Fillmore Slim

Real name: Clarence Sims
Born: November 7, 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana
 

 


SINGLES

DOOTO 429 (78/45 rpm) – FILMORE SLIM
You Got The Nerve Of A Brass Monkey / I Want To Hold Your Hand (12/1957 US)

DOOTONE DOO-429-A-45/DOO-429-B-45 (reissue) – FILMORE SLIM
You Got The Nerve Of A Brass Monkey / I Want To Hold Your Hand (1959? US)

KENT 45X367 – BILLY RAY
Playboy / Texas Queen (1962 US)

UPTIGHT UT-24221 – RHON SILVA
Get It Right / Got To Have It (1969 US)

BIG MACK 24221 – THE SOUL PRESIDENT
Get It Right / Got To Have It (1969 US)

BIG MACK 24221/SOUL FIRE SF-012 (reissue) – THE SOUL PRESIDENT
Get It Right / Got To Have It (2001 US)

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ALBUMS

ELI MILE HIGH TK 1001 [LP] – CLARENCE “GUITAR” SIMS: BORN TO SING THE BLUES (1987 US)
She’s Gone / Reap What You Sow / 3rd Rate Love Affair / Watchdog / Don’t Treat Me Right Blues / Things I Used To Do / I’ll Be A Better Man / Hard Luck Blues / Body Language / Lonely Heart & Broken Mind
(recorded in Oakland, CA in February 1987, feat. Clarence Sims:vcl/gtr, Carl “Good-Rockin'” Robinson:gtr, Bob Spencer:ten.sax [2, 4, 6, 8, 9], Bobby “Spider” Webb:ten.sax [2, 4, 6, 8, 9], Bernard Anderson:bar.sax [2, 4, 6, 8, 9], Carl Green:alto sax [2, 4, 6, 8, 9], Ted Butler:bs, Chris Daniels:dms; except on tracks 1 & 3 that possibly feature Dave Wellhousen:hca [1], Troyce Key:gtr, Mark Naftalin:pno, Charles Banks:bs & an unknown drummer as a session group)

VIDEO UPTOWN SIM 123 [CD/CS] – FILLMORE SIMS: IT’S GOING TO BE MY TIME AFTER WHILE (1996 US)
Instrumental / All The People I Could Have Been / Slow Blues / Slippin’ Out / I’m Broke Baby / It’s Going To Be My Time After While / Cuttin-N-Loosen / I Hear You Cryin’
(recorded in California, 1996 with an unknown session group)

MOUNTAIN TOP PRODUCTIONS MTP-9803-2 [CD] – CLARENCE “GUITAR” SIMS (AKA FILLMORE SLIM): BORN TO SING THE BLUES (1998 US)
Minding My Own Business / King Boy / I’ll Be A Better Man / When I Come Home / Watchdog / 3rd Rate Love Affair / Send Her Home / Broke Baby / Lonely Heart & Broken Mind / So Much Trouble / Body Language / Things I Used To Do / Sims Boogie / Better Man (alt. take) / Interview: Clarence “Guitar” Sims
(extended reissue of 1987 Eli Mile High LP; feat. Clarence Sims:vcl/gtr, Carl Robinson:gtr, Bob Spencer:ten.sax, Bobby “Spider” Webb:ten.sax, Bernard Anderson:bar.sax, Carl Green:alto sax, Ted Butler:bs, Chris Daniels:dms)

VIDEO UPTOWN SIM 106 [CD] – FILLMORE SIMS: WALKIN’ ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1999 US)
I’ll Play The Blues / Dedicated To Johnny / The Lady & The Stranger / Walkin’ On Dangerous Ground / Blues’ Doctor / Get Your Act Together / Young Superfly / Application For A New Love / I’m Broke Baby / Slow Down Baby

FEDORA FCD 5016 [CD] – FILLMORE SLIM: OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD (2000 US)
Let’s Talk About Love / Dial 911 / Kicked Out / The Girl Can’t Cook / Down On The Farm / Annabelle / Pretty Baby / Other Side Of The Road / Louisiana Scat / Blue Monday
(recorded in Fresno, CA on August 16, 1999, feat. Fillmore Slim:vcl/gtr, Frank Goldwasser:gtr, J.J. Malone:pno [1-4, 6-10], Hannsjoerg Scheid:keys [1], Ron Catalano:ten.sax [1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10], Les Nunes:tb [1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10], Jeff Henry:bs [1-4, 6, 7, 10], Hannsjoerg Scheid:bs [8-9], Chris Millar:dms [1-4, 6-10])

