Jimmie Gordon

Decades: 1980s 1990s


Blues artist Gordon was based in St. Louis, USA, and was billed on one record as ‘ Peetie Wheatstraw’ s brother’; on another, ‘Black Gal’, he appeared as ‘Joe Bullum’, an attempt by Decca Records to pass him off as Joe Pullum. Like ‘Black Gal’, many of his recordings were covers of then-popular blues. Gordon was a slightly anonymous figure, and has excited little attention from researchers. Nevertheless, his records are often worthwhile, for he combines the ingratiating approach of Bumble Bee Slim with some of Wheatstraw’s forcefulness, and was often backed by enjoyable small jazz bands. He was also a more than competent pianist, although he seldom played on his own records.

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