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Floyd Jones (Born 21st July, 1917)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:29 am
by john poole
Floyd Jones - born one hundred years ago today, 21st July, 1917; Soudan Plantation, Nr. Marianna, Arkansas [died 19th December, 1989]

‘Stockyard Blues’ - first recorded by Floyd Jones with Snooky Pryor and (Floyd's cousin) Moody Jones in 1948; here filmed in his living room playing and talking about the song for Harley Cokeliss' “Chicago Blues” in 1970

‘Hard Times’ - issued as “Sunny Land Slim and his Sunnyland Boys” in 1949 - Floyd Jones guitar & vocals, with Sunnyland Slim - piano, and probably Muddy Waters - guitar

‘Dark Road’ (Chess; 1951) - with Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers - re-recording of a song Floyd had recorded with Sunnyland Slim for J.O.B. a few months previously

‘On the Road Again’ (J.O.B.; 1953) with Sunnyland Slim
The Canned Heat song of the same title will usually be co-credited to Floyd Jones with Al Wilson; although other writers' names have sometimes appeared including on the original “Boogie with Canned Heat” LP “Jim Oden” (aka St. Louis Jimmy who was a partner in J.O.B.); and on the original UK single - J.B. Jones & Will Shade, the writers of a song of the same name by the Memphis Jug Band

Floyd Jones’ sad story as told in the Chicago Tribune a couple of months after his passing, ... nd-records

‘On the Road Again’ by the Memphis Jug Band (1928)

‘Big Road Blues’ (1928) by Tommy Johnson, drawn on by both Floyd Jones & Al Wilson
Johnson also recorded the song ‘Canned Heat Blues’ which Wilson’s group took their name from -