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Lucky Peterson
Lucky's father, bluesman James Peterson, owned a nightclub in Buffalo called The Governor's Inn. The club was a regular stop for fellow bluesmen such as Willie Dixon. Dixon saw a five-year-old Lucky performing at the club and, in Peterson's words, "Took me under his wing." Months later, Lucky performed on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and What's My Line?. Millions of people watched Lucky sing "1-2-3-4", a cover version of "Please, Please, Please" by James Brown. At the time, Lucky said "his father wrote it". Around this time he recorded his first album, Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky Peterson, for Today/Perception Records and appeared on the public television show, Soul!.
 
As a teen, Lucky (* 1964) studied at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, where he played the French horn with the school symphony. Soon, he was playing backup guitar and keyboards for Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Little Milton.
 
The 1990s were a prolific period for Peterson. Two solo Bob Greenlee produced albums for the Chicago-based Alligator Records (1989's Lucky Strikes! and the following year's Triple Play) remain his finest recorded offerings. He then released four more for the record label Verve. While with Verve, Lucky collaborated with Mavis Staples on a tribute to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, called Spirituals & Gospel. Peterson played electric organ behind Staples' singing.
 
More albums from Peterson came after 2000. He recorded two for Blue Thumb Records, and one for Disques Dreyfus. In 2007, he released Tete a Tete on JSP Records.
 
Lucky passed away in May 2020.
 
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Discography
Ridin'
Isabel Records 900.519
March 1984 in Paris/France
Lucky Perterson, organ, piano, vocals
Melvin Taylor, guitar
Titus Williams, bass
Ray Allison, drums
Lucky Strikes
Alligator Records ALCD 4770
released 1989
recorded in Sanford, FL/USA
Lucky Peterson, keyboards, guitar, vocals
Bryan Bassett, guitar
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Bill Samuel, tenor sax, baritone sax
Sylvester Polk, trumpet
Bob Greenlee, bass
Denny Best, drums
Scott Corwin, drums
Triple Play
Alligator Records ALCD 4789
released 1990
recorded in Sanford, FL/USA
Lucky Peterson, organ, guitar, vocals
Bill 'Foots' Samuel, tenor sax
Bob 'Rattlesnake' Greenlee, baritone sax, bass
Ray Anderson, trombone
Sylvester Polk, trumpet
Bruce Staelens, trumpet
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Bryan Bassett, guitar
George Taylor, guitar
Lester Chambers, vocals
Dale Harton, bass
Jimmy Payne, drums
William Pellpinner III, drums
Teenage Blues In Baton Rouge
King Snake Records KIN 4038
released 1990
Troy Turner, guitar, vocals
Bill "Foots" Samuel, tenor sax
Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee, baritone sax, bass guitar
Sylvester Polk, trumpet
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Lucky Peterson, organ, piano
Jimmy Payne, drums
I'm Trouble
Ichiban Records ICH 1105
released 1991
recorded February through April 1990 in Sanford, FL/USA
Yvonne Jackson, vocals
Maceo Parker, alto sax
Kenny Stumpf, baritone sax
Fred Wesley, alto horn, trombone
Sylvester Polk, trumpet
Bryan Bassett, guitar
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Lucky Peterson, Hammond organ
Dwight Champagne, piano
Ken Page, piano
Michael Gallaway, harmonica
Barry Dean, bass
Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee, bass
Jimmy Payne, drums, alto horn
Lost In The Blues
Alligator Records ALCD 4797
released 1991
Otis Rush, guitar, vocals
Bob Levis, guitar
Allen Batts, piano, organ
Lucky Peterson, piano, organ
Bob Stroger, bass
Jesse Lewis Green, drums
The Right Time
Elektra 7559613472
released 1992
recorded in Sheffield, AL/USA
Etta James, vocals
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Harvey Thompson, tenor sax
Jim Horn, baritone sax
Gary Armstrong, trumpet
Mike Haynes, trumpet
Steve Cropper, guitar
Jay Jesse Johnson, guitar
Jimmy Johnson, guitar
Will McFarlane, guitar
Lucky Peterson, guitar, organ
Frank Crawford, synthesizer
Clayton Ivey, piano
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson, harmonica
David Hood, bass
Willie Weeks, bass
Steve Ferrone, drums
Roger Hawkins, drums
Tom Roady, percussion
Steve Winwood, vocals
I'm Ready
Emarcy 517513-2
released 1992
recorded May and August 1992 in New York City/USA
Lucky Peterson, piano, Hammond organ, guitar, vocal
Danny Draher, guitar
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Paul Ossola, bass
Wilbur Bascom, bass
Crusher Green, drums
Tony Coleman, drums
James Saporito, percussion
The Uptown Horns
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Larry McCray, guitar
Blues Survivor
Verve Records 314 519 063-2
released 1993
recorded October/November 1992 in Richmond, CA/USA
Joe Louis Walker, guitar, vocals
Richard Howell, tenor sax
Tim Devine, sax
Ed Early, trombone
Jeff Lewis, trumpet
Mike Eppley, keyboards
Lucky Peterson, organ
Henry Oden, bass
Paul Revelli, drums
Tony Mejivan, congas, percussion
Gibby Ross, timbales
I Am The Blues
Verve 519175-2
released 1993
recorded December 1992 through January 1993 in Chicago, IL/USA
Big Daddy Kinsey, vocals, guitar
Jimmy Rogers, guitar
Donald Kinsey, guitar
Rico McFarland, guitar
Pinetop Perkins, piano
Calvin Jones, bass
Chuck-A-Luck, bass
Willie Smith, drums
Ray "Killer" Allison, drums
Lucky Peterson, piano, Hammond organ
Buddy Guy, guitar
Billy Branch, harmonica
James Cotton, harmonica
Sugar Blue, harmonica
Better Off With The Blues
Telarc CD-83354
released 1993
recorded April through June 1993 in Chicago, IL/USA
Junior Wells, vocals, harmonica
Jack Cassidy, trumpet
Paul Cotton, percussion
Steven Finckle, tenor sax
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Buddy Guy, guitar
Brian Jones, drums
Steve McCray, drums
Rico McFarland, drums
Noel Neal, bass
Lucky Peterson, piano, Hammond organ
Beyond Cool
Verve 521147-2
released 1993
recorded June through July 1993 in Memphis, TN/USA
Lucky Peterson, piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, guitar, vocals
Danny Draher, guitar
Jack Holder, guitar
Richard Ford, guitar
William Weeks, bass
Crusher Green, drums
Arto Tuncboyaciyan, percussion
Brent Nance, percussion
Wayne Jackson, trumpet, trombone
Andrew Love, tenor sax
King Of The Boogie Sax
Wild Dog Records DOG 9102
released 1993
recorded in Sanford, FL/USA
Noble Watts, tenor sax
Bill "Foots" Samuel, tenor sax
Lawson Montsinger, tenor sax
Bob Greenlee, baritone sax, bass
Bruce Staelens, trumpet
Lucky Peterson, organ, piano
Ann Rabson, piano
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Warren King, guitar
Jimmy Strill, guitar
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, guitar, fiddle
Kenny Neal, rhythm guitar
Ronnie "Byrd" Foster, drums
Denny Best, drums
Never Too Late
Ichiban Records ICH 1162-2
released 1993
recorded in Sanford, FL/USA
