The Best of Big Maceo: The King of Chicago Blues Piano

The Best of Big Maceo: The King of Chicago Blues Piano

by Big Maceo MerriweatherBig Maceo Merriweather


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The title The King of Chicago Blues Piano is no joke -- while never achieving the level of fame won by many of his contemporaries, Big Maceo Merriweather was indeed a major force behind the development of the Windy City sound, and these 1940s sides, cut in collaboration with guitarist Tampa Red, remain his most enduring legacy. Combining startling instrumental proficiency with a traditional blues sensibility, Maceo was also a powerful vocalist; despite recording just 28 sides -- all but three of which are included here -- he was still a pivotal figure, bridging the country blues of the '20s with the urbanized electric sound of the '50s. Among the highlights: the instrumental closer "Chicago Breakdown," an instrumental tribute to his incredible prowess, and "Worried Life Blues," later covered by Chuck Berry.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/1993
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0096297700921
catalogNumber: 7009
Rank: 94319


  1. Worried Life Blues
  2. Ramblin' Mind Blues
  3. County Jail Blues
  4. Can't You Read
  5. So Long Baby
  6. Texas Blues
  7. Tuff Luck Blues
  8. I Got the Blues
  9. Bye Bye Baby
  10. Poor Kelly Blues
  11. Some Sweet Day
  12. Anytime for You
  13. My Last Go Round
  14. Since You Been Gone
  15. Kid Man Blues
  16. I'm So Worried
  17. Things Have Changed
  18. My Own Troubles
  19. Maceo's 32-20
  20. Texas Stomp
  21. Winter Time Blues
  22. Detroit Jump
  23. Won't Be a Fool No More
  24. Big Road Blues
  25. Chicago Breakdown

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Maceo Merriweather   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Tampa Red   Guitar,Vocals
Tyrell Dixon   Drums
Melvin Draper   Drums
Alfred Elkins   Bass
Clifford "Snags" Jones   Drums
Chick Sanders   Drums
Big Maceo   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Floyd Dixon   Composer
Sara Martin   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Engineer,Reissue Producer
Major Merriweather   Composer
Mike Rowe   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Jil Weil   Cover Art
Alfred Fields   Composer
Dan Howell   Composer

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