Johnny Temple (musician)

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Johnny Temple
Born (1906-10-18)October 18, 1906
Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died November 22, 1968(1968-11-22) (aged 62)
Canton, Mississippi, United States
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, and grew up around Jackson. He moved to Chicago in early 1930s and started playing with Joe McCoy in clubs.[3] His most popular record, "Louise Louise Blues," released by Decca Records, 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 provided him with recording opportunities until 1949.[3] He returned to Mississippi in the mid-1950s, where he continued to perform in and around Jackson.

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

Discography[edit]

Artist 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 1936-11-12 90981-B Big Leg Woman[5] 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 the Harlem Hamfats 1937-10-06 62653-A Gimme Some of That Yum Yum Yum Decca 7385 1937
Johnnie Temple and the Harlem Hamfats 1937-10-06 62654-A Hoodoo Woman Decca 7385 1937
Johnnie Temple and the Harlem Hamfats 1937-10-06 62655-A Mama's Bad Luck Child Decca 7416 1937
Johnnie Temple and the 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 "Johnny Temple (2) Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music. 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. pp. 175–176. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  4. ^ Santelli, Robert (2001). The Big Book of Blues. Penguin Books. page 454. ISBN 0-14-100145-3.
  5. ^ Johnny Temple - Topic (2014-11-07), Big Leg Woman, retrieved 2016-04-10 

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