COUNTY JAIL SPECIAL * CHAMPION JACK DUPREE * POP 17003 * F
County Jail Special was recorded at a session in New
York City 18th April 1945 for Joe Davis and originally released on his Joe Davis
imprint # 5103 backed with Fisherman Blues. It was issued on this French
EP ABC Blues Suburban in 1960, with three other tracks by different
artists: Clarence Loften, Jelly Roll Morten and Jimmy Yancey.
Surprisingly County Jail Special / Fisherman Blues was
released in the UK in 1951 on a Jazz Parade 78 rpm disc; although nothing else
was issued by him in Britain for over ten years, despite having a plethora of
records released on a variety of labels (and under a verity of names) during
that period in the USA.
County Jail Special is a pacey, piano led, Blues about the
hardships of life in a county jail without friends and relations on the outside,
played and sung by Jack Dupree aka William Thomas Dupree, who learnt to
play piano from Willie 'Drive Em' Down' Hall, while at the 'Coloured Waifs' Home
For Boys in New Orleans.
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