Chanteur Country US né Horace Leon Chappelear, le 4 août 1915 à Tyler (Texas). Leon Chappel a débuté à la radio RWKH de Shreveport (Louisiane) en 1933, et dès 1935, Leon enregistre pour Bluebird Records avec les "Shelton Brothers". Leon Chappel a aussi enregistré pour Decca et Capitol Records. Il a été membre du "Jimmie Davis' Sunshine Boys". Leon Chappel est décédé le 23 octobre 1962 à Gladewater (Texas).

Leon Chappel remains a sadly unrecognized progenitor of Western swing, later recording a clutch of singles for Capitol that are fascinating for their mutant hillbilly-blues approach. Born Horace Leon Chappelear in Gilmer, TX, on August 1, 1909, he dropped his first name by 1929, when he teamed with friends Joe and Bob Shelton to form the Lone Star Cowboys. After launching their career at Tyler, TX, station KGKB, the three relocated to Shreveport, LA, where they signed to station KWKH. Sans his fellow Lone Star Cowboys, Chappelear made his recorded debut for the Gennett label with 1932's Jimmie Rodgers-inspired "Trifling Mama Blues" before reuniting with the Sheltons in mid-1933 to back singer Jimmie Davis on a session for Bluebird. Davis helped land the Lone Star Cowboys a deal with Victor, resulting in seminal early Western swing sides like "Deep Elm Blues" and "Just Because." Musical differences nevertheless prompted Chappelear to split with the Sheltons soon after, and after forming a new group he christened Leon's Lone Star Cowboys, his music swerved even closer to jazz, spearheaded by the kinetic fiddle playing of Lonnie Hall and a series of clarinetists.
Leon's Lone Star Cowboys signed to Decca in mid-1935, recording just a handful of sides for the label before tragedy struck: while returning from a September live date, the vehicle carrying Chappelear crashed, and he was hospitalized with severe head injuries. Although he survived the incident, there is much conjecture that he never fully recovered, as evidenced by the erratic course of his remaining years; nevertheless, within six months Leon's Lone Star Cowboys were again recording for Decca and playing live on KWKH, although the group relocated to Shreveport station KRMD soon after, reportedly due to subpar performances. Chappelear took the opportunity to shuffle the roster, creating a new 12-piece lineup that was in many respects his tightest and most dynamic, but after a final 1937 session, Decca terminated the band's contract. The next decade of Chappelear's life is in large part a mystery — he effectively retired from music to become a policeman, but his law enforcement career ended in ignominy when he was convicted of accepting bribes, possibly resulting in a prison sentence. From there, he worked for several years as a pipe fitter.
By the time he resurfaced in the late '40s, Chappelear had abbreviated his surname to "Chappel," and was playing in a new honky tonk outfit called the Lone Star Ramblers. Somehow he reconnected with Jimmie Davis, fresh off his first stint as governor of Louisiana, and was invited to join Davis' backing band, the Sunshine Boys. After signing to Capitol, Davis called in a few favors and landed Chappel a Capitol deal of his own. Beginning with his 1951 label debut, "Slow Down Sweet Mama," his latter-day music boasted an almost anachronistic sound marrying bluesy, boozy juke-joint country with trace elements of his Western swing roots. "I'm a Do-Right Daddy" followed that summer, but Chappel did not issue his third and ultimately final Capitol single, "Don't Dog Me 'Round," until late 1953 — by most accounts, he spent the long layoff as a truck driver and pipe layer, and after Capitol dropped his contract, he returned to Shreveport, working at as a superintendent at the city dog pound. Health problems dating back to his earlier car crash continued to plague Chappel throughout his life, and after the disintegration of his marriage, he slipped into a deep depression, finally committing suicide while visiting his sister in Gladewater, TX, on October 23, 1962.

Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Western Swing

MISTREATED BLUES (1935) (Leon's Lonestar Cowboys)

MY LITTLE GIRL (1936) (Leon's Lonestar Cowboys)

TRUE BLUE PAPA (1950) (Leon Chappel)

I'M A DO RIGHT DADDY (1951) (Leon Chappel)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

1932 78 t. CHAMPION 16497 (US) Leon CHAPPELEAR - Little Joe The Wrangler / I'd Like To Be In Texas For Roundup In Spring
1933 78 t. CHAMPION 16547 (US) Leon CHAPPELER - Too Good To Be True / Trifling Mama Blues
1933 78 t. VICTOR 23846 (US) LONE STAR COWBOYS - Hang Out The Front Door Key / Deep Elm Blues
1933 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6001 (US) LONE STAR COWBOYS - Hang Out The Front Door Key / Deep Elm Blues
1933 78 t. VICTOR 23850 (US) LONE STAR COWBOYS - Will There Be Any Cowboys In Heaven? / Wonderful Child
1934 78 t. BLUEBIRD 5283 (US) LONE STAR COWBOYS - Tumble Down Shack In My Dreams / Who Wouldn't Be Lonely
1934 78 t. CHAMPION 45046 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Dillinger's Warning / Golden Sunset Trail
1935 78 t. CHAMPION 45068 (US) Leon CHAPPELER - Little Joe The Wrangler / I'd Like To Be In Texas For Roundup In Spring
1935 78 t. CHAMPION 45151 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Mistreated Blues / Sweet Sue
1935 78 t. CHAMPION 45152 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Sweet Sue / Sitting On Top Of World
1935 78 t. CHAMPION 45165 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Weary Blues / Four Or Five Times
1935 78 t. CHAMPION 45167 (US) Leon CHAPPELER - Trifling Mama Blues / Too Good To Be True
1935 78 t. CHAMPION 45169 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Kansas City Blues / Buggle Call Rag
1935 78 t. BLUEBIRD B-6052 (US) LONE STAR COWBOYS - Crawdad Song / Just Because
1936 78 t. CHAMPION 45174 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Dinah / I'm A Do Right Daddy
1936 78 t. CHAMPION 45185 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - White River Stomp / My Little Girl
1936 78 t. CHAMPION 45195 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Just Forget / Truly I Promise Love
1936 78 t. CHAMPION 45196 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Milenberg Joys / No Mama Blues
10/1936 78 t. DECCA 5280 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Thirty First Street Blues / China Boy
11/1936 78 t. DECCA 5288 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - I'll Never Say Never Again / Texas Plains
11/1936 78 t. DECCA 5289 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Mr. And Mrs. Is The Name / I Know I Love You, But I Do
12/1936 78 t. DECCA 5301 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - My Gal Sal / That Old Sweetheart Of Mine
01/1937 78 t. DECCA 5323 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Weary Blues / Four Or Five Times
02/1937 78 t. DECCA 5328 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Sweet Sue / Sittin' On Top Of The World
03/1937 78 t. DECCA 5340 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Blue Eyed Blonde / Trouble In Mind
04/1937 78 t. DECCA 5361 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Dinah / I'm A Do Right Daddy
05/1937 78 t. DECCA 5377 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Who Walks In When I Walk Out / In A Little Red Barn
06/1937 78 t. DECCA 5388 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Too Good To Be True / Angry
07/1937 78 t. DECCA 5396 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - Kansas City Blues / Buggle Call Rag
08/1937 78 t. DECCA 5404 (US) LEON'S LONESTAR COWBOYS - You're In My Heart To Stay / Wild Cat Mama
09/1937 78 t. DECCA 5416 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - Baby Won't You Come Along / Traveling Blues
09/1937 78 t. DECCA 5423 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - Mama Don't Allow It / Mistreated Blues
09/1937 78 t. DECCA 5433 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - White River Stomp / My Little Girl
11/1937 78 t. DECCA 5449 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - I'm Serving Days / The Empty Cradle
11/1937 78 t. DECCA 5454 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - No Mama Blues / Milenberg Joy
02/1938 78 t. DECCA 5481 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - Dear Little Girl / New Do Right Baby
04/1938 78 t. DECCA 5511 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - You're A Million Miles From Nowhere / She's Running Around
05/1938 78 t. DECCA 5530 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - Prairie Rose / My Mother Rosary
07/1938 78 t. DECCA 5551 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - Red Hot Mama From Way Out / Going Up To Dallas
08/1938 78 t. DECCA 5571 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - She's Got Me Worried / Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia
06/1939 78 t. DECCA 5697 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - I Never Knew / Toodle Oo Sweet Mama
01/1941 78 t. DECCA 5914 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - Just Forget / Truly I Promise I Love You
03/1941 78 t. DECCA 5928 (US) LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS - Ben Wheeler Stomp / Tiger Rag
1948 78 t.. RCA-VICTOR 20-2941 (US) LONE STAR COWBOYS - Crawdad Song / Just Because
05/1950 78 t.. CAPITOL 1008 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - True Blue Papa / You Hear Me Talkin'
05/150 SP CAPITOL F1008 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - True Blue Papa / You Hear Me Talkin'
08/1950 78 t.. CAPITOL 1156 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Keep Him Satisfied / Streamlined Gal
08/1950 SP CAPITOL F1156 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Keep Him Satisfied / Streamlined Gal
04/1951 78 t.. CAPITOL 1447 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Slow Down Sweet Mama / Tell Me Mama
04/1951 SP CAPITOL F1447 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Slow Down Sweet Mama / Tell Me Mama
08/1951 78 t.. CAPITOL 1756 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - I'm A Do Right Daddy / Take Your Time Mama
08/1951 SP CAPITOL F1756 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - I'm A Do Right Daddy / Take Your Time Mama
11/1951 78 t.. CAPITOL 1862 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Gonna Turn You Loose / I'm A Long Gone Doggie
11/1951 SP CAPITOL F1862 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Gonna Turn You Loose / I'm A Long Gone Doggie
01/1952 78 t.. CAPITOL 1954 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Booger Blues / You're A Lovin' Woman
01/1952 SP CAPITOL F1954 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Booger Blues / You're A Lovin' Woman
04/1952 78 t.. CAPITOL 2065 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Little Bitty Blues / True Detective
04/1952 SP CAPITOL F2065 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Little Bitty Blues / True Detective
07/1952 78 t.. CAPITOL 2167 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Lowdown Lonesome Blues / Automatic Mama
07/1952 SP CAPITOL F2167 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Lowdown Lonesome Blues / Automatic Mama
07/1953 78 t.. CAPITOL 2526 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Double Up And Catch Up / I'm Getting Mighty Tired
07/1953 SP CAPITOL F2526 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Double Up And Catch Up / I'm Getting Mighty Tired
10/1953 78 t.. CAPITOL 2611 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Don't Dog Me 'round / New Do Right Daddy
10/1953 SP CAPITOL F2611 (US) Leon CHAPPEL - Don't Dog Me 'round / New Do Right Daddy

