J.O.B Records compiled by JCMarion

The Chicago based label was founded by James Oden and Joe Brown in mid1948 and specialized in Southern Blues and city based R & B. (This was different from a similarly named label located in Louisiana in 1950). The company sparingly released records until early in 1957. Following is list of many of the label's releases beginning in 1949 :

100 - Stick Horse Hammond - Gamblin' Man / Alberta

101 - Snooky Pryor - Raisin' Sand / Boogey Fool

102 - Sunnyland Slim - Down Home Child / Sunnyland Special

103 - The Fat Man - You Gotta Stop This Mess / Glad I Don't Worry No More

105 - Stick Horse Hammond - Highway 51 / Too Late Baby

110 - John Brim - Trouble In The Morning / Humming Blues

112 - J.B. Lenoir - People Are Meddlin' In Our Affairs / Let's Roll

114 - John Lee - Rhythm Rockin Boogie / Knockin' On Lula Mae's Door

115 - Snooky Pryor - Going Back On The Road / I'm Getting Tired

116 - Johnny Shines - Ramblin' / Cool Driver

117 - Grace Brim - Hospitality Blues / Man Around My Door

In early 1952 the label went to a 1000 numbering system -

1001 - Floyd Jones - Big World / Dark Road

1002 - Baby Face Leroy w Sunnyland Slim - Pet Rabbit / Louella

1003 - Sunnyland Slim - Leaving Your Town / Mary Lee

1005 - Eddie Boyd - It's Miserable To Be Alone / I'm Pleading

1007 - Eddie Boyd - Five Long Years / Blue Coat Man

1008 - J.B. Lenoir (JB & His Bayou Boys) - The Mountain / How Much More

1010 - Johnny Shines - Evening Sun / Brutal Hearted Woman

1011 - John Brim - Drinkin' Woman

1012 - J.B. Lenoir - The Mojo / How Can I Live

1013 - Floyd Jones - On The Road Again / Skinny Mama

1015 - Little Hudson's Red Devil Trio - Rough Tesyament / Lookin' For A Woman

1016 - J.B. Lenoir - I'll Die Trying / I Want My Baby

1101 - Memphis Minnie - Kissing In The Dark / A World Of Trouble

1102 - J.B. Lenoir - Louise / Play A Little While

1107 - Robert Junior Lockwood - Sweet Woman From maine / Aw baby

1111 - Heavenly Kings - Lord Free My Soul / Any Way You Bless Me Lord

1113 - Earl N. Pugh - Never Had A Dream / Jealous Of My Shadow

1114 - Eddie Boyd - Save Her Doctor / I Love You

1122 - Eddie King - Shaking Inside / Love You Baby

1126 - Snooky Pryor - Boogie Twist / Uncle Sam Don't Take My Man

1127 - Willie Cobbs - Too Sad / Come On Home

And that was the J.O.B. Records story, a midwestern independent that is certainly not among the giants of the industry. However, the label was there and in the mix during those most formative years of the development of the music.

(ed. note : I have been informed by Robert Pruter that the Stick Horse Hammond sides are indeed the New Orleans based JOB label not the Chicago label.)

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