Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon, Baby Please Come Home - 1962
Piano pumper Memphis Slim (1915-1988) and bass thumper Willie Dixon (1915-92) were kindred spirits. Both men were commanding vocalists and brilliant songwriters who played key roles in shaping the Chicago blues sound of the Fifties, though their roots were in an earlier era. The two blues titans usually worked separately, but during the late Fifties and early Sixties they frequently teamed up for recordings, club dates, and concerts, often in Europe, generating an instant, gusto-filled camaraderie. Though short-lived, theirs was one of the great duos in the history of the blues, and this long-unavailable recording of a 1962 show in Paris is a vital document of that association.