Willie Cobbs

Real name: Willie Cobbs
Born: July 15, 1932, Smale, Monroe County, Arkansas

 
 


SINGLES

MOJO 2167 – EDDIE BOYD (feat. Willie Cobbs)
Vacation From The Blues / It’s Too Bad (1960 US)

MOJO 2168 – WILLIE COBBS
You Don’t Love Me / You’re So Hard To Please (1960 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 230 – WILLIE COBBS
You Don’t Love Me / You’re So Hard To Please (3/1961 US)

VEE JAY VJ 411 (white label promo) – WILLIE COBB
You’re So Hard To Please / You Don’t Love Me (11/1961 US)

VEE JAY VJ 411 – WILLIE COBB
You’re So Hard To Please / You Don’t Love Me (11/1961 US)

C AND F RECORD CO. 3000/3001 – WILLIE COBBS
Don’t Say Good-Bye / Five Long Years (1962 US)

ASCOT AS 2113 (white label promo) – WILLIE COBBS
Don’t Say Goodbye / Five Long Years (9/1962 US)

ASCOT AS 2113 – WILLIE COBBS
Don’t Say Goodbye / Five Long Years (9/1962 US)

RICE BELT 1131 – WILLIE COBBS
Slowdown / Don’t Say Goodbye (Hoppin’ Bird) (1962 US)
(Note: a-side recorded in Chicago, 1958, b-side in Memphis in 1962)

RULER 5000 – WILLIE C
We’ll All Be There / Slow Down Baby (1963 US)
(Note: some sources state that this record was released already in 1958)

J.O.B. 1127 – WILLIE COBBS
Got A Little Girl / Too Sad (1963 US)

PURE GOLD 302 – WILLIE COBBS
Lonely Boy / Here Is My Heart (1963 US)

PURE GOLD 309 – WILLIE COBBS
Big Boss Man / Kiss Me One More Time (1964 US)
(Note: b-side may actually be by Willie Jefferson who is the writer of the song)

PURE GOLD 313 – WILLIE COBBS
Come On Home / Too Sad (12/1964 US)

WHIRL-A-WAY 1065 – WILLIE C. COBBS
My Little Girl / Mistreated Blues (1965 US)

RULER #902/#903 – WILLIE COBBS
My Little Girl / Mistreated Blues (1965 US)

BOOTHEEL 182 – WILLIE COBBS
Mistreated Blues / You Don’t Love Me (1966 US)

SOUL BEAT SB-112 – WILLIE COBBS
Eating Dry Onions (Sitting In The Alley Crying For Bread) / Worst Feeling (I Ever Had) (1966 US)

RICELAND J-110/J-111 – WILLIE COBBS
Don’t Worry About Me / I’ll Love Only You (1969 US)

MINARET MIN-147 (white label promo) – WILLIE COBBS
Don’t Worry About Me / Don’t Worry About Me (9/1969 US)

MINARET MIN-147 – WILLIE COBBS
Don’t Worry About Me / I’ll Love You Only [sic] (9/1969 US)

RICELAND 904 – WILLIE COBB
Worst Feeling (I Ever Had) Pt. 1 / Worst Feeling (I Ever Had) Pt. 2 (1970 US)

RICE BELT RECORDING CO. 1131 (reissue) – WILLIE COBBS
Hoppin’ Bird / Slow Down (1971? US)

RULER 1131 (reissue) – WILLIE COBBS
Hoppin’ Bird / Slow Down (1971 US)

RULER #900 (reissue) – WILLIE COBBS
Slow Down Baby / You Dont [sic] Love (1971 US)
(Note: also available as an identical 2010 UK repro edition)

BRACOB BRA 1001 – WILLIE COBBS
Hey Little Girl / C.C. Rider (1973 US)

SUPREME R5-2520 – WILLIE COBBS
You Know I Love You / You Don’t Love Me (197? US)

SUPREME R 2521 (reissue) – WILLIE COBBS
Eating Dry Onions (Sitting In The Alley Crying For Bread) / Worst Feeling (I Ever Had) (197? US)

PHILWOOD 254 – WILLIE COBBS
Why Did You Change Your Mind / Eating Dry Onions (Sitting In The Alley Crying For Bread) (1976 US)

