Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lovie Lee - Lovie's Music

He was born Edward Lee Watson in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. Lee grew up in Meridian, Mississippi, and was self taught on the piano, utilising his skills in various churches, and playing at rodeos and vaudeville. He had already acquired his nickname, 'Lovie', from a doting aunt. He found part time employment playing with the Swinging Cats in the early 1950s. The outfit included Carey Bell, who Lee took under his 'fatherly' protection, and they jointly relocated to Chicago, Illinois in September 1956. Lee worked during the day in a woodworking factory, and for many years played in the evening in numerous Chicago blues nightclubs, including Porter's Lounge. He was well known around Chicago for his blues piano playing. Lee later worked as an upholsterer, but kept together his backing band, known as the Sensationals.
After he retired from full-time day work, Lee joined Muddy Waters band in 1979, replacing Pinetop Perkins on the piano stool. He was recommended to Muddy Waters by George "Mojo" Buford, after Lee had worked with Buford in North Dakota. Lee stayed in situ until Muddy's death in 1983, and then returned to playing in Chicago clubs.
Lee made some private recordings in both 1984 and 1989, and this work plus later contemporary tracks, were released as the album Good Candy (1992). His recording utilised musicians such as Eddie Taylor, Odie Payne, plus both Carey and Lurrie Bell.
Lee died in Chicago in May 1997.

Another rare and interesting LP from Frits.

Re-up request


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, any chance for Vol 2 (with Eddie Taylor)and Candy Man (Earwig sides)

Gyro1966 said...

Thanks again. I like to know what date these albums were released or recorded. Can you give me any info?

Xyros said...

Sorry Gyro1966 all the info I have is what I posted. There is a vol.2 also but I don't have access to it

Gerard Herzhaft said...

Blues Discography gives may 12th 1983 and february 19th 1985 for those Lovie Lee's sessions. Volume 2 is the same than volume 1 plus one title!

Anonymous said...

The track listing on the LP sleeve is incorrect - the tracks are:

01-Lovie’s boogie
03-I don’t know why
04-Big fat mama
05-In trouble
06-She’s gone
07-Thinking of you
08-Old tobacco
09-Tricky woman
10-Good candy
11-Chief police

"Sporty mama" is listed but is not on the LP! Album recorded in the mid-1980s. Vol. 2 (which I don't own) also has the wrong tracks listed. Some of the titles from both LPs were reissued on an Earwig CD called "Good Candy".


Albert said...

Will you repost it ?

teddy cat baz said...

thanx xyros