Frankie Lee Sims

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


30 April 1917, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 May 1970, Dallas, Texas, USA. Despite his birthplace, Sims’ music is very much in the blues vein of Texas, where he lived in childhood. On his earliest records in 1947-48, for the Blue Bonnet label, he played a traditional finger-style guitar, but later developed an electric style of his own, riffing behind the vocals and filling the breaks with exciting, often distorted, flashes of lead. His best-known song was ‘Lucy Mae’, which he recorded several times, most successfully with Specialty Records in 1953. Later recordings on Ace Records and Vin developed Sims’ rocking style still further with a small band, but they marked the end of his brief period of success. A New York session in 1960 remained unissued until well after his death.

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