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George “Harmonica” Smith – Oopin’ California Blues, 1954-1962

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File Under: Blues
Available: June 7th, 2024

Although generally known as GEORGE “HARMONICA” SMITH, our man also recorded under other guises, e.g. Little Walter Jr, Harmonica King and George Allen.

He likewise played on sessions for other artists, including Blues heavies like Otis Spann and Champion Jack Dupree.

An influential harp maestro, George was one of the first men to amplify his harmonica, using an amplifier he'd salvaged from an old movie projector.

He also effectively pioneered the “West Coast” harmonica sound, fusing together Kansas City swing and Chicago Blues.

George was an enormous influence on the next generation of harp players, notably Rod Piazza and William Clarke, both of whom he worked with extensively.

This compilation anthologises Smith’s recording career between 1954 and 1962, juxtaposing his own recordings alongside selected highlights of his session work.

 

  1. OTIS SPANN - IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE DEVIL
  2. LITTLE GEORGE SMITH - BLUES IN THE DARK
  3. LITTLE GEORGE SMITH - TELEPHONE BLUES
  4. LITTLE GEORGE SMITH - BLUES STAY AWAY
  5. LITTLE GEORGE SMITH - OOPIN' DOOPIN' DOOPIN'
  6. (Champion) JACK DUPREE - ME AND MY MULE
  7. (Champion) JACK DUPREE - OVERHEAD
  8. (Champion) JACK DUPREE - SO SORRY, SO SORRY
  9. CHAMPION JACK DUPREE - SHARP HARP
  10. GEORGE SMITH - LOVE LIFE
  11. GEORGE SMITH - CROSS-EYED SUZIE LEE
  12. GEORGE SMITH - YOU DON'T LOVE ME
  13. GEORGE SMITH - DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS (Hey Mr Porter)
  14. LITTLE WALTER JR. - MISS O'MALLEY'S RALLY
  15. LITTLE WALTER JR. - I DON'T KNOW
  16. HARMONICA KING & HIS BAND - ALL LAST NIGHT
  17. HARMONICA KING & HIS BAND - HOT ROLLS
  18. GEORGE SMITH & HIS HARMONICA - WEST HELENA BLUES
  19. GEORGE SMITH - AS LONG AS I LIVE
  20. GEORGE SMITH - NOBODY KNOWS
  21. GEORGE ALLEN - TIMES WON'T BE HARD ALWAYS
  22. GEORGE ALLEN - TIGHT DRESS
  23. GEORGE ALLEN - LOOSE SCREWS
  24. GEORGE ALLEN - THE WILL TO GO ON
  25. GEORGE ALLEN - UNTIL YOU COME HOME
  26. GEORGE ALLEN - I WANT A WOMAN
  27. GEORGE SMITH WITH JIMMY NOLEN BAND - SOMETIMES YOU WIN WHEN YOU LOSE
  28. GEORGE SMITH WITH JIMMY NOLEN BAND - COME ON HOME
  29. GEORGE ALLEN - YOU CAN'T UNDO WHAT'S BEEN DONE
  30. GEORGE ALLEN - ROPE THAT TWIST
  31. GEORGE ALLEN - I MUST BE CRAZY

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