Erica Guerin, vocals
Bill "Foots" Samuel, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax
Charlie Bertini, trumpet
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Kenny Neal, guitar, harmonica
Dwight Champaign, piano, vocals
Lucky Peterson, keyboards
Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee, bass
Larry Jacoby, bass
Tony Coleman, drums
Byrd Foster, drums
Ronnie Foster, drums
Ernestly
Kingsnake Records ICH 9011
released 1993
recorded in Sanford, FL/USA
Ernie Lancaster, guitar
Warren King, slide guitar
Lucky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Mike Galloway, harmonica
Bob Greenlee, bass
Barry Dean, bass
Jim Payne, drums
Denny Best, drums
Living The Blues
Verve 521238-2
released 1994
recorded June, July and September 1993 in Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL, and New York City; January 1994 in San Francisco, CA/USA
James Cotton, vocals, harmonica
Larry McCray, guitar
John Primer, guitar
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Brin Jones, drums
Lucky Peterson, piano, Hammond organ
Dr. John, piano
Joe Louis Walker, guitar
Until We Love
Polydor Japan jMT 514015-2
released 1994
recorded May 1994 in New York City/USA
Gabrielle Goodman, vocals
Lucky Peterson, organ
Uri Caine, piano
Wolfgang Muthspiel, guitar
Kenny Davis, bass
Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, drums
I'm A Jockey
Verve Records 314 521 586-2
released 1994
recorded June 1994 in Chicago, IL/USA
Jimmy Johnson, guitar, vocals
Billy Branch, harmonica
Lucky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Jessie Lockridge, piano
Hank Ford, tenor sax
Byron Bowie, tenor sax, baritone sax
Edwin Williams, trombone
Kenny Anderson, trumpet
Anthony Morris, bass
David Russel, drums
Elen Samuels, vocals
Theresa Davis, vocals
Hank Crawford: Heart and Soul - The Hank Crawford Anthology
Rhino 71673
released 1994
compilation
Hank Crawford, alto sax, baritone sax, piano
Mac Rebennack organ
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Lucky Peterson, organ
various artists
Life Time
Verve 527771-2
released 1995
recorded January 1995 in Maurice, LA/USA
Lucky Peterson, vocals, Hammond B-3 organ, guitar, clavinet, piano
Butch Bonner, guitar
Todd Parsnow, guitar
Walter Nelson, bass
Brent Nance, drums, congas
The Sugar Free Horns
Sylvester Polk, trumpet
Dan 'Boney' Fields, trumpet
Bill Eden, tenor sax, baritone sax
Johnny Cotton, trombone
Boogie Shack
King Snake Records KS-032
released 1995
recorded in Tampa, FL/USA
Sonny Charles, harp, vocals
Little Johnny Walter, guitar
Sloppy Joel, guitar
Lucky Peterson, Hammond Organ, piano
Gary 'Bab' Babich, drums
Spirituals & Gospel
Verve 533562-2
recorded January/February 1996 in Maurice, LA/USA
Mavis Staples, vocals
Lucky Peterson, piano, Hammond organ
Move
Verve 537897-2
recorded March 1997 in Detroit, MI/USA
Lucky Peterson, guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, Hohner clavinet, pianos
Butch Bonner, guitar
Johnny B. Gayden, gass
Dennis Chambers, drums
Lucky Peterson
Gitanes Jazz 547 433-2
recorded November 1998 in Memphis, TN/USA
Lucky Peterson, keyboards, organ, vocals, guitar
Joe Louis Walker, vocals
Butch Bonner, guitar
The Late Night Horns, horns
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Steve Potts, drums
Double Dealin'
Verve 549475-2
recorded 2000 in Woodland Hills, CA/USA
Lucky Peterson, guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
The Texacali Horns, brass
Jon Cleary, keyboards
Johnny Lee Schell, guitar
Reggie McBride, bass
