Jesse Thomas (musician)

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Jesse "Babyface" Thomas (February 3, 1911 – August 15, 1995[1][2]) was an American Texas blues guitarist and singer.[3] Known at different times as "Baby Face" or "Mule", and occasionally billed as "The Blues Troubadour", Jesse Thomas popped up all over the blues map in his eight decade career.[4]

Career[edit]

Born in Logansport, Louisiana, United States, Thomas is best known for the song "Blue Goose Blues", which he recorded for Victor in 1929. He recorded and performed throughout the 1940s and 1950s, based in the Los Angeles area.[4] He recorded for Specialty Records in 1953.[4]

His career spanned over 60 years – in 1994 he appeared at the Long Beach Blues Festival. The Texas bluesman, Ramblin' Thomas, was his brother,[5] and fellow Louisiana blues guitar player, Lafayette Thomas, was his nephew.

A longtime resident of the Lakeside neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana, Thomas died there on August 15, 1995 at the age of 84.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • 1996 Lookin' for That Woman (Black Top - BT 1128)
  • 2001 Blues Is A Feeling (Delmark)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Illustrated Jesse 'Babyface' Thomas discography
  2. ^ Jesse Babyface Thomas on MySpace Music - accessed January 2010
  3. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  4. ^ a b c Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. 176–7. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  5. ^ "Willard Ramblin' Thomas / Jesse Babyface Thomas". Thebluestrail.com. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Obituary for Jesse Thomas, The Times. 1995-08-17

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