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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 (Results 26-50 of 90 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 90 records)

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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