Jump Blues or simply Jump was very popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It’s an uptempo blues and usually played by smaller combos. With the swing revival in the 1980s and 1990s, also Jump Blues received a boost.
Lindy Hoppers love Jump Blues and the related Rhythm and Blues (the early one) because it’s still swinging.
Also known as “Mr. Blues”, he was a dancer, drummer and “blues shouter“, a singer who could shout to be heard over the drums and instruments of the band (especially at times where there were no microphones).
In 1944, Harris was performing in Chicago at the Rhumboogie Club when Lucky Millinder, the black bandleader of one of the best rhythm and blues orchestras that existed, hired him as the new singer.
In the same year, Harris recorded with Millinder’s band two sides for Decca. One was “Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well“. The release date was delayed and when the record finally was issued in mid-1945 and became a hit, Harris was long gone from the band.
Harris’ debut on record under his own name was in July of 1945. In 1948 he landed a major hit with “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and from then, he stayed for four years in the R&B charts with 15 top ten hits in total.
In 1952, his series of successful recordings stopped. The taste of the consumers had changed and it was time for Rock ‘n’ Roll. Interestingly, Wynonie Harris made significant contributions to the evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, with his music, his style and his performances. Elvis Presley was greatly influenced by Harris.
On nsea.org you can find a detailed biography.
Keep On Churnin’ (Till The Butter Comes)
This was not a number one hit, but it’s a good song for Lindy Hoppers a typical tune with Wynonie Harris’ trademark voice.
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