FEDORA FCD 5030 [CD] – FILLMORE SLIM: FUNKY MAMA’S HOUSE (2004 US)
Funky Mama’s House / Brown Sugar Eyes / Street Walker / Tabby Thomas’ Place / Lonely Nights Those Lonely / Ya-Ya / Down At Eli’s / Stagger Lee / Earl King / Saturday Night / I Cross My Heart
(feat. Fillmore Slim:vcl/gtr, Frank Goldwasser:gtr, Roger Perry:st.gtr/gtr/keys/bs, Tim Bird:ten.sax, Terry McDonald:bar.sax, Leonard Robinson:bs, Chris Millar:dms)

MOUNTAIN TOP PRODUCTIONS MTP69CD [CD] – FILLMORE SLIM: THE GAME (2004 US)
The Game (Rap Version) / Faster Than Time / Jody / Down For My Crown / My First Girlfriend / Big Brass Monkey / Can’t Get Enough / Playboy / Mackin / Downtown Fresno / Texas Woman / The Game (Blues Version)
(feat. Frank Goldwasser:gtr/bs, Leonard Gil:gtr/bs, Rusty Zinn:gtr, Steve Gannon:gtr [3], Richard Younger:pno/org, Gary Smith:hca, Bobby “Spider” Webb:ten.sax/bar.sax/alto sax, John Haines:dms + Frank Stick-Em:rap [1], Steve Gannon:vcl [4])

MOUNTAIN TOP PRODUCTIONS CD-MTP777 [CD] – FILLMORE SLIM: THE LEGEND OF FILLMORE SLIM (2006 US)
The Legend Of Fillmore Slim / Trapped By The Devil / Nosey Woman / Love For The Third Time / Hey Little Brother / Watch Yo’Self / Jack You Up / My Friend Blue / Vegetable Man Intro / Vegetable Man / She Don’t Lov / Blues From The Heart / Tired Of My Old Lady / Legend Of Fillmore Slim Intro
(feat. Fillmore Slim:vcl/gtr [8, 11], Frank Goldwasser:gtr, Jim Pugh:org/pno, Joe Louis Walker:gtr [3, 12, 13], Rick Estrin:hca, Bobby “Spider” Webb:sax, Leonard Gil:bs, John Haines:dms + Terrence Sims:rap)

MOUNTAIN TOP PRODUCTIONS 2011 [2-CD] – FILLMORE SLIM: THE BLUES PLAYA’S BALL (2011 US)
Funky Wino / San Francisco Down On The Sixth Street / Hooker’s Game / The Last Stage Of The Blues / She’s Nasty / Rebecca / I’d Rather Go Blind / Bring Back The Funk / Playing The Blues All Around The World / Thunder And Lightning / Strip Joint / The Ghetto / Fannie Mae / Go Ahead Woman / Fine French Women / Fillmore’s Hood / Ain’t That A Shame / Joe Louis Fan / Playa’s Ball / I’d Rather Go Blind Extended Cut
(feat. Fillmore Slim:vcl, Joe Louis Walker:gtr/vcl, Frank Goldwasser:gtr, Gino Blacknell:keys, Kevin Burton:keys, Gary Smith:hca, Rick Estrin:hca, Bobbie Webb:sax, Henry Oden:bs, John Hanes:dms + Terrence Sims:rap [on The Ghetto])

FILLMORE SLIM MEDIA # [CD] – FILLMORE SLIM: SON OF THE SEVEN SISTERS (2019 US)
Son Of The Seven Sisters / Broke, Baby / I’m A Playboy / Jody Must Be In My Business / I’m A Badd Brotha Foya / Emma Lou, Queen Of The Homeless / Rock Star / Last Night / Dedicated To Johnny Guitar Watson / Mary Sue / Legend In My Own Time / Fast Gun Annie / Little Bluebird

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COMPILATIONS & GUEST APPEARANCES

COLLECTABLES COL-5050 [LP] – V/A: BLAME IT ON THE BLUES (1990 US)
Filmore Slim: I Want To Hold Your Hand / You’ve Got The Nerve Of A Brass Monkey

BLUES ESTAFETTE MCVB 97001 [CD] (promo) – V/A: BLUES ESTAFETTE VREDENBURG UTRECHT 97 (1997 HOL)
Fillmore Sims: Third Rate Love Affair

