STUDIO SESSION FOR WALTER BRADFORD & LOUIS CALVIN HUBERT
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE 1952
 
SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION: SATURDAY JUNE 14, 1952
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM C. PHILLIPS
 
Walter Bradford was a 17-year-old disc jockey in Forrest City, Arkansas, and Sam Phillips cut these sides with the hopes a placing the titles with Chess Records. (A couple of months earlier, Bradford's "Dreary Nights"/"Nuthin' But The Blues" had been paired up release on SUN 176, but had been withdraw). 
 
"REWARD FOR MY BABY*" - B.M.I. - 3:01
Composer: - Walter Bradford
Publisher: - Delta Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 14, 1952
Released: - September 1977
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm CR 30126-B-3 mono
SUN: THE ROOTS OF ROCK - VOLUME 11 - MEMPHIS BLUES SOUNDS
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-3-11 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958
 
''Reward For My Baby'', this,  however, is a powerful and arresting track and it bears an uncanny resemblance to James Cotton's "Cotton Crop Blues", recorded a couple of years later. Both titles feature guitarist Pat Hare, and it is Hare's work which enhances the similarity. This would only seems to have been Hare's second session - and if it was, then its readily apparent that he'd emerged from Arkansas with a fully- formed style, which already incorporated that familiar distorted tone. The sheer uninhibited force of his playing here really is quite remarkable - and to complete the parallel with "Cotton Crop Blues" there is the same ominous piano played by  Louis Calvin Hubert , and an anguished vocal delivery by Bradford which is surprisingly similar to Cotton's version.
"LOVE FOR MY BABY*" - B.M.I. - 2:14
Composer: - Walter Bradford
Publisher: - Delta Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 14, 1952
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm Sunbox 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-3-12 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958
 
Like Willie Nix and Jimmy DeBerry a couple of months earlier, Bradford tackles Robert Lockwood's traditional ''Take A Little Walk'' - albeit with a slightly amended lyric. His high-pitched vocal delivery rather betrays his youth, and on this side he is frequently overshadowed by Pat Hare's merciless guitar chops. If a complete acetate of Bradford's Sun 78 is ever found, perhaps we'll hear something that Sam Phillips heard, and something we don't hear in the unissued sides.
"TOO BLUE TO CRY*" - B.M.I. - 2:47
Composer: - Walter Bradford
Publisher: - Delta Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 14, 1952
Released: - 1990
First appearance: - Charly Records  (CD) 500/200rpm CD SUN 38 mono
THE SUN BLUES ARCHIVES - VOLUME 6 - TOO BLUE TO CRY 
Reissued: - March 8, 2013 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17310-5-3 mono
THE SUN BLUES BOX 1950 - 1958
 
Other than Pat Hare's dominant and unmistakable guitar playing on ''Too Blue To Cry'' there is little to commend this side to your attention. Hare's playing is usually cause for celebration. This is no excepten, although you have to put up with Bradford's unremarkable singing, consistently erratic sense of timing, and the presence of somebody ( Louis Calvin Hubert , perhaps?) crying incessantly throughout the track. This title, recorded in 1952, was part of the ''crying blues'' tradition that enjoyed some popularity in the early 1950s (see Rosco Gordon's ''Weeping Blues'' for a local example) before it mercifully wore itself, and many listeners, out. Again, Pat Hare offers a solo that comes close to his playing on ''Cotton Crop Blues'', two years before that iconic work with James Cotton was recorded.
"LUCY DONE MOVED**" - 1 - B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: -   Louis Calvin Hubert
Publisher: - Delta Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None -  Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - June 14, 1952
Released: - 1986
First appearance: - Charly Records (LP) 33rpm SUNBOX 105 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1956
Reissued: - 1996 Charly Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDSUNBOX 7-3-13 mono
SUN RECORDS - THE BLUES YEARS 1950 - 1958
Although listed in the files as a Bradford vocal, the singer here on ''Lucy Done Moved'' is quite obviously older than the one heard on the previous songs. As we know what Pat Hare sounds like as a singer, we're guessing that pianist  Louis Calvin Hubert takes the vocal here. It's a Joe Tuner-style blues without Turner's commanding presence, but still a solid performance highlighted by Hare's coruscating guitar. Hubert was the pianist on some of Howlin' Wolf's recordings, and made his last appearance at Sun with another Arkansas-based combo, Sammy Lewis and Willie Johnson. From there, his trail goes cold. Bradford reportedly moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and evokes just the faintest memories from those around at that time. He died in 1995. Drummer Jerry Lee walker later worked sessions in St. Louis and played with Oliver Sain and Little Milton... both of whom were based there, but he too is now deceased. Hare's story is recounted elsewhere on this sessions website.
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Walter Bradford - Vocal*
 Louis Calvin Hubert  - Piano** and Vocal - 1
Pat Hare - Guitar
Jerry Walker – Drums
 
 
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