It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Lowell Fulson

Lowell Fulson recorded every shade of blues imaginable. Polished urban blues, rustic two-guitar duets with his younger brother Martin, funk-tinged grooves that pierced the mid-'60s charts, even an unwise cover of the Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It in the Road!" Clearly, the veteran guitarist, who was active for more than half-a-century, wasn't afraid to experiment. Perhaps that's why his last couple of discs for Rounder were so vital and satisfying -- and why he remained an innovator for so long.

Exposed to the Western swing of Bob Wills, as well as indigenous blues while growing up in Oklahoma, Fulson joined up with singer Texas Alexander for a few months in 1940, touring the Lone Star state with the veteran bluesman. Fulson was drafted in 1943. The Navy let him go in 1945; after a few months back in Oklahoma, he was off to Oakland, CA, where he made his first 78s for fledgling producer Bob Geddins. Soon enough, Fulson was fronting his own band and cutting a stack of platters for Big Town, Gilt Edge, Trilon, and Down Town (where he hit big in 1948 with "Three O'Clock Blues," later covered by B.B. King).

Swing Time records prexy Jack Lauderdale snapped up Fulson in 1948, and the hits really began to flow: the immortal "Every Day I Have the Blues" (an adaptation of Memphis Slim's "Nobody Loves Me"), "Blue Shadows," the two-sided holiday perennial "Lonesome Christmas," and a groovy midtempo instrumental "Low Society Blues" that really hammers home how tremendously important pianist Lloyd Glenn and alto saxist Earl Brown were to Fulson's maturing sound (all charted in 1950!).

Fulson toured extensively from then on, his band stocked for a time with dazzling pianist Ray Charles (who later covered Lowell's "Sinner's Prayer" for Atlantic) and saxist Stanley Turrentine. After a one-off session in New Orleans in 1953 for Aladdin, Fulson inked a longterm pact with Chess in 1954. His first single for the firm was the classic "Reconsider Baby," cut in Dallas under Stan Lewis' supervision with a sax section that included David "Fathead" Newman on tenor and Leroy Cooper on baritone.

The relentless midtempo blues proved a massive hit and perennial cover item -- even Elvis Presley cut it in 1960, right after he got out of the Army. But apart from "Loving You," the guitarist's subsequent Checker output failed to find widespread favor with the public. Baffling, since Fulson's crisp, concise guitar work and sturdy vocals were as effective as ever. Most of his Checker sessions were held in Chicago and L.A. (the latter his home from the turn of the '50s).

Fulson stayed with Checker into 1962, but a change of labels worked wonders when he jumped over to Los Angeles-based Kent Records. 1965's driving "Black Nights" became his first smash in a decade, and "Tramp," a loping funk-injected workout co-written by Fulson and Jimmy McCracklin, did even better, restoring the guitarist to R&B stardom, gaining plenty of pop spins, and inspiring a playful Stax cover by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas only a few months later that outsold Fulson's original.

A couple of lesser follow-up hits for Kent ensued before the guitarist was reunited with Stan Lewis at Jewel Records. That's where he took a crack at that Beatles number, though most of his outings for the firm were considerably closer to the blues bone. Fulson was never been absent for long on disc; 1992's Hold On and its 1995 follow-up. Them Update Blues, both for Ron Levy's Bullseye Blues logo, were among his later efforts, both quite solid. Fulson continued to perform until 1997, when health problems forced the career bluesman into a reluctant retirement. His health continued to deteriorate and on March 6, 1999 -- just a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday -- Lowell Fulson passed away.

Few bluesmen managed to remain contemporary the way Lowell Fulson did for more than five decades. And fewer still will make such a massive contribution to the idiom. ~ Bill Dahl
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Lowell Fulson Great Blues Musters Vol.6

x

Track List: The Chronological: 1949 - 1951

1. Cold Hearted Woman

2. Mama Bring Your Clothes Back Home

3. Jimmy's Blues

4. Ain't Nobody's Business

5. Low Society Blues

6. Blue Shadows

7. Back Home Blues

8. Baby Won't You Jump With Me

9. Come Back Baby

10. Country Boy

11. Rainy Day

12. Miss Lillie Brown

13. Sinner's Prayer

14. Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)

