Idle Hours

Lonnie Johnson

Idle Hours
  • CAT # OBCCD-518-2

    1. Darling I Miss You So 3:23
    2. Long Time Blues 4:35
    3. You Are My Life 3:38
    4. Oh, Yes, Baby 2:43
    5. Please, Baby 2:52
    6. Leave Me Or Love Me 2:58
    7. Idle Hours 3:30
    8. You Have No Love In Your Heart 3:49
    9. Good Luck Darling 3:20
    10. No More Cryin' 3:35
    11. I Got The Blues So Bad 3:07
    12. End It All 3:16

Male-female vocal duets are a big thing in the record business these days. One of the first such pairings was that of New Orleans singer-guitarist Lonnie Johnson and Houston-born classic blues queen Victoria Spivey, who recorded a number of best-selling sides together between 1925 and 1929. Thirty-two years had elapsed, however, before producer Chris Albertson reunited them for the aptly titled Idle Hours and they hit it off in the studio as if no time had passed at all. Besides being a major blues singer, Johnson was one of the most influential of all blues and jazz guitarists, having contributed to sessions by such early jazz giants as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Eddie Lang, as well as waxing countless titles of his own. He took up electric guitar later in life, but for this session, Albertson persuaded him to return to his sweetly ringing acoustic. The careers of both artists were rejuvenated by their Prestige/Bluesville recordings and they continued to perform, usually apart but sometimes together, until their deaths--Johnson in 1970, Spivey in 1976.

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