Big Walter Horton, Ronnie "Youngblood" Earl, "Guitar Johnny" Nicholas, Sugar Ray | Bocce Boogie - Live 1978

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Bocce Boogie - Live 1978

by Big Walter Horton, Ronnie "Youngblood" Earl, "Guitar Johnny" Nicholas, Sugar Ray

Blues as it is supposed to be experienced - Live in a Juke-Joint performed by some of the best Bluesmen on the planet. The real deal.
Genre: Blues: Juke Joint Blues
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1. Everyday I Have The Blues Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas, Sugar Ray
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2. Walters Boogie Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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3. Trouble In Mind Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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4. My Babe Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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5. Cold Chills Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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6. That's Why I'm Crying Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas, Sugar Ray
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7. Bocce Boogie Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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8. La Cucuracha Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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9. Sweet Black Angel Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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10. Baby Please Don't Go (Turn The Lamps Down Low) Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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11. Hard Hearted Woman Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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12. Little Bitty Girl Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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13. Don't Get Around Much Anymore Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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14. Tell Me Why Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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15. Breakin' With The Earle Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas
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This is the real deal - The Blues the way it’s supposed to be played - the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed - in a setting that is, and has been, home to the blues throughout it’s history. Theres not much difference between the juke joints of the Delta, the lounges of Chicago’s West and South sides, the bars in East Oakland and every other town where working folks gather to unwind, socialize, dance and have fun!

The Bocce Club is one of those places.

On this September night in 1978 some of the best blues musicians on the planet gathered to celebrate the marriage of Joan and George Nicholas and the reunion of Guitar Johnny, Big Walter and Ronnie Earl along with Sugar Ray and his great band. Oh yeah, and about 150 of their closest friends (the Bocce Club only holds 75 people). Sit back, close your eyes and enjoy-this is the blues, the Real Deal.

Listen carefully at the end of Breakin’ with the Earl, you’ll hear an estatic fan exclaim: “This is Rhode Island?!?!” Yeah, this was and is the blues in Southern R.I..

The Artists:
Big Walter Horton - Vocals & Harp
John “Guitar Johnny” Nicholas - Vocals & Guitar
Ronnie “Youngblood” Earl - Guitar
Sugar Ray Norcia - Vocal (Every Day I Have The Blues)
Chromatic Harmonica (That’s Why I’m Cryin)
Ted Harvey - Drums
Mudcat Ward - Bass
Anthony Giarossi - Piano


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Lester Moran

Bocce Boogie Live 1978
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Bocce Boogie – Live 1978 Featuring: Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Johnny Nicholas, and More
www.topcatrecords.com Styles: Chicago Blues - 15 songs; 70: 43 minutes; Library Quality
What I wouldn’t give to spend one more night with Big Walter Horton! There were times when a lot of the old guys would all be at the same club. None of them would even think of getting up to play when Walter Horton was on stage! They wouldn’t even look at Walter! Walter just had this stare in his eyes.He would see me walk into a club. He would come up to me and put his eyeball about half an inch from my eyeball with the harmonica in his mouth and hit a screaming note and say, “I don’t feel good tonight!” Then he would play “La Cucaracha,” “I Been Around The World,” “That Ain’t It,” or “Walter’s Boogie.”When Walter Horton played – it was the most incredible feeling – like being in an electric chair. He made the top of my head go numb! The feeling, his phrasing, his tone, and his presence were just undeniable. The look that he had – that fire in his eyes – it was like, “Don’t mess with me; if you do, I’ll cut you!”Whenever people would ask him about other harmonica players like Little Walter [Jacobs] or Sonny Boy Williamson II, he would say, “I taught’em all!” -- and he did. - Yer fan, - Gnu Walter
Would you give $14.95? TopCat Records in Dallas TX has just released a fantastic and rare live set from 1978 featuring Big Walter Horton. In it you can hear Big Walter say his phrase you remember, “I don’t feel good tonight.” The CD is titled Bocce Boogie, and it is a party, literally! - This CD is real-deal Chicago Blues played the way it is supposed to be played. On this September night in 1978, some of the best blues musicians gathered to celebrate the marriage of Joan and George Nicholas and the reunion of Guitar Johnny Nicholas, Big Walter Horton, and Ronnie Earl along with Sugar Ray Norcia and his great band ( Sugar Ray Norcia is a 2008 Blues Blast Music Award nominee). There were also about 150 of their closest friends, even though the Bocce Club only held 75 people. Listen carefully at the end of “Breakin’ with the Earl,” and you’ll hear an ecstatic fan exclaim, “This is Rhode Island?!” On this night, this was the blues in Southern RI.The artists: Big Walter Horton - vocals and harp, John “Guitar Johnny” Nicholas - vocals and guitar, Ronnie “Youngblood” Earl Horvath – guitar, Sugar Ray Norcia - vocal (“Every Day I Have The Blues”) and chromatic harmonica (“That’s Why I’m Cryin’”), Ted Harvey – drums, Mudcat Ward – bass, and “Little Anthony” Giarossi – piano.The sound of this CD is great even though it was not recorded professionally. A technical note of interest: this party was recorded by Dick Koulbanis on his reel to reel tape recorder with one microphone. Only once, on “La Cucaracha,” is there a frequency waver due to stretched or slipping tape, and, naturally, there is crowd noise from the guests. Party photos on the cover and liner sleeve are courtesy of Jack Koulbanis. The 15 songs are annotated with song title, song author, and lead artist on the particular track. Standout moments: Hearing Big Walter talk to the audience between songs, hearing Walter defend his honor that he was, indeed, the song’s author before playing “Walter’s Boogie,” a young Ronnie Earl on “Breakin’ With the Earl,” the guitar solo on “Sweet Black angel,” and Guitar Johnny Nicholas on the title track “Bocce Boogie.” Fans of Chicago Blues and history buffs, get this CD. Even at quadruple the price, it would be worth it to spend one more night with Big Walter Horton, live!
Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL

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