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Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Discography [16 albums] (1960-2010)

14-06-2014, 09:23
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Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Discography [16 albums] (1960-2010)

Artist: Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
Title: Discography
Year Of Release: 1960-2010
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Blues
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 11:39:23 min
Total Size: 1,57 Gb
Website: offsite

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (January 19, 1936 – September 16, 2011) was a Grammy Award-winning American electric blues vocalist, harmonica player, and multi-award winning drummer. He was best known for several stints with the Muddy Waters band beginning in the early 1960s.
In 1956, at the age of eighteen he formed a trio. He led the band on harp, Bobby Lee Burns played guitar and Clifton James was the drummer. As "Little Willie" Smith he played in the Rocket Four, led by blues guitarist Arthur "Big Boy" Spires, and made recordings that were later reissued on the Delmark label. In 1955 Smith played harmonica on Bo Diddley's recording of the Willie Dixon song "Diddy Wah Diddy" for the Checker label. Drummers were in more demand than harp players so Smith switched to drums and starting playing with Muddy Waters band. Smith recorded with Muddy on the 1960 album Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill Broonzy, a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy.

In 1961, Smith became a regular member of Muddy Waters' band, which then consisted of George "Mojo" Buford, Luther Tucker, Pat Hare and Otis Spann. By the mid '60s, he'd left the band for more steady work as a cab driver. In the late '60s he rejoined Muddy's band and remained a permanent member until 1980. All of Muddy's Grammy Award winning albums (Hard Again, I'm Ready, They Call Me Muddy Waters, Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live, The London Muddy Waters Session, and The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album) were released between 1971 and 1979 during Smith's tenure with the band. Though he did not play on all of these albums, Smith is estimated to have participated in twelve sessions yielding eighty-four tracks.
His first solo recording started in 1995 with Bag Full of Blues, with Pinetop Perkins, harpist Kim Wilson, plus guitarists James Wheeler, Nick Moss and Gareth Best. In 1999, Smith recorded with Muddy Waters' son Big Bill Morganfield on his album Rising Son. Smith's album Way Back (2006), contained 11 songs, half of which he wrote. He was backed by Bob Margolin and Frank Krakowski on guitar, Pinetop Perkins on piano, and guest shots by James Cotton and others.

Smith's 2008 album Born in Arkansas utilized bassman Bob Stroger, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck, guitarist Billy Flynn, guitarist Little Frank Krakowski (who has worked with Smith for years) and his son and drummer, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. In June 2010, Smith released Joined at the Hip with Pinetop Perkins. Joining these two in the studio were Stroger, and Kenny Smith on drums. John Primer, who was another Muddy Waters band alumnus, joined on lead guitar along with Frank Krakowski.

On February 13, 2011, Smith won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Pinetop Perkins.

Muddy Waters:
1960 - Sings Big Bill Broonzy
1966 - Muddy, Brass & The Blues
1977 - Hard Again
1978 - I'm Ready
1979 - Muddy Mississippi Waters Live
1981 - King Bee

The Legendary Blues Band:
1989 - Woke Up With The Blues
1992 - Prime Time Blues
1994 - Red Hot 'n' Blue

The Tony O Blues Band:
1995 - Top of the Blues

Willie Smith:
1995 - Bag Full 0f Blues
2000 - Blues From The Heart
2004 - Bluesin' It (Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith & The Juke Joint Rockers)
2006 - Way Back
2008 - Born In Arkansas

Pinetop Perkins:
2010 - Joined At The Hip (Pinetop Perkins & 'Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith)

Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Discography [16 albums] (1960-2010)

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