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Frankie Lee Sims

A traditionalist who was a staunch member of the Texas country blues movement of the late '40s and early '50s (along with the likes of his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins, Lil' Son Jackson, and Smokey Hogg), guitarist Frankie Lee Sims developed a twangy, ringing electric guitar style that was irresistible on fast numbers and stung hard on the downbeat stuff.

Sims picked up a guitar when he was 12 years old. By then, he had left his native New Orleans for Marshall, TX. After World War II ended, he played local dances and clubs around Dallas and crossed paths with T-Bone Walker. Sims cut his first 78s for Herb Rippa's Blue Bonnet Records in 1948 in Dallas, but didn't taste anything resembling regional success until 1953, when his bouncy "Lucy Mae Blues" did well down south.

The guitarist recorded fairly prolifically for Los Angeles-based Specialty into 1954, then switched to Johnny Vincent's Ace label (and its Vin subsidiary) in 1957 to cut the mighty rockers "Walking with Frankie" and "She Likes to Boogie Real Low," both of which pounded harder than a ballpeen hammer.

Sims claimed to play guitar on King Curtis's 1962 instrumental hit "Soul Twist" for Bobby Robinson's Enjoy label, but that seems unlikely. It is assumed that he recorded for Robinson in late 1960 (the battered contents of three long-lost acetates emerged in 1985 on the British Krazy Kat label).

Sims mostly missed out on the folk-blues revival of the early '60s that his cousin Lightnin' Hopkins cashed in on handily. When he died at age 53 in Dallas of pneumonia, Sims was reportedly in trouble with the law due to a shooting incident and had been dogged by drinking problems. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jook Joint Blues: That's What They Want

Disc 1

1. Wine, Women, Whiskey

2. Rock Me Mama

3. Little Lean Woman

4. Hydramatic Woman

5. Lucy Mae Blues

6. Goin' To New Orleans

7. Another Fool Like Me

8. Little Milton's Boogie

9. Scott's Boogie

10. She's Gone

11. Down At The Depot

12. Calling All Cows

13. Courtin' In A Cadillac

14. Walkin' And Cryin' Blues

15. Ride Hooker Ride

16. Don't Let Your Daddy Slow Walk You Down

17. Cool Down Mama

18. Country Boy

19. Lillie Mae Boogie

20. Gotta Get Together

21. When I Come In This House Woman

22. I'm Gonna Leave You Baby

23. Evil And Hanky

24. Bad Luck

25. Central Avenue Blues

26. On My Way

27. Highway 80 Blues

28. Mama Does The Boogie

Disc 2

1. She Fool Me

2. Chicken Hearted Woman

3. That's What They Want

4. Sneaky Groundhog

5. Blinds Blues

6. Sugar Mama

7. One Room Country Shack

8. You Are Doing Me Wrong

9. I Can't Live Happy

10. Mean Old Train

11. Jackson Juke

12. Jealous Man

13. Winehead Swing

14. Weekend Blues

15. Leave My Money Alone

16. Pebble In My Shoe

17. Lonely Blues

19. Someday You'll Understand

20. Alley Corn

21. I Got Them Blues

22. L.J. Boogie

23. She's So Good To Me

24. New Orleans Bound

26. I'm Him

27. Neglected Woman

28. Too Much Competition

Disc 3

1. A Fool No More

2. Johnny Mae

3. Got My Call Card

4. Love My Baby

5. Jump The Boogie

6. One Thing My Baby Likes

7. A Dream

8. Happy Go Lucky

9. Bugger Bugger Boy

10. Sweet Angel

11. You Don't Love Me No More

12. My Woman Knows The Score

13. Goin' Home To Mother

14. Santa Fe Blues

16. Alabama Boogie

17. Wolf Call Boogie

18. Congo Mombo

19. Big Time Woman

20. Paper Wooden Daddy

21. Bloodstains On The Wall

23. Schoolboy

25. Knocking The Boogie

26. Mistreated Baby Blues

27. The $64 Question

28. If I Lose You Woman

Disc 4

1. Lester's Stomp

2. Dark Muddy Bottom

3. Lost Child

4. 1958 Blues

5. Now Listen Baby

6. Lost Without Love

7. Alla Blues

8. She's Mine All Mine

9. T.N.T. Woman

10. Lightnin' Blues

11. K.C. Boogie

12. Baby Blues

13. She's Taking All My Money

14. Let Me Be Your Handy Man

15. You Better Change

16. Strange Letter Blues

17. Things Ain't Right

18. Wine Head Baby

19. Don't Take It Out On Me

20. Deep South Guitar Blues

21. Packin' Up My Blues

22. Blow It Down

23. Good Road Blues

24. Katherine Blues

25. On The Hook

26. I Can't Be Successful

27. Philippine Blues

28. Harpin' On It

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Track List: The Ace Records Blues Story

Disc 1

1. Walking With Frankie

2. My Love Is Here To Stay

3. Shed So Many Tears

5. I Wonder

6. Goodbye Blues

7. Well Goodbye Baby

8. My Love Is Strong

9. Silly Dilly Woman

10. Love's Like A River

14. Shuckin Stuff

16. Hey Little Girl

17. Mercy's Blues

18. Mother Told Me Not To Go

Disc 2

1. Those Lonely, Lonely Nights

2. My Talk Didn't Do No Good

3. Sleeping In The Ground

4. Roll On Train

5. Misery Blues

6. My Baby Boogies All The Time

9. What Will Lucy Do?

12. Baby Say You Will

13. Marked Deck

14. I Warned You Baby

15. I Got The Blues For You

16. It Must Have Been Love

17. Rock And Roll Baby

18. She Likes To Boogie Real Low

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