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Classie Ballou (21st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:29 am
by john poole
Classie Ballou - born 21st August, 1937 (Elton, Louisiana) - 75 today, he first recorded in 1954, when he and his band backed Boozoo Chavis on a session including 'Paper in my Shoe' (or perhaps, 'Pebble in my Shoe')

He only appears to have had three singles released under his own name during the 50s - 'Crazy Mambo' (1957) was the 'B' side of his second release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNtTwqt52Rk

'Hey! Pardner' - recorded for Excello Records in 1957 - played live at last year's Excello reunion, with his daughter on drums
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXRciLnxFuY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiFqWhHjVrw
http://thehoundblog.blogspot.co.uk/2009 ... allou.html

Re: Classie Ballou (21st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:38 pm
by Alan Balfour
I have to admit I'd never heard of this artist until John Broven interviewed Ballou in October 1983 at Church Point, Louisiana and published the results in the very first issue of Juke Blues magazine (July 1985) under the title "'We Were More or Less Doing Blues and Rock 'n' Roll': The Story of Classie Ballou." Classie told it like it was. Excellent.

Re: Classie Ballou (21st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:12 pm
by garth cartwright
I saw Classie perform at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans last year and the Miller tribute to that small Louisiana rice town whose name escapes me. On both occasions he was excellent - a bear of a man with a very laidback style, grinning wildly and very friendly. I'd love to know more about him and hear more about him - it appears he lives in Waco Texas and plays bars where he does stuff like Sweet Home Alabama to please drinkers. His daughter was on drums - a tattooed young lady who sure knew how to keep a beat! Alan, if you could scan me the Juke Blues feature I'd love to read it!

Re: Classie Ballou (21st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:12 pm
by Alan Balfour
garth cartwright wrote:Alan, if you could scan me the Juke Blues feature I'd love to read it!
I'll scan as jpegs when I'm back in Southampton on Monday. It's exceedingly long and contains lots of vintage CB photos etc. From memory he's the cover story and lots of vintage family photos - about 4 or 5 pages. Whilst at it anybody wishing same just send me a message supplying email to which I can attach file.

Re: Classie Ballou (21st August Birthday)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:41 am
by john poole
He's 80 today -

Playing 'The Sky is Crying' accompanied by one of his daughters on bass in a Texas bar in 2012 -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kojts8ghKDs

and last November at a dinner-dance in a "senior living community", a brief version of 'The Thrill is Gone'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjwfPqxZHaU

interviews -
http://digital.livingblues.com/article/ ... ticle.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJXwFnLNaOk&t=1774s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ccp4rU_46s