Yuletide Greetings IV

Lowell Fulson The Original Lonesome Christmas Pt 1 (Hollywood, 1950)

And now for the great Lowell Fulson. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Fulson moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with his brother Martin, after serving in WWII. By late 1946, the Fulson brothers started releasing a flood of blues singles on labels such as Big Town & Trilon. A couple years later, Lowell was putting out records on Trilon, as well as Downbeat, Down Town, Swing Time, and Aladdin. It is around 1949, Fulson started to mold the bluesy R&B style that he is known for. A hundred of 45s later (or so it seems) and ten years later Fulson recorded for Kent. The result was Tramp, the dance floor classic, later reworked by Otis Redding.

Fulson adds to the long healthy tradition of Christmas blues songs with his 1950 classic The Original Lonesome Christmas. It is one of my favorites.

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