Monday, 18 December 2017

Pee Wee Crayton born 18 December 1914

Connie Curtis Crayton (December 18, 1914 – June 25, 1985), known as Pee Wee Crayton, was an American R&B and blues guitarist and singer.
Although he was certainly inexorably influenced by the pioneering electric guitar conception of T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton brought enough daring innovation to his playing to avoid being labeled as a mere T-Bone imitator. Crayton's recorded output for Modern, Imperial, and Vee-Jay contains plenty of dazzling, marvelously imaginative guitar work, especially on stunning instrumentals such as "Texas Hop," "Pee Wee's Boogie," and "Poppa Stoppa," all far more aggressive performances than Walker usually indulged in.
Like Walker, Connie Crayton was a transplanted Texan. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1935, later moving north to the Bay Area. He signed with the Bihari brothers' L.A.-based Modern logo in 1948, quickly hitting pay dirt with the lowdown instrumental "Blues After Hours" (a kissin' cousin to Erskine Hawkins' anthem "After Hours"), which topped the R&B charts in late 1948. The steaming "Texas Hop" trailed it up the lists shortly thereafter, followed the next year by "I Love You So." But Crayton's brief hit making reign was over, through no fault of his own.

After recording prolifically at Modern to no further commercial avail, Crayton moved on to Aladdin and, in 1954, Imperial. Under Dave Bartholomew's savvy production, Crayton made some of his best waxings in New Orleans: "Every Dog Has His Day," "You Know Yeah," and "Runnin' Wild" found Crayton's guitar turned up to the boiling point over the fat cushion of saxes characterizing the Crescent City sound.  It is thought he was the first blues guitarist to use a Fender Stratocaster, playing an instrument given to him by Leo Fender.
Crayton tried to regain his momentum at Vee-Jay in Chicago; 1957's "I Found My Peace of Mind," a Ray Charles-tinged gem, should have done the trick, but no dice. After one-off 45s for Jamie, Guyden, and Smash during the early '60s, Crayton largely faded from view until Vanguard unleashed his LP, Things I Used to Do, in 1971. After that, Pee Wee Crayton's profile was raised somewhat; he toured and made a few more albums prior to his passing.
Crayton stayed in the L.A. area and his final gig, in '85 was backing up Joe Turner in a small club. They both died the same week in June of '85. Crayton died of a heart attack. He was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery.
His opening guitar riff on the 1954 single "Do Unto Others" was "quoted" by John Lennon in the beginning of the B-side single version of "Revolution" released by The Beatles on Apple Records in 1968.  

(Info mainly edited from All Music & Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For “Pee Wee Crayton - The Complete Aladdin And Imperial Recordings” go here:

01-When It Rains It Pours.mp3
04-Do Unto Others.mp3
05-Every Dog Has His Day.mp3
06-Hurry, Hurry.mp3
07-Eyes Full Of Tears.mp3
08-I Need Your Love.mp3
09-You Know-Yeah.mp3
10-Runnin' Wild.mp3
11-My Idea About You.mp3
12-I Got News For You.mp3
13-Baby Don't You Cry.mp3
14-Don't Break My Heart.mp3
15-Wondering Why.mp3
16-Yours Truly.mp3
17-I Must Go On.mp3
18-Be Faithful.mp3
19-Blues Before Dawn.mp3
20-Don't Go.mp3

For “Pee Wee Crayton - The Modern Legacy Volume 1” go here;

1. Texas Hop
2. Central Avenue Blues
3. Bounce Pee Wee
4. T for Texas (Mistreated Blues)
5. Rosa Lee
6. Blues After Hours
7. I'm Still in Love With You
8. Pee Wee's Boogie
9. Louella Brown
10. From Blues to Boogie
11. Please Come Back
12. Rock Island Blues
13. Rockin' the Blues
14. Change Your Way of Lovin'
15. Pee Wee's Wild
16. Black Gal
17. Boogie Woogie Upstairs
18. When Darkness Falls Listen
19. Bop Hop
20. My Everything
21. Blues for My Baby
22. Tired of Travelin'
23. Austin Boogie

For “Pee Wee Crayton - The Modern Legacy Volume 2” go here:

01-Poppa Stoppa.mp3
02-Phone Call From My Baby.mp3
03-Crayton Special.mp3
04-I Love You So.mp3
05-I Love You So.mp3
06-Crayton's Blues.mp3
07-Texas Hop.mp3
08-Old Fashioned Baby.mp3
09-Answer To Blues After Hours.mp3
10-Good Little Woman.mp3
11-Thinkin' Of You.mp3
12-Long After Hours.mp3
13-Miserable Old Feeling (Save A Tear For Me).mp3
14-Austin Boogie.mp3
15-Louella Brown.mp3
16-Huckle Boogie.mp3
17-Brand New Woman.mp3
18-When A Man Has The Blues.mp3
19-Tired Of Travelin'.mp3
20-California Woman.mp3
21-Blues For My Baby.mp3
22-My Everything.mp3
23-Dedicating The Blues.mp3
24-Cool Evening.mp3
25-Have You Lost Your Love For Me.mp3

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