Big Al Downing
|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||country blues soul americana 20th century rhythm and blues country-western colorized country singer-songwriter rock and roll southern soul 5 stars chess chess records black country musicians|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
9 January 1940, Lenapah, Oklahoma, USA, d. 4 July 2005, Leicester, Massachusetts, USA. Downing was exposed to both R&B and country music as a boy, and taught himself piano on an instrument that he found on a rubbish dump. In 1958 he took the then unusual step of joining a white group, the Rhythm Rockers, led by Bobby Brant. Changing their name to the Poe-Kats, they recorded the regionally successful Down On The Farm for Lelan Rogers White Rock label in Dallas: leased to the larger Challenge label, it narrowly missed the national charts but has become an acknowledged rock n roll classic (as well as one of the shortest rock n roll records, at one minute 31 seconds). Later sessions up to 1964 featured Downings thumping piano and his deep voice, with its Fats Domino overtones, on such excellent rockers as Yes, Im Loving You and Georgia Slop. During this period he recorded duets with...