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Jesse Fuller was among the greatest one-man bands in blues history. The title of this 1958 date adequately described the session's musical width and depth; Fuller handled everything from old spirituals such as "I'm Going to Meet My Loving Mother" to the rollicking "Memphis Boogie" and "Fingerbuster," and the concluding "Hesitation Blues." As sole performer, melodic, rhythmic, and performing focus, Fuller's energy never wanes through the CD's 11 numbers. He nicely conveys the varying moods, themes, and sentiments, knowing which lyrics to emphasize, when to intensify the pace, and when to lower his voice and let the music make the point.


Born: 12 March 1896 in Jonesboro, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Equipped with a band full of instruments operated by various parts of his anatomy, Bay Area legend Jesse Fuller was a folk music favorite in the '50s and '60s. His infectious rhythm and gentle charm graced old folk tunes, spirituals, and blues alike. One of his inventions was a homemade foot-operated instrument called the "footdella" or "fotdella." Naturally, Fuller never needed other accompanists to back his one-man show. His best-known songs include "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Beat It on Down...
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