August 3, 2021

“Every Day I Have the Blues”

After T-Bone Walker, the most important figure in West Coast blues during the 1940s and 1950s

•wildcat.elmercuriodigital ▫ Lowell Fulson (March 31, 1921 – March 7, 1999) is perhaps, after T-Bone Walker, the most important blues figure on the West Coast during the 1940s and 1950s. Over five decades composing and performing, he experimented with his guitar all the styles and formulas possible in the blues, recording under the names of Lowell Fulson, Lowell Fullsom and Lowell Fulsom

Fulson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma – some sources say on a Choctaw reservation, but Fulson himself stated that he was of Cherokee descent on his father’s side. At eighteen, he moved to Ada, Oklahoma, where he joined Alger “Texas” Alexander in 1940. He later moved to California, where he formed his own band, which would include a young Ray Charles and tenor saxophonist Stanley. Turrentine. Fulson recorded for Swing Time Records in the 1940s, for Chess Records (under the Checker label) in the 1950s, for Kent Records in the 1960s, and for Rounder Records (Bullseye) in the 1970s.

Among his most outstanding recordings are: “Three O’Clock Blues”, “Everyday I Have the Blues”, “Lonesome Christmas”, “Reconsider Baby” (recorded in 1960 by Elvis Presley and in 1994 by Eric Clapton), “Black Nights “and” Tramp “(co-written with Jimmy McCracklin and later covered by Otis Redding with Carla Thomas, ZZ Top, Alex Chilton or Tav Falco). “Reconsider Baby”, the fruit of a long-term contract with Chess Records in 1954, was recorded in Dallas under the supervision of Stan Lewis, with a saxophone section that included David “Fathead” Newman on tenor and Leroy Cooper on baritone.

His last recording was “Every Day I Have the Blues” in duet with Jimmy Rogers in 1999 for Atlantic Records.

Fulson died in Long Beach, California, in March 1999, at the age of 77 from kidney disease, complicated by diabetes and congestive heart failure. He was the father of four children and the grandfather of thirteen grandchildren.