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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hi-Tide Harris - The Gentleman's Blues

b. 26 March 1946, San Francisco, California, USA. His real name was reportedly Willie Boyd or Willie Gitry. He was brought up in Richmond, California, and sang in vocal groups as a youngster; he also learned to play guitar in the early 60s, going on to play with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy McCracklin, and others (he also recorded with McCracklin). Following a spell in Los Angeles (1969-1971), he formed his own band around 1972. In 1973 he joined Charlie Musselwhite’s band, and the following year he toured and recorded with John Mayall. Harris was also involved in film work: he wrote the theme song for Mandingo (sung by Muddy Waters) and sang on the soundtrack of Leadbelly. Harris was ‘an excellent guitarist in both the slide and regular fingerstyles’ (Blues Unlimited).

Thanks go to Frits for the rip.

Post: http://www51.zippyshare.com/v/KqIA4AnV/file.html

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to hearing this. I saw Hi-Tide play in Australia in the mid 1970s when he was with Mayall's band. My brother and I and a good friend picked up Hi-Tide from his hotel and took him to the beach where we swam and had a few beers. A good fun guy, really enjoyed his company.

Bob Mac

Gerard Herzhaft said...

Just a few adds - if anybody is interested - about this fine underrated bluesman. Hi Tide Harris is currently living, playing and teaching the guitar in Japan. He has been living in this country for several decades. Harris recorded (as Tommy Harris) a SeaSide 45 (My conscience/ Slow down baby) in 1967, was a member of several West Coast bands (Mc Cracklin, Big Mama Thornton, Rodger Collins, Charlie Musselwhite), toured Australia and Japan with John Mayall and then settled in Japan where I've heard he married a japanese girl. Outside this LP and the soundtrack of the Gordon Parks' film on Lead Belly's life, Hi Tide recorded also several CD in Japan. Some are available through CD Baby.

Anonymous said...

More Hi-Tide posts please. If avail of course.
Always loved watching the YouTube clips.
This is the 1st record Ive heard.
Thank You

Anonymous said...

Just remembered a bit more about our day with Hi-Tide back in the mid 1970s. The friend who was with us had a teenage sister and she was a huge John Mayall fan but the poor gal had an accident a few days earlier and was home in bed and would miss the Mayall concert that evening. So on the way back to the hotel we took Hi-Tide around to visit her. The gal was ecstatic, there she was lying on the bed in a cast cursing her bad luck in missing the Mayall concert and we bring Hi-Tide Harris into her bedroom for a friendly chat...lol

Xyros said...

Once again thanks goes to Gerard for sharing his expert background knowledge.
Also to Anonymous for hsi story on meeting Hi-Tide in Australia.

Gyro1966 said...

Can you tell me what year this album was released and recorded?

Xyros said...

Info from a Japanese site gives the release date as 1980 and I'm pretty sure it Japanese release only.
Maybe Frits could shed some light on when the tracks where recorded?

Gerard Herzhaft said...

Hi-Tide Harris/ the Gentleman's blues. recorded 7-8 ugust 1979 in Tokyo (Japan).
Hi-Tide Harris, vcl/g; horns; Ron Thompson, g; J.J. Malone, pno; Bob Klein or Steve Gomes, bs; Lamon Scott or C-Chan, dms.
Thanks for your appreciations of my comments. Glad if I can be useful

Marc said...

The Gentlemens Blues was released as Nice and High.I have an EP-Hot Blues cool blues blues With a Feeling and a Live Japanese LP from 78 -Celebrating Hi Tide Harris.Theres other stuff on Amazon.Real Nice Blog.

Anonymous said...

Great post thank you i have this vinyl [brooken]
MUSICIANS on this record
* Hi-Tide Harris, vcl/g;
* Ron Thompson guitar
* J.J. Malone piano
* Stew Blank piano
* Steve Gomes bass
* Bob Klein bass
* Shigeru 'C-chan' Inoue drums
* Lamon Scott drums
* 'Bishop' Norman Williams alto sax
* Dave Smith alto sax / flute
* Mike Marcus alto sax
* Sonny lewis tenor sax
* Vince Wallace tenor sax
* Warren Gale trumpet
* Al Malina trumpet
* Atty Berry trumpet
* Tricky Lofton trombone
* Jim Curtis Cello
* Harold Lieberman violin
* Peter J.Hallifax violin
Grazzie GUGLIELMO

Franck Goldwasser said...

Tide is alive and well and living in Japan. You make it sound like he's dead and gone. Thanks for the great uploads.

Anonymous said...

Franck Goldwasser and Gerard Herzaft are right and they will be surprised to learn that issue 122 of Soul Bag (Winter 1991) contains an obituary of Hi Tide Harris. It says the info comes from the then current issue of the British magazine Juke Blues. Long live Hi Tide!

Marc said...

I was wrong Gentlemans Blues was NOT released as Nice and High.They are different. Sorry!

jayme said...

Hi

thanks a lot for this re-up

jayme

jayme said...

Hi. Dou you have ray Sharpe "live at Blue bird Vol.1 " ?

Xyros said...

Glad to help out and hope younenjoy the music.