Hound Dog TaylorABC Radio Australia (March 14th 1975)AlligatorBluesTheodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor was born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1915 (some sources say 1917). He originally played piano, but began playing guitar when he was 20 and moved to Chicago in 1942.He became a full-time musician
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Hound Dog TaylorABC Radio Australia (March 14th 1975)AlligatorBluesTheodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor was born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1915 (some sources say 1917). He originally played piano, but began playing guitar when he was 20 and moved to Chicago in 1942.He became a full-time musician around 1957 but remained unknown outside of the Chicago area, where he played small clubs in the black neighborhoods and also at the open-air Maxwell Street Market. He was known for his electrified slide guitar playing, his cheap Japanese guitars, and his raucous boogie beats. He was also famed among guitar players for having six fingers on his left hand.After hearing Taylor with his band, the HouseRockers (Brewer Phillips on second guitar and Ted Harvey on drums) in 1970 at Florence's Lounge on Chicago's South Side, Bruce Iglauer—at the time a shipping clerk for Delmark Records—tried to get him signed by his employer. Having no success getting Delmark to sign Taylor, Iglauer formed a small record label with a $2500 inheritance and recorded Taylor's debut album, Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers, on his fledgling Alligator Records in 1971. It was the first release on Alligator records, now a major blues label. It was recorded live in studio in just two nights. Iglauer began managing and booking the band, which toured nationwide and performed with stars like Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton. The band became particularly popular in the Boston area, where Hound Dog inspired a young protege named George Thorogood.Their second release, Natural Boogie, was recorded in late 1973, and led to greater acclaim and touring. In 1975, Taylor and his band toured AUSTRALIA and New Zealand with Freddie King and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. His third ALLIGATOR album, Beware of the Dog, was recorded live in 1974 but was only released after his death. More posthumous releases occurred as well, including Genuine Houserocking Music and Release The Hound, on the Alligator label as well as some bootleg live recordings. Hound Dog Taylor was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984.Hound Dog Taylor is best known for his raw vocal style and searing slide guitar, using a cheap Teisco guitar and Sears Roebuck amplifier to great advantage. He was not a smooth virtuoso on either of his instruments (guitar or vocals), and was known to say, "When I die, they'll say, 'He couldn't play shit, but he sure made it sound good!'" The HouseRockers were also unique in that they had no bass player; Taylor and Phillips took turns playing the rhythm/bass line while the other soloed. Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers have been called "The Ramones of the blues".Freddie King admitted when interviewed that his classic, "Hideaway", later covered by Eric Clapton, was inspired by an unnamed Hound Dog Taylor instrumental he had heard Taylor perform at the south side Chicago club Mel's Hideaway in the late 1950s. Stevie Ray Vaughan also covered Taylor's best known song, "Give Me Back My Wig", both in concert and in studio.Hound Dog Taylor died of lung cancer in 1975 and was buried in Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.01 Kitchen Sink Boogie 5:5802 Sadie 4:3703 Instrumental 3:4404 Shake your Money Maker 3:0105 Give you my money? 9:0706 Blues For Suzie 7:1207 Saw my baby last night? 4:3708 Hawaiian Boogie 4:4009 See you in the evening? 8:4610 Ain't it lonesome 5:5211 Goodnight Boogie 5:2012 Instrumental 3:19[elmonjevivo.blogspot.com/2009/10]