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Calvin Owens

tr, voc, 1929-2008 US
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz and Blues

An inventive and creative trumpeter, bandleader, and composer/arranger, Calvin Owens spent many years as musical director with B.B. King's various touring bands. But beginning in the late '90s, he led his own bands and recorded under his own name. After he graduated from Wheatley High School and after several years of playing in Houston's then-lively blues club scene, Owens joined guitarist and bandleader B.B. King on his tour bus in 1953. He stayed on the road with King's orchestra for four years. In 1978, Owens rejoined King's band and stayed on the road, 200 nights a year, until 1984. Aside from working with King, at various times throughout his long career Owens played trumpet with T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn, Big Joe Turner, Junior Parker, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, and Otis Clay. He also worked with a long line of virtuoso blues-based jazz musicians from Texas, including saxophonists Arnett Cobb and David "Fathead" Newman. Despite being diagnosed with liver cancer in the mid '2000's, Owens continued to perform and record appearing with saxophonist Evelyn Rubio on her album La Mujer que Canta Blues and releasing his own disc Houston is the Place To Be in 2007. Ultimately, Owens passed away at age 78 from kidney failure in Houston on February 21, 2008. (Exerts taken from Artist Biography written by Richard Skelly)

  • Trumpet
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • R&B/Soul
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Lick or Split on Another Concept by Calvin Owens
Ladies Please Touch Me on The House Is Burnin' by Calvin Owens
On My Feet Again on That's your Booty by Calvin Owens
Houston Is the Place to Be on Houston Is the Place to Be by Calvin Owens
If The Blues Come Roun on The Calvin Owens Show by Calvin Owens
Mistreat A Good Man on The Calvin Owens Show by Calvin Owens
The Christmas Song on The House Is Burnin' by Calvin Owens
Love On A Silver Platter on The Calvin Owens Show by Calvin Owens
Vincent Van Gogh on Another Concept by Calvin Owens
Hucklebuck on The Calvin Owens Show by Calvin Owens

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Title Artist Year Type
True BlueCalvin Owens2006Album
True BlueCalvin Owens2005Album
The House Is Burnin'Calvin Owens2002Album
Keeping Bigband Blues AliveCalvin Owens2000Album
Stop Lying In My FaceCalvin Owens2000Album
Best OfCalvin Owens2000Album
"That's Your Booty"Calvin Owens1996Album
The CatCalvin OwensSingle
"That's Your Booty"Calvin OwensAlbum
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