Joe Hill Louis
|Tags:||blues memphis blues one man band sun records harmonica blues|
|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Lester Hill, 23 September 1921, Whitehaven Tennessee, USA, d. 5 August 1957, Memphis, USA. Hill learned blues harmonica from Will Shade as a teenager and was given the name Joe Hill Louis after victory in a boxing match. He performed in Memphis in the late 40s, where he became known as The Be-Bop Boy, and developed a one-man band act with guitar, foot-drum and harmonica. Louis first recordings were made for Columbia Records in 1949 before he took over B.B. Kings radio spot as the Pepticon Boy on WDIA in Memphis. This led to Boogie In The Park, a single produced by Sam Phillips for his short-lived Phillips label in 1950. Next, Phillips signed Louis to the Bihari Brothers Modern Records label, for which I Feel Like A Million was a local hit. By 1952, Phillips was recording him with a backing group on tracks such as We All Gotta Go Sometime, and also used Louis to accompany such artists as the...