Joe Houston Biography

1927, Austin, Texas, USA. Joe Houston was inspired to take up the saxophone after seeing Count Hastings playing with Tiny Bradshaw’s Orchestra, and lists Joe Thomas, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Arnett Cobb among his other influences. By 1949 he became associated with ‘Big’ Joe Turner, and made his recording debut on Turner’s sole release on the Rouge label and probably played on Turner’s first Freedom session. Houston’s own recording career began in 1949 with Freedom Records, although his biggest successes were with ‘Worry-Worry-Worry’ (recorded by Bob Shad for his Sittin In With label, but actually issued on Mercury Records in 1951), ‘Cornbread And Cabbage Greens’ and ‘Blow, Joe, Blow’ (both for Macy’s Records, also in 1951), and with ‘All Night Long’ (recorded for both the Money and Caddy labels, after Houston relocated to Los Angeles in 1955). Other recordings were issued on a gamut of labels: Modern, RPM, Crown, Imperial, Bay’ou, Combo, Lucky, Recorded In Hollywood, Cas, Dooto and other independent Los Angeles labels. In the 90s, Houston made a comeback with numerous personal appearances.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.