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Gene Barge (9th August Birthday)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:51 am
by john poole
(James) Gene Barge aka “Daddy G” (and occasionally “Raven Wildroot”) - born 9th August, 1926 (Norfolk, Virginia) - saxophonist, arranger, producer, songwriter, actor - he’s ninety today.

Chuck Willis - ‘C.C. Rider’ (1957) an early hit with Gene prominent on saxophone

The Church Street Five - A Night with Daddy “G” (1960/61) - an instrumental that was re-recorded a few months later with added lyrics as ‘Quarter to Three’ by U.S. Bonds; Gene would also be involved with Bonds’ following hits
“Daddy G” was a reference to the then recently departed “celebrity preacher” Bishop “Daddy” Grace, but Gene himself would become known by the name

He left Norfolk in 1964 to become an A&R man at Chess; played the solo on ‘Wang Dang Doodle’ by Ko Ko Taylor
w. Willie Dixon, Lafayette Leake, Buddy Guy, Jack Meyers (bass), Fred Below

YT also has a live version with Ko Ko and Gene reunited a few decades later, although disappointingly he didn’t play the solo

‘Love is a 5-Letter Word’ - a song Gene wrote for Little Milton who did not want to record it, so he cut it instead with James Phelps (1965)

his life condensed to 68 seconds

or in more detail - ... h-daddy-g/