Note Peacock stamp at the bottom.
Eminent local blues scholar Dr. Roger Wood e-mailed Rocks Off this morning with an unexpected discovery he made while listening to the Never Ever Land International Artists compilation I wrote about last week:
"Here's the big surprise it yielded for me:
On the third ("Pot Pourri") disc, track number 4 is credited to Big Walter. Upon hearing it, I am certain that the singer/pianist is Big Walter "The Thunderbird" Price - probably the oldest surviving blues singer from Peacock Records.He was born in either 1914 or 1917 (either way, he's in his 90s), and he scored a mid-50s hit with Peacock with the song "Pack Fair and Square" (which, btw, I first heard - and dug - as covered by the J. Geils Band on its early-'70s Full House Live album). I did a 1997 cover story interview with Walter for Living Blues [magazine], and of course, he is featured in Down In Houston [Wood's 2003 local blues tome]. We are good buddies.Price in more recent years
Anyway, it blows my mind to learn that Walter recorded for IA. I knew about the Free Form Patterns LP that IA produced with Lightnin' Hopkins (at Gold Star Studio), but I had no idea that Walter (who was a good friend of Lightnin's) also recorded for the company."
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Wood wrote an article for the Press marking Price's 87th birthday in 2001. And believe it or not, the venerable bluesman even has a MySpace page, where you can hear "Pack Fair and Square." Check it out. - Chris Gray