Joe Pullum

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s

Biography

c.1900, prob. Houston, Texas, USA, d. c.1965, poss. California, USA. Active in Houston, Texas, from the early 30s, Pullum sang the blues in a high and clear voice that brought added texture to his material. He appealed to contemporary blues audiences of the mid- to late 30s and signed to Victor Records, but unfortunately made only a few recordings for their Bluebird Records subsidiary. In 1934 he recorded his own ‘Black Gal What Makes Your Head So Hard?’, a song so popular that he went on to record other versions of it, including ‘Black Gal No. 3’ and ‘Black Gal No. 4’. The song was also recorded around the same time by Leroy Carr and others, although Pullum’s version was the most popular, so much so that Jimmie Gordon recorded the song for release as by ‘Joe Bullum’. The song was covered in later years by artists such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Shaw, Clifton Chenier, Mance Lipscomb and, especially, Victoria...

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