The Jelly Roll Kings

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The Jelly Roll Kings were an American electric[1] Delta blues band. The members of the band were Frank Frost (keyboard/harmonica), Big Jack Johnson (guitar) and Sam Carr (drums). Some of their most well-known songs included "The Jelly Roll King", and "Catfish Blues".[2][3]


The three had been playing together irregularly from 1962 and into the 1970s under the name The Nighthawks.[4] In 1979, they were invited by Michael Frank to record now as The Jelly Roll Kings; their debut album, Rockin' the Juke Joint Down, was the debut release of the Earwig Music Company.[5][6] In the following years they kept performing separately, but were recorded again. Fat Possum Records released the Kings 1997 follow-up, Off Yonder Wall. It was produced by Robert Palmer, and included tracks such as "That's Alright Mama" and "Baby Please Don't Go."[2]

Frank Frost died in 1999, Sam Carr followed in 2009, and Big Jack Johnson in 2011.


  • Rockin' the Juke Joint Down (1979), Earwig
  • Off Yonder Wall (1997), Fat Possum


  1. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.
  2. ^ a b Skelly, Richard "The Jelly Roll Kings Biography", AllMusic, retrieved 2010-10-07
  3. ^ Joyce, Mike (1987) "The Jelly Roll Kings", Washington Post, October 19, 1987, retrieved from 2010-10-07
  4. ^ Leggett, Steve. The Jelly Roll Kings at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  5. ^ Russell, Tony (2011-06-01). "Big Jack Johnson Obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
  6. ^ Hansen, George. "Earwig's Michael Frank". Rhythm & News. Chicago: Jazz Record Mart.