Lightnin’ Slim – King Of The Louisiana Swamp Blues


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Release Date:  1996

Label:  Aim Records


Track List

1 Bad Luck Blues
2 GI Blues
3 My Babe
4 The Things I Used To Do
5 Voodoo Blues
6 Crazy ‘Bout You Baby
7 That’s All Right
8 Good Morning Heartache
9 Rooster Blues
10 Oh Baby



According to most sources, Otis Hicks was born on a farm outside St. Louis, Missouri, but the researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc stated, on the basis of his draft card, that he was born in Good Pine, Louisiana. He moved to Baton Rouge at the age of thirteen. Taught guitar by his older brother Layfield, Slim was playing in bars in Baton Rouge by the late 1940s.

His first recording was “Bad Luck Blues” (“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all”), released by J. D. “Jay” Miller’s Feature Records in 1954. It was Miller, who had a penchant for picking colourful artists’ names, who christened him “Lightnin’ Slim”. Slim then recorded for Excello Records for twelve years, starting in the mid-1950s, often collaborating with his brother-in-law Slim Harpo and with the harmonica player Lazy Lester.

In the 1970s, Slim performed on tours in Europe, in the United Kingdom and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, for which he was often accompanied by Moses “Whispering” Smith on harmonica. He last toured the UK in 1973, with the American Blues Legends package organised by Big Bear Records. He passed away in July, 1974 at the age of 61.


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