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I'll Just Keep On Singin' the Blues

Memphis Slim

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I'll Just Keep on Singin' the Blues was recorded in 1961 in Chicago just before pianist Memphis Slim was to embark on a European tour and take up permanent residence there. Backed by members of his exciting '50s band the House Rockers (including Matt "Guitar" Murphy), it's a lost masterpiece. Slim and his band are in great form on this set of originals that ooze gutbucket postwar Chicago blues. [This forgotten gem was reissued in 2000 on the budget label 32 Jazz and then again in 2003 by Savoy Jazz.]

Biography

Born: 03 September 1915 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

An amazingly prolific artist who brought a brisk air of urban sophistication to his frequently stunning presentation, John "Peter" Chatman — better known as Memphis Slim — assuredly ranks with the greatest blues pianists of all time. He was smart enough to take Big Bill Broonzy's early advice about developing a style to call his own to heart, instead of imitating that of his idol, Roosevelt Sykes. Soon enough, other 88s pounders were copying Slim rather than the other...
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