Bobo Jenkins

Real name: John Pickens Jenkins
Born: January 7, 1916, Forkland, Alabama
Died: August 14, 1984, Detroit, Michigan

 


SINGLES

CHESS 1565 (78/45 rpm) – BOBO JENKINS
Democrat Blues / Bad Luck And Trouble (4/1954 US)

FORTUNE 838 (78 rpm) – BO-BO JENKINS
Baby, Don’t You Want To Go / 10 Below Zero (1957 US)

BOXER 202 (78 rpm, white & red label/45 rpm, yellow/blue label) – BO BO JENKINS
Nothing But Love / Tell Me Who (6/1959 US)
(Note: also available as 45 rpm blue label editions, manufactured in the early 2000’s and in 2012 in the USA, and in 2018 in the UK)

BIG STAR 001 – BOBO JENKINS & BAND
You Will Never Understand / Tell Me Where You Stayed Last Night (1960 US)

DUCHESS DR-101 (reissue) – BOBO JENKINS
Tell Me Who / Nothing But Love (196? US)

FORTUNE 838 (reissue) – BO-BO JENKINS
Baby, Don’t You Want To Go / 10 Below Zero (1966 US)
(Note: both sides are alternative takes of the songs that appeared on 78 rpm release Fortune 838)

BIG STAR A024/B033 (green label) – BOBO JENKINS
Shake ‘Em On Down / Watergate Blues (1974 US)
(Note: also available as an unofficial white label edition Big Star A-024/B-033, probably released in the 2000’s)

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ALBUMS

BIG STAR BB 008-19 [LP] – THE LIFE OF BOBO JENKINS (1972 US)
When I First left Home / Realing And Rocking / Cold Hearted Blues / I Love That Woman / Solid Gold / You Will Never Understand / Trying To Get You Off My Mind / 24 years / I Sure Got To Leave Your Town / Have You Heard The News / Tell Me Who / I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always
(c. 1972 Detroit recordings)

BIG STAR B.S. 11-33 [LP] – HERE I AM A FOOL IN LOVE AGAIN BY BOBO JENKINS (1975 US)
Playboy Blues / If You Were The Only Woman / Shake ‘Em On Down / Scared To Call Her Name / Monkey Not For Sale / Here I Am A Fool In Love Again / Somebody Been Talkin’ / Share Cropper Blues / Ten Below Zero * / Baby Don’t You Want To Go * / Nothing But Love ** / Watergate Blues
(1972-1974 Detroit recordings with The Big Star Band, except *= 1956 Fortune recordings, **= c. 1959 Chicago recording)

BIG STAR B.S. 15-50 [LP] – DETROIT ALL PURPOSE BLUES BY BOBO JENKINS WITH THE BIG STAR BAND AND OTHER NEW DETROIT BLUES ARTISTS (1977 US)
I Love That Woman / Heard The News? / New 44 Blues / First Left Home / Nothing But Love / Walking With The Devil (by Blind Child = Gerry Gaugham) / Door Lock Blues (by Steel Wheels) / Detroit Jump (by Steel Wheels) / How Can A Honkey Sing The Blues? (by Blind Child) / When A Fool Gets To Drinking (by Blind Child) / My Baby Done Left Me (by Buddy Folks) / Baby What You Trying To Do? (by Buddy Folks)

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COLLECTIONS

P-VINE PCD-5640 [CD] – THE LIFE OF BOBO JENKINS/HERE I AM A FOOL IN LOVE AGAIN (2001 JPN)
When I First left Home / Realing And Rocking / Cold Hearted Blues / I Love That Woman / Solid Gold / You Will Never Understand / Trying To Get You Off My Mind / 24 years / I Sure Got To Leave Your Town / Have You Heard The News / Tell Me Who / I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always / Playboy Blues / If You Were The Only Woman / Shake ‘Em On Down / Scared To Call Her Name / Monkey Not For Sale / Here I Am A Fool In Love Again / Somebody Been Talkin’ / Share Cropper Blues / Ten Blow Zero / Baby Don’t You Want To Go / Nothing But Love / Watergate Blues
(cd reissue of 2 Big Star LP’s)

SOUL JAM 806191 [CD] – DECORATION DAY BLUES (2021 UK)
Democrat Blues / Bad Luck & Trouble / Decoration Day Blues / Baby, Don’t You Want To Go / 10 Below Zero / Seasick And Water Bound / Nothing But Love / Tell Me Who / Shake ‘Em On Down / I Love That Woman / Cold Hearted Blues / You Will Never Understand / Tell Me Where You Stayed Last Night / Have You Heard The News? / If You Were The Only Woman / 24 Years / Reeling & Rocking / She Wanna Sell My Monkey / Decoration Day Blues (alt. take) / Baby, Don’t You Want To Go (alt. take) / 10 Below Zero (alt. take)