Tony Braunagel, drums
Rendezvous with the Blues
Evidence ECD 26123-2
recorded September 2001 in Maurice, LA and Memphis, TN/USA
Melvin Taylor, guitar, vocals
Jerry Mallet, tenor sax
Sydney Janise, baritone sax
Marshall Cyr, trumpet
Mato Nanji, guitar
Lucky Peterson, guitar, Hammond B-3 organ
Dave Smith, bass
Steve Potts, drums, congas, percussion
Black Midnight Sun
Birdology FDM 36643-2
recorded March/April 2002 in West Orange, NJ/USA
Lucky Peterson, guitar, organ, piano, synthesizer
Alex J. Harding, baritone sax
Henry Threadgill, flute
Graham Haynes, cornet
Jesse Dulman, tuba
Bill Laswell, bass
Jerome 'Bigfoot' Brailey, drums
If You Can't Fix It
JSP Records JSP5100
recorded in Hartford, CT and St. Petersburg, FL/USA
James Peterson, guitar, vocals
Lucky Peterson, guitar, organ
Robert Feiner, tenor sax
Jamie Finegan, trumpet
Clarence Spady, guitar
Jennie Feiner, guitar
Bruce Feiner, piano
Mike Nunno, bass
Jason Arnold, drums
Trevor Somerville, drums
Mary Taylor, vocals
Triple Fret
JSP Records JSP5108
recorded in Hartford, CT/USA
Bernard Allison, guitar, vocals
Larry McCray, guitar, vocals
Carl Weathersby, guitar, vocals
Robert Feiner, tenor sax
Jamie Finegan, trumpet
John Colby, piano
Lucky Peterson, organ
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Steve McCray, drums
Sunshine
Black & Blue BB692.2
recorded November 2005 in Garland, TX/USA
Judy Blair, Hammond B-3 organ, piano, vocals
Christian Salut, drums
Donny Blair, guitar
Abdu Salim, tenor sax, flute
Lucky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ, piano, guitar, vocals
Blue Note Sesssions
Blue Note 0946 3 57050 2 7
recorded November 2005 in New York City/USA
Nigel Kennedy, violin
Joe Lovano, tenor sax
JD Allen, tenor sax
Lucky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ
Kenny Werner, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Daniel Sadownick, percussion
Raul Midon, guitar, vocals
From Huntsville To Jordan
Cristal Records CR 119
recorded 1995 in Chennevières Les Louvres/France
Nina van Horn, vocals
Fred Chapellier, guitar
Juju Child, guitar
Neal Black, guitar
Paul Nils, guitar
Julien Brunetaud, keyboards
Lucky Peterson, organ
Peter Nathanson, dobro
Mickey Blow, harmonica
Pascal Mikaélian, harp, harmonica
Kim Yarbrough, bass
Fred Kolinskii, drums
Larry Crockett, drums
Lay My Demons Down
Green Swamp Records 11616
recorded in Sanford, FL and Clearwater, FL/USA
Tommy McCoy, guitar, vocals
Lucky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ
Mike Bell, guitar
Laptop Randy, guitar
Patrick Geoffrey, piano
William Harris, bass guitar
Ed Lanier, bass
Chuck Louden, drums
Tête À Tête
JSP Records JSP8805
recorded in East Granby, CT/USA
Lucky Peterson, guitar, organ, vocals
Bruce Feiner, tenor sax, piano
Robert Feiner, tenor sax
Jamie Finegan, trumpet
Andy Aledort, guitar, vocals
Larry McCray, guitar, vocals
Burt Teague, guitar
Froc, guitar
Mike Nunno, bass
Jason Arnold, cowbell, drums
John Pell, drums
Trevor Somerville, drums
Mary Taylor, vocals
Let Life Flow
DixieFrog DFGCD 8647

Kenny Neal, bass, guitar, harmonica, vocals
'AG' Alphonso Guillory, sax
Nadège, sax
Pierre Chabrele, trombone
Bonny Fields, trumpet
Joe Campbell, trumpet
Lucky Peterson, organ, piano
Jimmy Adams, piano
Frederick Neal, keyboards
Kenny Neal jr., keyboards, percussion, bass
Darnell Neal, bass
Bryan Morris, drums
Mercy
Universal Music Jazz France 531 379-8
recorded June 2008 in New York City/USA, add. rec. in Stanford, CT/USA and Paris/France
Lucky Peterson, Hammond C-3 organ
