Billy "Red" Love

Billy "Red" Love

Real Name:
William Milton Morse Love
Probably born in Mississippi.
Love was not recorded for Sun, but for Chess and his first disc, "Drop Top", was a rhythm and blues hit of sorts. After two singles, though, he was dropped as a vocalist and he continued to be used only as a session man with singers like Rufus Thomas, Willie Nix and Walter Smith. In 1955 he left Memphis, possibly for Detroit having previously been there with Sonny Bay Williamson.
His recordings are fine jump blues and he is recalled by many Memphis and Mississippi bluesmen, but little is known of him before 1951 or after 1954.
He played with Bobby Bland, Rosco Gordon, Willie Nix and Willie Love, who may have been a relative, and he was on the first hit to emerge from Phillips' studio, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston.
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Billy "Red" Love Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

1065 Billy "Red" Love A Dream / Hey Now(7", Single) Sun (9) 1065 UK 2016 Sell This Version


CR 30135 Junior Parker* / Billy Love* Junior Parker* / Billy Love* - The Legendary Sun Performers(LP, Comp, Mono) Charly Records CR 30135 UK 1977 Sell This Version
PLP-339 Billy Emerson & Billy "Red" Love Billy Emerson & Billy "Red" Love - Billy's Blues(LP, Comp, Mono) Sun (9), P-Vine Special PLP-339 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
BCD 17149 AH Billy "Red" Love Gee … I Wish - The Sun Years, Plus(CD, Comp) Bear Family Records BCD 17149 AH Germany 2011 Sell This Version

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