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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers...w/ Charles Brown and more Part One...

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers

Johnny Moore (who was not related to the singer with The Drifters) and his younger brother Oscar grew up in Texas and then Phoenix, Arizona, where they both started playing guitar and formed their own string band. In the mid 1930s they relocated to Los Angeles, where Oscar Moore, who had become influenced by Charlie Christian and turned to jazz, joined the King Cole Trio.
Johnny Moore remained devoted to rhythm and blues, his guitar style being considered to be an influence on Chuck Berry. He joined and formed several groups, before forming The Three Blazers with two fellow Texans, bassist Eddie Williams and pianist and singer Charles Brown, who was newly arrived in the city. After the Cole Trio moved from Atlas Records to Capitol in 1943, Oscar Moore suggested to Atlas boss Robert Scherman that he replace them with his brother's group. Scherman agreed to record the Blazers if Oscar Moore would play with them, and the recordings were released as by 'Oscar Moore with The Three Blazers'. Although this upset Johnny Moore, it brought the group some exposure, and in 1945 they had their first hit, backing Ivory Joe Hunter on "Blues At Sunrise".
In 1946, they had greater success with "Driftin' Blues", sung by Charles Brown. Although Brown was the group's star attraction, Johnny Moore refused to allow him his own credit on the records. He also refused to sign an exclusive contract with any label, so that the group’s early records appeared on various labels, particularly Philo, Exclusive and Modern. The group followed up the success of “Driftin' Blues” with a number of other big R&B hits, including “Sunny Road” (1946), “New Orleans Blues” (1947) and “Merry Christmas Baby” (1947, but also a hit in 1948 and 1949).
In 1948, frustrated by his lack of recognition and financial reward, Brown left the group for a successful solo career. The remaining two Blazers continued with a succession of vocalists, notably Billy Valentine, Mari Jones, Floyd Dixon, and, in the mid-1950s, Frankie Ervin. After the Cole Trio broke up, Oscar Moore also played occasionally as a guest musician with the group. Johnny Moore and his group continued to record occasionally for small labels until the early 1960s.

Here's Part One of a nice little selection....ENJOY!

B&O Blues- w/ Charles Brown
Baby don't you cry- w/ CB
Be cool AKA Keep cool- w/ Mari Jones
Be sharp, you'll see me- w/ CB
Blazer's Boogie-
Blue because of you- w/ CB
Blues for what I've never had-
Blues in my heart- 
Bobby Sox blues- w/ CB
Bop-A-Bye baby-
Changeable woman blues- w/ CB
Christmas Eve baby-
Competition blues-
Copyright on your love- w/ CB
Crazy with the blues- w/ MJ
Cut off the fat (take out the bone)-
Don't get salty, sugar- w/ CB
Down in Texas- w/ MJ
Dragnet blues-
Driftin' blues 2- w/ CB
Driftin' blues-
Drifting blues- w/ MJ  ***NEW LINK***


  1. megaupload is not available here at the moment but I will try later. Thanks for the share.

    A little while ago, I found this: JOHNNY MOORE'S THREE BLAZERS w/Oscar Moore "Los Angeles Blues" - Complete RCA Recordings 1949-1950

  2. I can't access Megaupload right now, either....was trying to luck.

  3. In the news during the last half hour in most media:

    Megaupload file-sharing site shut down, founders charged

  4. Bastards. I will be moving files to another site, ASAP. Where there is a will, there's a way......

  5. I was looking forward to this one!

    Bastards indeed. They just don't get reality, & they're hurting a bunch of innocent people.

  6. You could always try writing your own grammatically "bearable" article instead of just ripping off the work of us lesser mortals...

  7. You're absolutely right. I'll remove the article. And, I wasn't ripping you off, as I did want to give you credit...the info in your article was very good. So you can't use grammar and punctuation for shit? not all that many of us can....

  8. I only got to listen to this now. Great stuff! Looking forward to hear the following installment.

  9. Great blog! One fixit, tho - this link is still pointing to megaupload, even tho you corrected the text of the link to mediafire...