Jimmy "T99" Nelson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

7 April 1928 (1919 is also cited), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 29 July 2007, Houston, Texas, USA. Nelson joined his brother (who later became famous as a singer with the Johnny Otis Orchestra under the stage-name Redd Lyte) on the west coast in the mid-40s, and began shouting the blues after seeing ‘Big’ Joe Turner. While singing with the Peter Rabbit Trio in 1951, Nelson was signed to Modern’s RPM subsidiary, with whom he had big R&B hits with ‘T-99 Blues’ and ‘Meet Me With Your Black Dress On’. In 1955, Nelson moved to Houston, Texas, where he recorded for Chess Records and a host of small Texas and California independent labels. From the mid-60s he worked outside the music business until he was recorded with Arnett Cobb’s band by Roy Ames in 1971 for Home Cooking Records. In later years he resumed performing and toured Europe. A welcome return was made in 1999 from the man who B.B. King states, ‘if it had...

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