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Modern 795-809-813-822-828 Audio Series
 
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Joe Hill Louis
''I FEEL LIKE A MILLION (I FEEL SO GOOD'' - B.M.I. - 2:28
Composer: - Jules Taub-Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1459
Recorded: - July 27, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1950
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 795-A mono
I FEEL LIKE A MILLION / HEARTACHES BABY
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis - Vocal, Guitar
Ford Nelson – Piano
Unknown - Drums
More Details Unknown

''I Feel Like A Million'' begins with a wonderful riffing between the harmonica and guitar with the latter taking up a boogie motif behind the vocals.
Joe Hill Louis
''HEARTACHE BABY'' - B.M.I. - 3:00
Composer: - Jules Taub-Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1460
Recorded: - July 27, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Fall 1950
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 795-B mono
HEARTACHE BABY / I FEEL LIKE A MILLION
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis - Vocal, Guitar
Ford Nelson – Piano
Unknown - Drums
More Details Unknown

''Heartache Baby'' is a slow blues of the type that Phillips was looking for in Joe's work. The vocal and harmonica are the lead instruments with the guitar chording and the drums in perfectly synchronized support.
Walter Horton (Mumbles)
''LITTLE BOY BLUE'' - B.M.I. - 2:58
Composer:- Walter Horton
Publisher: - Unpublished
Matrix number: - 1508 - Take 2
Recorded: - February 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Early 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 809-A mono
LITTLE BOY BLUE / NOW TELL ME BABY

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Walter Horton - Vocal & Harmonica
Joe Hill Louis - Guitar, Percussion
Willie Johnson - Guitar
Unknown tap dancing effect
Other Musicians Unknown

During subsequent weeks Sam cut further sessions with Walter Horton, who was accompanied by Joe Hill Louis on guitar and drums, and possibly a dancer with bottle tops on his boots, producing a novel clickerty-clack effect.

An unknown pianist is just audible on ''Little Boy Blues'' and ''I'm In Love With You Baby''. From these first sessions the Biharis selected ''Little Boy Blues'' and ''Noe Tell Mt Baby'' for Horton's first release on Modern 20-809. On the labels he was credited as ''Mumbles''.
Walter Horton (Mumbles)
''NOW TELL ME BABY'' - B.M.I. - 3:07
Composer: - Walter Horton
Publisher: - Unpublished
Matrix number: - 1506- Take 1
Recorded: - February 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - Early 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 809-B mono
NOW TELL ME BABY / LITTLE BOY BLUE

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Walter Horton - Vocal & Harmonica
Joe Hill Louis - Guitar, Percussion
Willie Johnson - Guitar
Unknown tap dancing effect
Other Musicians Unknown

The real sensation was finding an alternate take of ''Now Tell Me Baby'', which is quite different from the released version on Modern 20-809. This features the legendary guitarist Willie Johnson, whose choked guitar figure is musically better than the released version. Maybe Sam Phillips was looking for diversity, trying out new arrangements and riffs. Sadly we could not use both versions because the released master take is irreparably damaged. However it is available on a Memphis Blues collection on Nighthawk LP 105. (MH)
Joe Hill Louis
''COLD CHILLSs'' - B.M.I. - 2:35
Composer: - John Lee Williamson
Publisher: - Wabash Music Corporation
Matrix number: - MM 1493 Take 3
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Recorded: - November 27, 1950
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 813-A mono
COLD CHILLS / BOOGIE IN THE PARK
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass, Drums
Ford Nelson - Piano

Sam Phillips has always had the ability and the willingness to persist with an artist that had the innate talent that he was looking for. He worked hard and long with a promising artist and the Louis takes selected for original release are routinely superior to the others. Joe was not an easy musician to work with, frequently  unprepared and sometimes careless. In the sessions that followed, he tended to move toward an emphasis on the guitar as a lead instrument. The harmonica is more often used for fills, sometimes quite erratically. Joe could pick a fine guitar but could just as soon go quite out of tune, which made him unreliable as a sideman. (MH)
Joe Hill Louis
''BOOGIE IN THE PARK'' - B.M.I. - 2:46
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis-Sam Phillips
Publisher: - Modern Music
Matrix number: - MM 1492 Take 1
Recorded: - November 27, 1950 - Remake
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 813-B mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK / COLD CHILLS
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass, Drums
Ford Nelson - Piano

''Boogie In The Park'' the follow-up record, stayed in what might be called the classic one-man-band styling while the reverse side, John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson's ''Cold Chills'', is the first and one of the best of his slow guitar dominated blues. Other similarly fine performances on this session include Saint Louis Jimmy's ''Going Down Slow'' and an alternate take of ''Street Walkin' Woman'' (the acetate of the original 78 is irreparably damaged). (MH)
Joe Hill Louis
''STREET WALKIN' WOMAN'' - B.M.I. - 3:17
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1541
Recorded: - November 27, 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance:- Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 20-822-A mono
STREET WALKIN' WOMAN / WALKIN' TALKIN' BLUES
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass, Drums
Ford Nelson - Piano
Joe Hill Louis
''WALKIN' TALKIN' BLUES'' - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Joe Hill Louis
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - MM 1540 Take 3
Recorded: - Unknown Date December 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 20-822-B mono
WALKIN' TALKIN' BLUES / STREET WALKIN' WOMAN
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drums
Joe Hill Louis
''EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND'' - B.M.I. - 2:36
Composer: - Sonny Boy Williamson
Publisher: - EMI Music Publisher Limited
Matrix number: - MM 1564
Recorded: - May 30, 1951
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 828-A mono
EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND / GOING DOWN SLOW
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono digital
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drums
Joe Hill Louis
''GOING DOWN SLOW'' - B.M.I. - 2:38
Composer: - James Oden
Publisher: - Universal - MCA Music Limited
Matrix number: - MM 1565
Recorded: - Unknown Date December 1950
Memphis Recording Service
706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Released: - 1951
First appearance: - Modern Records (S) 78rpm Modern 828-B mono
GOING DOWN SLOW / EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND
Reissued: - 2001 Ace Records (CD) 500/200rpm CDCHD 803 mono digital
BOOGIE IN THE PARK

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Joe Hill Louis – Vocal, Harmonica, Guitar, Hi-Hat, Bass Drums
 
 
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