Jerry ”Boogie” McCain

Kick-Ass R&B

Years active 1940s - 2000’s

always klick on pic’s

near Gadsden, Alabama, USA

Born: June 19, 1930; Died March 28, 2012 (aged 81), Gadsden, Alabama

Jerry ”Boogie” McCain

Jerry ”Boogie” McCain 

Jerry McCain, often billed as Jerry "Boogie" McCain (June 18, 1930 – March 28, 2012), was an American electric blues musician, best known as a harmonica player.


Born near Gadsden, AlabamaUnited States, he was one of five children of a poor family. Many of his siblings also became involved in music, most notably his brother, Walter, who played drums on some early recordings. McCain picked up the harmonica from itinerant musicians "Chick" and "Shorty" who played at the local bars (and street corners) when he was young.

McCain was a fan of the music of Little Walter and met the artist when, in 1953, he traveled to Gadsden for a show. McCain's recording debut came via Trumpet Records the same year under the name "Boogie McCain", with his brother Walter on drums. The two tracks were "East of the Sun" and "Wine-O-Wine". After recruiting Christopher Collins, who would be with him throughout most of his career, he went on to the Excello label. During his years with the Excello (1955–57) he developed his amplified harmonica style, and unusual blues lyrics. The Excello Label period saw the release of such noted songs as "The Jig's Up", and "My Next Door Neighbor". His later recording for Rex Records "She's Tough" / "Steady" was an inspiration to The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Kim Wilson duplicated McCain's harp work on their version.  … Read all the original text here >>> Jerry ”Boogie McCain

Jerry "Boogie” McCain ”The Jig’s UpATOM BOMB JMC 2111 [1998]

I’m A Ding Dong Daddy From A Rock & Roll City - 1955

I Want Somebody To Love - 1955

A Cutie Named Judie - 1955

Geronimo Rock & Roll - 1955

You Don’t Love Me No More - 1956

My Next Door Neighbor (vers. 1) - 1957

Trying To Please - 1957

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