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Champion Jack Dupree

William Thomas Dupree dit Champion Jack Dupree est un pianiste et chanteur de blues américain (La Nouvelle-Orléans, Louisiane, 4 juillet 1910 - Hanovre, Allemagne, 21 janvier 1992).

Champion Jack Dupree
Champion Jack Dupree
Champion Jack Dupree
Champion Jack Dupree
Champion Jack Dupree

Il nait à La Nouvelle-Orléans un 4 juillet (jour de la fête nationale américaine) d'un Français et d'une métisse indienne Cherokee. Ses parents périssent dans un incendie et il est élevé dans un orphelinat, le New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs, le même que Louis Armstrong. Il y apprend le piano dès l'âge de 6 ans. À 14 ans, il se retrouve dans la rue, et commence à jouer dans divers endroits pour gagner sa vie. La crise de 1929 l'oblige à abandonner la musique et il se lance dans la boxe, où il trouve son surnom de « Champion ». Un combat malheureux l'oblige à abandonner définitivement le noble art. Il revient à son piano, et fait équipe avec Leroy Carr et Scrapper Blackwell puis Scrapper Blackwell seul, à la mort de Leroy Carr en 1935. Il enregistre ses premiers disques en 1940 à Chicago. 

Il passe deux ans comme prisonnier de guerre dans les geôles japonaises alors qu'il était cuisinier dans l'US Navy pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Il s'installe à New York après le décès de sa première femme en 1944. Il s'impose alors sur la scène blues new-yorkaise. Il enregistrera alors sous son nom et sous d'autres pseudonymes. Il jouera notamment avec Brownie McGhee et Sonny Terry, Stick McGhee, Mickey Baker, Larry Dale, Louisiana Red, Kenn Landing, etc. En plein succès, il choisit de s'exiler en Europe en 1959. Il continue d'enregistrer. Il retourne à La Nouvelle-Orléans en 1990 pour le New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Il revient à Hanovre pour y mourir d'un cancer en 1992.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Blues from the Gutter (Atlantic, 1958)
  • Champion Jack's Natural & Soulful Blues (Atlantic, 1961)
  • Champion of the Blues (Atlantic, 1961)
  • The Women Blues of Champion Jack Dupree (Folkways, 1961)
  • Trouble, Trouble (Storyville, 1962)
  • The Best of the Blues (Storyville, 1963)
  • Champion Jack Dupree Of New Orleans (Storyville, 1965)
  • From New Orleans to Chicago (Decca, 1966)
  • When You Feel the Feeling You Was Feeling (Blue Horizon, 1968)
  • Tricks (Vogue, 1968), also released as Anthologie du Blues, Vol. 1 (Disques Vogue, 1968, France)
  • Scoobydoobydoo (Blue Horizon, 1969, UK), also released as Blues Masters, Vol. 10 (Blue Horizon, 1972)
  • The Heart of the Blues Is Sound (BYG, 1969)
  • The Hamburg Session (Happy Bird, 1974)
  • Shakespeare Says (Saravah, 1976)
  • Champion Jack Dupree "1977" (Isadora, 1977)
  • Back Home in New Orleans (Bullseye Blues, 1990)
  • Forever and Ever (Bullseye Blues, 1991)
  • One Last Time (Bullseye Blues, 1993)

Live albums

  • Champion Jack Dupree (Festival, 1971)
  • Alive, "Live" and Well (Chrischaa, 1976)
  • The Blues Jubilee Album (Pinorrekk, 1984)
  • Live at Burnley (JSP, 1989)
  • Jivin' with Jack: Live in Manchester, May 1966 (Jasmine, 2002)
  • Bad Luck Blues: Live with Freeway 75 (Bad Luck Blues, 2003)

Collaborations

  • Champion Jack Dupree And His Blues Band featuring Mickey Baker (Decca, 1967)
  • I'm Happy to Be Free, with Mickey Baker and Hal Singer (Vogue, 1971)
  • Blues at Montreux, with King Curtis (Atlantic, 1972)
  • Freedom, with the Monty Sunshine band (Pinorrekk, 1980)
  • Real Combination, with Henry Ojutkangas (Dig It, 1980)
  • I Had That Dream, with Kenn Lending (Pinorrekk, 1982)
  • Rockin' The Boogie, with Kenn Lending (Blue Moon, 1988)
  • Sings Blues Classics, with Axel Zwingerberger (Vagabond, 1990)

