Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ray Charles/Mojo Buford - On Stage At The Palladium

Blues harpist George "Mojo" Buford, best known for his work as part of the great Muddy Waters' band, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 in a Minneapolis hospital after suffering from various health issues since the summer. Buford was 81 years old.
Born in Hernando, Mississippi in 1929, Buford moved to Memphis as a child and became enamored of the blues. He would later re-locate to Chicago in 1952, forming the Savage Boys band. Buford first played with Waters in 1959 as a replacement for the departing Little Walter. A few years later, however, the talented blues harpist moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to form his own band. He would re-join Waters' band in 1967 after James Cotton left, and played with the Chicago blues legend during the early 1970s.
Buford also enjoyed a modicum of success as a solo performer, recording albums like Mojo Buford's Blues Summit and Harpslinger for labels like Fedora Records, JSP Records, Rooster Blues, P-Vine, and Mr. Blues. Blues harpist Bob Corritore shares a funny story in his great newsletter about an alleged Ray Charles album on the Vernon label titled On Stage At The Palladium which featured Charles on only two tracks, the rest by Buford's band Mo Jo & The Mo Jo Chi Fours. Since Mojo's performances were so strong, few collectors complained!
Aside from Waters, Buford's gorgeous chromatic harp tones graces recordings from blues artists like Otis Spann, Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson, the Reunion Blues Band and others. He will always be remembered for the spirit and energy he brought to his work with Muddy Waters.

We can all say thanks to Scott for requesting this one for the Mojo Buford tracks. I managed to find a very beat up copy for a reasonable price and with some filtering it's very listenable.



teekay said...

info from -

Ray Charles “Recorded Live On Stage at the Palladium”
Ray Charles
- Tell Me Baby [Swing Time 217]
Mo Jo and the Mo Jo Chi Fours
- Mo Jo Woman
- Steal My Chickens
- Standing On The Corner #
- Somebody Knockin' #

Ray Charles
- The River [Swing Time 326]
Mo Jo and the Mo Jo Chi Fours
- Tell Me Whatcha Gonna Do
- Twin City Blues
- Chicago Four Blues #
- Mojo Woman No. 2

"Mo Jo and the Mo Jo Chi Fours" tracks rec. 1963 in Minneapolis, MN; Mojo Buford, voc, hca; # Marcus Wilson, ts; Dave Copperstrand, JoJo Williams, g; Jerry DeOtis, b; S.P. Leary, dr

The only credit to Mo Jo on the record jacket is in the last paragraph of the liner notes. Ray Charles and Mo Jo credited on the label.

The two Ray Charles songs actually are not "on stage," but are 1950-51 sides from the Swing Time label

another great obscurity - many thanks!

looking for Robert Wilkins "Memphis Gospel Singer" - don't suppose you can help?

Marc said...

G.D. Mc Kee plays guitar on Bro' Ray's 'Tell Me Baby'
Unid. gutarist on 'The River'

bluesbro said...

Thanks very much

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