Guitariste et chef d’orchestre US né le 14 Octobre 1922 à Newby (Oklahoma). Jimmy Liggins débuta comme boxeur professionnel à l'âge de 18 ans sous le nom de Kid Zulu, puis il quitta la boxe pour devenir manageur de son propre frère, Joe Liggins, lors d'une tournée. En 1947, suivant les pas de son frère, Jimmy Liggins commença sa propre carrière musicale comme chanteur, guitariste et leader du groupe 'Drops Of Joy', sur le le label d’Art Rupe, Specialty Records. L'un de ses premiers titres sortis, "Cadillac Boogie" fut le précurseur de "Rocket 88", souvent reconnu comme le premier album de Rock'n Roll. En enregistrant des titres comme "Tear Drop Blues" et, plus tard, "Drunk" conjointement avec de grands saxophonistes comme Maxwell Davis, il devint l'un des musiciens les plus reconnus durant la période Jump Blues de la fin des années 1940 jusqu'au début des années 1950. Il quitta le label Specialty en 1954, en enregistrant "I Ain't Drunk", plus tard reprise par Albert Collins sur le label Aladdin Records, avant de quitter peu à peu la scène musicale. Jimmy Liggins est décédé le 18 Juillet 1983 à Durham (Caroline du Nord).

Another of the jump blues specialists whose romping output can be pinpointed as a direct precursor of rock & roll, guitarist Jimmy Liggins was a far more aggressive bandleader than his older brother Joe, right down to the names of their respective combos (Joe led the polished Honeydrippers; Jimmy proudly fronted the Drops Of Joy). Inspired by the success of his brother (Jimmy toiled as Joe's chauffeur for a year), the ex-pugilist jumped into the recording field in 1947 on Art Rupe's Specialty logo. His "Tear Drop Blues" pierced the R&B Top Ten the next year, while "Careful Love" and "Don't Put Me Down" hit for him in 1949. But it's Liggins' rough-and-ready rockers -- "Cadillac Boogie," "Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man," and the loopy one-chord workout "Drunk" (his last smash in 1953) -- that mark Liggins as one of rock's forefathers. His roaring sax section at Specialty was populated by first-rate reedmen such as Harold Land, Charlie "Little Jazz" Ferguson, and the omnipresent Maxwell Davis. Liggins left Specialty in 1954, stopping off at Aladdin long enough to wax the classic-to-be "I Ain't Drunk" (much later covered by Albert Collins) before fading from the scene.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar, Leader

Style musical : Boogie Woogie, Jump Blues, Early Rhythm 'n' Blues

CADILLAC BOOGIE (1947)

DRUNK (1953)

BOOGIE WOOGIE KING (1954)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

1947 78 t. SPECIALTY 520 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - I Can't Stop It / Troubles Goodbye
1947 78 t. SPECIALTY 521 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Cadillac Boogie / Teardrop Blues
1947 78 t. SPECIALTY 523 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Move Out Baby / Rough Weather Blues
1947 78 t. SPECIALTY 525 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Move Out Baby / Rough Weather Blues
12/1948 78 t. SPECIALTY 319 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Careful Love / Homecoming Blues
1949 78 t. SPECIALTY 322 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Baby I Can't Forget You / Looking For My Baby
10/1949 78 t. SPECIALTY 339 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Nite Life Boogie / Don't Put Me Down
03/1950 78 t. SPECIALTY 353 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Mississippi Boogie / Misery Blues
03/1950 SP SPECIALTY SP 353-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Mississippi Boogie / Misery Blues
06/1950 78 t. SPECIALTY 362 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - The Song Is Gone / Answer To The Teardrop Blues
06/1950 SP SPECIALTY SP 362-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - The Song Is Gone / Answer To The Teardrop Blues
09/1950 78 t. SPECIALTY 374 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Sincere Lover's Blues / Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man
09/1950 SP SPECIALTY SP 374-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Sincere Lover's Blues / Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man
11/1950 78 t. SPECIALTY 380 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Shuffle Shack / I Want My Baby For Christmas
11/1950 SP SPECIALTY SP 380-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Shuffle Shack / I Want My Baby For Christmas
04/1951 78 t. SPECIALTY 397 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Down And Out Blues / Lonely Night Blues
04/1951 SP SPECIALTY SP 397-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Down And Out Blues / Lonely Night Blues
06/1951 78 t. SPECIALTY 406 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Lover's Prayer / The Washboard Special
06/1951 SP SPECIALTY SP 406-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Lover's Prayer / The Washboard Special
12/1951 78 t. SPECIALTY 418 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Goin' Down The Sun / That's What's Knocking Me Out
12/1951 SP SPECIALTY SP 418-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Goin' Down The Sun / That's What's Knocking Me Out
04/1952 78 t. SPECIALTY 427 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Stolen Love / Low Down Blues
04/1952 SP SPECIALTY SP 427-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Stolen Love / Low Down Blues
1952 78 t. SPECIALTY 434 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Dark Hour Blues / Brown Skin Baby
1952 SP SPECIALTY SP 434-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Dark Hour Blues / Brown Skin Baby
1953 78 t. SPECIALTY 470 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His 3-D MUSIC - Drunk / I'll Never Let You Go
1953 SP SPECIALTY SP 470-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His 3-D MUSIC - Drunk / I'll Never Let You Go
02/1954 78 t. SPECIALTY 484 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Come Back Home / Going Away
02/1954 SP SPECIALTY SP 484-45 (US) Jimmy LIGGINS & His DROPS OF JOY - Come Back Home / Going Away
1954 SP ALADDIN 3250 (US) I Ain't Drunk / Talkin' That Talk
1954 SP ALADDIN 3251 (US) No More Alcohol / Boogie Woogie King


