Lil Johnson

Complete Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 1 (1929-1936)

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All of the recordings by the good-time blues singer Lil Johnson have been reissued on three Document CDs. Virtually nothing is known about Johnson outside of the recordings that she made. Vol. 1 starts off with five numbers from 1929, in which she is backed by either Montana Taylor or Charles Avery on piano (with Tampa Red sitting in on "House Rent Scuffle"). Otherwise all of this music is from 1935-36, with Johnson usually accompanied by pianist Black Bob and various bassists, plus, on two numbers, guitarist Big Bill Broonzy. Her best-known number, "Get 'Em From the Peanut Man (Hot Nuts)," is here (in three different versions), along with such other rollicking tunes as "Anybody Want to Buy My Cabbage," "If You Can Dish It (I Can Take It)," "Press My Button (Ring My Bell)," and "Sam the Hot Dog Man." Fun music.

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