Andre Williams

Zephire “Andre” Williams was born in Bessmer, Alabama on November 1, 1936. He lost his mother when he was 6 and learned how to take care of himself at a very early age. At 14 he enrolled in the US Navy using his older brother’s birth certificate. A year later he was busted and sent home with a dishonorable discharge. As Garth Cartwright wrote “Andre Williams is neither a great singer nor a great musician in the traditional sense, but he is undeniably a great character, an innovator with a smile on his face and a hard-on in his pants. In a career spanning nearly six decades, Williams has worn all kinds of musical hats – songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, talent scout.

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Joe Tex

Joe Tex from was born Joseph Arrington Jr. in Rogers, Texas on August 8th, 1935 but he grew up in Baytown. While he was still a little schoolboy, he worked as a paperboy, a shoeshine and he would always sing and dance for the customers. He also sang in the school choir and the church choir. In high school, he played tenor saxophone and started to sing at talent contests. In his junior year of high school, Tex won a talent show in Houston $300 a trip to New York and a week’s stay at the Hotel Teresa in Harlem. He performed at the Apollo Theater (in the amateur section) and he won the Amateur Night competition four times. Talent scout Arthur Prysock introduced Tex to Henry Glover, an A&R man at King Records, who offered him a contract with King.

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Johnny Guitar Watson

Texas-born John Watson Jr. (Houston, Feb. 3rd, 1935) started to play the piano at the age of 8 and guitar at the age of 11 after his grandfather, a guitar-playing preacher, bought him his first guitar. Johnny was a big fan of T-Bone Walker and Clarance ‘Gatemouth’ Brown. At 15 he moved to Los Angeles with his mother where he started his career as a piano player.

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Gene & Eunice

Gene & Eunice ‘The Sweethearts of Rhythm And Blues’ were a Los Angeles based duo composed of singer-songwriters Gene Wilson (a.k.a Gene Forrest) and Eunice Levy. Gene was born Forrest Samuel Wilson, Jr. on September 3, 1931, in San Antonio, and Eunice was born Eunice Hazel Russ on March 12, 1931, in Texarkana, Texas. Gene & Eunice recorded more than a dozen self-penned songs between 1954 and 1959. The two met at local DJ Hunter Hancock’s talent show in Los Angeles. They started to date and they decided to get married after being together for a short time. They had a # 6 Billboard hit in 1954 with Ko Ko Mo a song covered by the likes of Perry Como, Louis Armstrong, the Crew-Cuts, the Charms, Hawkshaw Hawkins and at least a dozen more only in the first months after the song was released.

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Wilf Life

The Mojo Man says: I guess it all goes back to the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They must have “shook that thing.” Adam told Eve “don’t be so cute, and give me some of that Forbidden Fruit.” The rest they say is history and it’s a solid mess if you ask me!

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Voodoo Lou

The Mojo Man says To get in a mellow groove you gotta know how to move. You riff low and you riff high. Then you jump high frantic and fly. Then all the weird people will raise a shout somebody is turning the “joint” out. Dig what I’m putting down or get out of town.

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Holy Smoke

The Mojo Man says: Here is some advice for the lovesick in the hep world; if strong winds are rocking your boat and the grapevine is sounding loud and wrong, don’t howl and growl, just bring all pushes to shoves. Give out sweet and Peteet, pull into the curb before your dreamboat becomes a battle-ship.

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Bad Hangover

This is volume two of a series of danceable Rhythm & Blues re-issues. Picked by a DJ from his boppin’ and rockin’ set and remastered for best possible sound. This volume features songs about booze, beeing drunk and bad hangovers. 14 classic songs that make you move your hips.

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