxophone rather than guitar and harmonica.

His biggest success came in 1952 when his debut solo release, "I Don't Know", topped the Billboard R&B chart for eight weeks. He picked it up from the older boogie-woogie pianist, Cripple Clarence Lofton. It was one of the most popular releases of its era, becoming Chess' biggest hit in the period before Chuck Berry's and Bo Diddley's success. It also became one of the first R&B hit records to be covered by a leading white artist, Tennessee Ernie Ford. Mabon's original was played on Alan Freed's early radio shows and also sold well to white audiences, crossing over markets at the start of the rock and roll era.

Mabon returned to the top R&B slot in 1953 with "I'm Mad", and had another hit with the Mel London penned "Poison Ivy" in 1954. However, his career failed to maintain its momentum, and record releases in the late 1950s on a variety of labels were largely unsuccessful. After a lull he repeated the process more modestly in the early 1960s with "Got To Have Some" and "I'm The Fixer".

After moving to Paris in 1972, he recorded and toured in Europe, as well as playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, until his death in April 1985.

Legacy

  • Mabon's song "I Don't Know" was covered by The Blues Brothers.
  • His song "Just Got Some" was covered by Rod Stewart.
  • "Seventh Son", first recorded by Mabon in 1955, has since been covered by a number of artists including Johnny Rivers, John Mellencamp, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Mose Allison, Sting, Climax Blues Band,and Long John Baldry.

His coolly humorous, slightly effeminate style greatly impressed the English R&B singer and keyboard player, Georgie Fame.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Bliuzo žmonės - Blues Artists - Random

Tommy Crain & the Crosstown Al

Tommy Crain & the Crosstown Allstars Blues / Southern Rock ...

Johnny Copeland

Johnny Copeland (27 March 1937, Haynesville, Louisiana – 3 July 1997, ...

Ken Saydak - Chicago Blues

Ken Saydak Ken Saydak has enjoyed a nearly forty-year career as a musi...

Big Walter Horton - Chicago Bl

Big Walter Horton Big Walter Horton or Walter “Shakey” Horton (Apr...

Peleckis Mindaugas

Peleckis Mindaugas, poetas, prozininkas, melomanas, žurnalistas.Gimė 1...

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Clarence "Gatemouth" BrownClarence "Gatemouth" Brown (April 18, 1924 —...

Jimmy McCracklin

Jimmy McCracklinJimmy McCracklin (born August 13, 1921, St. Louis Miss...

Buddy Guy - Chicago Blues

Buddy Guy George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Gr...

Papa Charlie McCoy - Chicago B

Papa Charlie McCoy Charles “Papa Charlie” McCoy (May 26, 1909, Jackso...

The Hoochie Coochie Band - UK

The Hoochie Coochie Band Blues / Rock / Alternative Wa...

Sonny Terry

Sonny TerrySaunders Terrell, better known as Sonny Terry (24 October 1...

Dave Specter - Chicago Blues

Dave SpecterBlues guitarist, bandleader and producer Dave Specter has ...

Eddie Shaw - Chicago Blues

Eddie Shaw Biography When it comes to blues, Chicago's strictly a guit...

Muddy Waters - Chicago Blues

Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield (born April 4, 1913, Issaquena Coun...

Lovie Lee - Chicago Blues

Lovie Lee Best known as Muddy Waters' final piano accompanist, the sa...

The Caldonians Blues Band

The Caldonians Blues Band Blues Roma Ital...

Banner
Banner