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The fifth volume in Classics’ chronological survey of jump blues pianist Amos Milburn’s complete recorded work, this one concentrates on sides he released between January 1952 and June 1953, and includes three of his most famous drinking songs, “Let Me Go Home Whiskey,” “Thinking and Drinking,” and the now iconic “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer,” as well as fine versions of “Squeeze My Blues Away,” “Long, Long Day,” “Stormy Weather,” and Lil Green’s “Why Don’t You Do Right." They didn’t call it rock & roll back then, but they do now.


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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