Hop Wilson

Hop Wilson

Real Name:
Harding "Hop" Wilson
Profile:
Slide guitar blues with an Elmore James flavor played on an eight-string table (non-pedal) steel guitar was the trademarked sound of Houston blues legend Hop Wilson. Strictly a local phenomenon, Wilson recorded fitfully and hated touring. Though he also played fine down-home blues on conventional electric guitar and was a powerful singer as well, it is Wilson's unique slide stylings that remain a signature influence on Johnny Winter and Jimmie Vaughan, to name a few.
Wilson learned how to play guitar and harmonica as a child. By the time he was 18, he received his first steel guitar and began playing it at local Houston juke joints and clubs. His musical career was interrupted when he served in World War II. After his discharge from the Army, he decided to pursue a serious career as a blues musician, performing with Ivory Semien's group in the late '50s. Wilson and Semien recorded a number of sides for Goldband Records in 1957.
Hop Wilson didn't lead his own sessions until 1960, when he signed with the Ivory record label. Wilson only recorded for the label for two years -- his final sessions were in 1961. After 1961, Wilson concentrated on playing local Houston clubs and bars. He continued to perform in Houston until his death in 1975.
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Hop Wilson Discography

Albums

Hop Wilson Blues With Friends At Goldband (Album, Comp) Goldband Records 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Hop Wilson Always Be In Love With You (Single) Goldband Records US 1958 Sell This Version
G-1246 Hop Wilson & His Blue Steel Guitar* / Ivory Lee Semien Hop Wilson & His Blue Steel Guitar* / Ivory Lee Semien - Rocking In The Cocanut Top / Fuse Too Much(7", Single) Goldband Records G-1246 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CD BB 9538 Hop Wilson Houston Ghetto Blues(CD, Album, Comp) Bullseye Blues CD BB 9538 US 1993 Sell This Version

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