ROLL 'EM PETE

Latest update on 29/01/2010

Artist: Pete Johnson & Big Joe Turner
Author: Pete Johnson/Joe Turner
Label: Vocalion
Year: 1938

Big Joe Turner's debut, featuring boogie woogie piano player Pete Johnson. They met in Kansas City in 1933. Five years later John Hammond Sr. invited them to join his Spirituals To Swing package in Carnegy Hall, New York. Pete Johnson might have recorded a similar tune four months earlier (without vocals) as Climbin' And Screamin'. Anyhow, boogie woogie became the talk of the town some ten years after its conception (see: Pinetop's Boogie Woogie). This success came at the right moment: in birthplace Kansas City a new mayor had just padlocked all the barrelhouses. In 1952 Pete lost a finger in an accident, and his boogie woogie piano playing skills to boot.

Covers:

1939:

Count Basie

1944:

Coleman Hawkins

1945:

T-Bone Walker [in T-Bone Boogie]

1947:

Amos Milburn [in Bye Bye Boogie]

1959:

Jimmy Witherspoon

1963:

Jimmy Reed

1964:

Long John Baldry

1973:

Chuck Berry [also elements in his Bye Bye Johnny (see there)]

1981:

Rocket 88 [with Charlie Watts]

1982:

Blasters

2007:

Thorbjorn Risager

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