Albert Luandrew (September 5, 1906 – March 17, 1995), known as Sunnyland Slim, was an American blues pianist who was born in the Mississippi Delta and moved to Chicago, helping to make that city a center of postwar blues. The Chicago broadcaster and writer Studs Terkel said Sunnyland Slim was "a living piece of our folk history, gallantly and eloquently carrying on in the old tradition."
|Birth name||Albert Luandrew|
|Born||September 5, 1906|
Quitman County, near Vance, Mississippi, United States
|Died||March 17, 1995 (aged 88)|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Labels||Hy-Tone, Aristocrat, RCA Victor, Opera, Mercury Tempo-Tone, Apollo, JOB, Sunny, Regal, Blue Lake, Club 51, Cobra, LaSalle, Miss, Prestige, Earwig Music|
|Associated acts||Muddy Waters|
Sunnyland Slim was born on a farm in Quitman County, near Vance, Mississippi. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1925, where he performed with many of the popular blues musicians of the day. His stage name came from the song "Sunnyland Train", about a railroad line between Memphis and St. Louis, Missouri. In 1942 he moved to Chicago, in the great migration of southern workers to the industrial north.
At that time the electric blues was taking shape in Chicago, and through the years Sunnyland Slim played with such musicians as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Lockwood Jr., and Little Walter. His piano style is characterised by heavy basses or vamping chords with the left hand and tremolos with the right. His voice was loud, and he sang in a declamatory style.
Sunnyland Slim's first recording was as a singer with Jump Jackson's band for Specialty Records in September 1946. His first recordings as a leader were for Hy-Tone Records and Aristocrat Records in late 1947. He continued performing until his death, in 1995.
In the late 1960s, Slim became friends with members of the band Canned Heat and played piano on the track "Turpentine Moan" on their album Boogie with Canned Heat. In turn, members of the band—lead guitarist Henry Vestine, slide guitarist Alan Wilson and bassist Larry Taylor—contributed to Sunnyland Slim's Liberty Records album Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On (1969), which also featured Mick Taylor.
NB. Sunnyland Slim recorded on many different record labels over his lengthy career. Some of these titles were issued, and re-issued, at various dates and on other labels.
|Year||Title||Collaboration (and notes)||Record label|
|1960||Chicago Blues Session||Select-O-Hits|
|1961||Slim's Shout||Bluesville Records|
|1969||Midnight Jump||Blue Horizon|
|1969||Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On||World Pacific Records|
|1970||Pearl Harbour Blues||RCA Records|
|1971||Depression Blues||Festival Records|
|1972||Sad and Lonesome||Jewel Records|
|1973||Plays Ragtime Blues||BluesWay Records|
|1974||She Got That Jive||Airway Records|
|1975||Sunnyland Slim & Little Brother Montgomery||Little Brother Montgomery||77 Records|
|1979||Patience Like Job||Airway Records|
|1981||Old Friends||David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Kansas City Red,
Big Walter Horton, Floyd Jones
|1986||Chicago Jump||(Sunnyland Slim Blues Band)||Evidence Music|
|1989||Be Careful How You Vote||Earwig Records|
|1991||Live in Europe||Airway Records|
|1994||Blues Anytime!||Hubert Sumlin and Willie Dixon||Evidence Music|
|1994||Decoration Day||Evidence Music|
|1994||Live at the D.C. Blues Society||(recorded in 1987)||Mapleshade Records|
|1995||Sunnyland Train||(recorded in 1983)||Evidence Music|
|1997||Bad and Lonesome||Jewel Records|
|1998||She Got a Thing Goin' On||(recorded 1971 – 1983)||Earwig Records / Blind Pig Records|
|1999||Smile on My Face||(recorded 1977)||Delmark Records|
|2006||Blues Legends Live||John Dee Holeman||Mapleshade Records|
|2010||ABC of the Blues Vol. 42||Johnny Shines||Documents|
|2012||Legendary Bop Rhythm & Blues Classics||Essential Media Group|
|2012||The Devil Is a Busy Man||Essential Media Group|
With Howlin' Wolf
- Live and Cookin' (Chess, 1972)
- Campbell, Robert L.; Pruter, Robert; White, George R.; Kelly, Tom (July 31, 2009). "The Aristocrat Label". Red Saunders Research Foundation. Retrieved June 5, 2014. "Blues pianist and singer Sunnyland Slim was born Albert Luandrew in Vance, Mississippi, September 5, 1906 (most sources say 1907, but the Social Security Death Index and 1920 census data give the date as 1906)."
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