Jimmie Gordon was an American Chicago blues pianist, singer, and songwriter. In the course of his career he accompanied Memphis Minnie, Bumble Bee Slim, and Big Bill Broonzy, amongst others. He had a hit with "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" (1936) and was active on the Chicago blues scene for a number of years leading up to World War II. He is known to have recorded 67 tracks between 1934 and 1946. Gordon was a mainstay of Decca Records during the 1930s and early 1940s, with his recorded work utilizing a piano accompaniment (often his own), as well as guitar, or with a small band that he assembled for the work.
As a songwriter, Gordon is often credited with writing "Mean Mistreater", later recorded by both Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter. AllMusic noted that "Gordon was a passable pianist who sang with all his heart in a warm and convincing voice."
Details of his life outside the recording studio are sketchy and have been the subject of rumor and speculation over the years.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1905, Died October 27th, 1993
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano, guitar, composer, lyricist
Notes: Also listed on disc labels as James Gordon.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 78 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-80407||10-in.||3/23/1934||Neck bone blues||Jimmie Gordon||Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-80408||10-in.||3/23/1934||Bye bye baby blues||Bumble Bee Slim||Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and piano||lyricist, composer|
|Decca||62649||10-in.||10/6/1937||Rattlesnake bite||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||62650||10-in.||10/6/1937||I believe I been hoodood||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||62651||10-in.||10/6/1937||She wants to rattle me all the time||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||62652||10-in.||10/6/1937||Plenty trouble on your hand||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||63756||10-in.||5/12/1938||Crying my blues away||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||63757||10-in.||5/12/1938||Fast life||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||63758||10-in.||5/12/1938||Sail with me||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||63759||10-in.||5/12/1938||Lonesome bedroom blues||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||63760||10-in.||5/12/1938||Alberta, Alberta||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||63761||10-in.||5/12/1938||She's doin' it now||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||63762||10-in.||5/12/1938||Keep your nose out of other people's business||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||65494||10-in.||4/28/1939||Get your mind out of the gutter||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||65496||10-in.||4/28/1939||Do that thing||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||65497||10-in.||4/28/1939||The Mojo blues||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||65498||10-in.||4/28/1939||St. Peter blues||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||65499||10-in.||4/28/1939||If the walls could talk||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||90085||10-in.||7/7/1935||Bed Springs blues No.2||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||90086||10-in.||7/7/1935||Soon in the morning||Jimmie Gordon||vocalist|
|Decca||90183||10-in.||7/19/1935||Blue, black and evil blues||Alice Moore||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||90184||10-in.||7/19/1935||Tomorrow blues||Alice Moore||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||90305||10-in.||9/6/1935||I'll take you back-1||Bumble Bee Slim and his Rhythm Riffers||vocalist|
|Decca||90320||10-in.||9/11/1935||How can I get it?-1||Bumble Bee Slim and his Rhythm Riffers||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gordon, Jimmie," accessed April 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106738.
Gordon, Jimmie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106738.
"Gordon, Jimmie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 April 2021.
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