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Jerry McCain

voc, h, 1930-2012 US, Gadsden, Alabama

American electric blues harmonica player, born 18 June 1930, died 28 March 2012. Jerry McCain was born on June 19, 1930 in Gadsden, AL. One of five children, he grew up "po' as po' can be" as he puts it. In his teens he earned a regular gig at a local station WETO fronting a jug band! Jerry made a homemade bass. The strings were made out of an inner tube. Jerry was influenced by Little Walter. In fact he met and proceeded to impress the old curmudgeon (then a young curmudgeon) when he covered Walter's "Can't Hold Out Much Longer". Boogie's break came when Lillian McMurry of Diamond Recording, Inc heard his demo and decided to check out Jerry and his band (which included Chris Carter on guitar, Herman Fowlkes on bass, Dave Campbell on piano and Bernard Williams on tenor sax). McMurry was impressed enough to have Jerry cut four sides in October 1953. "Wine O' Wine" and "East Of The Sun" from the session were released on Trumpet Records, home of Elmore James . But it wasn't until a year later that Jerry recorded again with "Stay Out Of Automobiles".

  • Vocals
  • Harmonica
  • Harp
  • Blues
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
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Title Artist Year Type
My Next Door NeighborJerry McCain2017Compil.
The Jig’s UpJerry McCain2014Single
UnpluggedJerry McCain2006Album
Boogie Is My NameJerry McCain2003Album
Jerry McCainJerry McCain2002Album
Somebody's Been Talking. The Complete Jewel Singles 1965-1972.Jerry McCain2000Compil.
Soul ShagJerry McCain2000Compil.
This Stuff Just Kills MeJerry McCain2000Album
Good Stuff!Jerry McCain1999Compil.
RetrospectiveJerry McCain1998Compil.
The Jig's UpJerry McCain1998Compil.
Rock'n'Roll BallJerry McCain1997Compil.
Turn Your Damper Down With Jerry "Boogie" McCainJerry McCain1996Album
That's What They Want (The Best Of Jerry McCain)Jerry McCain1995Compil.
Tumblin' In The SeaJerry McCain1994Single
I've Got The Blues All Over MeJerry McCain1993Album
VoteJerry McCain1992Single
Burn The Crackhouse DownJerry McCain1991Single
Love DesperadoJerry McCain1991Album
Strange Kind Of FeelingTiny Kennedy, Clayton Love, Jerry McCain1990Compil.
Blues 'n' StuffJerry McCain1989Album
She's Tough / Soul ShagJerry McCain1989Single
Midnight Beat (Jewel, Paula, Ronn Recordings)Jerry McCain1987Compil.
53 Year Old Man / Your Place Or MineJerry McCain1986Single
Hot Nuts (Get 'Em From Yo' Peanut Man)Jerry McCain1984Single
Long Tall TexanJerry McCain1984Single
Choo Choo RockJerry McCain1981Compil.
Southern Harp, Cadillac & The BluesJerry McCain1981Compil.
Black & BluesJerry McCain1980Album
Cost of LivingJerry McCain1979Single
Blues On The MoveJerry McCain1979Album
Living LegendJerry McCain1978Album
Harpin' On ItJerry McCain, Frank Frost, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup1972Compil.
Somebody's Been TalkingJerry McCain1972Single
Welfare Cadillac BluesJerry McCain1970Single
Homogenized Love / 728 TexasJerry McCain1969Single
Juicy LucyJerry McCain1967Single
Sugar BabyJerry McCain1966Single
Love Ain't Nothin' To Play WithJerry McCain1966Single
Edna / She's RighteousJerry McCain1965Single
Pokey / Here's Where You Get ItJerry McCain1965Single
Love Me Right / Ting-Tang-TigaluJerry McCain1965Single
Turn The Lights On Popeye / Hop StrollJerry McCain1962Single
Red Top / Twist "62"Jerry McCain1962Single
Jet Stream / PopcornJerry McCain1962Single
She's ToughJerry McCain1960Single
Groom Without A BrideJerry McCain1957Single
East Of The Sun / Wine O-WineJerry McCain1954Single
She Tore Me Up / A Little Bit Of SomethingJerry McCainSingle
I Just Love Your Funky SoulBuddy Ace, Jerry McCainSingle
Girls Are Sentimental/ Courtin' In A Cadillac/ Johnnys ThunderbirdVan McCoy, Jerry McCain, The GaylarksSingle
Rockin' Harmonica Blues MenKid Thomas & Jerry McCainCompil.
Messin' With Me Baby / A Rose For My LadyJerry McCainSingle
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