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Champion Jack Dupree


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William Thomas Dupree (birth date disputed; died January 21, 1992, in Hanover, Germany), best known as Champion Jack Dupree, was an American blues pianist. He was the embodiment of the New Orleans blues and boogie woogie pianist. On his best known album, Blues from the Gutter, for Atlantic in 1959, he was accompanied on guitar by Larry Dale, whose playing on that record inspired Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. Although best known as a singer and pianist in the New Orleans style, Dupree occasionally pursued more musically adventurous projects, including Dupree `n` McPhee, a collaboration with English guitarist Tony McPhee.

Dupree’s birth date is disputed, given as July 4, July 10, and July 23, in the years 1908, 1909, or 1910. He died January 21, 1992, in Hanover, Germany. Dupree’s playing is almost all straight blues and boogie woogie, with no ballads or pop songs, not even blues ballads. He was not a sophisticated musician or singer, but he had a wry and clever way with words: “Mama, move your false teeth, papa wanna scratch your gums.” He sometimes sang as if he had a cleft palate and even recorded under the name Harelip Jack Dupree. This was an artistic conceit, as Dupree had excellent clear articulation, particularly for a blues singer.

He sang about life as he found it, singing about jail, drinking, drug addiction, although he himself was a light drinker and did not use other drugs. His “Junker’s Blues” is still sung in New Orleans, and was also transmogrified by Fats Domino into his first hit “The Fat Man”.


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  • Haddonfield69

    Vintage review at

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Parisblues

    "shorty how can you take my life ?""you took my money I gotta get from You"

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Parisblues

    (suite ) got three childrens and a poor little {inaudible]?hotest? wife / shorty send me the blue I know you gotta kutelittle girl / if you wanna met Joe family will mend you in another world /shorty [inaudible]?portrait ? the blue just like he wanna a dog/ he lay on the ground and [inaudible]?ate? grass like a hog shorty was in the head twice to the side then Box car shorty was dead to be died then Box car shorty send me the blue /you took my money now once way with you/ JOhn's god fell in took box car shorty away -oh yes they did ---then you comes you know how they are- /Box car shorty when you dead when you gotta pay ."

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Parisblues

    Joe Turner- " Box car shorty" transcription (1st essay) --- "yeah god Bag box car shorty send me the blues you took my money I gotta get from you I'm down from the Mississipi to the manner you see / did you try to put down a sixty cents on me ? do you Joe cockin nice I don't go from that if you wanna go I leavin but not be here when I come back / Box car shorty back please on the wood she says ,please Joe best do a good walk cause in few minutes you'll be death /Peter blues says shorty how can you take my life ?

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • coloradogila

    I think he sings the best version of Stagger Lee around. Challengers?

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Forteski

    American Folk Blues Festival group:

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DeJMoreno

    Real Champion! [2]... I vote for tabacco by the way...

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Parisblues

    There's a large choice of pictures without doing tabacco incitation. please vote.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
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    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • luishoracio2

    Real champion!

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • VinnyD80

    Where's my Garbage man ????

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • edgewaterluv

    Shake that Mama...whoot whoot I love these old blues kings.

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • joffertheloser

    He loved France and we love and never forget him.

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Bubba4700

    I love the way he sings and tells stories at the same time. He is one of my favorites.

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
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    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • harajukudude

    a group for people who love to discover great bands that none of they're friends know!

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • truffaut

    Hand in hand = best song

    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Afuera


    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    from ring to scene !

    22 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Botervlieg

    This is the real deal yo

    20 Nov 2007 Reply
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