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Few postwar blues standards have maintained the universal selling point of Eddie Boyd’s “Five Lengthy Years.” Cut in 1951, Boyd’s masterpiece provides attracted faithful addresses by B.B. Ruler, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Pal Guy, and way too many various other bluesmen to recount right here. But Boyd’s discography is normally filled up with evocative compositions, frequently filled with after-hours atmosphere. Like a lot of Chicago blues stalwarts, Boyd hailed through the fertile Mississippi Delta. The segregationist plans that got a stranglehold on a lot of the South didn’t attract the youngster, therefore he migrated as much as Memphis (where he started to perform the piano, affected by Roosevelt Sykes and Leroy Carr). In 1941, Boyd resolved in Chicago, dropping along with the “Bluebird defeat” group that documented for maker Lester Melrose. He supported harp tale Sonny Boy Williamson on his 1945 traditional “Elevator Female,” also associated Bluebird celebrities Jazz Gillum, Tampa Crimson, and Jazz Gillum on polish. Melrose created Boyd’s personal 1947 documenting debut for RCA aswell; the pianist remained with Victor through 1949. Boyd apparently payed for the time that created “Five Long Years” himself, peddling the monitor to JOB Information (where in fact the stolid blues topped the R&B graphs during 1952). Effective DJ Al Benson agreed upon Boyd to some contract along with his Bird imprint and quickly marketed the pact to Chess, inaugurating a stormy couple of years with Chicago’s best blues electric outlet. There he waxed “a day” and “Third Level,” both large R&B strikes in 1953, and a bunch of various other Chicago blues gems. But Boyd and Leonard Chess had been frequently at loggerheads, so that it was to Narvel “Cadillac Baby” Eatmon’s Bea & Baby imprint in 1959 for eight solid edges with Robert Jr. Lockwood on electric guitar, along with a slew of minimal labels from then on. A serious car wreck in 1957 acquired stalled his profession for the spell. Fed up with the discrimination he recognized toward African Us citizens in this nation, Boyd became enamored of European countries during his tour using the 1965 American Folk Blues Event, so he shifted to Belgium. The documenting opportunities long refused him in his indigenous land were abundant overseas; Boyd lower prolifically through the past due ’60s, including two LPs for maker Mike Vernon. In the first ’70s, he resolved in Helsinki, Finland, where he performed frequently and lived easily until his loss of life.

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Full Name Eddie Boyd
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, Rockin' This House: Chicago Blues Piano 1946-1953, CD D, The Blues Is Here to Stay, 1947 - 1959, The Third Degree - 40 Classic Tracks, Early Recordings Vol. 1, Early Recordings 2, Early Recordings 3, Eddy Boyd Complete Recordings, Vol. 2: 1951-1953 (Blues Collection Historic Recordings), "Live" In Switzerland 1968, A Sad Day (Blues Collection), The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions, Third Degree, The Classic Years, Highlights of Eddie Boyd, Best Music Legends, Got the Blues, The Legacy of the Blues, Volume 10, Top 50 Classics - The Very Best of Eddie Boyd, Playmate Shuffle, I Got the Blues, Eddie Boyd Sings the Blues, The Complete Recordings 1947-1950, Classic Silver, The La Salle Volume 2, Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 42: Third Degree, Blue Monday Blues: 1950 - 1960 Sides, Blues No 52: Third Degree

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