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Willie Cobbs (15th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:53 am
by john poole
Willie Cobbs - born 15th July, 1932 (Smale, Arkansas) - last year I noted an internet reference to his having passed away on 21st June, 2007 - but today I can't find any indication that he's not still alive and celebrating his 80th birthday (maybe it was a false report that I saw).

'You Don't Love Me' - generally said to have been recorded in 1960 and released the following year on Billy Lee Riley's Mojo label; subsequently available on several larger labels - Home of the Blues; Ruler; & Vee-Jay (but YouTube comment has an alternative theory)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsJMfYDUNCE
with Eddie Boyd - piano; Sammy Lawhorn - guitar. The original* and best version of this much recorded song.

* although it did borrow from Bo Diddley - 'She's Fine, She's Mine' (1955) - the 'B' side of his second single 'Diddley Daddy'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhEL45dJjrY
with Billy Boy Arnold - harmonica; Jerome Green - maracas; Clifton James - drums

* and there's a version of 'You Don't Love Me' by Clarence Edwards which seems to have been recorded in 1959 (Zachary, Louisiana)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQAQkfV6TnE
with Butch Cage - violin; Cornelius Edwards (Clarence's brother) - guitar. Issued on a 1961 LP "Country Negro Jam Sessions"
http://bootsalesounds.blogspot.co.uk/20 ... homas.html

Tommy Raye had an early (1961) version which credited Willie Cobbs as the writer -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGbGV7fI4Fg

this was the first version I heard - a minor 1966 UK hit by Gary Walker (solo record by the third Walker Brother) which had Tommy Raye listed as the writer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gq2ihjWh9Y
guitarist thought to be Alan Parker or Big Jim Sullivan

1967/8 rocksteady version by Dawn Penn - now better known in the 1994 version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_KhImFTZOg

(That's enough 'You Don't Love Me')

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9-IWKA00GE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Cobbs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Don%27 ... bs_song%29

Re: Willie Cobbs (15th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:59 am
by Alan Balfour
This is Willie C Cobbs. There was another Willie Cobbs who, from memory, went under the name of Jumpin' Willie Cobbs who was interviewed for Living Blues in the 1990s. The latter I think died not too long ago (maybe 2007) but like you can find no report of it.

Re: Willie Cobbs (15th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:02 pm
by john poole
Alan Balfour wrote:This is Willie C Cobbs. There was another Willie Cobbs who, from memory, went under the name of Jumpin' Willie Cobbs who was interviewed for Living Blues in the 1990s. The latter I think died not too long ago (maybe 2007) but like you can find no report of it.
That was probably what I saw and confused last year as I was unaware that there had been two Willie Cobbs. Thank you Alan.

Re: Willie Cobbs (15th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:07 am
by john poole
Now he's 85 - unless the IMDb entry under the name “Willy Cobbs” with a d.o.b. of 26th May, 1933 is correct - perhaps that would be the birthdate for the other Willie Cobbs? One or the other of them appeared in the 1991 Mira Nair film “Mississippi Masala” with Denzel Washington.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0167856/

The most recent release by today’s birthday man - sometimes called “Willie C. Cobbs” - appears to have been an album produced by Willie Mitchell for Bullseye Blues titled ‘Jukin’ (2000) - it included a version of Eddie Boyd’s ‘Five Long Years’,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PWqlrNhwNY
https://jazztimes.com/reviews/bluetones ... bbs-jukin/
- a song Willie C. had previously recorded decades earlier with Willie M. in Memphis for the B-side of a 1962 single (the A-side was a re-write of ‘You Don’t Love Me’)

Willie C. also appears to have been the harmonica player on Eddie Boyd’s 1958 re-recording of ‘Five Long Years’ on Oriole, here taken from a slightly scratchy 45
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCuVFI9XDGg
(the 1952 original was on J.O.B.)

http://wdd.mbnet.fi/williecobbs.htm