Friday, 29 November 2013

Not to be mised: Jesse Fuller - Ida Noyes Hall, Chicago, 1962-04-24 (Bootleg)

Jesse Fuller - UK Promo Single 1965

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Jesse Fuller (March 12, 1896 – January 29, 1976) was an American one-man band musician, best known for his song "San Francisco Bay Blues".

Fuller was born in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta. He was sent by his mother to live with foster parents when he was a young child, in a rural setting where he was badly mistreated. Growing up, he worked a multitude of jobs: grazing cows for ten cents a day, working in a barrel factory, a broom factory, a rock quarry, on a railroad and a streetcar company, shining shoes, and even peddling hand-carved wooden snakes.By the age of ten he was playing guitar in two techniques, as he described it, "frailing" and "picking."

He came west and in the 1920s he lived in Southern California, where operated a hot-dog stand and was befriended by Douglas Fairbanks. He worked briefly as a film extra in The Thief of Bagdad and East of Suez. In 1929 he settled in Oakland, California, across the bay from San Francisco, where he worked for the Southern Pacific railroad. He married, and he and his wife Gertrude had a family. During World War II, he worked as a shipyard welder, but when the war ended he found it increasingly difficult to secure employment. Around the early 1950s, Fuller's thoughts turned toward the possibility of making a living playing music.

Jesse Fuller
Up to this point, Fuller had never worked as a full-time professional musician, but he was an accomplished guitarist and he had carried his guitar with him and busked for money by passing the hat. He had a good memory for songs and had a large repertoire of crowd-pleasers in diverse styles, including country blues, work songs, ragtime and jazz standards, ballads, spirituals, and instrumentals. For a while he operated a shoe-shine stand, where he sang and danced to entertain passersby. He began to seriously compose his own songs, many of them based on his personal life experiences on the railroads, and he also set about reworking older pieces into his own syncopated style. However, when he decided to try music as a career, he had difficulty finding reliable musicians to work with: thus his one-man band act was born, and he took on the name "The Lone Cat" or Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller.
Starting locally, in clubs and bars in San Francisco and across the bay in Oakland and Berkeley, Fuller became more widely known when he performed on television in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and in 1958 his recording career started with his first album on the Good Time Jazz record label. 

Fuller's instruments included 6-string guitar (an instrument which he had abandoned before the beginning of his one-man band career), 12-string guitar, harmonica, kazoo, cymbal (high-hat) and fotdella. He could play several instruments simultaneously, particularly with the use of a head-piece to hold the harmonica, kazoo, and a microphone. In addition, he would generally include at least one tap dance, soft-shoe or "buck and wing" in his sets, accompanying himself on the 12-string guitar as he danced. 

Jesse Fuller Album  UK 1966
His style was open and engaging, and in typical busker's fashion, he addressed his audiences as "Ladies and Gentlemen," and told humoous annecdotes and cracked jokes between pieces. However, if one listened closely, the stories were anything but cheerful, often including specific recapitulations of his tragic childhood, his mother's illness and early death, his determination to escape the segregated racial system of the South, and his love of his wife and family.

The fotdella was a musical instrument of Fuller's own creation and construction. He built at least two of them, in slightly different patterns, as evidenced in photographs and film footage of his performances.
As a one-man band, Fuller's problem was how to supply a more substantial accompaniment than the typical high-hat (cymbal) or bass drum used by other street musicians. His solution, the fotdella, was a foot-operated percussion bass, consisting of a large upright wood box, shaped like the top of a double bass. Attached to a short neck at the top of this box were six piano bass strings, stretched down over the body. The means to play the strings consisted of six piano or organ foot pedals, each connected to a padded piano hammer which struck the string.

Jesse Fuller 1960
By removing his shoe and placing his sock-covered foot in a rotating heel-cradle, Fuller was able to play the six pedals of the fotdella like a piano, and the instrument's six notes allowed him to perform varied bass lines in several keys, though he occasionally would play without it if a song exceeded its limited range.

The name was coined by his wife, who took to calling the instrument a "foot-diller" (as in a "killer-diller" instrument played with the foot), which was shortened to fotdella. The term "foot piano" has been used by some performers and musicologists to describe this type of devise.

Fuller died in January 1976 in Oakland, California, from heart disease. He was 79 years of age. He was interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland. Both his fotdella and his 1962 Silvertone Electric-Acoustic guitar (the latter purchased in Detroit at a Sears and Roebuck store to replace his Maurer guitar, which had been stolen while he was on tour) are in the possession of the Smithsonian Institution.

Influence on other musicians:
The Grateful Dead ("The Monkey and the Engineer" and "Beat It on Down the Line")
Hot Tuna
 Peter, Paul and Mary
 Janis Joplin ("San Fancisco Bay Blues")
 Glenn Yarbrough
 Richie Havens
 Eric Clapton
 Paul McCartney
 Bob Dylan ("You're No Good", on his debut album in 1962)

JESSE FULLER 1962-04-24, Ida Noyes Hall University of ChicagoChicago, IL

01. John Henry 11:39
02. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller) 3:48
03. Hesitation Blues 4:57
04. I'm Going to Sit at the Welcome Table 4:33
05. C.C. Rider 4:19
06. Corinna, Corrina 3:20
07. Take It Slow and Easy 3:05
08. untitled boogie 6:50
09. Stranger Blues 4:15
10. Bye and Bye 2:57
11. Stagger Lee 3:55
12. Down Home Waltz 2:10
13. Buck and Wing 3:23

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Psyclist said...

Interesting boot. Typically I do not want all the blues boots available but this one is certainly worth listening. Thanks for uploading!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Bob

Anonymous said...

Cheers not come across this boot. keep up with the more interesting stuff that.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this excellent share = Cheers! CM

boogieman said...

ThANKS. Brought me back to my younger days when i was discovering the blues.

john said...

I've listened to alot of blues, but not Jesse Fuller. Thank you for the biography. Will listen to this. Sounds like an inventive guy. Thank You.

Anonymous said...

This album is awesome. Rob

Anonymous said...

Great, this bootleg. I have all his records. I spent a few years ago 2 hours on a Sunday after an Oakland-Angels baseball game at his cemetery. Couldn't fine his headstone. When in England Jessse played small clubs. Ian Dury, of Sex&Drugs&Roll&Fame told me that Jesse played hours deep into the night. Just encourage him and there goeshis foot on the fotdella and he goes again. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Great share. Thanks for waking me up to Jesse Fuller



ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Chris