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Eddie Boyd
Eddie (* 1914 in Mississippi) was an American blues pianist, singer and songwriter. He learned to play the guitar and the piano. His piano playing was influenced by the styles of Roosevelt Sykes and Leroy Carr.
Eddie moved to the Beale Street district of Memphis, TN, in 1936, where he played with his group, the Dixie Rhythm Boys. He then joined the Great Migration of African Americans north to the factories of Chicago in 1941. He recorded for Bluebird Records, accompanying such musicians as Sonny Boy Williamson, Jazz Gillum, Muddy Waters, and Tampa Red, before making his first recordings under his own name, in 1947.
He decided to produce his own recordings, and took two demos to Joe Brown at J.O.B. Records, who agreed to re-record the tracks. In May 1952 he recorded "Five Long Years", which became a huge hit, topping the Billboard R&B chart for seven weeks late in the year. Eddie had two further hits in 1953, "24 Hours" and "Third Degree" (co-written by Willie Dixon), both of which reached number three on the R&B chart.
He went on to record for a series of smaller labels in the 1950s, but an automobile accident in 1957 in which he was injured put his career on hold for a while. Eddie toured Europe with Buddy Guy's band in 1965 as part of the American Folk Blues Festival. He later toured and recorded with Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.
Unhappy with the racial discrimination faced in the United States, Eddie moved to Belgium, where he recorded with the Dutch band Cuby and the Blizzards. He moved again, in 1970, to Helsinki, Finland, where he continued to perform and recorded ten blues records, the first being Praise to Helsinki (1970). Eddie died in 1994.
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Ball 'N' Chain
Arhoolie Records CD 305
released 1989
recorded October 1965 in London/Great Britain; April 1966 in San Francisco, CA; January 1968 in Hollywood, CA/USA
Big Mama Thornton, harmonica, drums, vocals
Everett Minor, tenor sax
Buddy Guy, guitar
Edward "Bee" Houston, guitar
Samuel Lawhorn, guitar
Fred McDowell, guitar
Muddy Waters, guitar
Eddie Boyd, piano, organ
Nathaniel Dove, piano
Otis Spann, piano
James Cotton, harmonica
Walter Horton, harmonica
Luther Johnson, bass
Jimmie Lee Robinson, bass
Curtis Tillman, bass
Fred Below, drums
Francis Clay, drums
Gus Wright, drums

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