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Bobby Rush

The creator of a singular sound which he dubbed "folk-funk," multi-instrumentalist Bobby Rush was among the most colorful characters on the contemporary chitlin circuit, honing a unique style which brought together a cracked lyrical bent with elements of blues, soul, and funk.

Born Emmit Ellis, Jr. in Homer, LA, on November 10, 1940, he and his family relocated to Chicago in 1953, where he emerged on the West Side blues circuit of the 1960s, fronting bands which included such notable alumni as Luther Allison and Freddie King. However, as Rush began to develop his own individual sound, he opted to forgo the blues market in favor of targeting the chitlin circuit, which offered a more receptive audience for his increasingly bawdy material; he notched his first hit in 1971 with his Galaxy label single "Chicken Heads," and later scored with "Bow-Legged Woman" for Jewel. He appeared on a wide variety of labels as the decade progressed, culminating in the 1979 LP Rush Hour, produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff for their Philadelphia International imprint. During the early '80s, Rush signed with the LaJam label, where he remained for a number of years; there his work became increasingly funky and deranged, with records like 1984's Gotta Have Money and 1985's What's Good for the Goose Is Good for the Gander often featuring material so suggestive he refused to re-create it live. During the mid-'90s, Rush moved to Waldoxy, heralding a return to a soul-blues sound on LPs including 1995's One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, 1997's Lovin' a Big Fat Woman, and 2000's Hoochie Man. In April 2001, his tour bus crashed, injuring several bandmembers and killing one, Latisha Brown. Rush was hospitalized for a short time, then returned home to recuperate. Rush returned to action in 2003 with the release of the Live from Ground Zero CD and DVD on his own label, Deep Rush, followed by Folkfunk, also on Deep Rush, in 2004. Rush released two albums in 2005, Hen Pecked and Night Fishin', and continued his prolific activity with 2008's Look at What You Gettin', which offered a mix of ballads, soul, and bluesy double entendres. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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L i l. J o h n n y. S o u n d g o o d. L o v e. T h a t. S u e s h e g o o d
sowell353
Just seen him live for the first time what a treat at any age the best night of my life he's 81 years young getting around better than I am at 37...
L i l j o h n n y l o v e b o b b y r u s h m u s i c
L i l j o h n n y l o v e b o b b y r u s h
I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby Rush a couple of times in Buffalo,NY.M y wife and I took pictures with him.A very nice man.Jack Blackburn
Bad Bobby Rush. No explanation needed
I didn't even know who Bobby Rush was until I went to Tunica, Ms. this past Aug. 2013 for The National Bike RoundUp..... L o l I must say he was very entertaining along with "TheBobbyRus h G i r l s " . . . I Luved It!!!!!
To know bobby Rush is to love him.
I agree that there is no one quite like him.
mrschaffins
there is no one like him....
mrschaffins
they do not play enough of him on his station boo
had the pleasure of seeing him in concert last night great show
retdcausey
I played Bobby Rush at one of my pool parties, and all of my guest became instant fans. Bobby is the Greatest.
mrschaffins
would love to hear a new album from him ......
much love for ya peace
mrschaffins
really like his style
korvet79
HEY BOBBY RUSH YOU ARE THE GREATEST**** * *
Bobby Rush puts on a great show !
My father and Bobby Rush are friends from the Old days in Memphis. I love his show and music.
Look for me At The Kentucky Derby Sundown Catering An BBQ May 7 2011
Iwill be leaving after Blues on The River. Got a Big catering gig at the Kentucky Derby
Bobby when you get to little rock, ar for blues on the river,Im go show bout some night fishin we even have a catfish hole close by lol we gone have a grear time call me I don't think Michael Brown is with Mel any more bring him with he's my nephew an a great sax player which you no much love see ya'll then 501-690-5912
Bobby looking forwarde to seeing you here in Little Rock, Ar. Again for the Blues on the River Show.My nenphew Michael Brown sat in with you at Jazzy's when you were here last summer. If you need a go to guy Im the one 501-690-5912 ps Icame to Monroe, La two yrs ago caught your xmas eve show. keep on keepin on
bobby rush is very nice gentleman saw him in milwaukee from a birthday party for mr genes smith at genes lanes he put on a show wow got down i will see him again for the blues comimg feb18 in milwaukee cant wait
ladymj64
I Love Bobby Rush.Very good gentleman and one of the best entertainers you will ever see.I see him every time he come to Memphis Tn. Going 2 see him 01/15/2011
he is the greatest!!!
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Rush in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Eutaw, Alabama and I just want you ladies to know that he is a, perfect gentleman indeed and i Love his music he is truly one of the best entertainers I've ever seen....
Listen up Bobby Rush Lovers, he has a DVD out and it is spectacular! ! ! ! ! try to get your hands on one, just like being there live with Bobby Rush. And if you have never seen him live, then you've missed a treat of a life time. and those dancers...
I love Bobby Rush. Not only is he a great musician and performer... h e is a good person.
all I want in tupac radio is tupac songs not songs like tupac
i love his music keep it comming mr.b.rush
that song *sue* is is the 1..24 32 43 maybe just a lil bit more she's a guddina!!!!! h a h a h a h a h a
I play the song "Sue" at every party we give!!! Bobby Rush is cool, I love his blues! James & Mary Liddell
He always has the best dancers!!! Love his live show.
Love that Bobby Rush and them dancers too!:)
thomasnburne t t
love me some bobby rush!!!!
first heard this in the great "phoebes" night club in Stoke Newington,Lo n d o n years ago.... it was upstairs on funk dance floor the reggae was in the basement near the boggs!!!!! when this song came on it was no talking time everybody grooved to this ...it was called disco sweat. I drank one beer and danced all night didn't have much money then and again walked home.lollol
I've got a 331/3 by bobby rush "sue" the date on it is 1982

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