Saturday, June 22, 2013

Katie Webster - Whooee Sweet Daddy

Kathryn Jewel Thorne, 9 January 1939, Houston, Texas, USA, 5 September 1999, League City, Texas, USA. Webster learned to play the piano as a child, playing hymn tunes when her mother was within earshot and Fats Domino and Chuck Berry tunes when she was not. She developed, in her words, ‘A funky left hand and a rollin’ right’, which talent led to her becoming house pianist at Jay Miller’s studio in Crowley, Louisiana, from 1959-66. During that period, she backed Excello Records’ swamp blues artists such as Lazy Lester, Lonesome Sundown and Lightnin’ Slim. She also recorded under her own name, or with billing shared with Ashton Conroy (Ashton Savoy). These recordings showed her to be a versatile performer, covering tough, down-home blues, rocking R&B, soul and pop ballads, and revealed a sweet, but sassy voice. She played with Otis Redding’s touring band from the mid-60s until his death in 1967, after which her career took a downturn. She played only local gigs during the 70s before moving to Oakland, California. In 1982 she played the festival circuit in Europe, the first of many such tours. She continued to tour with her band, Silent Partners, and to lay down her two-fisted playing and no-nonsense singing on a succession of fine albums for Arhoolie Records, Alligator Records and Ornament, but a stroke sadly brought a premature end to her recording career.

Early tracks from Katie's Jay Miller sessions and thanks go to Sylvain for sharing this LP.



Xyros said...

Thank you Sylvian for this LP and if you have more music that you want to share you're always welcome.

Sylvain Thimonier said...

OK, I will looking for more blues music. I'm really happy to share some hard-to-find lps with other blues fans !
Sylvain (not Sylvian).

Anonymous said...

Thnak you for the Katie Webster stuff.
Do you happen to have POUNDS OF BLUES by her as well?
Appreciate your site!

Anonymous said...

Very nice music, Thanks a lot.

daba said...

Thanks to both of you!

Katie Webster – Whooee Sweet Daddy
Flyright Records – FLY LP 530
The Legendary Jay Miller Sessions – Volume 9
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Louisiana Blues, Rhythm & Blues
A1 No Bread, No Meat
A2 I Want You To Love Me
A3 Baby Come On
A4 I Wanna Know
A5 Glory Of Love
A6 The Katie Lee
B1 Whooee, Sweet Daddy
B2 Sunny Side Of Love
B3 I Feel So Low
B4 Goodbye Baby, I'm Still Leaving You Pt. 1
B5 Don't You Know
B6 Mama Don't Allow