Compilations

  • Champion Jack Dupree Sings the Blues (King, 1961)
  • Cabbage Greens (OKeh, 1963)
  • Champion Jack Dupree (Everest, 1970)
  • The Incredible...Champion Jack Dupree (Sonet, 1970)
  • The Legacy of the Blues, Vol. 3 (Sonet, 1972)
  • Blues for Everybody (King, 1976)
  • Blues Masters, Vol. 6 (Storyville, 1991)
  • New Orleans Barrelhouse: Piano Blues 1960 (Magpie, 1992)
  • Champion Jack Dupree 1945–1953 (Krazy Kat, 1992)
  • Champion Jack Dupree of New Orleans (Storyville, 1993)
  • New Orleans Barrelhouse Boogie (The Complete Champion Jack Dupree 1940–1941) (Columbia, 1993)
  • The Joe Davis Sessions 1945–1946 (Flyright, 1995)
  • The Blues of Champion Jack Dupree, Vols. 1–2 (Storyville, 1995)
  • Truckin' On Down (Storyville, 1998)
  • The Blues of Champion Jack Dupree (Storyville, 2000)
  • A Portrait of Champion Jack Dupree (Rounder, 2000)
  • St. Claude and Dumaine (Fuel 2000, 2002)
  • Walkin' the Blues: The Very Best of Champion Jack Dupree (Collectables, 2003)
  • Dupree 'n' McPhee: The 1967 Blue Horizon Session, with Tony McPhee (Ace, 2005)
  • The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (Blue Horizon, 2005) - note: includes all of the tracks from the albums, When You Feel The Feeling You Was Feeling, and Scooby Dooby Doo, plus 4 tracks originally released on singles, and 12 previously unreleased tracks.
  • Early Cuts from a Singer, Pianist and Songwriter Who Took Blues to the World, 4-CD box set (JSP, 2009)
  • Two Classic Albums Plus 40s & 50s Singles, 2-CD set (Avid, 2010) - note: includes all of the tracks from the albums, Blues From The Gutter, and Champion Jack's Natural & Soulful Blues, plus 29 tracks originally released on singles, and 3 previously unreleased tracks.

