Guitar Slim Green

Thu Nov 4 06:12:49 EST 2004

Slim Green made some fine, fine records.

Norman G Green was born in Bryan TX and moved to California where he began
recording in the 1940s.  As Norman Green he backed pianist J D Nicholson on
four sides on the Courtney label and as "R Green" on the J&M Fullbright
label, he made the first postwar version of Curtis Jones' "Tin Pan Alley
Blues", as "Alla Blues".  (This song was a big hit for Jimmy Wilson in
1953.)    He then recorded an exceptionally rare 78 for Murray - both this
record and the J&M Fullbright are on the ABM CD "West Coast Down Home

Around 8-10 years later made some great recordings for Johnny Otis' Dig
label with harmonica player Sidney Maiden and singer/drummer Al Simmons.
Their group was called The Cats From Fresno and those tracks are on the
excellent Ace CD "Dig These Blues".   After that he made a rare single on
Canton ("Jericho Alley" (another "Tin Pan Alley" cover)/"Shake 'Em Up
Rock") - I think that both sides are on the Diving Duck LP "Jericho Alley
Blues Flash".   He had a few nice 45s on the Gee-Note label in the '60s
(none reissued, I think) and as far as I know, his last recordings were
made for the Kent label - an LP called "Guitar Slim Green's Stone Down
Blues", with Johnny and Shuggie Otis.  Nice LP, and not too hard to track
down.  He died in Los Angeles in July 1975.


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