Dr. Ross

Real Name:
Isaiah Ross
Doctor Ross (October 21, 1925 – May 28, 1993),[ also known as Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss, born Charles Isaiah Ross in Tunica, Mississippi, was an American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and drummer.

Ross's blues style has been compared to that of John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. His recordings for Sun Records in the 1950s include "The Boogie Disease" and "Chicago Breakdown". He was a bluesman of Cherokee origin and exuberant one-man band.
He learned drums and harmonica at the age of nine and first appeared in public in 1938.
Because of the knowledge of the medicine of his ancestors, he was posted in the military hospital while in the army.
After the Second World War, he became "Doctor" and set up his band which played throughout the Delta and on various radio stations.
He was one of the first bluesmen to record for Sun.In 1951 Ross's records began to get airplay in Mississippi and Arkansas. He recorded with Chess Records and Sun with a group that included folk instruments, such as the washboard .

In 1954 Ross moved to the Detroit area and began working for General Motors. He recorded some singles with Fortune Records, including "Cat Squirrel" and "Industrial Boogie". He recorded an album issued by Testament Records and toured with the American Folk Blues Festival in Europe in 1965.

He recorded an album for Blue Horizon Records while he was in London and worked with Ornament Records in Germany in 1972. Ross and his music were popular in Europe, more so than in his home country.

Ross won a Grammy for his 1981 album Rare Blues and subsequently enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim towards the end of his career.

He died in 1993, at the age of 67, and was buried in Flint, Michigan.
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Doctor Ross Discography Tracks


Doctor Ross - His First Recordings album art Dr. Ross* His First Recordings Arhoolie Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Doctor Ross - One Man Band album art Dr. Ross* One Man Band (Album) Takoma US 1981 Sell This Version
BH-CD 001, CD - 1 Doctor Ross - The Flying Eagle album art Dr. Ross* The Flying Eagle(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) Blue Horizon, Blue Horizon BH-CD 001, CD - 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

JBJ 1044 Doctor Ross - The Sensational Harmonica Boss album art Dr. Ross* The Sensational Harmonica Boss(3x7", Juk) Jukebox Jam Series JBJ 1044 UK 2013 Sell This Version
MCR 3220 Doctor Ross - King Of The Memphis Boogie album art Dr. Ross* King Of The Memphis Boogie(7", EP) Masked Clam Records MCR 3220 US Unknown Sell This Version


Doctor Ross - Boogie Disease album art Dr. Ross* Boogie Disease (Comp) Arhoolie Records, Arhoolie Records Japan 1992 Sell This Version

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