Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mr. Bo & His Blues Boys

 Highly regarded for a handful of 45s he had recorded for various Detroit labels during the '50s, '60s and '70s, his  recording career had take a long hiatus while his live performing career continued to thrive. Louis Bo Collins was born on April 7, 1932 in Indianola, Mississippi; he moved north to Chicago in 1946 and settled in Detroit in the early 1950s. Befriended by Washboard Willie, his growing interest in performing the blues was encouraged, and he was  soon playing house parties throughout Detroit, performing with the likes of Jhn Lee Hooker, Eddie Burns and Little Sonny. Under the name "Mr Bo," Collins began a recording career in 1959 which would eventually be  responsible for some of the finest blues ever to come out of Detroit. The singles reveal a singer and guitarist influenced by B B King and T-bone Walker, but they also reveal an artist who created a blues style that was uniquely  his own. Perhaps the most enduring recording from this period is "If Trouble Was Money," penned by his brother Little Mac Collins and covered by many since its 1966 release. On September 19, 1995 he succumbed to pneumonia at Detroit's Harper Hostipal. Only 63, Mr Bo's death brought to a close the career of one of Detroit's finest blues artists.

Mr. Bo also released a very fine cd "If Trouble Was Money" in 1995 which is still easily available and serves as a testament to the career of Louis Mr Bo Collins.

I've posted the 2 45's that I have which are:
Big D 851 - I ain't gonna suffer/If trouble was money
Big D 852 - Lost love affair part 1&2

Mr. Bo might be familiar to you if you have the Red Lightnin' lp/cd "When Girls Do It" which is where I heard him for the 1st time.


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