Sleepy John Estes

Real Name:
John Adam Estes
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Born: January 25, 1899 in Ripley, Tennessee.
Died: June 05, 1977 in Brownsville, Tennessee.

American blues singer & guitarist.

Estes made his debut as a recording artist in Memphis in 1929, at a session organized by Ralph Peer for Victor Records. He later recorded for the Decca and Bluebird labels, with his last pre-war recording session taking place in 1941. He made a brief return to recording at Sun Studio in Memphis in 1952, recording "Runnin' Around" and "Rats in My Kitchen," but otherwise was largely out of the public eye for two decades.

Though only modestly skilled as a guitarist (he was frequently teamed with more capable musicians, like Yank Rachell, Hammie Nixon, and the piano player Jab Jones), Estes was a fine singer, with a distinctive "crying" vocal style. He sounded so much like an old man, even on his early records, that blues revivalists reportedly delayed looking for him because they assumed he would have to be long dead, and because fellow musician Big Bill Broonzy had written that Estes had died. By the time he was tracked down, by Robert G. Koester and Samuel B. Charters in 1962, he had become completely blind and was living in abject poverty. He resumed touring and recording, though his later records are generally considered less interesting than his pre-war output.
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Albums

Sleepy John Estes - The Legend Of Sleepy John Estes album art Sleepy John Estes The Legend Of Sleepy John Estes (Album) Delmar Records US 1962 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Broke And Hungry album art Sleepy John Estes Broke And Hungry (Album) Delmark Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Brownsville Blues album art Sleepy John Estes Brownsville Blues (Album) Delmark Records UK 1965 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Portraits In Blues Volume 10 album art Sleepy John Estes Portraits In Blues Volume 10 (Album) Storyville UK 1964 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Electric Sleep album art Sleepy John Estes Electric Sleep (Album) Delmark Records US 1968 Sell This Version
VPA 8285 Sleepy John Estes - Tennessee Blues Vol. 4 album art "Sleepy" John A. Estes* Tennessee Blues Vol. 4(LP, Album) Albatros (2) VPA 8285 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Blues Live! album art Sleepy John Estes, John Henry Barbee Sleepy John Estes, John Henry Barbee - Blues Live! (Album) Storyville Denmark 1981 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Blues Is A-Live album art Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon With Yuka Dan* Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon With Yuka Dan* - Blues Is A-Live (Album) Showboat Japan 1995 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Drop Down Mama album art Sleepy John Estes Drop Down Mama (Comp) Orbis UK 1995 Sell This Version
TCD 6008 Sleepy John Estes - Goin` To Brownsville album art Sleepy John Estes Goin` To Brownsville(CD, Album) Testament Records TCD 6008 US 1998 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Sleepy John Estes In Europe album art Sleepy John Estes Sleepy John Estes In Europe (Album) Delmark Records US 1999 Sell This Version
KATCD117 Sleepy John Estes - Stone Blind Blues album art Sleepy John Estes Stone Blind Blues(CD, Album) Catfish Records KATCD117 UK 1999 Sell This Version
CBL 200009 Sleepy John Estes - The Essential album art Sleepy John Estes The Essential(CD, Album) Classic Blues CBL 200009 US 2001 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Newport Blues album art Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachell, Hammie Nixon Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachell, Hammie Nixon - Newport Blues (Album) Delmark Records, Delmark Records US 2002 Sell This Version
DE 797, 797 Sleepy John Estes - On 80 Highway album art Sleepy John Estes With Hammie Nixon Sleepy John Estes With Hammie Nixon - On 80 Highway(CD, Album) Delmark Records, Delmark Records DE 797, 797 US 2008 Sell This Version
DE 835, 835 Sleepy John Estes - Live In Japan album art Sleepy John Estes With Hammie Nixon Sleepy John Estes With Hammie Nixon - Live In Japan(CD, Album) Delmark Records, Delmark Records DE 835, 835 US 2014 Sell This Version
DAF 102 Sleepy John Estes - Tennessee Blues Vol. 2 album art Hammie Nixon, "Sleepy" John A. Estes* Hammie Nixon, "Sleepy" John A. Estes* - Tennessee Blues Vol. 2(CD) Albatros (2) DAF 102 France 2016 Sell This Version
PA-6059 Sleepy John Estes - Blues Live! Sleepy & Hammie Meet Japanese People album art Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nickson* Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nickson* - Blues Live! Sleepy & Hammie Meet Japanese People(LP, Album) Delmark Records PA-6059 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
120.913 Sleepy John Estes - Recorded Live 1966 / 1974 album art Sleepy John Estes Featuring James 'Yank' Rachel* And Hammie Nixon Sleepy John Estes Featuring James 'Yank' Rachel* And Hammie Nixon - Recorded Live 1966 / 1974(LP) Wolf Records (2) 120.913 Austria Unknown Sell This Version
120.916 Sleepy John Estes - Southern Blues album art Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon / Sonny Boy Nelson Sleepy John Estes & Hammie Nixon / Sonny Boy Nelson - Southern Blues(LP) Wolf Records (2) 120.916 Austria Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

V-38582 Sleepy John Estes - Broken Hearted, Ragged And Dirty, Too / Black Mattie Blues album art John Estes* Broken Hearted, Ragged And Dirty, Too / Black Mattie Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor V-38582 US 1930 Sell This Version
7365 Sleepy John Estes - Jack And Jill Blues  / Need More Blues  album art Sleepy John Estes Jack And Jill Blues / Need More Blues (Shellac, 10") Decca 7365 US 1937 Sell This Version
7766 Sleepy John Estes - Drop Down Mama (I Don't Feel Welcome Here) / Tell Me How About It (Mr. Tom's Blues) album art Sleepy John Estes Drop Down Mama (I Don't Feel Welcome Here) / Tell Me How About It (Mr. Tom's Blues)(Shellac, 10") Decca 7766 US 1940 Sell This Version
B-8950 Sleepy John Estes - Working Man Blues / Come Back Home album art "Sleepy" John Estes* / Son Bond* "Sleepy" John Estes* / Son Bond* - Working Man Blues / Come Back Home(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8950 US 1942 Sell This Version
Sleepy John Estes - Married Woman Blues / Drop Down Mama album art Sleepy John Estes Married Woman Blues / Drop Down Mama Brunswick Czechoslovakia 1944 Sell This Version

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