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He's A Jelly Roll Baker / Lonnie Johnson


Release Date: 08/20/2010 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 66064  
Composer:  Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie JohnsonJoshua AltheimerAlfred ElkinsLil Armstrong,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 business days.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Why Women Go Wrong
2. Nothing But a Rat
3. Jersey Belle Blues
4. Loveless Blues, The
5. I'm Just Dumb
6. Get Yourself Together
7. Crowing Rooster Blues
8. That's Love
9. Somebody's Got to Go
10. Lazy Woman Blues
11. Chicago Blues
12. I Did All I Could
13. In Love Again
14. Last Call, The
15. Rambler's Blues
16. Baby, Remember Me
17. He's a Jelly Roll Baker
18. When You Feel Low Down
19. Victim of Love, The
20. Watch Shorty

Recorded at RCA Recording Studios, Chicago from 1939 to 1944. Includes liner notes by Billy Altman.

Digitally
Read more remastered by Jay Newland (June 1992, BMG Studios, New York City).

All songs written by Lonnie Johnson.

Personnel: Lonnie Johnson (vocals, guitar); Joshua Altheimer, Lil Armstrong, Blind John Davis (piano).

Liner Note Author: Billy Altman.

Recording information: 11/02/1939-12/14/1944.

Illustrator: Jacqueline Murphy.

This 20-song collection covers 1930s and '40s material in which Johnson primarily performs blues tunes, doing salty, sassy, mournful, and suggestive numbers in a distinctive, memorable fashion. His vocals on "Rambler's Blues," "In Love Again," the title cut, and several others, are framed by brilliant, creative playing and excellent support from such pianists as Blind John Davis, Lil Hardin Armstrong, and Joshua Altheimer. This is tight, intuitive music in which Johnson set the tone and dominated the songs. If you're unaware of Lonnie Johnson's brilliant blues material, here's an excellent introduction.
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Works on This Recording

1. Why Women Go Wrong by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Joshua Altheimer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 11/02/1939 
2. Nothing But a Rat by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Joshua Altheimer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/2/1939 
3. Jersey Belle Blues by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Joshua Altheimer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/2/1939 
4. The Loveless Blues by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/2/1939 
5. I'm Just Dumb by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Alfred Elkins (Imitation Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 5/22/1940 
6. Ge Yourself Together by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 5/22/1940 
7. Crowing Rooster Blues by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lil Armstrong (Piano),
Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1941 
8. That's Love by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lil Armstrong (Piano),
Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1941 
9. Somebody's Got To Go by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lil Armstrong (Piano),
Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1941 
10. Lazy Woman Blues by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lil Armstrong (Piano),
Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1941 
11. Chicago Blues by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lil Armstrong (Piano),
Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1941 
12. I Did All I Could by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lil Armstrong (Piano),
Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1941 
13. In Love Again by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lil Armstrong (Piano),
Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/7/1941 
14. The Last Call by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lonnie Johnson (Voice),
John Davis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/13/1942 
15. Rambler's Blues by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lonnie Johnson (Voice),
John Davis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/13/1942 
16. Baby Remember Me by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lonnie Johnson (Voice),
John Davis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/13/1942 
17. He's a Jelly Roll Baker by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass),
John Davis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/13/1942 
18. When You Feel Low Down by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Andrew [bass Instrument] Harris (Double Bass),
John Davis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2/13/1942 
19. The Victim of Love by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), Lonnie Johnson (Voice), John Davis (Piano),
Ransom Knowling (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1944 
20. Watch Shorty by Lonnie Johnson
Performer:  Lonnie Johnson (Voice), Lonnie Johnson (Guitar), John Davis (Piano),
Ransom Knowling (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1944 

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