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Will Shade

William Shade Jr. (February 5, 1898 – September 18, 1966), known as Will Shade, was a Memphis blues musician, best known for his leadership of the Memphis Jug Band. He was commonly called Son Brimmer, a nickname from his grandmother Annie Brimmer (son is short for grandson). The name apparently stuck when other members of the band noticed that the sun bothered him and he used the brim of a hat to shade his eyes.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 5th, 1898 (Memphis), Died September 18th, 1966 (Memphis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, harmonica, songwriter, vocalist, composer, session supervisor, director, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37941 10-in. 2/24/1927 Sun brimmers Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, songwriter, vocalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-37942 10-in. 2/24/1927 Stingy woman Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, songwriter, vocalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-37943 10-in. 2/24/1927 Memphis jug Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, vocalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-37944 10-in. 2/24/1927 Newport news blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, composer, vocalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-37947 10-in. 2/25/1927 Hurry down sunshine, see what tomorrow brings Sister Morgan Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-37958 10-in. 2/26/1927 Dig a hole blues Sister Morgan Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-37963 10-in. 2/28/1927 I raised my window and looked at the risin' sun Ollie Rupert Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars and jew's harp songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-37964 10-in. 2/28/1927 Ain't goin' to be your low down dog Ollie Rupert Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars and jew's harp songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-38657 10-in. 6/9/1927 Sometimes I think I love you Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-38658 10-in. 6/9/1927 Sunshine blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-38659 10-in. 6/9/1927 Memphis boy Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-38660 10-in. 6/9/1927 I'm looking for the bully of the town Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-40312 10-in. 10/19/1927 I packed my suitcase, started to the train Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-40313 10-in. 10/19/1927 State of Tennessee blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-40314 10-in. 10/19/1927 Bob Lee Junior blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-40315 10-in. 10/19/1927 Kansas City blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, composer, vocalist  
Victor BVE-40320 10-in. 10/20/1927 Beale Street mess around Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-40321 10-in. 10/20/1927 I'll see you in the spring, when the birds begin to sing Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-41817 10-in. 2/1/1928 Snitchin' gambler blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter, vocalist  
Victor BVE-41818 10-in. 2/1/1928 Evergreen money blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter, vocalist  
Victor BVE-41888 10-in. 2/13/1928 Coal oil blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, harmonica  
Victor BVE-41889 10-in. 2/13/1928 Papa Long blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, guitar  
Victor BVE-41890 10-in. 2/13/1928 Peaches in the springtime Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-41891 10-in. 2/13/1928 She stays out all night long Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-47008 10-in. 9/13/1928 Lindberg hop Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-47009 10-in. 9/13/1928 Sugar pudding Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-47010 10-in. 9/13/1928 A black woman is like a black snake Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-47011 10-in. 9/13/1928 On the road again Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-47036 10-in. 9/15/1928 Whitewash station blues Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-47037 10-in. 9/15/1928 Stealin', stealin' Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-47038 10-in. 9/15/1928 Jug band waltz Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-47039 10-in. 9/15/1928 Mississippi river waltz Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble songwriter, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-47092 10-in. 9/24/1928 Better leave that stuff alone Will Shade Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and piano songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-47093 10-in. 9/24/1928 She stabbed me with an ice-pick Will Shade Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and piano songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-55529 10-in. 9/17/1929 I can't stand it Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-55530 10-in. 9/17/1929 What's the matter? Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-55571 10-in. 9/23/1929 Dirty butter Minnie Wallace Female vocal solo, with male vocal and instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55572 10-in. 9/23/1929 The old folks started it Minnie Wallace Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-55598 10-in. 9/27/1929 Feed your friend with a long handled spoon Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-55599 10-in. 9/27/1929 I can beat you plenty (That hand you tried to deal me) Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, composer  
Victor BVE-56314 10-in. 9/30/1929 Death went creeping through the air Elder Tarleton Roberts Sermon, with female vocal trio and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56315 10-in. 9/30/1929 I'm traveling Elder Tarleton Roberts Sermon, with female vocal trio and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56320 10-in. 10/1/1929 The great reaping day Memphis Sanctified Singers Vocal trio, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56321 10-in. 10/1/1929 He got better things for you Memphis Sanctified Singers Vocal trio, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56343 10-in. 10/3/1929 Taking your place Memphis Jug Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica, vocalist  
