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Piano 'C' Red • Flat Foot Boogie

Artist Biography by AllMusic
b. James Wheeler, 14 September 1933, Montevallo, Alabama, USA. By day a cab driver, in the evenings James Wheeler transforms himself into Chicago boogie-woogie legend, Piano C. Red. His first yearnings to be involved in music were inspired by his mother, who sang spiritual songs around the house. He was tutored by a local piano player known as Fat Lilly, who was initially reluctant until Wheeler bribed him with moonshine whiskey. Wheeler moved to Chicago in 1956. He began his recording career with Chess Records in 1963, recording versions of "Slow Down And Cool It" and "Hundred And Two". He also shared a stage with many of the blues greats of the time, including Elmore James, Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim. However, like many of his ilk, he never enjoyed access to a full-time recording contract. By the 90s, when he finally began to achieve more than local acclaim, he had retired to performing only occasional sets at selected Chicago restaurants and cafés. Despite this, he and his Flat Foot Boogie Band consistently play engaging, Little Richard/Ray Charles-styled pop-blues well into the early hours. Among his best compositions is the autobiographical "Cab Drivin' Man", which was also the title of his debut album.


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Biografía del artista por AllMusic
James Wheeler, 14 de septiembre de 1933, Montevallo, Alabama, EE. UU. Durante el día, un conductor de taxi, por las noches, James Wheeler se transforma en la leyenda del boogie-woogie de Chicago, Piano C. Red. Sus primeros anhelos de participar en la música fueron inspirados por su madre, que cantó canciones espirituales en la casa. Fue instruido por un pianista local conocido como Fat Lilly, que inicialmente se mostró reacio hasta que Wheeler lo sobornó con whisky moonshine. Wheeler se mudó a Chicago en 1956. Comenzó su carrera discográfica con Chess Records en 1963, grabando versiones de "Slow Down And Cool It" y "Hundred And Two". También compartió escenario con muchos de los grandes del blues de la época, incluidos Elmore James, Muddy Waters y Memphis Slim. Sin embargo, como muchos de su tipo, nunca tuvo acceso a un contrato de grabación a tiempo completo. En la década de los 90, cuando finalmente comenzó a lograr más que elogios locales, se había retirado a realizar ocasionalmente series en restaurantes y cafés de Chicago. A pesar de esto, él y su banda Flat Foot Boogie tocan consistentemente pequeños pop-blues de estilo Little Richard / Ray Charles bien entrada la madrugada. Entre sus mejores composiciones se encuentra el autobiográfico "Cab Drivin 'Man", que también fue el título de su álbum debut.

Discogs ...

A1 - Flat Foot Boogie
A2 - Wish Me Well
A3 - Mess Around (Live)
A4 - One Minute After Midnight
A5 - Miss Annie Lou
B1 - Blues And Jazz (Live)
B2 - Living In The Shack
B3 - 20 Years
B4 - Slow Down And Cool It (Live)
B5 - Happy Christmas Everybody

All Songs Recorded In Chicago Between 1963 And 1981
Live Songs Recorded At: B.B.J.Nightclub-Chicago

Label: Tramp Records (5) ‎– TR 9901
Released: 1984
Genre: Blues

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