Cappy Lewis, George Seaberg, Chuck Peterson, Billie Rogers t
/ Neal Reid, Tommy Farr, Walter Nims tb / Woody Herman cl, as / Edmund
Constanza, Sam Rubinowitch as / Mickey Folus, Toots Mondello ts / Skippy de
Sair bs / Tommy Linehan, p / Hy White g; Walt Yoder b / Frank Carlson d / Dizzy
Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas (October 21, 1912 –
August 24, 1972) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, most associated with
Don Byas was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Both of Byas'
parents were musicians. His mother played the piano, and his father, the clarinet.
Byas started his training in classical music, learning to play violin, clarinet
and alto saxophone, which he played until the end of the 1920s. Benny Carter,
who played many instruments, was his idol at this time. He started playing in
local orchestras at the age of 17, with Bennie Moten, Terrence Holder and
Walter Page. He founded and led his own college band, "Don Carlos and His
Collegiate Ramblers", during 1931-32, at Langston College, Oklahoma.
Byas switched to the tenor saxophone after he moved to the
West Coast and played with several Los Angeles bands. In 1933, he took part in
a West coast tour of Bert Johnson’s Sharps and Flats. He worked in Lionel
Hampton’s band at the Paradise Club in 1935 along with the reed player and
arranger Eddie Barefield and trombonist Tyree Glenn. He also played with Buck
Clayton, Lorenzo Flennoy and Charlie Echols.
Byas died in Amsterdam in 1972 from lung cancer, aged
59. Don Byas ts / Slam Stewart sb / Errol Garner p / Harold 'Doc' West d. Recorded in New York on November 1, 1945.
Jimmy "T99" Nelson (April 7, 1919 – July 29, 2007)
was an American jump blues and rhythm and blues shouter and songwriter. With a
recording career that spanned over 50 years, Jimmy "T99" Nelson
became a distinguished elder statesman of American music. His best known
recordings are T-99 Blues and Meet Me With Your Black Dress On.
Nelson got his start singing in church. In 1941, he saw a
performance by Big Joe Turner while he was visiting Oakland, California, and
realized he wanted to sing the blues. Turner taught Nelson about singing,
performance and the music business. Nelson, in turn, absorbed the shouting
style of his mentor.
From 1951 through 1961, Jimmy Nelson and the Peter
Rabbit Trio released eight singles with the Bihari Brothers' Modern/RPM label.
The biggest of these was T-99 Blues (which referred to the old Texas
Highway #99), which debuted in June 1951. It stayed on the US Billboard R&B
chart for twenty-one weeks and reached number 1. In 1952, Nelson had another
RPM hit with Meet Me With Your Black Dress On. Recorded in Houston on July 1, 1951.
Willie Love (November 4, 1906 – August 19, 1953) was an
American Delta blues pianist. He is best known for his association with, and
accompaniment of Sonny Boy Williamson II.
Love was born in Duncan, Mississippi, and in 1942, he met
Sonny Boy Williamson II in Greenville, Mississippi. They played regularly
together at juke joints throughout the Mississippi Delta. Love was influenced
by the piano playing of Leroy Carr, and adept at both standard blues and
In 1947 Charley Booker moved to Greenville, where he worked
with Love. Two years later, Oliver Sain also relocated to Greenville to join
his stepfather, Love, as the drummer in a band fronted by Williamson. When
Williamson recorded for Trumpet Records in March 1951, Love played the piano on
the recordings. Trumpet's owner, Lillian McMurray, had Love return the
following month, and again in July 1951, when Love recorded his best known
number, the self-penned, "Everybody's Fishing." Love played piano and
sang, while the accompanying guitar come from Elmore James and Joe Willie
After suffering the effects of years of heavy
drinking, Love died of bronchopneumonia, in August 1953, at the age of 46. He
was interred at the Elmwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi. Willie Love p, v / Little Milton Campbell g / T.J. Green b / Junior Blackmon d. Recorded in Jackson, Mississippi on December 1, 1951.