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Hound Dog Taylor was a VERY unorthodox blues player and singer, who had this LP released in 1971 on Alligator records. The man ho founded Alligator, Bruce Igletour, was a big fan and supporter of Hound Dog's band and worked for another record company in LA. He tried without success to interest his company and others in Taylor's music and in the end, put his life savings into starting Alligator Records, a major blues recording company to this day.

Taylor's sound is unique, and will make you move is NOT 1970's "Heavy" music. As Hound Dog Taylor said, "...we are just havin' fun with it."

This is the first Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers LP in 4 parts...

Theodore Roosevelt Hound Dog Taylor died of cancer in 1975. His music influenced a lot of bands in his day and since,although he is largely neglected now. He recorded several  more albums still available on CD and several live performances were released as albums after his death.

He was a unique player, and his biography may be found on Wiki.

Enjoy, and happy thanksgiving!

added Live 15 performance, Ann Arbor, 1974...just found this.

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  •  An indelible memory (7+ / 0-)

    Hound Dog Taylor was introduced to DC playing the Folklife Festival on the Mall in 1971.

    Those shows made an indelible impression on me.  He tipped back in a folding chair and played the dirty, smoking slide.  

    Bermuda short tourists strolling the Mall would stop and gape at the stage, but one by one a knot of spectators grew.  They knew this was something, and like nothing they had heard before.

    I was just a youth, gophering on the stage, moving monitor stacks around between sets.  Of course that all stopped when the Houserockers came on, 'cause there was no possible way of following that act.  He played all afternoon and way past dark.

    It wasn't just me at an impressionable age.  Within a year or two, Hound Dog became a city favorite, playing some of the original "blues cruise" -- special evening tour boat runs on the Potomac

  •  Bruce Iglauer, of Alligator Records...Hound Dog... (4+ / 0-)

    ...was great, but was firmly rooted in the tradition of Houston Stackhouse and Robert Nighthawk. Stackhouse taught Nighthawk, Elmore James learned from Nighthawk, and Hound Dog Taylor came out of that scene. Later, Son Seals emerged after working with Taylor's band. All these great guitarists were based in the northern Mississippi River Delta and eastern Arkansas. I would say that Taylor and his music are still widely listened to and highly regarded by blues fans.

    •  Hound Dog's musical influence lives on through... (3+ / 0-)
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      Johnny the Conqueroo, NCTim, jbsoul

      ...many, and I would note Patrick Sweany, Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen, and Bobby Radcliff as prime examples. Maybe even Lil' Ed, who sounds (to me) more like Taylor than his own uncle, J.B. Hutto. Thanks for an interesting diary.

      •  Thanks for the historical... (2+ / 0-)
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        terrybuck, jbsoul

        perspective, Terry. It's important to highlight the contemporary artists who walk in the shoes of the past greats, it is they who are carrying on the blues tradition, a tradition that has spawned some much of modern music and should not be allowed to fade away into obscurity, and thank you to the diarist for the same reasons.

  •  Hound Dog (3+ / 0-)
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    terrybuck, Tinfoil Hat, jbsoul

    Good memories of seeing Hound Dog  at the Cove? in Kent, Ohio in the early seventies.

    When he was really rocking, he'd stand up out of his chair.  He had the most battle worn guitar you can imagine.

  •  You might also like... (1+ / 0-)
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    In addition to the genuine recordings, Alligator Records put out a tribute album in 1998. It had covers of Hound Dog tunes done by Luther Allison, Son Seals, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, and others.

    "Hound Dog Taylor: Tribute" is available as MP3's on Amazon,  and in CD media through a variety of sources.


    In their eyes there's something lacking; what they need's a damn good whacking.

    by Mad City 67 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 01:19:29 PM PST

  •  From what I heard (2+ / 0-)
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    when Alligator recorded them, they piled them into the studio with the beaten-up guitars and amps they used in their live show, passed a bottle of whiskey around, and set the tape rolling. The band refused to do a second take of anything.

    The first time I heard the album I was a bit taken aback by how raw and unpolished it was, but it grew on me rapidly. They really could rock and sound like they are having a great time.

    Lots of people copied Hound Dog's style. "Hideaway," which was made famous by Freddie King, was said to be at least inspired by him, although not exactly his composition.

  •  Years ago, I heard Give Me Back My Wig... (2+ / 0-)
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    which was all of Taylor's music I heard till 2 days ago. His guitar was a late 1960's Japanese Teisco, with 4 pickups and rocker switches...his screaming, just dirty tone to me is so refreshing after too much "mellow"...He must have really stepped on some toes in the '70's. I'm sorry he died so young, but I am glad to see so many who remember him and love his music. I need to get a few CD's of this and try to work some out on my  82 Gibson Sonex, which is the dirtyest guitar I own...

    thanks for the responses to this great American treasure.

    Anger management class really pissed me off.

    by old mark on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 02:22:55 PM PST

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