Boogie Bill Webb

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Boogie Bill Webb
Born (1924-03-24)March 24, 1924
Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Died August 22, 1990(1990-08-22) (aged 66)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Louisiana blues, R&B, country blues, electric blues[1]
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1947–1990
Labels Imperial, Flying Fish

Boogie Bill Webb (March 24, 1924 – August 22, 1990)[2] was an American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter. Webb's own style of music combined Mississippi country blues with New Orleans R&B.[1] His best known recordings were "Bad Dog" and "Drinkin' and Stinkin'".[2] Despite a lengthy, albeit stuttering, career, Webb nevertheless only released one album.[1]


Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Webb's first guitar at the age of eight was stringed with screen wire and made from a cigar box.[1] His greatest influence was Tommy Johnson.[3] With a real guitar obtained whist a teenager, in 1947 Webb won a talent show, and subsequently briefly appeared in the musical film, The Jackson Jive, before settling in New Orleans in 1952.[1]

Webb obtained a recording contract with Imperial Records, after his friendship with Fats Domino led to his introduction to Dave Bartholomew.[3] In 1953 Webb released his debut single, "Bad Dog," a non commercial slice of country boogie-woogie. Frustrated by lack of recognition, Webb relocated to Chicago, where he worked in various factories.[1] In Chicago, Webb met and sat in with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, and Chuck Berry.[4]

Webb returned to New Orleans in 1959 to work as a stevedore, performing music infrequently. However, in 1968 he recorded several songs for the folklorist David Evans, which eventually appeared on the Arhoolie Records album Roosevelt Holts and His Friends.[3] The 1972 compilation album, The Legacy of Tommy Johnson contained five tracks performed by Webb.[5]

A combination of the exposure at home and in Europe led to visits to Webb from blues fans, and invitations to tour. In 1982 Webb appeared at the Dutch Utrecht Festival.[1] Finally in 1989, with financial assistance from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Webb released Drinkin' and Stinkin'.[1] His experience of encountering three drunken women, who had been out drinking for three days without bathing, inspired the lyrics for the title track of the album.[6]

Boogie Bill Webb died in New Orleans in August 1990, at the age of 66.[2]



Compilation albums[edit]

  • Rural Blues Volume 2 - Saturday Night Function (1968) Imperial Records
  • Rural Blues Volume 3 - Down Home Stomp (1968) Imperial Records
  • The Blues of Snooks Eaglin & Boogie Bill Webb (2004)
  • The Blues of Robert Lockwood Jr. & Boogie Bill Webb (2004) - Storyville Records



  • The Jackson Jive (1947)


  • Blues of Boogie Bill Webb (2002) - Storyville[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ankeny, Jason. "Boogie Bill Webb". Allmusic. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c (1990) - accessed May 2010
  3. ^ a b c "Big Road Blues". Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Evans, David (2002). Big Road Blues: Tradition and creativity in the folk blues (1st ed.). Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 117. ISBN 0-520-03484-8. 
  5. ^ - accessed May 2010
  6. ^ Evans, David (2002). Big Road Blues: Tradition and creativity in the folk blues (1st ed.). Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-520-03484-8. 
  7. ^ "Allmusic ((( Bill "Boogie Bill" Webb > Discography > Main Albums )))". 
  8. ^ "Allmusic ((( Bill "Boogie Bill" Webb > Discography > DVDs & Videos )))". 
  9. ^ - accessed May 2010