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Album Review

The third volume in Classics' Amos Milburn series picks up after his biggest hit — "Chicken Shack Boogie" from 1947 — and offers fans 22 more tracks taken from his singles of the day on the Aladdin label. He was a huge draw, and these were the top recordings in Aladdin's catalog. Jukeboxes throughout the South, Chicago, New York, and even L.A. were featuring recordings by Milburn. This set include the original recorded versions of classics such as "Jitterbug Fashion Parade" and "In the Middle of the Night," which were among his most successful records from 1948, while 1949 saw "Roomin' House Boogie," "Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby," "Bow-Wow!," "Drifting Blues," and "Real Pretty Mama." As is standard on the Classics label, the sound is exceptional and the presentation and liner notes are comprehensive.


Born: 01 April 1927 in Houston, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Boogie piano master Amos Milburn was born in Houston, and he died there a short 52 years later. In between, he pounded out some of the most hellacious boogies of the postwar era, usually recording in Los Angeles for Aladdin Records and specializing in good-natured upbeat romps about booze and its effects (both positive and negative) that proved massive hits during the immediate pre-rock era. The self-taught 88s ace made a name for himself as "the He-Man Martha Raye" around Houston before joining...
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