Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon

Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon
Born (1926-04-12)April 12, 1926
Delhi, Louisiana, United States
Died February 17, 1984(1984-02-17) (aged 57)
Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Genres Chicago blues
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Years active Early 1950sā€“1984

Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon (April 12, 1926 ā€“ February 17, 1984) was an American Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer and songwriter.[1] McMahon played bass guitar in Howlin' Wolf's backing ensemble for over a decade. He also backed a number of other Chicago-based blues musicians on record.[1] His own best known tracks are "Lost in the Jungle", "Special Agent", "Potato Diggin' Man", and "Worried All the Time", which have appeared on several compilation albums.[2]

Biography

Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon was born in Delhi, Louisiana, United States.[2] He relocated to Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1940s, and commenced performing in the blues clubs across that city from the early 1950s.

McMahon first started playing in Howlin' Wolf's backing band in 1960, and his recording career with Wolf ran between 1964 and 1973. That tenure saw McMahon play bass on Wolf's single, "Killing Floor" (1964),[2][3] and on his albums, The Real Folk Blues (1966) and The Back Door Wolf (1973).[4]

In 1960, McMahon supplied bass guitar to Morris Pejoe's single release "She Walked Right In". Another early recording outside of Wolf's tutelage was playing bass guitar on Freddy Young's single, "Someday Baby" (1964).[2]

In 1973, McMahon recorded his debut solo album, Blueblood,[5] in Chicago, which was released by Dharma Records.[2] His backing musicians on the recording included Homesick James, Hubert Sumlin, and Sunnyland Slim.[6] He released the accompanying single, "Guitar King" / "Short Mini Dress", also on Dharma.[7] However, his subsequent solo career did not take off.[1]

In 1977, his second album release, Go Get My Baby, a live recording, was issued on the French record label MCM Records. It had been recorded the previous November, over two nights, three days apart, at a couple of Chicago blues clubs.[2] Aron Burton played the bass guitar on a number of tracks, to allow McMahon to concentrate on his singing. Other musicians who performed on the recordings were the guitarists Jimmy Dawkins and John Littlejohn.[8] McMahon wrote five of the fourteen tracks on the recording, which also had blues standards such as "It Hurts Me Too", "Got My Mojo Working", and "Little Red Rooster".[9]

Some of his live work appeared in the compilation album, The Chicago Blues Box 2, issued by Storyville Records,[10] plus four of his studio recordings were incorporated on another compilation, Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection.[11]

McMahon died in Monroe, Louisiana, in February 1984, at the age of 57.[1][12] An obituary appeared in Living Blues magazine (issue No. 59) later that year.[13]

Solo discography

Year Title Record label
1973 Blueblood Dharma Records
1977 Go Get My Baby MCM Records

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See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Komara, Edward M. (December 9, 2006). Encyclopedia of the Blues. Psychology Press. p. 672. ISBN 9780415926997 ā€“ via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Illustrated Andrew 'Blueblood' McMahon discography". Wirz.de. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "1991 Hall of Fame Inductees: Killing Floor ā€“ Howlin' Wolf (Chess, 1964)". The Blues Foundation. November 10, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Andrew McMahon | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Blueblood - Andrew McMahon | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Andrew McMahon - Blueblood". Coblues.org. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "Don't Ask Me ... I Don't Know: Andrew McMahon - Blueblood". Dontaskmeidontknow.blogspot.com. April 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Go Get My Baby - Andrew McMahon | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Go Get My Baby - Andrew McMahon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "McMahon, Andrew "Blueblood" - Storyville Records - The Best in Jazz since 1952". Storyvillerecords.com. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Earwig Music relays important part of Chicago music history through Cadillac Baby's Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection". Blogs.bluespowr.com. September 24, 2019.
  12. ^ Irrera, Joseph. "Louisiana Music Timeline: February 17". OffBeat Magazine. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Jim O'Neal (March 31, 2008). "Obituary : Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon". Living Blues. p. 40. ISBN 9781135865085.

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