 

Albums

1981 LP 12" VIVID SOUND ? (JAP) SATURDAY NIGHT BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN - I Can't Stop It / Teardrop Blues / Cadillac Boogie / Rough Weather Blues / Move Out Baby / Homecoming Blues / Lookin' For My Baby / Don't Put Me Down / Night Life Boogie / Saturday Night / Boogie Woogie Man / The Washboard Special / That's What's Knockin' Me Out / I'll Never Let You Go / Drunk
1990 CD SPECIALTY SPCD-7005-2 (US) JIMMY LIGGINS AND HIS DROPS OF JOY - I Can't Stop It / Troubles Goodbye / Teardrop Blues / Cadillac Boogie / Move Out Baby / Careful Love / Homecoming Blues / Baby I Can't Forget You / Don't Put Me Down / Nite Life Boogie / Mississippi Boogie / Come Back Baby / Answer To Teardrop Blues / That Song Is Gone / Saturday Night Boogie WoogieMan / Shuffle Shuck / The Washboard Special / That's What's Knockin' Me Out / Hep Cat Boogie / I Want My Baby For Christmas / Train Blues / Baby's Boogie / Drunk / Going Away / Come Back Home
1990 CD ACE CDCHD 306 (UK) JIMMY LIGGINS AND HIS DROPS OF JOY - I Can't Stop It / Troubles Goodbye / Teardrop Blues / Cadillac Boogie / Move Out Baby / Careful Love / Homecoming Blues / Baby I Can't Forget You / Don't Put Me Down / Nite Life Boogie / Mississippi Boogie / Come Back Baby / Answer To Teardrop Blues / That Song Is Gone / Saturday Night Boogie WoogieMan / Shuffle Shuck / The Washboard Special / That's What's Knockin' Me Out / Hep Cat Boogie / I Want My Baby For Christmas / Train Blues / Baby's Boogie / Drunk / Going Away / Come Back Home
1992 CD SPECIALTY SPCD-7026-2 (US) VOL. 2 - ROUGH WEATHER BLUES - Bye Bye Baby Good-Bye / Lookin' For My Baby / Rough Weather Blues / Misery Blues / Give Up Little Girl / Lonely Nights Blues / Saturday Night Boogie-Woogie Man [test version] / Lover's Prayer / Now's The Time / Sincere Lover's Blues / Down And Out Blues / Unidentified Instrumental / Blues For Love / Brown Skin Baby / Stolen Love / Jumpin' And Stompin' / Low Down Blues / Cloudy Day Blues / Goin' Down With The Sun / Dark Hour Blues / Pleading My Cause / I'll Never Let You Go / Railroad Blues / Drunk / I'll Always Love You
1999 LP 12" ROUTE SIXTY-SIX 18 (US) I CAN'T STOP IT - Don't Put Me Down / Troubles Good-Bye / Misery Blues / Move Out Baby / Answer To Teardrop Blues / That Song Is Gone / Goin' Down With The Sun / Brown Skin Baby / Down & Out Blues / Lonely Nights Blues / Dark Hour Blues

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