Friday, April 1, 2011
Doctor Clayton - Doctor Clayton , 1935- 1947, Released in 1993.
Pairing Doctor Clayton and Sunnyland Slim on the same compilation makes good sense for a number of reasons. Generally speaking, both men were influential participants in the Chicago blues scene of the 1940s. More specifically, they had a lot of players in common, including pianist Blind John Davis, guitarists Robert Lockwood and Big Bill Broonzy, and bassist Ransom Knowling. The most obvious similarity between Doctor Clayton and young Sunnyland Slim was their extroverted vocal delivery, bravely introduced by Clayton during the years 1935-1942 and revived with a vengeance by Sunnyland in 1947. Clayton's part of the package begins with "Peter's Blues" and its flipside, the naughty "Yo Yo Jive," recorded in July 1935. Nine selections from 1941 include an outspoken report on the Nazi occupation of Europe and a fine cover version of Walter Brown and Jay McShann's "Confessin' the Blues." Unfortunately Clayton drank himself to death in January 1947, derailing a stalled career that otherwise could have led to his success as one of the great extroverts of rhythm & blues and rock & roll. When Victor released the records cut at Sunnyland's session of December 10, 1947, they billed him as "Doctor Clayton's Buddy." This was actually based in fact; the two men knew each other and ran with the same crowd. Furthermore, they sounded a bit alike, as Sunnyland honored his deceased colleague by adapting Clayton's hollering and screaming technique to suit his own needs. In this way, both men broke the ice and paved the way for rowdy rockers like Wynonie Harris, Professor Longhair, Little Richard and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Clayton's complete works (with the exception of a tiny bit of material from 1946) were reissued by Document Records in 1994. Sunnyland's work from the 1940s has been exhaustively revisited by both the Classics and JSP labels. This little Story of the Blues sampler from 1993 is an excellent way to enjoy both artists and to compare their extraordinary styles. Feel free to scream along if the feeling comes and gets you.
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