Sunday, September 19, 2021

Schoolboy Cleve (Cherrie 2400)

Schoolboy Cleve

Salute America 76
37803 ~ Don't Thread On Me (C. White, Quartz Music, ASCAP)
37804 ~ I Saw The Blues (C. White, Quartz Music, ASCAP)

Produced by Kirk C. White and Cleveland White

Cherrie Records CR 2400
56 Teresa Street, Dale City, California

Vocals & Harmonica : Schoolboy Cleve
Lead guitar : Bobby Murray
Keyboard : J. J. Malone
Bass : ?    
Drums : ?

56 Teresa Street, Dale City, home of Cherrie Records
(Google Street view 2019)

Schoolboy Cleve
(from the Ace CD album CDCHD 1471)

Blues harmonica player and singer, Schoolboy Cleve (1928–2008), born Cleveland White in East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana,  one of nine children. He earned his moniker when, as a child, he would ask any visiting blues musician if he could sit in with them and became so well known that when they returned to town they would ask: "where is that little schoolboy?"

He worked with Lightnin' Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Guy. He recorded with Lightnin' Slim in the mid-1950s, and under his own stage name for Feature and then Ace Records in 1957.

In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles, California, worked mostly outside music, recording a handful singles for Blues Connoisseur Records and his own Cherrie Records during the 1970s.

He died in Daly City, California, at the age of 82

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