Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

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Charlie (Specks) McFadden 1929 - 1937

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Charlie 'Specks' McFadden
Roosevelt Sykes

01 - Misunderstood blues Listen
02 - Don`t bite that thing Listen
03 - Broken down blues Listen
04 - Weak-eyed blues Listen
05 - Gambler`s blues Listen
06 - Harvest moon blues Listen
07 - People people blues (l-154) Listen
08 - Groceries on the shelf (l-155) Listen
09 - Groceries on the shelf no. 2 Listen
10 - Yellow woman blues Listen
11 - Piggly wiggly blues Listen
12 - People, people (76832) Listen
13 - Friendless man Listen
14 - Times are so tight Listen
15 - Low down rounders blues Listen
16 - Last journey blues Listen
17 - Hold it where you got it Listen
18 - Lonesome ghost blues Listen
19 - Groceries on my shelf (91208) Listen
20 - People people (91209) Listen

Charlie “Specks” McFadden was not destined to become famous, but at the time he made his debut recordings in 1929, he was considered one of the top blues-oriented singers based in St. Louis.

A good friend of Roosevelt Sykes, who plays piano on 12 of the 20 selections included on this CD, McFadden was a fine blues singer. He had a minor hit with Groceries on the Shelf which has three versions included on this disc. Apparently, McFadden was quite a character, being arrested 13 times during 1929-1935, including ten times for gambling, which gives credibility to his version of Gambler’s Blues.

As with too many of the early blues performers, virtually nothing is known of McFadden’s life, especially after his final record date in 1937. All of his recordings, except for four titles that have not been found, are on this CD and Charlie “Specks” McFadden consistently shows that he deserves to be remembered or at least have his performances enjoyed by blues collectors. – Scott Yanow

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