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Kansas Joe McCoy

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Alongside his younger brother Charlie, Joe McCoy is enshrined among the best sidemen in blues history, his Spartan slide design especially preserved around the landmark recordings of his wife Memphis Minnie. Given birth to in-may 11, 1905 in Jackson, MS, he was mainly referred to as Kansas Joe McCoy, but his laundry set of aliases contains appearances because the Hillbilly Plowboy, Dirt Dauber Joe, Hamfoot Ham, the Georgia Pine Young man, and Hallelujah Joe. A self-taught participant, he relocated to Memphis through the middle-’20s, becoming a member of Jed Davenport’s Beale Road Jug Music group and conference Memphis Minnie. McCoy later on became her second spouse, and throughout their six-year relationship followed her on such nation blues classics as “Bumble Bee” and “Once the Levee Breaks”; the few migrated to Chicago in 1930, where — together with notables like Big Expenses Broonzy and Tampa Crimson — they helped modernize the united states blues sound to match more comfortably to their fresh urban surroundings. Along with his eloquent, inventive acoustic guitar function and deep vocals, McCoy may have increased to stardom in his have ideal, but he seemed to choose his sideman part, and after his divorce from Minnie he and sibling Charlie created the Harlem Hamfats, documenting frequently between 1936 and 1939. Upon the group’s demise, he founded Big Joe & His Washboard Music group, which developed into Big Joe & His Tempo during the middle-1940s. McCoy passed away on January 28, 1950.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth May 11, 1905
Died January 28, 1950, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Siblings Papa Charlie McCoy, Charlie McCoy
Music Songs When The Levee Breaks, That Will Be Alright, Evil Devil Woman Blues, I'm Wild About My Stuff, Goin' Back to Texas, Well, Well, Meat Cutter Blues, Botherin' That Thing, My Mary Blues, My Wash Woman's Gone, Wild About My Stuff, Pile Driver Blues, Joliet Bound, One More Greasing, Pickin' the Blues, Look Who's Coming Down the Road, She Wouldn't Give Me None, One in a Hundred, Going Back Home, Shake Mattie, Someday I'll Be in the Clay, North Memphis Blues, I Want That, Let's Go to Town, Dresser Drawer Blues, I Never Told a Lie, Cherry Ball Blues, Something Gonna Happen to You, You Know You Done Me Wrong, I Love You Baby, The World Is a Hard Place to Live In, Beat It Right
Albums I'm Wild About My Stuff, The Real McCoy Vol 1, Laughter in Heaven, Evil Devil Woman Blues, Blues: 44 Blues, The Real McCoy Vol 2, Cherry Ball Blues, When the Levee Breaks - Greatest Blues Masters, The Cab Guitar (So Much Music Too Little Time), Country Boots Vol.2, 1929-1934 Recordings in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 18 June 1929 to 29 May 1930, 1929-1934 Recordings in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 5 June 1930 to 30 January 1931, 1929-1934 Recordings in Chronological Order, Volume 3: 30 January 1931 to 4 February 1932, Early Blues Moods, Vol. 2, One in a Hundred, 1929-1934 Recordings in Chronological Order, Volume 4: 1933-1934
Movies The Keeper, Lola


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Swing 2014/I writer: "Why Don't You Do Right"
Clear History 2013 TV Movie writer: "Why Don't You Do Right"
Land Girls 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghost of New Orleans 2011 writer: "When the Levee Breaks" - as Kansas Joe McCoy
Mafia II 2010 Video Game writer: "WHY DON'T YOU DO RIGHT GET ME SOME MONEY TOO" - as Joe Mccoy
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary writer: "Why Don't You Do Right?" - uncredited
Cathouse: The Musical 2008 TV Movie documentary writer: "Why Don't You Do Right?"
Honeydripper 2007 writer: "Why Don't You Do It Right"
So You Think You Can Dance 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Australian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dance with Me 1998 writer: "Why Don't You Do Right"
Bugsy 1991 writer: "WHY DON'T YOU DO RIGHT? GET ME SOME MONEY TOO" 1947
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 writer: "Why Don't You Do Right?"
Swing Shift 1984 writer: "Why Don't You Do Right?"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stage Door Canteen 1943 lyrics: "Why Don't You Do Right" 1941 - uncredited / music: "Why Don't You Do Right" 1941 - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Keeper 2004 4th Man
Lola 2001 1st Old Man in Cafe

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cascadia 2010 co-director

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 composer: song "Why Don't You Do Right"

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