Buddy Lucas Hustlin Family BluesTitanic And 23 Unsinkable Sax Blasters
Buddy LucasBig BerthaJubilee Honkers And Shouters
Wynonie Harris w/ Buddy Lucas Triflin' WomanRockin' The Blues
Joseph "Google Eyes" August w/ Buddy TateRock My SoulJubilee Honkers And Shouters
Rene Hall w/ Buddy Tate Blowin' AwhileJubilee Honkers And Shouters
Wynonie Harris w/ Buddy Tate Mr. Blues Is Coming To TownRockin' The Blues
Arbee Stidham w/ Hal SingerStidham JumpsHam Hocks & Cornbread
Hal Singer Buttermilk And BeansHal Singer 1948-1951
Frank Floorshow CulleyAfter Hours SessionThe Big Horn: Honkin' And Screamin' Saxophone
Jimmy Rushing w/ Frank CulleyLonesome Daddy BluesJimmy Rushing 1946-53
Frank Floorshow CulleyFloorshowThe Big Horn: Honkin' And Screamin' Saxophone
Freddie Mitchell Moondog BoogieHam Hocks & Cornbread
Honey Brown w/ Freddie MitchelRockin' And Jumpin'I'm A Bad, Bad Girl
Bullmoose Walker w/ Sam Taylor Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style AgainThe Big Horn: Honkin' And Screamin' Saxophone
Sam "The Man" TaylorOo-WeeBlues Masters Vol. 13
Champion Jack Dupree w/ Jesse PowellFifth Avenue BluesEarly Cuts
Fluffy Hunter w/ Jesse PowellThe Walkin' BluesThe R&B Hits of 1952
Jesse PowellHot BoxThe R&B Years
Sammy Price w/ King CurtisJuke Joint Rib Joint
Roy Gaines w/ King Curtis Dat Dat De Dum DumGroove Jumping
H-Bomb Ferguson w/ Charlie SingletonRock H-Bomb, RockRock H-Bomb, Rock
Charlie SingletonBlow Mr. SingletonHam Hocks And Cornbread
Eddie “Cleanhead” VinsonI'm Gonna Wind Your ClockHonk For Texas
Eddie “Cleanhead” VinsonBald Headed BluesHonk For Texas
Sil AustinSubamarine MamaTitanic And 23 Unsinkable Sax Blasters
Sil Austin & Red Prysock No. 1 SilBattle Royal
Noble “Thin Man” Watts Hard Times (The Slop)Scratchin': The Wild Jimmy Spruill Story
Paul Williams35-30 (Thirty-Five-Thirty)Paul Williams Vol.1 1947 -1949
Tiny Bradshaw w/ Red Prysiock Bradshaw BoogieBreakin' Up the House
Warren Lucky Paradise Rock Thunderbolt!
Little Willie John w/ Willis JacksonAll Around The WorldFever
Willis JacksonWine-O-WineThe Big Horn: Honkin' & Screamin' Saxophone
Johnny Hodges With Big Al Sears Castle RockThe Big Horn: Honkin' & Screamin' Saxophone
Morris Lane Bobby's BoogieBobby's Boogie: Red Robin Records

Show Notes:

Blow Man BlowToday's show is part two our look at some great New York based sax men who's honkin' sound was heard on hundreds of records in the 40's and 50's. This show is one of several sax based shows this year starting a few months ago with one based in Chicago , followed two spotlighting some great L.A. Horn blowers. Illinois Jacquet is cited as the one who kicked off the era of honkin' sax in 1945 with his famous solo on "Flying Home" while working with Lionel Hampton's band. As Big Jay McNeely said of of the songe, "every time we picked up our horns we were just elaborating on that, trying to make it bigger, wilder, give it more swing, more kick. If you want to know where rhythm and blues began, that's it brother."  Today we spin some great honkin' sax records, some cut by the horn men themselves and others featuring their raucous playing behind some great blues singers, both well known and obscure. The records were issued on a myriad of small New York independent labels labels such as Atlas, Derby, Coral,  Apollo, Groove, Savoy and bigger players such as King and Atlantic. Among those featured today are legendary horn men such as Hal Singr and Freddie Mitchell who played on countless sessions as well as recording some exciting sides under their own names. Then there were sax men primarily know for their session work such as the prolific Sam “The Man” Taylor, Budd Johnson and Big Al Sears. There were the sax men who lead their own band and were stars in their own right such as Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams, Red Prysock, Earl Bostic and Bullmoose Jackson. Others heard today include the incendiary Noble “Thin Man” Watts, the rising star King Curtis, Willis “Gator” Jackson, Buddy Lucas, Frank Culley, Sil Austin, Buddy Tate, Jesse Powell and others. We'll provide some background on some of today's artists that we didn't discuss last week.

