Lil Johnson

Complete Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 3 (1937)

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This CD has the final 20 recordings by the good-time hokum/blues singer Lil Johnson, including eight performances that were previously unreleased. It seems strange, considering how much she recorded, that virtually nothing is known about her. Backed by a variety of partly unknown combos (with Black Bob, Aletha Robinson, or Blind John Davis mostly on piano), Johnson digs into such risqué numbers as "You Stole My Cherry," "Take Your Hand Off It," and "Snake in the Grass." Her very last recording, "Buck Naked Blues," was released for the first time on this CD, and it is taken from a private acetate that might have been from the early 1940s. Wrapping up this CD are four numbers (two previously unreleased) by the equally unknown Barrel House Annie, whose identity has never been established but whose style is complementary to Lil Johnson's. Vintage blues collectors will want this enjoyable music.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
02:43
2
03:20
3 02:58
4
03:03
5
03:03
6
02:52
7
03:00
8
02:55
9
02:55
10
03:01
11 02:58
12 02:43
13
02:49
14
02:50
15 02:55
16
02:53
17
02:50
18
03:03
19
02:48
20
02:24
21
02:50
22
03:09
23
02:46
24
02:46
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