Bee Houston

Decades: 1990s


Edward Houston, 19 April 1938, San Antonio, Texas, USA, d. 19 March 1991, Los Angeles, California, USA. Houston ran a band in San Antonio and did back-up work for visiting artists such as Brook Benton, Little Willie John, Junior Parker and Bobby Bland. In 1961 he moved to the west coast, and played with McKinley Mitchell, ‘Little’ Johnny Taylor and (his most enduring association) Big Mama Thornton. His playing was influenced by Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown and B.B. King, but his album was both lacking in individuality and was too soul-influenced for the white blues audience at whom it was aimed. As a result he failed to become a name artist. Little was heard of Houston thereafter until it was reported that he had died from alcoholism in 1991.

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