Moses "Whispering" Smith

Moses "Whispering" Smith (January 25, 1932 April 28, 1984)[2] was an American blues harmonicist and singer.[2] He recorded tracks including "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere" and "Texas Flood" and worked with Lightnin' Slim and with Silas Hogan. He was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame.[2]

Moses "Whispering" Smith
Birth nameMoses Smith
Born(1932-01-25)January 25, 1932
Union Church, Mississippi, United States
DiedApril 28, 1984(1984-04-28) (aged 52)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
GenresSwamp blues
Louisiana blues[1]
Occupation(s)Harmonicist, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsHarmonica, vocals
LabelsExcello

Biography

Smith was born in Union Church, Mississippi.[2]

In the 1960s, Smith played harmonica on recordings by the swamp blues notables Lightnin' Slim and Silas Hogan,[3] before he was able to record some tracks of his own. At this time he worked with the record producer J. D. "Jay" Miller, based in Crowley, Louisiana, and his recordings were released by Excello Records. His singles included the songs "Mean Woman Blues", and "Don't Leave Me Baby" and the B-side instrumental tracks "Live Jive" and "Hound Dog Twist".[1][4]

Although he was a powerful singer and a straight but unsophisticated harmonica player,[3] his success was diminished by his emergence when swamp blues was declining in popularity. He recorded his final album for Excello, Over Easy, in 1971.[4]

Smith died in April 1984 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 52.[2]

Discography

Singles

Year Title Label
1963 "Mean Woman Blues" Excello Records
1963 "Don't Leave Me Baby" Excello Records
1964 "Cryin' Blues" Excello Records
1964 "Baby You're Mine" Excello Records
1971 "Why Am I Treated So Bad" Excello Records
1984 "Just Like a Woman" Sunland Records

[4]

Albums

Year Title Label
1971 Over Easy Blue Horizon

[5]

Compilation albums

Year Title Label Song by Smith
1970 Louisiana Blues Arhoolie Records "On the Dark Road Crying"
1989 Louisiana Swamp Blues Flyright Records "Baby Left Me This Morning"

[6][7]

See also

References

  1. Unterberger, Richie (2003). "Louisiana Blues". In V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, eds. All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues (3d ed.). Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-736-6
  2. Doc Rock. "The 1980s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  3. Herzhaft, Gérard (1997). Encyclopedia of the Blues (2nd ed.). Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. p. 76. ISBN 1-55728-452-0.
  4. "Whispering Smith Discography". Wirz.de. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  5. "Whispering Smith, Over Easy: Credits". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  6. "Arhoolie Records Discography". Wirz.de. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  7. "Flyright Records Discography". Wirz.de. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
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