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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 51-75 of 90 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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