P-VINE PCD-3063 [CD] – V/A: WEST COAST MODERN BLUES 1960’S, VOL. 2 (1999 JPN)
Fillmore Slim: Playboy (alt. take) / Everything I Do Is Wrong (alt. take) / Go Ahead / Fast Gun Annie (prev. unissued 1962 Kent recording)

LUCERNE BLUES FESTIVAL # [2-CD] (promo) – V/A: LUCERNE BLUES FESTIVAL 2000 (2000 SWI)
Fillmore Slim: Other Side Of The Road

CROSSCUT CCD 11075 [CD] – R.J. MISCHO: MEET ME ON THE COAST (2002 GER)
Don’t Cross Me
(feat. R.J. Mischo:vcl/hca, Fillmore Slim:gtr, Jeremy Johnson:gtr, Bob Welsh:pno, Marc Carino:bs, Robi Bean:dms)

BLUES ESTAFETTE MCVCD 20032 [CD] (promo) – V/A: BLUES ESTAFETTE VREDENBURG UTRECHT 2003 (2003 HOL)
Fillmore Slim: Brown Sugar Eyes

NUMERO GROUP NUM009 [2-LP/CD] – V/A: ECCENTRIC SOUL – THE BIG MACK LABEL (2006 US)
The Soul President: Got To Have It / Get It Right
– 2-lp reissues: Numero Group NUM009, 2008 US / Numero Group 009, 2014 US –

SOUL BAG CD SB 006 [CD] (promo) – V/A: THE FRENCH BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE SOUL BAG (2007 FRA)
Fillmore Slim: Hey Little Brother

MOJO MAGAZINE MAY 2010 [CD] (promo) – V/A: HEAVY SOUL (2010 UK)
The Soul President: Got To Have It

JAZZMAN JMANLP 033 [2-LP] – V/A: CALIFORNIA FUNK (2010 UK)
Rhon Silva: Get It Right

BELLE-JANET # [CD] – EUGENE HUGGINS BAND: WILD RIDE (2012 US)
I Lost My Mojo (Part 2)
(feat. Fillmore Slim:lead vcls/ld.gtr, Eugene Huggins:hca/vcl, Felix Bannon:gtr, Burt Winn:bs, Robbi Bean:dms)

ACE CDTOP2 1449 [2-CD] – V/A: UNLOCK THE LOCK – THE KENT RECORDS STORY, VOL. 1 (2015 UK)
Billy Ray: Texas Queen / Playboy

J&D J&D002LP [2-LP]/J&D002CD [CD] – V/A: CAN YOU FEEL THAT BEAT – FUNKY 45S & OTHER RARE GROOVES (2016 US)
The Soul President: Get It Right

FANTASTIC VOYCAGE FVDD234 [2-CD] – V/A: SOUL FOR DANCERS 2 – OUT ON THE FLOOR FIRECRACKERS (2016 UK)
Billy Ray: Playboy

KENT DANCE CDKEND 443 [CD] – V/A: NEW BREED WORKIN’ – BLUES WITH A RHYTHM (2016 UK)
Billy Ray: Playboy

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-153 [LP] – V/A: BUZZSAW JOINT – DUSTY STYLUS CUT 6 (2019 GER)
Billy Ray: Playboy

STAG-O-LEE STAG-O-161 [CD] – V/A: BUZZSAW JOINT CUTS 5 & 6 (2019 GER)
Billy Ray: Playboy

ACE CDCHD 1571 [CD] – V/A: DIRTY WORK GOING ON – KENT & MODERN RECORDS BLUES INTO THE 60S, VOL. 1 (2020 UK)
Fillmore Slim: Go Ahead (prev. unissued 1962 Kent recording, take 3) / Billy Ray: Fast Gun Annie / Billy Ray: Playboy (prev. unissued underdub version) / Billy Ray: Texas Queen (prev. unissued underdub version)

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Published sources: The Blues Discography 1943-1970 (Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath, 2006) | The Blues Discography 1971-2000 (Robert Ford & Bob McGrath, 2011)

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | http://www.ebay.com | http://rateyourmusic.com | http://www.discogs.com/artist/1708310-Fillmore-Slim | http://www.discogs.com/artist/6320400-Clarence-Sims-2 | http://www.discogs.com/artist/1803089-Rhon-Silva | http://www.45cat.com/artist/filmore-slim | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fillmore_Slim | http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/featured-interview-fillmore-slim | http://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/Fillmore-Slim-returning-to-Eli-s-spot-that-10940953.php | http://www.soul-source.co.uk/forums/topic/308408-the-soul-president-on-big-mack-records

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

Revised on July 30, 2021

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