Compower: - Rosco Gordon
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Modern Music
Matrix number: - 1503 - Master (3:18)
Recorded: - February 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
- April 1951
First appearance: - RPM Records (S) 78rpm RPM 322-A mono
CITY WOMEN / ROSCOE'S BOOGIE
Reissued: - 1998 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 694-3 mono digital
ROSCO GORDON - THE BEST OF THE RPM YEARS
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Rosco Gordon – Vocal & Piano
Rosco Gordon's name is misspelled on all RPM labels.
''I had a Memphis band and a road band'', recalled Rosco Gordon. ''The Memphis band was used mostly on recordings. Willie
Wilkes, he played tenor saxophone. He was an old guy at the time, good player. I mean he was tight, he was like my father and me being so young. Richard Sanders was the great baritone, he had the guts and that, I tell you. There was Raymond Thomas, alto saxophone
and Manson on drums. For sessions I also used Adolph Duncan on tenor saxophone, Billy ''Red'' Love on piano, Pat Hare on guitar, and Tuff Green on bass''.
''On the road, I had E. Jefferson and Harvey Simmons on tenor saxophones, Billy ''Red'' Love on piano, Murry Daley on drums with pick-up bass players. I toured
with Tuff Green's band as well'', said Gordon.
gig was in Mason, Tennessee, Doyle's Nitespot. I played Arkansas, Brinkley, The Club Eldorado in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, all over Mississippi... West Memphis and Club Handy on Beale Street, Memphis. The audiences were very enthusiastic 'cause
I had a new sound''.
''Look, we were young, he confides.
''We were enjoying what we were doing. Man, I was so hot! Every time I looked around I had a new record out. At 18 or 19 I had the best of everything, big Cadillac, the sharpest clothes, $200 shoes, girls... had so much fun, I tell you, But I didn't know anything
about the business side. I get as big a thrill out of playing now as I did then. The same thrill, the same enthusiasm, the same energy, everything. It's still there. It doesn't just disappear''. (MH)