September 15, 1911|
Westover, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
|Died||January 9, 1994
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
|Genres||Swamp blues, Louisiana blues|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, guitarist, songwriter|
|Labels||Excello, Arhoolie, Blue Horizon, Flyright|
Silas Hogan (September 15, 1911 – January 9, 1994) was an American blues musician. His most notable recordings are "Airport Blues" and "Lonesome La La". He was the front man of the Rhythm Ramblers. Hogan was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.
Hogan learned guitar playing as a teenager and was performing regularly by the late 1930s. Like Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo, he was influenced by Jimmy Reed. He had relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by the early 1950s and, equipped with a Fender electric guitar, formed the Rhythm Ramblers, with Isaiah Chapman (lead guitar), Jimmy Dotson (drums), and Sylvester Buckley (harmonica). They stayed together for almost ten years and contributed to the development of the Baton Rouge blues sound,
In 1962, when Hogan was 51, Slim Harpo introduced him to J. D. "Jay" Miller, a record producer based in Crowley, Louisiana. Miller, through the offices of Excello Records, started Hogan's recording career, at a time when interest in variations of swamp blues was starting to wane. Hogan did nevertheless see the issue of several singles up to 1965, when Miller's disagreement with the record label's new owners brought the recording contract to a swift end. On some of his recordings, Hogan was backed by the harmonica player Moses "Whispering" Smith. Hogan had to disband the group and returned to his full-time job at the Exxon oil refinery. In the late 1970s, he recorded additional tracks for Arhoolie and Blue Horizon.
|1965||Trouble at Home||Blue Horizon|
|1989||I'm a Free Hearted Man||Flyright|
|1995||So Long Blues||Ace|
|1999||The Godfather||Wolf Records|
|Year||Title||Label||Song by Hogan|
|1976||Gonna Head for Home||Flyright||"I'm a Free-Hearted Man"|
|1976||Rooster Crowed for Day||Flyright||"My Baby Walked Out", "Tell Me Baby"|
|1999||The Excello Story, Vol. 4: 1961–1975||Hip-O Records||"Trouble at Home Blues"|
|2002||Genuine Excello R&B||Ace||"Go On Pretty Baby"|
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