15. Lonesome Christmas (Part 2)

18. Blues With A Feeling

19. Let Me Ride Your Little Automobile

20. Why Can't You Cry For Me

21. Let's Live Right

22. Guitar Shuffle

x

Track List: I'm A Night Owl, Vol. 2

1. Three O' Clock Blues

2. Come Back Baby

3. Everyday I Have The Blues

4. I've Been Mistreated

6. Blue Shadows

7. Low Society Blues

9. Lonesome Christmas

10. Sinner's Prayer

11. Cold Hearted Woman

12. Let's Live Right

13. Why Can't You Cry For Me

15. Mama Bring Your Clothes Back Home

16. Upstairs

17. Back Home Blues

18. I'm A Night Owl P.T. 1

19. Don't Leave Me Baby

21. Blues Never Fail

23. Reconsider Baby

24. I Believe I'll Give It Up

x

Track List: The Chronological 1946-1947

1. Three O'clock Blues

3. Prison Bound

9. I Walked All Night

10. Between Midnight And Day

11. The Blues Is Killing Me

12. Did You Ever Feel Lucky

14. You're Gonna Miss Me

18. San Francisco Blues

19. Trouble Blues

20. I Want To See My Baby

21. Black Widow Spider Blues

22. Don't Be So Evil

x

Track List: I've Got The Blues (...And Then Some)(2)

Disc 1

3. Too Soon

4. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

5. Sleeper

6. How Do You Want Your Man

7. Don't Leave Me

8. Thug

11. Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)

12. Lonesome Christmas (Part 2)

13. Bluesway

14. My Baby

15. Man Of Motion

16. Teach Me

17. Change Of Heart

18. Every Second A Fool Is Born

20. Fed Up

Disc 2

1. I've Got The Blues

6. Searchin' Out

7. Stoned To The Bone

8. The Last One To Know

9. Baby

10. Crying Won't Help

11. Deep In Love

12. Please Let Me Go

13. Stop And Think

14. You're Gonna Miss Me

15. Henpecked

16. Hurry Home

17. I Started Out Wrong

18. Take My Hand

19. Lonesome Christmas Part 2

x

Track List: My First Recordings

1. Western Union Blues

2. Lazy Woman Blues

3. River Blues, Pt. 1

4. River Blues, Pt. 2

5. I Walked All Night

6. Between Midnight And Day

7. The Blues Is Killing Me

8. Did You Ever Feel Lucky

9. I'm Wild About You

10. Three O'Clock Blues

11. Crying Blues (Stree Walking Woman)

12. You're Gonna Miss Me

13. Miss Katy Lee Blues

14. Rambling Blues

15. Fulson Blues

16. San Francisco Blues

17. I Want To See My Baby

18. Trouble Blues

19. Don't Be So Evil

20. Black Widow Spider Blues

21. I'm Prison Bound

22. My Baby Left Me

23. Blues With A Feeling

24. Why Can't You Cry For Me

25. There Is A Time For Everything

26. Lowell Jumps One

x

Track List: Blue Shadows

1. Oh! Well Oh! Well

2. Reconsider Baby

4. Guitar Shuffle

5. Blue Shadows

7. Sinner's Prayer

8. You're Gonna Miss Me

9. Mean Old World

Comments

Report as inappropriate
please don't go........ Please.close the door when you do.......... . .
Report as inappropriate
Innovator,bl u z z z 40's*978*4m1 4 y ~
Report as inappropriate
So long , oh baby how I hate to see you go
Report as inappropriate
....That's good... that's mighty good.
Report as inappropriate
tslavinl21
Don't miss Bobby Radcliff's cover of this. A regular part of his club set!
Report as inappropriate
teedub95464
I think Joe Tex covered Tramp as well.
Report as inappropriate
mysnelf
Thank you Mr. Fulson .You are still appreciated!
Report as inappropriate
I like it !
Report as inappropriate
The good stuff.
Report as inappropriate
maestro
Report as inappropriate
wallstreetbu l l s
Please Let me Go is a master recording. Best mix of funk and blues yet
Report as inappropriate
One of the greats along with Mighty Joe Young, Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Lowell Fulson's legacy of music will live on. "Reconsider Baby" remains one of the classics still emulated by artists of today.
Report as inappropriate
straight back to the "Lightnen Hopkins" genre.... where it all came from.
Report as inappropriate
notomjack
This particular song by Fulson (love that name) is a great example of bittersweet slow blues, with that jittery piano and honey-smooth vocal and fluid guitar. Beautiful, unmatched '50's recording, will never be created again. Thank you.
Report as inappropriate
Lowell Fulson was too good for us.
Report as inappropriate
U know I used to like the blues but now it is a bunch noisy fellers, too lazy to work and they gripe all the time. Too much feeling sorry for themselves for my liking. I must have changed a whole lot since the Lord got a hold on me. Thank you Father God.
Report as inappropriate
dont like this song neither , another mistake. Please take off for me. Thank you
Report as inappropriate
now, that is the real blues!!
john whitt
Report as inappropriate
I think that Lowell Fulson,s was and still is one of the Greatest Blues Artist,s ever.In his Field of Blues.
Sincerly,
The Black Kojack
A.K.A. Johnny Mathi
Promoter & M.C.& D.J.& Vocalis

