Guitarist Jimmy Rogers was the last living connection to the groundbreaking
first Chicago band of Muddy Waters (informally dubbed the Headhunters for their penchant
of dropping by other musicians' gigs and "cutting their heads" with a superior onstage performance).
Instead of basking in worldwide veneration, he was merely a well-respected Chicago elder boasting
a seminal 1950s Chess Records catalog, both behind Waters and on his own.
Born James A. Lane (Rogers was his stepdad's surname), the guitarist grew up all over: Mississippi,
Atlanta, West Memphis, Memphis, and St. Louis. Actually, Rogers started out on harp as a teenager.
Big Bill Broonzy, Joe Willie Wilkins, and Robert Jr. Lockwood all influenced Rogers, the latter two
when he passed through Helena. Rogers settled in Chicago during the early '40s and began playing
professionally around 1946, gigging with Sonny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim, and Broonzy.
Rogers was playing harp with guitarist Blue Smitty when Muddy Waters joined them. When Smitty split,
Little Walter was welcomed into the configuration, Rogers switched over to second guitar, and the entire
postwar Chicago blues genre felt the stylistic earthquake that directly followed. Rogers made his recorded
debut as a leader in 1947 for the tiny Ora-Nelle logo, then saw his efforts for Regal and Apollo lay unissued.

Blues (Follow Me All Day Long)
Dorcie Belle
Information Please
Ludella
Money, Marbles And Chalk
Pretty Baby
Sloppy Drunk
That's Alright


Blues (Follow Me All Day Long)
(Jimmy Rogers) from Complete Shelter Recordings: Chicago Blues Masters, Vol. 2 (Capitol 33916)
Blues, the blues follows me all day long
Blues, the blues follows me all day long
I got the blues so bad, the blues tries to drive me away from home

Blues, the blues won't let me take my rest
Blues, the blues won't let me take my rest
My mind keeps rambling, like a wild peace out in the west

You are my all day study, baby, you are my midnight dream
I love that woman, better than anyone I've ever seen

Blues, blues please, please leave me alone
Blues, blues, blues please, please leave me alone
I got the blues so bad, the blues tries to drive me away from home

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Dorcie Belle
(Jimmy Rogers) Complete Shelter Recordings: Chicago Blues Masters, Vol. 2 (Capitol 33916)
So many days, people, I had to steal away and cry
So many days, people, I just had to steal away and cry
Now you know, I was to blue to live,
but man, you know, I was most to mean to die

Hey, Dorcie Belle, baby, you have been so mean to me
Hey, Dorcie Belle, girl, you have been so mean to me
Now, I got evil with you, Dorcie Belle,
baby, you just hang around and see

Hey, Dorcie Belle, you can pack your little bags and go
Hey, Dorcie Belle, you can pack your little bags and go
Just one thing I want you to remember, Dorcie Belle,
that you're no better than the girl I had before

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Information Please
(Jimmy Rogers) Complete Shelter Recordings: Chicago Blues Masters, Vol. 2 (Capitol 33916)
Information please, tell me how my baby rides
Information please, tell me how my baby rides
She've been away a long time and I need her right here by my side

When I got my paycheck, she wanted to visit her hometown
When I need her loving, God knows, she can't be found
Information please, tell me how my baby rides
She've been away a long time and I need her right here by my side

She left California, about nine days ago
Why it takes her so long, people, I just don't know
Information please, tell me how my baby rides
She've been away a long time and I need her right here by my side

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Ludella
(Jimmy Rogers) recording of 1949, from Sloppy Drunk (Evidence 26036) &
That's All Right [Black & Blue] (Black & Blue 33504) & Ludella (Antone's ANT-0012-2)
Now, Ludella, you know I even paid your house rent, I got you everything you need
Now, Ludella, you done start' some side stuff, baby, you're runnin' around on me
But Ludella, Ludella, baby don't you hear me callin' you?

Now you know I did all in the world I could, Ludella,
baby, just tryin' to get along with you

Now I said goodbye Ludella baby, I declare I'm through with you
You can keep on runnin' around woman, I don't care what in the world you do
But Ludella, Ludella, baby don't you hear me callin' you?

Now I did everything in this world, baby,
and I can't get along with you


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Note: this song was issued under his real name, James A. Lane.


Money, Marbles And Chalk
(Jimmy Rogers) Chicago Bound (Chess)
In the evening, after the sun goes down
In the evening, after the sun goes down
The womens all tell me I'm the sweetest man in town

Now I've got a little woman, she's got money, marbles and chalk
She bought me a fine Cadillac, man, that's why I don't have to walk
In the evening, after the sun goes down
The womens all tell me I'm the sweetest man in town

I've got a little woman, she's just as sweet as she can be
I wants the whole world to know, she's all right with me,
when in the evening, after the sun goes down
The womens all tell me I'm the sweetest man in town

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Pretty Baby
(Jimmy Rogers) Complete Shelter Recordings: Chicago Blues Masters,
Vol. 2 (Capitol 33916) & Sloppy Drunk (Evidence 26036)
Pretty, pretty baby, tell me what may be your name
Pretty, pretty baby, tell me what may be your name
Now the reason why that I ask you, I wanna find out if there ever is a chance

Pretty, pretty baby, tell me what you've got on your mind
Pretty, pretty baby, tell me what you've got on your mind
Now the reason why I ask you, baby, you are really fine

Just a few more questions, I will like to ask you before you go
Just a few more questions, I will like to ask you before you go
The name of your street and phone, your address and what floor

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Sloppy Drunk
(Jimmy Rogers) recording of 1972, Complete Shelter Recordings: Chicago Blues
Masters, Vol. 2 (Capitol 33916) & Complete Chess Recordings (Chess 50th Anniversary)
& Sloppy Drunk (Evidence 26036) & Ludella (Antone's ANT-0012-2)
I'll rather be sloppy drunk, than anything I know
I'll rather be sloppy drunk, than anything I know
Give me another half of pint1, boy, then you will see me go

And I love that moonshine whiskey and I'll tell you what I do
And I love that moonshine whiskey and I'll tell you what I do
The reason is why I drink, I'm just trying to get along with you

I say, "Ah, bring me another half of pint"
I say, "Hmm, bring me another half of pint"
Well, I believe I'll get drunk, boy, and then we gonna rock this joint

Na, I love that moonshine whiskey and I'll tell you what I do
Yes, I love that moonshine whiskey and I'll tell you what I do
The reason is why I drink, I'm just trying to get along with you

I say, "Oh, oh, bring me another half of pint"
I say, "Hmm, hm, bring me another half of pint"
Well, I believe I'll get drunk, boy, then we gonna rock this joint


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Note: this song was transcribed from a radio broadcast of a 1972 recording;
Note 1: pint, approximately 0,476 liter.

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That's Alright
(Jimmy Rogers) Sloppy Drunk (Evidence 26036)
I'll rather be sloppy drunk, than anything I know
I'll rather be sloppy drunk, than anything I know
You told me baby, once upon a time
You said if I would be yours, you would sure be mine
That's alright
I know you don't love me no more baby, but that's alright
Every night and day I wonder who is loving you tonight

You told me baby, your love for me was strong
When I woke up little girl, half of this big world was gone
That's alright
I guess I'll never be the same but that's alright
Every night and day I wonder who is loving you tonight

(spoken: Play the blues for me Freddie King!)

Please tell me baby, what's getting wrong with you?
You don't treat me halfway right baby, look a like you used to do
But that's alright
I guess I'll never be the same but that's alright
Every night and day I wonder who is loving you tonight


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Note: this song was transcribed from a radio broadcast of a 1972 recording.


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