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COMPILATIONS

BLUES CLASSICS BC 6 [LP] – V/A: COUNTRY BLUES CLASSICS, VOLUME 2 (1965 US)
Democrat Blues BLUES

CLASSICS BC 12 [LP] – V/A: DETROIT BLUES – THE EARLY 1950’S (1966 US)
10 Below Zero / Baby Don’t You Want To Go

POST WAR BLUES PWB 5 [LP] – V/A: DETROIT – THE POST WAR BLUES, VOLUME 5 (1968 UK)
Bad Luck And Trouble

FORTUNE FTS 3012 [LP] – V/A: BLUES SOUNDS OF THE HASTINGS STREET ERA (THE ORIGINAL DETROIT BLUES) (197? US)
Seasick And Waterbound

BLUES OSCURITIES BOV 7 [2-LP] – V/A: DO THE CHICKEN – BLUES OBSCURITIES, VOLUME 7 (1971 US)
Tell Me Who / Nothing But Love

RARITIES # [2-LP] – V/A: BLUES RARITIES (1972 HOL)
Tell Me Who / Nothing But Love

BARRELHOUSE BH-012 [LP] – V/A: BLUES GUITAR KILLERS – DETROIT 1950’S (1977 US)
Decoration Day Blues (take 1) / Decoration Day Blues (take 2)

SPECIAL DELIVERY ONE [LP] – V/A: SPECIAL DELIVERY ONE POST WAR BLUES (19?? UK)
Bad Luck & Trouble

SUNDOWN CG 709-06 [LP] – V/A: JUICY HARMONICA (1983 HOL)
Bad Luck And Trouble

P-VINE PLP-6061 [LP] – V/A: BLUES FOR BIG TOWN – CHESS BLUES ARCHIVES, VOL. 1 (1985 JPN)
Democrat Blues / Bad Luck And Trouble
– lp reissue: Chess-MCA GCH 8119, 1988 ITA / cd reissue: Chess-Green Line CDCHESS 1013, 1989 HOL –

STOMPIN’ 102 [LP] – V/A: STOMPIN’, VOL. 2 (19?? UK)
Nothing But Love

SAVAGE KICK SK-504 [LP] – V/A: SAVAGE KICK – BLACK ROCK’N’ROLL, VOL. 4 (19?? UK)
Tell Me Who

SAVAGE KICK SK-509 [LP] – V/A: SAVAGE KICK – BLACK ROCK’N’ROLL, VOL. 9 (19?? UK)
Seasick And Waterbound

SCHOOLKIDS’ RECORDS SKR 2101-2 [CD] – V/A: MOTOR CITY BLUES AT THE ABB ARBOR BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL 1973 – PLEASE MR. FOREMAN (1994 US) Bobo Jenkins & The Vipers: 24 Years / Reelin’ And Rockin’
(recorded at Otis Spann Memorial Field, September 8, 1973)
– UK cd edition: Sequel NEX CD 274, 1994 / Japanese cd edition: P-Vine PCD-1978, 1996 / extended lp reissue: Total Energy NER-3019, 1998 US / extended cd reissue: Total Energy NER-3019, 1998 US –

OFFICIAL CD 503 [CD] – V/A: GONNA ROCK THE BLUES (1995 DEN)
Nothing But Love / Tell Me Who

DIGIMODE ENTERTAINMENT LTD. RB 47310 [CD] – V/A: THE STORY OF RHYTHM & BLUES, VOL. 10 (1995 GER)
Nothing But Love

REGENCY RR.119 [LP/CD] – V/A: A FORTUNE OF BLUES, VOL. 1 (1996 CAN)
Ten Below Zero (versions 1-2) / Baby Don’t You Want To Go (versions 1-2)

REGENCY RR.120 [LP/CD] – V/A: A FORTUNE OF BLUES, VOL. 2 (1997 CAN)
Tell Me Who / Nothing But Love

TOTAL ENERGY NER-3019 [LP/CD] – V/A: MOTOR CITY BLUES – ANN ARBOR BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL 1973 (1998 US)
Bobo Jenkins & The Vipers: 24 Years / Reelin’ And Rockin’ / She Wanna Sell My Monkey
(recorded at Otis Spann Memorial Field, September 8, 1973)

STILL STCD 1156 [CD] – V/A: REAL BLACK RHYTHM (2001 HOL)
If You Were The Only Woman

P-VINE PCD-5416 [CD] – V/A: DETROIT BLUES RARITIES 1 – BLUES GUITAR KILLERS! (2001 JPN)
Decoration Day Blues (take 1) / Decoration Day Blues (take 2)

