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I tell you, all them scounds could play good; I don't know which one was best. I liked that Lonnie - he was the big fat one - I liked his violin playin', but that other one, what played violin and piano, too, and everything, I believe it was Bert. They both played so good, it'd be hard to tell how to judge which one played the best - Houston Stackhouse remembers the Chatmon brothers, The Voice of the Blues

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William Harris query
« on: October 11, 2021, 10:18:59 AM »
Hi all,
I know that John Tefteller put William Harris' "I'm A Roamin' Gambler" and "I Was Born In The Country, Raised In Town" out with one of his calendars a couple of years ago. Looking in D G & R, I see the following issued titles that I have never heard, and I wondered if they had ever been found, and if so, released or made available to listen to, anywhere:
   * "Nothin' Right Blues"
   * "Bad Treated Blues"
   * "Gonna Get Me A Woman That I Calls My Own"
Does anybody know the status of these titles? Thanks for any information.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: William Harris query
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2021, 10:30:25 AM »
"Bad Treated" was found I think in Kentucky and was included on one of the Document "Too Late" series. Fortunately the flip side of it was "Electric Chair," which had HORRIBLE sound quality on the original Document release. The others as far as I know are still unfound.
Chris


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Re: William Harris query
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2021, 11:38:33 AM »
Thanks so much for the information and for posting the song, Chris! I'm going to see if I can hear the lyrics and post it up in the William Harris Lyrics thread. He's someone like Clifford Gibson or Jaydee Short whom I'm always excited to hear a cut by that I've never heard before.
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John

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Re: William Harris query
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2021, 10:47:39 AM »
From the Big Road Blues site and a program on the Blues Calendar 2018:

Right before my interview with John I heard news of a lost William Harris 78 that had just been discovered. Little is known of William Harris who may have hailed from the Mississippi Delta. Harris recorded sixteen sides, fourteen being issued, for Gennett in 1927 and 1928. "I'm Leavin' Town (But I Sho' Don't Wanna Go)" was his debut backed on the 78 by Ollis Martin's "Police And High Sheriff Come Ridin' Down." His other song from that first session, "No Black Woman Can Sleep In My Cowlot", was rejected. Three records have not been found by Harris but one has just turned up and will appear on the CD that will accompany next year's calendar. "I'm A Roamin' Gambler b/w I Was Born In The CountryŚRaised In Town" turned up in and Estate sale in Northern Kentucky by someone who worked at Gennett Records in the late 1920's and 30's. Harris is best known for the amazing "Bullfrog Blues" which we play today from the Yazoo collection The Best There Ever Was.

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