310-431-7337
Report as inappropriate
having worked with him in the 60's it's easy to say he kick's a**!!!!
Report as inappropriate
U'r drumers good
Report as inappropriate
thank you

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[102, 84, 64, 72, 96, 72, 75, 95, 70, 102, 78, 101, 77, 85, 86, 68, 115, 106, 110, 121, 121, 104, 115, 114, 127, 108, 89, 68, 69, 68, 69, 80, 127, 121, 122, 119, 73, 104, 88, 96, 83, 123, 100, 102, 75, 96, 109, 126, 81, 123, 84, 85, 110, 100, 92, 85, 89, 78, 82, 82, 72, 65, 70, 112, 68, 83, 112, 122, 122, 127, 90, 77, 104, 89, 79, 100, 119, 80, 102, 90, 123, 127, 106, 66, 99, 67, 109, 123, 117, 92, 73, 80, 119, 88, 111, 114, 78, 69, 124, 119, 123, 105, 99, 107, 64, 110, 70, 67, 73, 86, 84, 73, 64, 107, 114, 90, 75, 112, 91, 84, 72, 87, 83, 71, 64, 70, 67, 87, 98, 68, 125, 94, 104, 95, 92, 121, 87, 120, 103, 116, 114, 73, 76, 80, 70, 64, 102, 122, 86, 111, 84, 81, 110, 94, 79, 123, 67, 125, 101, 90, 103, 109, 106, 68, 90, 108, 88, 76, 85, 74, 111, 88, 126, 118, 79, 95, 110, 120, 107, 97, 120, 94, 120, 73, 113, 103, 69, 69, 118, 102, 92, 69, 88, 114, 123, 103, 93, 104, 112, 103, 122, 101, 79, 112, 65, 111, 115, 73, 89, 92, 121, 70, 77, 88, 85, 114, 103, 77, 120, 74, 103, 95, 113, 126, 81, 70, 75, 73, 67, 103, 118, 118, 117, 98, 127, 71, 119, 104, 116, 73, 81, 111, 72, 85, 106, 84, 96, 74, 74, 75, 80, 126, 126, 103, 125, 108, 102, 96, 88, 108, 67, 113, 108, 78, 66, 107, 126, 115, 109, 81, 83, 114, 75, 117, 98, 95, 72, 103, 106, 77, 106, 84, 104, 70, 83, 76, 82, 86, 84, 65, 124, 102, 116, 115, 83, 74, 119, 83, 75, 68, 82, 73, 76, 103, 84, 85, 77, 110, 97, 64, 86, 99, 79, 88, 65, 99, 74, 67, 89, 92, 115, 72, 64, 91, 81, 118, 125, 102, 77, 113, 68, 82, 91, 67, 97, 123, 80, 86, 80, 82, 96, 73, 82, 91, 126, 92, 87, 68, 66, 74, 72, 103, 74, 83, 104, 72, 97, 72, 122, 73, 94, 96, 71, 120, 83, 71, 67, 88, 107, 123, 76, 84, 69, 68, 124, 89, 112, 71, 81, 86, 71, 108, 72, 115, 100, 106, 91, 119, 99, 123, 72, 125, 96, 66, 116, 105, 110, 100, 69, 90, 84, 115, 127, 86, 101, 70, 97, 84, 96, 68, 97, 67, 93, 81, 121, 88, 64, 112, 68, 73, 92, 70, 91, 92, 83, 101, 115, 117, 83, 67, 113, 97, 114, 107, 73, 99, 79, 118, 97, 71, 89, 82, 119, 111, 70, 110, 104, 95, 69, 106, 81, 100, 109, 67, 104, 106, 110, 107, 92, 110, 111, 101, 104, 98, 97, 123, 102, 109, 87, 104, 95, 111, 80, 112, 100, 92, 109, 71, 90, 96, 91, 71, 98, 113, 74, 83, 78, 100, 121, 87, 94, 114, 114, 70, 103, 108, 97, 100, 107, 113, 68, 115, 108, 64, 68, 112, 83, 85, 124, 80, 84, 110]