There is not a whole lot of tangible information to convey about pianist Billy "Red" Love
, who signed to record for fledgling producer Sam Phillips
in 1951. Phillips
passed off an early Love
performance, "Juiced," to Chess as the latest effort by Jackie Brenston
(then red-hot as a result of "Rocket 88").
's own debut record, "Drop Top," came out on Chess and reportedly did fairly well regionally, but after a 1952 Chess encore, "My Teddy Bear Baby," Chess dropped him. He stuck around Sun through 1954, working sessions behind Rufus Thomas
and Willie Nix
and recording a wealth of unissued sides of his own.Love
left plenty of jumping blues behind in the Sun vaults -- enough to fill half an LP on Charly that he shared with Little Junior Parker
's rocking "Gee I Wish," one of those long-delayed masters, has been revived by guitarist Duke Robillard
left Memphis in 1955 for parts unknown.