Champion Jack Dupree was a New Orleans blues and boogie-woogie pianist, a barrelhouse "professor". His father was from the Belgian Congo and his mother was part African American and Cherokee. His birth three date has been given (1908, 1909, or 1910). He began a life of travelling, living in Chicago, where he worked with Georgia Tom, and in Indianapolis, Indiana where he met Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr. While always playing piano he also worked as a cook. In Detroit, after Joe Louis encouraged him to become a boxer, he fought in 107 bouts, winning Golden Gloves and other championships and picking up the nickname 'Champion Jack', which he used the rest of his life. He returned to Chicago at the age of 30 and joined a circle of recording artists, including Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red, who introduced him to the record producer Lester Melrose, who claimed composer credit and publishing on many of Dupree's songs. Dupree's career was interrupted by military service in World War II. He was a cook in the United States Navy and spent two years as a Japanese prisoner of war. Dupree moved to Europe in 1960, first settling in Switzerland and then Denmark, England, Sweden and, finally, Germany. During the 1970s and 1980s he lived at Ovenden in Halifax, England, and a piano used by Dupree was later re-discovered at Calderdale College in Halifax. Dupree continued to record in Europe with Kenn Lending Band, Louisiana Red. He returned to the United States from time to time and appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He died on January 21, 1992.
Tracks: 1. Bad Blood 2. She's Jail Bait 3. Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door 4. Give Me Flowers While I'm Livin' 5. Hey Mary 6. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee 7. You Can Make It 8. Big Leg Emma 9. Early In The Morning 10. School Days
Personnel: Champion Jack Dupree - Piano, vocals Kenn Lending - Guitar Walter Payton,Jr. - Acoustic bass Kerry Brown - Drums Bo Dollis - tambourine Sax Gordon - Baritone saxophone