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Track Listing
CD1
1. WAREHOUSE MAN BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 5656) 1940
2. CHAIN GANG BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 5656) 1940
3. BLACK WOMAN SWING Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 5713) 1940
4. CABBAGE GREENS NO. 1 Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 5713) 1940
5. GAMBLIN' MAN BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 5769) 1940
6. ANGOLA BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 5823) 1940
7. THAT'S ALL RIGHT Jack Dupree (Okeh 6068) 1940
8. DUPREE SHAKE DANCE Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 6104) 1941
9. JUNKER BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 6152) 1941
10. BAD HEALTH BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 6197) 1941 11. BIG TIME MAMA Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 6597) 1941
12. HEAVY HEART BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 6597) 1941 13. ALL ALONE BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Okeh 6642) 1941 14. SHE MAKES GOOD JELLY Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5100) 1945
15. RUM COLA BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5100) 1945
16. JOHNSON STREET BOOGIE WOOGIE Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5101) 1945
17. F.D.R. BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5102) 1945
18. FISHERMAN'S BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5103) 1945
19. BLACK WOLF Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5104) 1945
20. OUTSIDE MAN Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5105) 1945
21. YOU'VE BEEN DRUNK Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5106) 1945
22. SANTA CLAUS BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5107) 1945
23. I THINK YOU NEED A SHOT Jack Dupree Trio (Continental 6064) 1945
24. HOW LONG, HOW LONG BLUES Jack Dupree Trio (Continental 6064) 1945
25. LET'S HAVE A BALL Jack Dupree Trio (Continental 6065) 1945
26. HARD FEELING Jack Dupree Trio (Continental 6065) 1945

CD2
1. MEAN OLD FRISCO Jack Dupree Trio (Continental 6066) 1945
2. BAD WHISKEY AND WILD WOMAN Champion Jack Dupree and His Trio (Lenox 505) 1945
3. BUS STATION BLUES Champion Jack Dupree and His Trio (Lenox 505) 1945
4. LOVE STRIKE BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Joe Davis 5108) 1946
5. I'M A DOCTOR FOR WOMEN Champion Jack Dupree (Celebrity 2012) 1946
6. CECELIA CECELIA Willie Jordan & His Swinging Five (Alert 207) 1946
7. FIFTH AVENUE BLUES Jack Dupree and His Quartet (Alert 421) 1946
8. COME BACK BABY Champion Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 407) 1949
9. CHITTLINS AND RICE Champion Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 407) 1949
10. ONE SWEET LETTER Champion Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 413) 1949
11. MEAN MISTREATIN' MAMA Champion Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 413) 1949
12. FEATHERWEIGHT MAMA Brother Blues & the Back Room Boys (Abbey 3105) 1949
13. DAY BREAK Brother Blues & the Back Room Boys (Abbey 3105) 1949
14. LONESOME BEDROOM BLUES Champion Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 421) 1950
15. OLD WOMAN BLUES Champion Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 421) 1950
16. DEACON'S PARTY Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 426) 1951
17. I'M GONNA FIND YOU SOMEDAY Jack Dupree and His Band (Apollo 426) 1951
18. MY BABY'S COMIN' BACK HOME Jack Dupree and Big Chief's All Stars (Apollo 428) 1951
19. JUST PLAIN TIRED Jack Dupree and Big Chief's All Stars (Apollo 428) 1951
20. THE WOMAN I LOVE Brownie McGhee, His Guitar & Orch. (Derby 783) 1951
21. ALL NIGHT PARTY Brownie McGhee, His Guitar & Orch. (Derby 783) 1951
22. STUMBLING BLOCK BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Derby 109) 1953
23. HIGHWAY BLUES Champion Jack Dupree (Derby 112) 1953
24. SHAKE BABY SHAKE Champion Jack Dupree (Derby 112) 1953
25. DRUNK AGAIN Champion Jack Dupree (Derby 130) 1953
26. SHIM SHAM SHIMMY Champion Jack Dupree (Derby 130) 1953
Artist:
Champion Jack Dupree
Title:
The Champion Jack Dupree Collection 1941-53 (
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ADDCD3258
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
• Even in a genre known for some larger-than-life personalities, Champion Jack Dupree was one of the most colourful characters in blues in the post-war era, a blues and barrel-house pianist and singer, who flirted with a boxing career alongside his music during the ‘30s, the origin of the ‘Champion’ nickname, before starting to perform and record in Chicago in the early ‘40s.

• Orphaned as a child, and brought up institutions, his songs often painted the familiar bleak low-life landscape of drugs, prison and personal strife, but he did it with an extrovert rough-hewn approach and a humorous way with lyrics which soon made him popular, although there was a career hiatus during WWII when he served in the US Navy and was a Japanese POW.

• After the war he hooked up in New York with guitarist Brownie McGhee, and many of the later recordings in this anthology feature his work with McGhee, often working a different line-ups of small bands, the later ones also including McGhee’s long-time harmonica-playing associate Sonny Terry.

• This great-value 52-track 2-CD set comprises selected A & B sides from the forty or more records which he released, with at least one side of each release represented.

• They come from releases for a bewildering array of record labels - Okeh, Joe Davis, Continental, Celebrity, Alert, Apollo, Abbey & Red Robin – reflecting the chequered nature of some blues artists’ careers. In subsequent years he became a popular fixture on the European blues scene, settling for a while in the UK.

• This substantial trawl across the first decade and more of his career includes many examples of blues music as one of the bedrocks of rock ‘n’ roll, and provides an entertaining showcase for a distinctive personality of the blues.
Reviews For The Champion Jack Dupree Collection 1941-53 (
Blues & Rhythm - Neil Slaven
There's a vast amount to enjoy here. In fact, this has rekindled my love for his unique character.