Rosco Gordon

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: blues rhythm and blues sun records rock and roll boogie memphis r&b Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 April 1928, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 11 July 2002, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. A self-taught boogie-woogie styled pianist with no acknowledged influences other than a presumed awareness of the work of Amos Milburn and Little Willie Littlefield. Gordon was part of the Beale Streeters group in the late 40s, alongside Johnny Ace, B.B. King and later, Bobby Bland. Ike Turner, then a freelance producer and talent scout, recognized the potential of Gordon’s powerful singing and recorded him for Modern Records. He was still a teenager when he first recorded at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service in January 1951. Phillips sold masters to both Chess Records in Chicago and RPM in Los Angeles, and thus, Gordon’s ‘Booted’ appeared on both labels, a possible factor in its becoming the number 1 R&B hit in the spring of 1952. The follow-up, ‘No More Doggin’’, was another Top 5 R&B hit and typified what became...

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