10" shellac (78-rpm) and 7" vinyl (45-rpm) releases

  • "Warehouse Man Blues" / "Chain Gang Blues", 1940 (OKeh 05656)
  • "Black Woman Swing" / "Cabbage Greens (No. 1)", 1940 (OKeh 0571)
  • "Gamblin' Man Blues" / "New Low Down Dog", 1940 (OKeh 05769)
  • "Cabbage Greens (No. 2)" / "Angola Blues", 1940 (OKeh 05823)
  • "My Baby's Gone" / "That's All Right", 1941 (OKeh 06068)
  • "Dupree Shake Dance" / "Gibing Blues", 1941 (OKeh 06104)
  • "Junker Blues" / "My Cabin Inn", 1941 (OKeh 06152)
  • "Weed Head Woman" / "Bad Health Blues", 1941 (OKeh 06197)
  • "Big Time Mama" / "Heavy Heart Blues", 1941, released 1942 (OKeh 06597)
  • "All Alone Blues" / "Black Cow Blues", 1941, released 1942 (OKeh 06642)
  • "She Makes Good Jelly" / "Rum Cola Blues", 1945 (Joe Davis 5100)
  • "Johnson Street Boogie Woogie" / "I'm Going Down with You", 1945 (Joe Davis 5101)
  • "F.D.R. Blues" / "God Bless Our New President", 1945 (Joe Davis 5102)
  • "County Jail Special" / "Fisherman's Blues", 1945 (Joe Davis 5103)
  • "Lover's Lane" / "Black Wolf", 1945 (Joe Davis 5104)
  • "Walkin' by Myself" / "Outside Man", 1945 (Joe Davis 5105)
  • "Forget It Mama" / "You've Been Drunk", 1945 (Joe Davis 5106)
  • "Santa Claus Blues" / "Gin Mill Sal", 1945 (Joe Davis 5107)
  • "Once I Had a Girl" / "Black Woman Blues", 1945 (Solo 10-014)
  • "How Long, How Long Blues" / "I Think You Need a Shot", 1945 (Continental 6064)
  • "Let's Have a Ball" / "Hard Feeling", 1945 (Continental 6065)
  • "Going Down Slow" / "Mean Old Frisco", 1945 (Continental 6066)
  • "Bad Whiskey and Wild Women" / "Bus Station Blues", 1945 (Lenox 505)
  • "Mean Old Frisco" / "When You Ain't Got a Dime", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Blind Boy Johnson & His Rhythms, 1945 (Lenox 511)
  • "Love Strike Blues" / "Wet Deck Mama", 1946 (Joe Davis 5108)
  • "Big Legged Mama" / "I'm a Doctor for Women", 1946 (Celebrity 2012; Celebrity is a Joe Davis subsidiary label)
  • "Cecelia, Cecelia" / "Going Down to the Bottom", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Willie Jordan & His Swinging Five, 1946 (Alert 207)
  • "Fifth Avenue Blues" / "Highway 31", 1946 (Alert 421)
  • "Come Back Baby" / "Chittlins & Rice", 1949 (Apollo 407)
  • "One Sweet Letter" / "Mean Mistreatin' Mama", 1949 (Apollo 413)
  • "Lonesome Bedroom Blues" / "Old Woman Blues", 1949 (Apollo 421)
  • "Featherweight Mama" / "Day Break", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Brother Blues & the Back Room Boys, 1949 (Abbey 3015)
  • "Day Break" / "Pete's Boogie", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Brother Blues & the Back Room Boys, 1949 (Abbey 3024)
  • "Deacon's Party" / "My Baby's Coming Back Home", Dupree with Big Chief Ellis & His Blues Stars, 1950 (Apollo 426)
  • "Just Plain Tired" / "I'm Gonna Find You Some Day", Dupree with Big Chief Ellis & His Blues Stars, 1950 (Apollo 428)
  • "Rub a Little Boogie" / "Doomed", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Duke Bayou & His Mystic Six, 1949, released 1950 (Apollo 440)
  • "Goin' Back to Louisiana" / "Barrel House Mama", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Meat Head Johnson & His Blues Hounds, 1950 (Apex 1110)
  • "Old, Old Woman" / "Mean Black Woman", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Meat Head Johnson & His Blues Hounds, 1950 (Gotham 514)
  • "The Woman I Love" / "All Night Party", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording under McGhee's name, 1951 (Derby 783)
  • "Heartache Blues" / "Real Good Feelin", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Big Tom Collins, 1951 (King 4483)
  • "Heart Breaking Woman" / "Watchin' My Stuff", Dupree and Brownie McGhee recording as Big Tom Collins, 1951 (King 4568)
  • "Stumbling Block Blues" / "Number Nine Blues", 1953 (Red Robin 109)
  • "Highway Blues" / "Shake Baby Shake", 1953 (Red Robin 112)
  • "Drunk Again" / "Shim Sham Shimmy", 1953, released 1954 (Red Robin 130)
  • "The Blues Got Me Rockin'" / "Tongue Tied Blues", 1953 (King 4633)
  • "Ain't No Meat on de Bone" / "Please Tell Me Baby", 1953 (King 4651)
  • "Walkin' Upside Your Head" / "Hard Feeling", 1953 (King 4695)
  • "Rub a Little Boogie" / "Camille", 1953 (King 4706)
  • "Two Below Zero" / "Blues for Everybody", 1955 (King 4779)
  • "Harelip Blues" / "Let the Doorbell Ring", 1955 (King 4797)
  • "Walking the Blues " / "Daybreak Rock", vocal by Teddy "Mr. Bear" McRae, 1955 (King 4812)
  • "That's My Pa" / "Stumbling Block", 1955 (King 4827)
  • "She Cooks Me Cabbage" / "Silent Partner", 1955 (King 4859)
  • "Failing Health Blues" / "Me and My Mule", 1955 (King 4876)
  • "Overhead Blues" / "So Sorry, So Sorry", 1955, released 1956 (King 4906)
  • "Mail Order Woman" / "Big Leg Emma's", 1955, released 1956 (King 4938)
  • "Lonely Road Blues", vocal by Teddy "Mr. Bear" McRae / "When I Got Married", 1956 (Groove 0171)
  • "Dirty Woman" / "Just Like a Woman", 1957 (Vik 0260)
  • "Old Time Rock and Roll" / "Rocky Mountain", 195 (Vik 02797)
  • "Shake Baby Shake" / "Lollipop Baby", 1957 (Vik 0304)
  • "Frankie and Johnny" / "Strollin'", 1959 (Atlantic 2032)
  • "My Mother-in-Law" / "Evil Woman", 1961 (Atlantic 2095)
  • "Sharp Harp" / "Two Below Zero", 1955, released 1961 (Federal 12408)

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