H-Bomb Ferguson

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H-Bomb Ferguson (May 9, 1929 – November 26, 2006)[1][2] was an American jump blues singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. He was an early pioneer of the rock and roll sound of the mid-1950s, featuring driving rhythm, intensely shouted vocals, honking tenor saxophone solos, and outlandish personal appearance. Ferguson sang and played piano in a flamboyant style, wearing colorful wigs.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Born Robert Percell Ferguson in Charleston, South Carolina,[2] he was the eleventh of twelve children. His father was a Baptist preacher who paid for piano lessons for his son,[4] on condition he learned sacred melodies. But Ferguson had other ideas. "After church was over, while the people was all standing outside talking, me and my friends would run back inside and I'd play the blues on the piano."[citation needed]

At the age of 19, he was on the road with Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers. They moved to New York, where Ferguson branched off on his own, getting a gig at the nightclub Baby Grand Club in Harlem, billed as "The Cobra Kid." He was under contract with Savoy Records in 1951-1952.[1]

Ferguson retired from touring in the early 1970s, but made a number of comebacks. Backed by the Medicine Men, he recorded his first album, Wiggin' Out, for Chicago's Earwig Music in 1993.[1] He died in 2006 at the Hospice of Cincinnati of complications from emphysema and cardiopulmonary disease.[2]

His early work was featured in a compilation album H-Bomb Ferguson: Big City Blues, 1951-54.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Allmusic biography
  2. ^ a b c Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed July 2010
  3. ^ Pearson, Barry Lee (2005). Jook right on: blues stories and blues storytellers (1st ed.). Knoxville, Tennessee, United States: University of Tennessee Press. p. 196. ISBN 1-57233-431-2. 
  4. ^ Interview with The Post in 1988

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