Rodney Jones, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Cindy Blackman, drums
Danny Sadownick, congas, tambourine
Lenny Pickett, tenor sax
Houston Person, tenor sax
Sly Johnson, vocals
Tatiana Heintz, vocals
Sharon Jones, vocals
Darling Forever
JSP 8814
Lucky Peterson, vocals, bass, guitar, keyboard, organ, piano
Tamara Peterson, vocals
Donnell Davis, bass
Ira Bassett, trumpet
Bill Eden, sax
Jim Exum, trombone
Chuck Louden, drums
Bret Nance, drums, percussion
Mark Gully, drums
Organ Soul Sessions
EmArcy 531 379-8
recorded June 2008 in New York City/USA, Stamford, CT/USA and Paris/France
Lucky Peterson, Hammond C-3 organ
Cindy Blackman, drums
Danny Sadownick, congas
Rodney Jones, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Lenny Pickett, tenor sax
Houston Person, tenor sax
Tatiana Heintz, vocals
Sly Johnson, vocals
Sharon Jones, vocals
Heart Of Pain
JSP 8824
Lucky Peterson, vocals, guitar, keyboards
Tamara Peterson, vocals
Ira Bassett, horn
Bill Eden, horn
Jim Exum, horn
Jerome Louden, guitar
Tamara Peterson, vocals
Ricky Rigsbym, bass
One Way Ticket
Wolf Records 120632CD
recorded February 2009 in Dallas, TX/USA
Cookie McGee, guitar, vocals
James Butler, guitar
Richard Chalk, guitar
Lucky Peterson, guitar, organ
Elbert Taylor, keyboards
Stuart Melis, sax
Gaika James, trombone
Sheldon Wright, trumpet
Jay Dronge, bass
William Harris, bass
Chuck "Popcorn" Louden, drums
Kenny King, congas
Hooked On Your Love
Dixiefrog DFGCD 8693
recorded in Nashville, TN/USA
Kenny Neal, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Carle Vickers, soprano sax, tenor sax
Melvin Jackson, alto sax
Stanley Abernathy, trumpet
Kenny Anderson, trumpet
James "Boogaloo" Bolden, trumpet
Joe Campbell, trumpet
Cory Distefano, trumpet
Chris Dunn, trombone
Big James Montgomery, trombone
Tyree Neal, guitar, synthesizer
Vasti Jackson, guitar
Fredrick Neal, clavinet, organ, piano
Lucky Peterson, clavinet, keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizer
Darnell Neal, bass
Tony Coleman, drums
Bryan Morris, drums
Kenny Neal jr., drums, percussion
Every Second A Fool Is Born
JSP 8831
Lucky Peterson, keyboards, guitar, vocals
Todd Parsnow, guitar
Nigel Hoosey, bass
Raul Valdez, drums
The Son Of A Bluesman
Jazz Village JV 570035
Lucky Peterson, guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
Chris Curiel, trumpet
Bill Eden, sax
Calvin Sexton, trombone
Remon Hearn, keyboards, organ
Faith Jefferson Houston, vocals
Shawn Kellerman, guitar
Timothy Waites, bass
Raul Valdes, drums
I'm Back Again
Blues Boulevard 250357
recorded live August 2012 at The 55 Arts Club in Berlin/Germany
Lucky Peterson, guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, vocals
Shawn Kellerman, guitar
Timothy Waites, bass
Raul Valdes, drums
Tribute To Jimmy Smith
Jazz Village JV 33570147.48
Lucky Peterson, Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
Kelyn Crapp, guitar
Nicolas Folmer, trumpet
Archie Shepp, tenor sax
Herlin Riley, drums
50 Just Warming Up!
Jazz Village JV570165
recorded in Paris/France
Lucky Peterson, organ, guitar, vocals
Dave Wiffin, sax
Keith Anderson, sax
Ray Podhornik, trumpet
Shawn Kellerman, guitar
Rachid Guissous, keyboards, strings
Sugar Blue, harmonica
Tim Waites, bass
Raul Valdes, drums
Aelpeacha, vocals
Danielia Cotton, vocals
Jakk Jo, vocals
Sharon Riley, vocals
Tamara Tramell, vocals
Lucky Peterson Essential
Universal Music
compilation
Lucky Peterson, organ, piano, guitar, vocals
various artists

 
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