Cannon's Jug Stompers
Time period: Pre-WWII
Date nominated: Feb 26, 2010
Date inducted: Sep 1, 2010
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After many years as a medicine show performer, Gus Cannon first recorded with "Banjo Joe" with Blind Arthur Blake in Chicago in November of 1927. But he earned a central place in jug band history when he formed the Cannon's Jug Stompers at about the same time. Will Shade recommended the Jug Stompers to his record label and they started recording in Memphis in January of 1928.
Gus Cannon enjoys the distinction of having written the only jug band song to become a #1 record: the Rooftop Singers' version of Cannon's "Walk Right In" went to the top of the charts in 1963. With renewed interest in his music, Cannon recorded his final album for Stax records, featuring his friend Shade on jug and Milton Robie on washboard.
Besides "Walk Right In," other Jug Stompers songs like "Minglewood Blues" (written and re-recorded later by Noah Lewis) and "Viola Lee Blues" have become jug standards.
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