From the late 1940s onward, Buddy Lucas was a much-in-demand session saxophonist who also recorded quite a few vocal sides. Lucas made his first (vocal) recordings in 1951, for Jerry Blaine's Jubilee label, where he also became leader of the house band. After the first release, "Soppin' Molasses"/"Whoppin' Blues" (Jubilee 5058), Frank CulleyBuddy renamed the combo "The Band Of Tomorrow". In 1953 Buddy moved to RCA, where he had two singles released on the parent label and three on its subsidiary Groove. Until 1964, Lucas went on to record for a host of other labels. The list of artists on whose records he has played is very long and includes Nappy Brown, Big Joe Turner,, LaVern Baker, Mickey and Sylvia,Big Maybelle, Bill Doggett, Little Willie John, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, among many others.

Buddy Tate began his professional career in the late 1920s playing around the Southwest in bands led by Terrence Holder, Andy Kirk, and Nat Towles. For a brief period in 1934 he played with the Count Basie Band who he recorde with in 1939. Tate decided to leave the band, hoping to tour less and perform closer to his home in New York. Eventually Tate secured residency for his own band in 1953 at the Celebrity Club on 125th Street in Harlem, a position he held for twenty-one years. He did a fair bit of session work on R&B sessions for sveral New York labels.

Frank Culley began learning the tenor sax at the age of 10 and made his first professional mark playing with Johnson's Happy Pals around Richmond, Virginia. He formed his own R&B group in the mid-40s, recording for the Lenox label in NYC and backing Wynonie Harris on King. In 1948, he was signed by Atlantic and led its first house band, backing the early stars of R&B as well as recording some thirty tracks under his own name. Culley's first release on Atlantic, "Coleslaw", was a # 11 R&B hit in 1949. The follow-up was "Floorshow" the song gave him his nickname. The next single, "After Hour Session" went to # 10 on the R&B charts. Culley recorded for RCA Victor, Parrot, Chess and Baton without success.

Texas tenorman Jesse Powell worked his early years with Hot Lips Page, Louis Armstrong, and Luis Russell. He joined Count Basie's Band in 1946, replacing the great sax player Illinois Jacquet. Powell appears on a number of blues recordings in the late 1940s with people like Brownie McGhee, Willie Jordan, and Doc Pomus. He also worked with Champion Jack Dupree and continued to play jazz, touring France with Howard McGee in 1948. He played bop and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie in 1949. During the 1950s, as bebop fell out of favor, Powell found steady work with a variety of R&B artists. He recorded as a leader for Federal in 1951 and 1953 and had established himself with the Josie label by 1954.

Sil Austin & Red PrysockBorn in Kansas City around 1930, alto and tenor saxophonist Charlie Singleton he started making records under his own name in New York City at the age of 19 for the Apollo label. Singleton made a handful of recordings in 1950 and recorded sides for the Atlas label during the early '50s. He also backed several singer including H-Bomb Ferguson.

Sil Austin won the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1945, playing "Danny Boy". His performance brought him a recording contract with Mercury Records, and he moved to New York. Austin played with Roy Eldridge briefly in 1949, and with Cootie Williams in 1951-52 and Tiny Bradshaw in 1952-54, before setting up his own successful touring group. He recorded over 30 albums for Mercury, and had a number of Top 40 hits with pop tunes. Austin described the sound of his 1950s singles to author Wayne Jancik. "Exciting horn, honking horn, gutbucket horn is what kids wanted to hear, so I made sure I played more of that. They called it rock 'n' roll. And the records sold."