U.P. Wilson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Huary Perry Wilson, 4 September 1934, Catto Parish, Louisiana, USA, d. 22 September 2004, Paris, France. Wilson learned to play on his grandmother’s guitar, and after moving to Dallas, Texas, in the early 50s, he became acquainted with local bluesmen Mercy Baby, Zuzu Bolin and Frankie Lee Sims. Around 1954 he recorded behind Bolin, though the tracks remain unissued. In the late 50s Wilson began playing with Robert Ealey as the Boogie Chillun Boys, and the duo performed on a regular basis throughout the 60s. In 1967, Wilson began work as a janitor at a local community college in Fort Worth but, despite family commitments, continued to play on the club scene with a tight three-piece band.

Wilson upped his performance schedule in the mid-80s and recorded a session for Pee Wee Records, who released one single, ‘Red Lightnin’’. They later released a full album, On My Way, which was also issued in the UK by the Red...

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