Albums

07/2001 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 16254 (DE) AUTOMATIC MAMA - You Hear Me Talkin' / True Blue Papa / Keep Him Satisfied / Slowdown Sweet Mama / Streamlined Gal / Tell Me Mama / I'm A Do-Right Daddy / Take Your Time Mama / (I'm A) Long Gone Doggie / Gonna Turn You Loose / You're A Lovin' Woman / Little Bitty Blues / Don't Dog Me Around / True Detective / Automatic Mama / Lowdown Lonesome Blues / Booger Blues / Just A Blue-Eyed Blonde / Double Up And Catch Up / What Makes You Hesitate / Sweethearts Or Friends / How Come You Do Me Like You Do / New Do-Right Daddy / I'm Gettin' Mighty Tired / A True Man's Hard To Find / I'm Checkin' You Out
2002 CD ORIGINAL JAZZ LIBRARY 1001 (US) WESTERN SWING CHRONICLE - VOLUME 2 - Trifling Mama Blues (Leon CHAPPELEAR & The LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Just Because (LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Who Walks In When I Walk Out (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / No Mama Blues (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Bugle Call Rag (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Too Good To Be True (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Wonderful Child (LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Texas Plains (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Baby Won't You Come Along (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Ben Wheeler Stomp (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Angry (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Red Hot Mama From Way Out West (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Hang Out The Front Door Key (LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Kansas City Blues (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Milenburg Joys (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / I Never Knew (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / It's All Coming Home To You (Jimmie DAVIS) / China Boy (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Trouble In Mind (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Crawdad Song (LONE STAR COWBOYS) / She's Got Me Worried (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Mr. And Mrs. Is The Name (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Deep Elm Blues (LONE STAR COWBOYS) / White River Stomp (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / You're In My Heart To Stay (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / I'm A Do Right Papa (LEON'S LONE STAR COWBOYS) / Too Good To Be True (Leon CHAPPELEAR & The LONE STAR COWBOYS)

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