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Lowell Fulson hittin’ that sweet note!

Lowell Fulson (March 31, 1921 – March 7, 1999) was an American blues guitarist and songwriter, in the West Coast blues tradition. He also recorded for contractual reasons as Lowell Fullsom and Lowell Fulsom. After T-Bone Walker, he was the most important figure in West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s.  

Fulson’s recording career started in 1946 and lasted well into the 1990s. His best-known songs are Three O’Clock Blues (1948), Reconsider Baby (1954, later covered by Elvis Presley) and Tramp (1967, later covered as a duet by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas).

At the age of eighteen, he moved to Ada, Oklahoma, and joined Alger “Texas” Alexander for a few months in 1940, but later moved to California, where he formed a band that includes a young Ray Charles and the tenor saxophone player Stanley Turrentine. He records for Swing Time Records in the 1940s, Chess Records in the 1950s, Kent Records in the 1960s. As well as Rounder Records (Bullseye) in the 1970s.  Fulson is drafted in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy until 1945. 

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