Lowell Fulson / March 31, 1921 - March 7, 1999

The soulful blues guitarist with Cherokee/Choctaw roots, Lowell Fulson, was as great a representative of West Coast blues as there ever has been. Born in Oklahoma, he hit California in the mid-'40s and formed a band that employed youngsters Ray Charles & Stanley Turrentine. He cut records for Aladdin, Swing Time, Checker, Jewel, Kent, Bullseye and more in his long career.

He was the composer of the standard "Three O'clock Blues" (1948), "Reconsider Baby" (1954) (recorded by Elvis in '60) and the awesomely funky "Tramp" ('67) which was covered by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Salt N' Pepa, The Mohawks (as "Champ"), ZZ Top, Alex Chilton, Junior Kimbrough, Steve Miller and many others, as well as being often sampled (Cypress Hill, Redman, EPMD, Prince, De La Soul and others, not to mention how many times the Mohawks & Otis versions have been sampled).

His tunes were also covered by Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and others. He popularized "Everyday I Have The Blues" and also did a classic version of "Why Don't We Do It In The Road". His music covered rootsy & urban blues, funk and rock.

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