Archive for Big Bob Dougherty

Desperately wanted: Big Bob Dougherty Acetate

Posted in acetates, Big Bob Dougherty with tags , on March 19, 2016 by crownpropeller

In January 2016 I unfortunately missed the ebay auction for this 45rpm acetate :

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As some of you might know I am interested in every little snippet of Leavenworth KS R’nB saxophonist Big Bob Dougherty, as i am still working on a biography/discography of Dougherty. Now I am desperately searching for the person who won the auction. If you are that person, or know who bought this record, it would be very nice if you contact me or ask the one person bought it to contact me. I would be ready to pay a nice sum for a digital copy. I also offer to buy that record for a lot more money  than the winner of the auction had to pay.

Or I can offer digital files of another very nice Big Bob Dougherty acetate, this one probably from 1944, way earlier than Big Bob Dougherty’s first commercial recording in exchange for digital copies of this acetate. Whatever it need to get this music to me …

There was a little snippet of music with this auction and from what I could hear, this acetate must be from around 1958 or 1959. What is called “Whalin'” here is the same tune Dougherty recorded in 1954 for his own label Cosmopolitan as “Whale” and in 1958 or 1959 for Golden Crest as “Wail”.

The flip, “Ready Ready Baby” is a nice jumpy tune with Big bob singing. Dougherty never recorded this one again.

So, who has this record?

And: Are there even more Big Bob Dougherty acetates around?

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Julia Lee on rare Foremost 105

Posted in 45 rpm, Big Bob Dougherty with tags , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2014 by crownpropeller

As long time readers of this blog know, I am interested in Leavenworth KS saxophonist Big Bob Dougherty. So about two years ago I acquired Bear Family’s Julia Lee 5cd box “Kansas City Star”, because I knew that Dougherty played on Lee’s last session for Capitol Records and on her later recordings done for small Kansas City labels Damon and Foremost.

Bear Family’s 5-CD box was supposed to contain all of Lee’s recordings, but unfortunately, as the liner notes say “despite a 2-year search we have not been able to find a copy of Foremost 105”.

Foremost 105 saturday

And  – I can happily add – it took me another two years to finally get a copy (see above) – though it is rather rotten, as you can hear:

 

Note that this is a promotion copy, but there are regular copies as well. I noticed one on ebay two weeks before I spotted my DJ copy.

Both “Blues Discography” as well as the discography to the booklet of the Bear Family Julia Lee box set have “probably same” personnel for the four tracks recorded for Foremost as for Julia Lee’s 1954/1955 Damon session. This would be Big Bob Dougherty, ts; possibly a second unidentified ts; Ted Williams; g; Howard “Jack” Lewis (b); Richard “Corky” Jackson; dms. Bear Family also notes Gene Carter on alto saxophone for the Damon session, but there is no alto to be heard. Instead there may be a second ts.
Now on the Foremost session (or sessions, there may have been two) there are definitely two tenor saxes to be heard on all  tracks. If Dougherty was one of the saxes he probably brought his band along. But I find it hard to say whether Dougherty is there or not and the coarseness of the scratched record does not make it much easier.

Foremost 104 was announced in the Billboard of march 3, 1957.  The standard discographies give the date as 1957. Note though that the foundation of Foremost records was announced in Billboard of August, 18 1956. There Julia Lee is mentioned in the “talent line-up”.  On September 22, 1956, two fifths of a Billboard page  are covered by a Foremost ad announcing among others a new release by Julia Lee: “’She’s  Shoutin’ Those Blues Again” – Her Newest Comin’ Soon”. From then it took half a year until Billboard announced the release of Foremost 104 in the march 23 issue of 1957. Foremost 105 was not mentioned in the trade press, nor was there an ad for it.

The composer of “Saturday Night” (matrix no. FB-3123) is given as one “Rita Swift”. This may not be so, since Swift is also given as the composer for Richard M. Jones’ famous “Trouble In Mind” (matrix no. FB-3122) on the other side of Foremost 105.

Foremost 105 TRouble

Of course you are probaby not here for all that discographical mumbo jumbo but for some music. So here – exclusively for readers of my blog – is my not-on-youtube christmas special:

Julia Lee doing “Trouble In Mind”

Enjoy!

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