encompasses forms of blues music
that deal with topics that are sometimes considered taboo
in society, including sexual connotation and/or references to drug use of some kind. Due to the sometimes graphic subject matter, such music was often banned from radio and only available on a jukebox
. The following is a list of dirty blues musicians
- Lucille Bogan - (April 1, 1897 – August 10, 1948) Born in Amory, Mississippi, Bogan was a classic female blues singer who performed early country blues. Because many of her songs were sexually suggestive, she might be considered to have been a dirty blues musician, also. Document Records has issued her complete recordings in a series of releases.
- Roy Brown (blues musician) - (September 10, 1925 – May 25, 1981) Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Brown was a quite respected rhythm and blues pianist and singer, a musician that also performed urban blues, West Coast blues and jump blues over his quite long career. He did record one rather strange song called Butcher Pete, the content of which deals with a combination of felacio and cannibalism.
- Dinah Washington - (August 29, 1924 – december 14, 1963) Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Washington's inclusion on this list is really only due to two songs. Otherwise she performed traditional pop, jump blues and ballads. The songs were Long John Blues about her dentist, with lyrics like "He took out his trusty drill. Told me to open wide. He said he wouldn't hurt me, but he filled my whole inside." She also recorded a song called "Big Long Sliding Thing" about a trombonist.
A list of Dirty Blues singers would not be complete without "Tampa Red", one of the greatest resophonic guitar players whose songs included "Let Me Play With Your Poodle" (later covered by [Lightnin' Hopkins]) and "What Tastes Like Gravy?" Entry will be updated with more information soon. While his songs are not as readily available as some others, much of his work is available on iTunes and similar services.