LOWELL FULSON.
1921.


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Lowell Fulson is born on 31 March 1921 on a Choctaw Indian reservation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his grandfather was a Choctaw. He played gospel and country music before turning to blues.

He joins Dan Wright's stringband in 1938, the following year, he replaced Chester Burnett (later known as Howlin' Wolf in the band led by country-blues singer Texas Alexander, who was based in Gainsville, Texas, an arrangement that will last for two years.

Lowell joins the US Navy in 1943. On the island of Guam he assembles his first band, and he moves to the West Coast in 1945.

He meets Bob Geddins in 1946, who quickly signs him up to record for his Big Town and Down Town label.

'Trouble Blues' released in 1947, is the first of Lowell's recordings to feature him playing electric guitar. He had his first R&B hit, 'Three O'Clock Blues', on the Swingtime label in 1948, then in 1949, he enlists the valuable help of pianist and songwriter Lloyd Glenn.

In 1950, Lowell has his first hit with 'Everyday I Have the Blues'. Later in the same year he has his only Number 1 R&B hit with 'Blues Shadows' and in 1951 he tours extensively with a band that includes Ray Charles.

In 1954 Lowell joins Chess label.He record's 'Tollin' Bells' and 'Took a Long Time' in 1957, with Eddie Chamblee on saxophone and Willie Dixon on bass.

Lowell leaves Chess in 1964 to join the Bihari Brother's Kent label and in 1966 'Tramp' is a Pop and R&B hit reaching Number 5.

He records In a Heavy Bag in 1970, one of his best 'psychedelic blues' albums.

Lovemaker released in 1978, finds Lowell back in form after some quiet years.

In 1988 his album It's a Good Dayis a success.

He continued touring and recording well into the 1990's, with albums for the European Record label and, most recently the Rounder and Bullseye Blues labels. Hold On is released in 1992, features his old friend pianist Jimmy McCracklin. He won five W.C. Handy blues awards in 1993 and his 1995 album, Them Update Blues (Bullseye Blues), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues album.

Lowell Fulson, a major figure in West Coast blues, died 6 March 1999 in Long Beach, California from complications from kidney disease, diabetes and congestive heart failure.



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