Johnny Temple (musician)

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Johnny Temple
Born (1906-10-18)October 18, 1906
Hazlehurst, Mississippi
Died November 22, 1968(1968-11-22) (aged 62)
Canton, Mississippi
Genres Delta blues, folk blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano

Johnny Temple (October 18, 1906 – November 22, 1968)[1] was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, who was active in the 1930s and 1940s.[2] He was variously billed as Johnny Temple, Johnnie Temple and Johnnie "Geechie" Temple.

Life and career[edit]

Temple was born in Canton, Mississippi, United States. Growing up around Jackson, he moved to Chicago in early 1930s, and started playing with Joe McCoy in the clubs.[3] His most popular record, "Louise Louise Blues," on the Decca label, was a hit in 1936.[4] The Harlem Hamfats, a Chicago jazz band formed in 1936, provided backup music for Temple, and other singers.[3]

Temple continued recording with various labels through most of the 1940s. His connection with the record producer Mayo Williams, earned him recording opportunities until 1949.[3] He returned to Mississippi in the mid-1950s, where he continued to perform in and around Jackson, Mississippi.

He died from cancer on November 22, 1968,[1] aged 62, in Jackson.

Discography[edit]

Alias Recording Date Matrix Song Catalog Release Date
Johnnie Temple 1935-05-14 C-987-A The Evil Devil Blues Vocalion 02987 1935
Johnnie Temple 1935-05-14 C-987-B Jacksonville Blues Vocalion 02987 1935
Johnnie Temple 1935-05-14 C-983-B Lead Pencil Blues (It Just Won't Write) Vocalion 03068 1935
Johnnie Temple 1935-05-14 C-986-B Big Boat Whistle Vocalion 03068 1935
Johnnie Temple 1935-05-14 C-985-B Morning Prayer Blues Vocalion (unissued) -
Johnnie Temple 1935-05-14 C-988-B Cypress Grove Blues Vocalion (unissued) -
Johnnie Temple 1936-11-12 90980-A New Vicksburg Blues Decca 7244 1936
Johnnie Temple 1936-11-12 90981-A Louise Louise Blues Decca 7244 1936
Johnnie Temple 1937-05-14 91249-A Peepin' Through The Keyhole Decca 7316 1937
Johnnie Temple 1937-05-14 91251-A East St. Louis Blues Decca 7316 1937
Johnnie Temple 1937-05-14 91247-A So Lonely And Blue Decca 7337 1937
Johnnie Temple 1937-05-14 91248-A New Louise Louise Blues Decca 7337 1937
Johnnie Temple and Harlem Hamfats 1937-10-06 62653-A Gimme Some Of That Yum Yum Yum Decca 7385 1937
Johnnie Temple and Harlem Hamfats 1937-10-06 62654-A Hoodoo Woman Decca 7385 1937
Johnnie Temple and Harlem Hamfats 1937-10-06 62655-A Mama's Bad Luck Child Decca 7416 1937
Johnnie Temple and Harlem Hamfats 1937-05-14 91246-A Snapping Cat Decca 7416 1937
Johnnie Temple 1937-05-14 91250-A Pimple Blues Decca 7444 1937
Johnnie Temple 1937-10-06 62656-A Mean Baby Blues Decca 7444 1937
Johnnie Temple 1937-10-28 C-2046-2 Beale Street Sheik Vocalion (unissued) -
Johnnie Temple 1937-10-28 C-2049-2 The Hoodoo Plan Vocalion (unissued) -
Johnny Temple with The Harlem Hamfats 1938-04-22 63670-A What Is That Smells Like Gravy Decca 7456 1938
Johnny Temple with The Harlem Hamfats 1938-04-22 63674-A County Jail Blues Decca 7456 1938
Johnny Temple with The Harlem Hamfats 1938-04-22 63671-A Every Dog Must Have His Day Decca 7495 1938
Johnny Temple with The Harlem Hamfats 1938-04-22 63672-A Fare You Well Decca 7495 1938
Johnny Temple with The Harlem Hamfats 1938-04-22 63673-A Stavin' Chain Decca 7532 1938
Johnny Temple with The Harlem Hamfats 1938-04-22 63675-A Gonna Ride 74 Decca 7532 1938
Johnny Temple 1938-10-17 91520-A Big Leg Woman Decca 7547 1938
Johnny Temple 1938-10-17 91523-A Between Midnight And Dawn Decca 7547 1938

Selected discography[edit]

Year Title Genre Label Notes
2003 The Essential (Original recording remastered) Chicago blues Classic Blues 2 CDs; 36 tracks

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Discogs"
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  3. ^ a b c Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. 175–176. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  4. ^ Santelli, Robert. The Big Book of Blues, Penguin Books, page 454, (2001) - ISBN 0-14-100145-3

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