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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Little Brother Montgomery - Home Again, Chicago 1972

A notable influence on the likes of Sunnyland Slim and Otis Spann, pianist Little Brother Montgomery's lengthy career spanned both the earliest years of blues history and the electrified Chicago scene of the 1950s. By age 11, Montgomery had given up on attending school to instead play in Louisiana juke joints. He came to Chicago as early as 1926 and made his first 78s in 1930 for Paramount, including two enduring signature items, "Vicksburg Blues" and "No Special Rider," recorded in Grafton, WI. Bluebird recorded Montgomery more prolifically in 1935-1936 in New Orleans.
In 1942, Little Brother Montgomery settled down to a life of steady club gigs in Chicago, his repertoire alternating between blues and traditional jazz (he played Carnegie Hall with Kid Ory's Dixieland band in 1949). Otis Rush benefited from his sensitive accompaniment on several of his 1957-1958 Cobra dates, while Buddy Guy recruited him for similar duties when he nailed Montgomery's "First Time I Met the Blues" in a supercharged revival for Chess in 1960. That same year, Montgomery cut a fine album for Bluesville with guitarist Lafayette "Thing" Thomas that remains one of his most satisfying sets.
With his second wife, Janet Floberg, Montgomery formed his own little record company, FM, in 1969. The first 45 on the logo, fittingly enough, was a reprise of "Vicksburg Blues," with a vocal by Chicago chanteuse Jeanne Carroll (her daughter Karen followed in her footsteps around the Windy City).
(Bill Dahl - Allmusic)

Thanks go to Rob F. for sharing this LP that has not been re-released on cd.

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10 comments:

furrball said...

If I remember correctly, he also hung out with Spanky & Our Gang during their Mercury Records years (check "Mecca Flat Blues" from S&OG's 3rd LP, 'Without Rhyme Or Reason b/w Anything You Choose'.)

Xyros said...

Thought that it was far fetched but a quick look around turned up the following linkhttp://www.cdbaby.com/cd/spanky

You can have a listen to a couple of clips also.

teekay said...

Actually their was an earlier 45 release on FM than the one mentioned. I'll dig it out and scan labels. Unfortunately I no longer have a turntable!

E Craig said...

I would like to thank everyone who contributes in any way to this blog. It's great and helps to keep the blues alive.

velobrewer said...

I was really surprised and delighted to find the "Little Brother Montgomery - Home Again, Chicago 1972" posted here. It bears striking resemblance to "Little Brother Montgomery - At Home" and sounds like it was recorded on the same spinet piano. Based on the titles alone, you would think "At Home" would have been released first, but those recordings were not made until 1976. In any event a most welcome addition to my collection, another gem that should not be overlooked. The performances are very relaxed informal affairs, featuring only piano and some vocals. Thanks very much for this. FYI the "At Home" recording is still to my knowledge in print, issued on the Earwig imprint.

LakerCrazy said...

Thanks to Rob F for sharing & to X for posting this fine release.

warren jurn said...

Thanks For Sharing Wonderful blog,Montgomery had given up on attending school in Montgomery to instead play in Louisiana juke joints.

teekay said...

have copy of magazine article I wrote of my USA visit 1973 - includes Little Brother Montgomery, Vicksburg, Kentwood etc. How do I get this to you

teekay said...

See chat box for this magazine article

Anonymous said...

Teekay, Thanks for posting the Storyville article. RF