Cash McCall

born on 28/1/1941 in New Madrid, MO, United States

Alias Maurice Dollison

Cash McCall (musician)

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Cash McCall (musician)

Cash McCall (born Maurice Dollison Jr., January 28, 1941, New Madrid, Missouri) is an American electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1966 R&B hit, "When You Wake Up". McCall's long career has seen him evolve in musical styles from gospel to soul to the blues.[1] He is not to be confused with the 1960 film of the same name.

Biography

Cash joined the United States Army, and then settled in Chicago where he had lived for a period as a child. In 1964, he played guitar and sang, alongside Otis Clay, with the Gospel Songbirds, who recorded for Excello Records. Cash later joined another gospel singing ensemble, the Pilgrim Jubilee Singers.[1]

Billed under his birth name, his debut solo single release was "Earth Worm" (1963). Three years later he co-wrote "When You Wake Up" with the record producer, Monk Higgins. His initial soul styled demo was issued by Thomas Records, who chose to call him Cash McCall.[1][2] The song reached #19 on the US Billboard R&B chart.[3] This led to McCall touring with Lou Christie and Mitch Ryder in Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars. However, subsequent releases for both the Thomas and Checker labels failed to chart.[1] These included the song, "It's Wonderful To Be In Love".[4] In 1967, McCall co-wrote "That's How It Is (When You're in Love)", a Top 30 R&B hit for Otis Clay.[5][6]

Under the tutelage of Willie Dixon, McCall went on to become a session musician and songwriter for Chess Records.[1] In the late 1960s, McCall, along with Jimmy Dawkins and Johnny Twist, played guitar on some of George "Wild Child" Butler's early recordings.[7]

McCall gravitated towards the blues in the 1970s. He issued Omega Man (1973) before relocating to Los Angeles in 1976 and, by 1983, McCall had released No More Doggin'.[1] In 1985, McCall and his band, appeared at the Long Beach Blues Festival. In 1987, Stony Plain Records released the album, Cash Up Front. The collection included notables such as Nathan East and Welton Gite (bass); Chuck Findley (flugelhorn, trumpet); Hank Cicalo (sound engineer) and Bernie Grundman (mastering); Les McCann and Richard Tee (piano); plus Phil Upchurch (rhythm guitar).[8]

McCall co-produced Willie Dixon's Grammy Award clinching Hidden Charms (1988), and played in Dixon's All-Stars band. Since then he has toured as a solo artist, and appeared with the Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings for whom he has written several tracks. He has also provided backing to the singer known as Big Twist, and performed in the Chicago Blues Review.[1] McCall's songs have been recorded by The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Mighty Reapers, Margie Evans, Tyrone Davis and Mitty Collier.[9]

Discography

Albums

Album title Record label Year of release
Omega Man Paula Records 1973
No More Doggin' L & R Records 1983
Cash Up Front Stony Plain Records 1987
[10]

Compilation albums

Album title Record label Year of release
Blues Classics L & R Records 1996
The Best of Cash McCall Snowball Records 2007
[11]

As sideman

With Dorothy Ashby

  • The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby (Cadet, 1970)

With Jack McDuff

  • Gin and Orange (Cadet, 1969)

See also

  • List of electric blues musicians

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Dahl, Bill. [Cash McCall (musician) at All Music Guide Cash McCall]. Allmusic. Retrieved on October 31, 2010.
  2. Pruter, Robert (1991). Chicago Soul, 1st, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  3. Bill Dahl (1941-01-28). Cash McCall | Awards. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  4. Its Wonderful To Be In Love-Cash McCall {Thomas 1966} | Cash McCall - The Blues. Cash McCall (2010-02-18). Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  5. Pruter, Robert (1991). Chicago Soul, 1st, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  6. Bill Dahl (1942-02-11). Otis Clay | Awards. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  7. Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, Dubai: Carlton Books Limited.
  8. Cash up Front - Cash McCall | Credits. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  9. Cash McCall | Songs. AllMusic (1941-01-28). Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  10. Cash McCall | Discography. AllMusic (1941-01-28). Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
  11. Cash McCall | Discography. AllMusic (1941-01-28). Retrieved on 2014-01-26.
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