K. C. Douglas
|Born||November 21, 1913|
Sharon, Mississippi, United States
|Died||October 18, 1975 (aged 61)|
Berkeley, California, United States
|Associated acts||Sidney Maiden|
Born in Sharon, Mississippi, Douglas moved to Vallejo, California in 1945 to work in the naval shipyards, and by 1947 was playing on the San Francisco/Oakland blues scene. Douglas was influenced by Tommy Johnson, who he had worked with in the Jackson, Mississippi area in the early 1940s, and whose "Canned Heat Blues" he adapted on his albums, A Dead Beat Guitar and the Mississippi Blues and Big Road Blues.
The K. C. Douglas Trio's first recording was "Mercury Boogie" (later renamed "Mercury Blues"), in 1948. The other credited musicians were Sidney Maiden (harmonica), Ford Chaney (second guitar), and Otis Cherry (drums). The song has been covered by Steve Miller, David Lindley, Ry Cooder and Dwight Yoakam, and a 1992 version by Alan Jackson was a number two hit on the US country chart. Meat Loaf also covered the song as a bonus hidden track that appears on his 2003 album Couldn't Have Said It Better. The Ford Motor Company purchased rights to the song and used it in a TV commercial.
In the early 1960s Douglas recorded for Chris Strachwitz, mostly released on Strachwitz's Arhoolie Records and the Prestige Bluesville label. In 1961, Douglas played guitar on Sidney Maiden's album, Trouble An' Blues, thus reuniting a partnership that had started in the 1940s.
|1948||"Mercury Boogie"||Down Town|
Note: the reverse of "Mercury Boogie" was by Sidney Maiden.
|1956||A Dead Beat Guitar and the Mississippi Blues||Cook/Smithsonian Folkways|
|1961||K. C.'s Blues||Bluesville|
|1961||Big Road Blues||Arhoolie|
|1974||The Country Boy (reissued as Mercury Blues with additional recordings)||Arhoolie|
|2006||Classic African-American Ballads||Smithsonian Folkways|
- Craig Harris. "K. C. Douglas : Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- Harris, Sheldon (1989). Blues Who's Who (5th paperback ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. pp. 160–161. ASIN B00071WNY8.
- Leadbitter, M; Slaven, N (1987). Blues Records 1943–1970: A Selective Discography Volume 1 A-K (2nd ed.). London: Record Information Services. p. 362. ISBN 978-0907872078.
- K. C. Douglas Discography, Wirz.de. Retrieved February 21, 2017
- "Couldn't Have Said It Better". AllMusic. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- Al Campbell. "Sidney Maiden". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- on YouTube; October 2008
- Op de Beeck, Geert (February 16, 2007), "Humo's Pop Poll de Luxe: goed gerief van Seasick Steve", HUMO NR 3467, p. 158