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Johnny Temple (musician)

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
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano

Johnny Temple (October 18, 1906 – November 22, 1968)[1] was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, who operated in the 1930s and 1940s.[2] An acquaintance and near-contemporary of Skip James, Temple delivered sedate blues in the vein of Lonnie Johnson.[3] He was variously billed as Johnny Temple, Johnnie Temple and Johnnie "Geechie" Temple.

Life and career

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

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

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

References

External links

  • Johnny "Geechie" Temple (All-Music Guide)
  • Illustrated Johnny Temple discography

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