Cousin Joe

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Cousin Joe
Birth name Pleasant Joseph
Born (1907-12-20)December 20, 1907
Wallace, Louisiana, United States
Died October 2, 1989(1989-10-02) (aged 81)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Pianist, singer
Instruments Piano, vocal
Years active Late 1930s - late 1980s
Labels Philo, Savoy, Gotham, De Luxe, Signature, Decca, Imperial, Flip

Pleasant Joseph known as Cousin Joe (December 20, 1907 — October 2, 1989)[1] was an American blues and jazz singer, later famous for his 1940s recordings with clarinetist Sidney Bechet and saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow.

Life[edit]

He was born in Wallace, Louisiana, United States and worked at Whitney Plantation throughout his childhood.

Until 1945 Cousin Joe toured Louisiana; that year he was asked to take part in the King Jazz recording sessions organized by Mezzrow and Bechet.[2]

Cousin Joe died in his sleep from natural causes in New Orleans, at the age of 81.[1]

Autobiography[edit]

  • Cousin Joe : Blues from New Orleans / Pleasant "Cousin Joe" Joseph and Harriet J. Ottenheimer. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1987. xi, 227 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0-226-41198-2

Partial discography[edit]

  • 1971 : Bad Luck Blues (Black & Blue) with Jimmy Dawkins and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  • 1974 : Cousin Joe From New Orleans (Big Bear Records)
  • 1984 : Cousin Joe from New Orleans in his prime (Oldie Blues)
  • 1985 : Relaxin’ in New Orleans [sound recording] / Cousin Joe. New Orleans, LA : Great Southern Records. 1 sound disc : analog, 33​13 rpm ; 12 in.
  • 1995 : Jumping at Jubilee [sound recording]. London : Sequel, NEM CD 749
  • 1996 : Blues Festival [sound recording]. {Laserlight Records}, NEW CD 17 105
  • 2003 : Magic Bostic - Bostic, Earl, 1913–1965 [sound recording] / Earl Bostic. Paris : Jazz Archives

Filmography[edit]

  • 2005 : DVD The Blues of Cousin Joe (live - 29 August 1984 in New Orleans) (Storyville Films)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The 1980s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  2. ^ Olderen, Martin van, liner notes Cousin Joe from New Orleans in his prime, OL 8008 (1984).

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