June 17, 2007

RIP Nellie Lutcher

Another one-of-a-kind Louisiana-born musician has passed on. Read about her here. Thanks to my wife (and Nancy with KPFT Houston) for supplying the link.

[6/17/2007] I've expanded my original blurb to include a couple of tunes from Ms Lutcher's prime recording time for Capitol:

"Lake Charles Boogie" (Nellie Lutcher)
Nellie Lutcher, Capitol 10110, 1947

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Nellie really radiates the 88's on this self-composed boogie-woogie about her hometown. The session backing band here was Irving Ashby, guitar; Willaim K. 'Billy' Hadnott, bass; and Sidney 'Big Sid' Catlett, drums. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA.

"Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya" (Harry Owens)
Nellie Lutcher, Capitol 57-70026, 1950

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I'm always a sucker for a good novelty tune, especially when some harmless innuendo and/or double entendre is involved; and Nellie's take on this one is charmingly salacious, especially that line about holding the root. Anyway, she gives good 'n plenty papaya here. This was also cut in LA, CA as far as I remember (nearly back to breakfast) and had Hurley Ramey on guitar, Charles 'Truck' Parham, bass, and Alvin Burroughs drumming.

For a decent introduction to her recordings, try
this. Or, for the the well-funded completists among you, there is the Bear Family box set. These ought to help you find out what made Nellie so hip.


Blogger Unknown said...


4:39 AM, June 14, 2007  
Blogger frankai said...

love her "fine brown frame" version

2:31 PM, June 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:02 PM, June 26, 2007  
Blogger Dan Phillips said...

Cool. Thanks. Nice track on the Tube. Catch it while you can.

10:15 PM, June 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of all the blogs I see, you are the only one who remembered her.

6:19 AM, July 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, just happened across your blog, great stuff man, we're putting together an exhibit about Nellie in Lake Charles for october at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum and would like to invite you to the opening!
email me

10:34 PM, July 25, 2007  

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