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Big Bob Dougherty

Posted in 33 rpm, Big Bob Dougherty, documents, R'n'B with tags , , , , , on January 22, 2011 by crownpropeller

Big Bob Dougherty on Golden CrestThe sleeve of the above LP (Golden Crest LP CRSP 1000) carries what was supposed to be the only known photograph of Leavenworth KS R’n’B saxophonist Big Bob Dougherty, who was active in Leavenworth and Kansas City in the fifties and early sixties. Not much was known about Big Bob’s career after he had a small hit with “Big Bob’s Boogie” on Decca in 1952.

Last autumn though I went down to the Otto Flückiger archives where i found a file containing several letters from Otto to Big Bob and vice versa and some gorgeous photographs. This and some old newspaper clippings allowed me to write the “Big Bob Dougherty Story”. Unfortunately I cannot tell much more now, since I have to wait until Big Bob’s story will be published in “Blues & Rhythm” magazine sometime in summer 2011. Sometime after that, I will put the whole story up on the web. But to give you a little taste, here’s Big Bob playing and singing “Hot Foot” in 1959 or 1960, a track also featured on the above LP.

Hot Foot

Bill Harris (guitar) – the discography

Posted in 33 rpm with tags , , , , on January 7, 2011 by crownpropeller

Bill Harris: Rhythm

I finally reveived the last Bill Harris Lp I had missed up to now: “Rhythm” from 1973. The terribly underrated masterful Bill Harris (1925–1988) recorded the first jazz guitar solo-album ever on an acoustic (spanish) guitar  in 1956 while being a member of the R’n’B band The Clovers. During his career Harris released only a handful of records, first for Mercury, later for Jazz Guitar – his own label – and for the french imprint Black & Blue (“Down in the Alley” and “Rhythm”).  I have put up an illustrated discography of Harris’ work on the jazzdocumentation site which is opened by a nice little movie about Harris that I found on Youtube.