Slim Harpo

Bad-Ass R&B

Years active ca. 1950-1970

always klick on pic’s

Lobdell, Louisiana, USA

Born Jan. 11, 1924; Died Jan 31, 1970 (aged 46), Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Slim Harpo

James Isaac Moore (January 11, 1924 – January 31, 1970), better known by his stage name Slim Harpo, was an American blues musician, a leading exponent of the swamp blues style, and "one of the most commercially successful blues artists of his day". His most successful and influential recordings included "I'm a King Bee" (1957), "Rainin' In My Heart" (1961), and "Baby Scratch My Back" (1966) which reached no. 1 on the R&B chart and no.16 on the US pop chart. A master of the blues harmonica, his stage name was derived from the popular nickname for that instrument, the "harp".

Life and career

Moore was born in Lobdell, Louisiana, the eldest child in his family. After his parents died he worked as a longshoreman and construction worker in New Orleans in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Influenced in style by Jimmy Reed, he began performing in Baton Rouge bars under the name Harmonica Slim, and also accompanied his brother-in-law Lightnin' Slim in live performances.

He started his own recording career in March 1957, working with the A&R man and record producer J. D. "Jay" Miller in Crowley, Louisiana. At his wife's suggestion, he took the name Slim Harpo in order to differentiate himself from another performer called Harmonica Slim. His first solo release, for Excello Records, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was "I'm a King Bee", backed with "I Got Love If You Want It" in 1957. The other musicians on the recording were Gabriel "Guitar Gable" Perrodin (guitar), John "Fats" Perrodin (bass), and Clarence "Jockey" Etienne (drums). Harpo played guitar in his live shows, but he usually used other guitarists when recording. The record was a regional hit but failed to make the national charts. He followed up with several more singles for Excello before having his first chart hit, "Rainin' in My Heart", in early 1961. The record reached number 17 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 34 on the U.S. pop chart,[11] and it was followed soon after with an LP of the same name and additional singles. Many of his songs were co-written with his wife, Lovelle Moore, although she never received credit.  … Read all the original text here >>> Slim Harpo

Slim Harpo ”I’m a King BeeACE CD CHD 510  [1993]

I’m A King Bee - 1957

You’ll Be Sorry One Day - 1959

Bobby Sox Baby - 1959

Buzz Me Babe - 1959

Don’t Start Crying Now - 1960

Yeah Yeah Baby - 1960

Boogie Children - 1964

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