Gene Phillips

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Decades: 1980s 2000s


Eugene Floyd Phillips, 25 July 1915, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Phillips learned to play ukulele and switched to guitar at the age of 11, after which he began playing and singing for tips and graduated through several obscure local bands. Between 1941 and 1943, he played guitar behind the Mills Brothers, relocating with them to Los Angeles, and later worked and recorded with Lorenzo Flennoy, Wynonie Harris, Johnny Otis and Jack McVea. Phillips’ Charlie Christian -inspired guitar and jump-blues shouting began to be featured on his own recordings for Modern Records from 1945, supported by west coast stalwarts such as Maxwell Davis and Jack McVea. They produced such hits as ‘Big Legs’, ‘Just A Dream’ and ‘Rock Bottom’. Phillips’ later records for RPM, Imperial Records, Exclusive, Federal (with Preston Love) and Combo, were successful locally and he spent the 50s doing extensive session work with artists such as Percy Mayfield,...

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