P-VINE PCD-5641 [CD] – V/A: BOBO JENKINS PRESENTS: BIG STAR ALL STARS (2001 JPN)
I Love That Woman / Heard The News? / New 44 Blues / First Left Home / Nothing But Love / You Will Never Understand / Tell Me Where You Stayed Last Night

PAST PERFECT 220256-325 [15-CD] – V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOL. 2 (2002 GER)
Tell Me Who / Sea Sick And Water Bound

AGRAM BLUES ABCD 2018 [CD] – V/A: THE TRUMAN AND EISENHOWER BLUES – AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLUES AND GOSPEL SONGS, 1945-1960 (2003 HOL)
Democrat Blues

P-VINE/TOWER PTR-CD-1 [CD] – V/A: FUNKY BLUES JUNCTION (2005 JPN)
I Love That Woman

STOMPIN’ ST 326 [CD] – V/A: STOMPIN’ 26 (2005 UK)
You Will Never Understand / Tell Me Where You Stayed Last Night

MEMBRAN MUSIC LTD./DOCUMENTS 223007-321 [10-CD] – V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES – ORIGINAL MASTERS (2005 GER)
Tell Me Who

HUSSARD HR 5002 [LP] – V/A: GOODBYE NEW YORK, HELLO NEW ORLEANS (2007 US)
If You Were The Only Woman

SUB ROSA SRV 279 [LP]/SR 279 [CD] – V/A: DR. BOOGIE PRESENTS SHIM SHAM SHIMMY (2008 BEL)
Nothing But Love
– lp reissue: Sub Rosa SRV 279, 2020 BEL –

BULLSEYE BE 109 [2-LP+CD]/EL TORO ETCD 1023 [CD] – V/A: GOT THEM HILL BILLY BLUES – 32 BLACK BLUES BOPPERS (2009 SPA)
Tell Me Who

REGENCY CD 8011 [CD] – V/A: A FORTUNE OF DETROIT (2009 US)
Ten Below Zero

NOT NOW MUSIC NOT2LP162 [2-LP]/NOT2CD445 [2-CD] – V/A: ESSENTIAL DETROIT BLUES (2012 UK)
Baby Don’t You Want To Go / Ten Below Zero

NOT NOW MUSIC NOT3CD097 [3-CD] – V/A: ESSENTIAL DETROIT BLUES (2013 UK)
Nothing But Love / Baby Don’t You Want To Go / Ten Below Zero

ROCKBEAT ROC-CD-3254 [2-CD] – V/A: SUPER RARE ELECTRIC BLUES ’60S ERA (2014 US)
Nothing But Love

JSP JSP77188 [4-CD] – V/A: GARDEN CITY BLUES – DETROIT’S JUMPING SCENE 1948-1960 (2015 UK)
Decoration Day Blues (take 1) / Seasick And Water Bound / Ten Below Zero / Baby Don’t You Want To Go / Decoration Day Blues (take 2)

WIENERWORLD PRESENTATION WNRCD5095 [3-CD] V/A: DOWN HOME BLUES – DETROIT – DETROIT SPECIAL (2016 UK)
Democrat Blues (Democrat Man) / Bad Luck And Trouble / Baby Don’t You Want To Go / Ten Below Zero / Seasick And Waterbound / Nothing But Love / Tell Me Who / Baby Don’t You Want Me To Go (alt. take) / Ten Below Zero (alt. take)

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-131 [LP] – V/A: ROCKINITS, VOLUME ONE – ELECTRIC BLUES FROM THE ROCK’N’ROLL ERA (2018 GER)
Tell Me Who

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-138 [CD] – V/A: ROCKINITS, VOL. 1 & 2 (2019 GER)
Tell Me Who

NOT NOW MUSIC CATLP168 [LP] – V/A: ESSENTIAL DETROIT BLUES (2019 UK)
Nothing But Love

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Fred Reif | Pierre Monnery

Published sources: Blues Records 1943 To 1970 Volume One (Mike Leadbitter & Neil Slaven, 1987) | Blues News 3/1975 | Living Blues #3 (1970) | The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006)

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | http://www.ebay.com | http://www.gemm.com | http://www.musicstack.com | http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads | http://www.discogs.com/artist/661852-Bobo-Jenkins | http://www.wirz.de/music/jenkins.htm | en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobo_Jenkins | http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/artist/bobo-jenkins | http://www.45cat.com/artist/bobo-jenkins

Note: The contents of this website are informative only! All the corrections/additions are welcome. E-mail: petehoppula @ hotmail.com

Revised on April 11, 2021

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