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Zuzu Bollin

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Zuzu Bollin (September 5, 1922 – October 2, 1990) was an American Texas blues guitarist and singer from Frisco, Texas.

A.D. “Zuzu” Bollin, (the name “Zuzu” is believed to refer to a brand of ginger-snap cookies popular at the time), notably recorded “Why Don’t You Eat Where You Slept Last Night” and “Headlight Blues” (1951), and variously worked alongside Duke Robillard, Doug Sahm, Booker Ervin, Percy Mayfield and David “Fathead” Newman.

Two 78s in the early ’50s and a 1989 rediscovery album don’t add up to much of a recorded legacy. But Zuzu Bollin’s contribution to the Texas blues legacy shouldn’t be overlooked — his T-Bone Walker-influenced sound typified postwar Lone Star blues guitar.

Born A.D. Bollin, Zuzu listened to everyone from Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leroy Carr (on records) to Joe Turner and Count Basie. He picked up his nickname while in the band of Texan E.X. Brooks; seems he had a sweet tooth for a brand of ginger snap cookies called ZuZus. Bollin formed his own combo in 1949, featuring young saxist David “Fathead” Newman. After a stint with Percy Mayfield’s band, Bollin resumed playing around Dallas. In late 1951, he made his recording debut for Bob Sutton’s Torch logo. Newman and saxist Leroy Cooper, both future members of Ray Charles’ band, played on Bollin’s “Why Don’t You Eat Where You Slept Last Night” and “Headlight Blues.” A Torch follow-up, “Stavin’ Chain”/”Cry, Cry, Cry,” found Bollin backed by Jimmy McCracklin’s combo.

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