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Eddie Boyd & His Blues Band

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b. Edward Riley Boyd, 25 November 1914, Stovall, Mississippi, USA, d. 13 July 1994, Helsinki, Finland. Boyd was a half-brother of Memphis Slim along with a cousin of Muddy Waters. He spent his early years on Stovall’s Plantation but went away following a dispute with an overseer. Self-taught on acoustic guitar and piano, he worked well across the south through the 30s, as both ‘Small Eddie’ and ‘Ernie’ Boyd, from basics in Memphis, before settling in Chicago where he worked well inside a steel-mill. He was energetic in music, carrying out with Waters, Johnny Shines and John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson before he previously his 1st big strike under his personal name with ‘Five Long Years’, face to face label in 1952. He documented thoroughly for Chess Information, having successes with ‘24 Hours’ and ‘3rd Level’. He journeyed to European countries through the ‘Blues Growth’ from the 60s and, taking into consideration himself as well assertive to reside comfortably in america, took up home 1st in Paris and later on in Finland. During this time period he made an appearance with performers as varied as Buddy Man and John Mayall and documented in Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, France and Finland. His 1967 recording on Decca Information, made by Mike Vernon, features a number of the cream from the English blues motion; Mayall, Peter Green, John McVie, Tony McPhee and Aynsley Dunbar. His piano-playing was gradually functional instead of magnificent and his primary power was his capability to come up with lyrics which were pithy and acidic. ‘Five Long Years’ has turned into a blues regular and features within the repertoires of several performers including Waters and B.B. Ruler.

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Date Of Birth November 25, 1914
Died July 13, 1994, Helsinki, Finland
Profession Musician
Nationality American
Music Songs Five Long Years, Third Degree, Unfair Lovers, The Blues Is Here to Stay, Blue Coat Man, Save Her Doctor, Night Time Is The Right Time, Vacation from the Blues, Steakhouse Rock, The Big Bell, Letter Missin' Blues, Just The Blues, Blue Monday Blues, Rosa Lee Swing, Rattin' and Running Around, The Train Is Coming, The Big Boat, Rack 'Em Back, Too Bad, Cool Kind Treatment, Chicago Is Just That Way, The Big Question, I'm Goin Downtown, Come On Home, Life Gets to Be a Burden, Dedication to My Baby, Lovesick Soul, What Makes These Things Happen to Me, It's a Mellow Day, Got Lonesome Here, Where You Belong, I'm Coming Home
Albums Eddie Boyd & His Blues Band, 7936 South Rhodes, The Sonet Blues Story, Praise to Helsinki, Mello' Hello! Eddie Boyd in Finland, Five Long Years, The Third Degree - 40 Classic Tracks, Early Recordings Vol. 1, Rockin' This House: Chicago Blues Piano 1946-1953, CD D, "Live" In Switzerland 1968, The Blues Is Here to Stay, 1947 - 1959, Early Recordings 2, Early Recordings 3, A Sad Day (Blues Collection), Eddy Boyd Complete Recordings, Vol. 2: 1951-1953 (Blues Collection Historic Recordings), The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions, Top 50 Classics - The Very Best of Eddie Boyd, I Got the Blues, Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 42: Third Degree, Eddie Boyd Sings the Blues, Classic Silver, The Classic Years, The Legacy of the Blues, Volume 10, Playmate Shuffle, Blues No 52: Third Degree, Blue Monday Blues: 1950 - 1960 Sides, Got the Blues, Third Degree, The La Salle Volume 2, Best Music Legends, The Complete Recordings 1947-1950, Highlights of Eddie Boyd


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary writer: "Five Years Long"
The Jeff Healey Band: Live at Montreux 1999 2005 Video documentary writer: "Third Degree"
The Rainmaker 1997 writer: "Five Long Years"
Eric Clapton: Live in Hyde Park 1997 TV Movie documentary writer: "Five Long Years"

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