Lee Jackson

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Lee Jackson (aka Warren Lee) started his blues career in the South, ending his life as a regular performer in the Chicago blues scene. Born in Jackson (Hinds Co), MS (also reported as Gill, AR) on 18 August 1921, he started the life of the hobo bluesman after moving at an early age to St. Louis and catching the guitar bug. He was a frequent performer throughout the whole of the South from Florida to Oklahoma. He settled in Chicago in about 1950 and continued playing in the local clubs and lounges. He worked with John Ned 'Johnny' Shines (aka Shoe Shine Johnny and Little Wolf probaby from his imitation of Howlin' Wolf) in the early 50's. Jackson worked with the Elmore James Band in the mid-50's in Ft. Worth, TX and with Big Walter Horton in Chicago in the late 50's.

Lee Jackson recorded issued and unissued sides for the big Chicago labels (Chess, Bluebird). His early recording career started in the 40's in Memphis but these sides remain unissued. Jackson recorded with J.B. Hutto and the Hawks in the 1960's for the Delmark label. In the early 70's he toured Europe/UK with the Chicago Blues All Stars. He returned to Chicago and recorded and performed up until two years before his death there on July 1, 1979 when he was killed in a family argument.


Accredited songwriting (Source: Blues Whos Who, Sheldon Harris, 1979)

All Around Man, Came Home This Morning, Country Girl, I Had A Dream Last Night, Juanita, Lonely Girl, Lonely Without Love, Neck Bones, Old Aunt Jane, The Sky Above, and When I First Came to Chicago.

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