Victor BVE-56344 10-in. 10/3/1929 Tired of you driving me Memphis Jug Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-56345 10-in. 10/3/1929 Memphis yo yo blues Memphis Jug Band Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-56346 10-in. 10/3/1929 K. C. moan Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-56347 10-in. 10/3/1929 I whipped my woman with a single-tree Memphis Jug Band Male vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble and male vocal chorus vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-59917 10-in. 5/13/1930 Everybody's talking about Sadie Green Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59932 10-in. 5/17/1930 Oh ambulance man Hattie Hart ; Memphis Jug Band ; Will Shade Instrumental ensemble, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-59933 10-in. 5/17/1930 Cocaine habit blues Hattie Hart ; Memphis Jug Band ; Ben Ramey ; Vol Stevens Instrumental ensemble, with mixed vocal trio instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-59934 10-in. 5/17/1930 Expressman blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-59935 10-in. 5/17/1930 Wadie green blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-59961 10-in. 5/21/1930 Jim Strainer blues Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo director, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59962 10-in. 5/21/1930 Cave man blues Memphis Jug Band ; Charlie Bozo Nickerson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble director, instrumentalist, guitar, songwriter  
Victor BVE-59963 10-in. 5/21/1930 4th Street mess around Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo director, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59964 10-in. 5/21/1930 It won't act right Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet lyricist, composer, director, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59967 10-in. 5/21/1930 Whatcha' doin' Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-59968 10-in. 5/21/1930 Poor John blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-59992 10-in. 5/26/1930 I'm going back home McCoy and Johnson Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars session supervisor  
Victor BVE-59993 10-in. 5/26/1930 Bumble bee blues Memphis Jug Band ; Memphis Minnie Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-59994 10-in. 5/26/1930 Meningitis blues Memphis Jug Band ; Memphis Minnie Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-62537 10-in. 5/29/1930 Midnight special Bessie McCoy ; Memphis Minnie Female vocal duet, with 2 guitars session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62538 10-in. 5/29/1930 I never told a lie McCoy and Johnson Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62539 10-in. 5/29/1930 Don't want no woman (T'have t'give my money to) McCoy and Johnson Female-male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and dialogue session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62540 10-in. 5/29/1930 Georgia skin McCoy and Johnson Female vocal solo, with 2 guitars session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62541 10-in. 5/29/1930 Aunt Caroline Dyer blues Memphis Jug Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-62542 10-in. 5/29/1930 Stonewall blues Memphis Jug Band Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble director, vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62543 10-in. 5/29/1930 Drinkin' corn McIntorsh and Ewing Vocal duet, with guitar session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62544 10-in. 5/29/1930 When I get up into heaven, I'll set right down McIntorsh and Ewing Vocal duet, with guitar session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62545 10-in. 5/29/1930 The blind man stood on the road and cried McIntorsh and Ewing Vocal duet, with guitar session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62546 10-in. 5/29/1930 Long as I can feel the spirit McIntorsh and Ewing Vocal duet, with guitar session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62547 10-in. 5/30/1930 Stack o' dollars Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62548 10-in. 5/30/1930 My black gal blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62549 10-in. 5/30/1930 Ninety pound mama Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62550 10-in. 5/30/1930 Sweet mama Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano session supervisor  
Victor BVE-62551 10-in. 5/30/1930 Cash money blues Kaiser Clifton Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62552 10-in. 5/30/1930 Fort Worth and Denver blues Kaiser Clifton Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62553 10-in. 5/30/1930 She'll be back someday Kaiser Clifton Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62554 10-in. 5/30/1930 Teach me right from wrong Kaiser Clifton Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62581 10-in. 6/5/1930 Spider's nest blues Carolina Peanut Boys Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62582 10-in. 6/5/1930 Papa's got your bath water on Memphis Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, harmonica, vocalist  
Victor BVE-62583 10-in. 6/5/1930 Going back to Memphis Memphis Jug Band ; Charlie Bozo Nickerson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble and male vocal chorus songwriter, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62990 10-in. 11/21/1930 He's in the jail house now Memphis Sheiks Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble director, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-64731 10-in. 11/26/1930 Got a letter from my darlin' Carolina Peanut Boys Vocal and instrumental ensemble, with talk director, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-64732 10-in. 11/26/1930 Round and round Memphis Sheiks Vocal and instrumental ensemble lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-64733 10-in. 11/26/1930 This will bring you back Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-64740 10-in. 11/28/1930 Move that thing Memphis Jug Band Vocal and instrumental ensemble, with talk songwriter, instrumentalist, harmonica  
Victor BVE-64741 10-in. 11/28/1930 You got me rollin' Carolina Peanut Boys Vocal and instrumental ensemble, with talk director, composer, instrumentalist, harmonica  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shade, Will," accessed December 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105591.

Shade, Will. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105591.

"Shade, Will." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105591

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