CHIMNEYVILLE 10214 (reissue) – WILLIE COBBS
Why Did You Change Your Mind / Eatin’ Dry Onions (1977 US)

CHIMNEYVILLE 10226 – WILLIE COBBS
You Don’t Love Me / Why Did You Change Your Mind (instr.) (1978 US)

RECORD GALLERY RGR 681 – WILLIE COBBS
Eatin’ Dry Onions / You Know I Love You (1981 US)

RECORD GALLERY RGR 583 – WILLIE COBB
Hey Little Girl – Part I / Hey Little Girl – Part II (1982 US)

WILCO RR103/RR104 – WILLIE COBB
Inflation Blues / Inflation Blues (instr.) (1983 US)

RETTA’S RET-008 – WILLIE COBB
Inflation Blues / Inflation Blues (instr.) (1984 US)

WILCO WR-101/WR-102 – WILLIE COBB
Please Send Me Someone / Feeling Good (1986 US)

WILCO WR-103/WR-104 – WILLIE COBB
Feeling Good / May The Years Be Good To You (198? US)

ROOSTER BLUES R59 – WILLIE COBBS
Eatin’ Dry Onions / Goin’ To Mississippi (1994 US)

DEE JAY (SOUL TO REGGAE SERIES) DJ45-01 (promo, reissue) – WILLIE COBB
You Don’t Love Me / (reverse by Robert Parker: I Caught You In A Lie) (2006 US)

In addition, Willie Cobbs possibly played the harmonica on Eddie Boyd’s 1958 version of “Five Long Years” (recorded in Chicago, IL.), issued on unnumbered Oriole 45rpm single and reissued on Blues Classics LP BC-8 (“Chicago Blues – Early 50’s”). With certainty he participated in Eddie Boyd’s 1961 session in Memphis (featuring Eddie Boyd:vcl/pno, Rico Collins:ten.sax, Sammy Lawhorn:gtr, Willie Cobbs:bs, and Wilbert Harris:dms), and the results, “Vacation From The Blues” and “It’s Too Bad”, were issued on Mojo 2167. Cobbs also accompanied Hosea Leavy & his Combo (on harmonica) on “When I Was A Little Boy” (Riceland 605, 1969), and Marie Pryce (on harmonica) on “I Met The Man From Cummins Prison” (Soul Beat 800, 1970).

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ALBUMS

WILCO C-824 [CS] – HEY LITTLE GIRL (1991 US)
Worst Feeling / Hey Little Girl / C.C. Rider / Mistreated Blues / You Know I Love You / My Little Girl / Inflation Blues / Don’t Say Good-Bye / Please Send Me Someone To Love / Feeling Good

ROOSTER BLUES R 2628 [CD] – DOWN TO EARTH (1994 US)
Eatin’ Dry Onions / Goin’ To Mississippi / Butler Boy / She’s Not The Same (Feeling Good) / Amnesia / My Baby Walked Away / If You Don’t Know What Love Is / You Don’t Love Me-Hey Little Girl / Good Lovin’ / New Slow Down Baby / Carnation Milk / Stackhouse Rock / Wanna Make Love To You
(featuring Willie Cobbs:vcl/hca, Johnny Rawls:bs [1-13]/gtr [1-3, 5-11]/bckgr.vcls, John Mohead:sl.gtr [2, 5], L.C. Luckett:gtr [1-13]/synth [1]/pno [12]/tamb [1], Winston Stewart:org [3, 5, 10, 13]/pno [4, 7, 8, 11], Leonard Washington:dms [1-13] + Vera Cobbs:bckgr.vcls [13])

WILCO WCD 1004 [CD] – PAY OR DO 11 MONTHS & 29 DAYS (1998 US)
11 Months & 29 Days / Crack Cocaine / Baby, Please Don’t Stop / Butler Boy Blues / Feel So Bad / Key To The Highway / Jukin’ / Candidate / Testing 1, 2, 3 / Amnesia / You Don’t Love Me / Condition / Who Is He?

BULLSEYE BLUES & JAZZ 9629 (6-82161-9629-2) [CD] – JUKIN’ (2000 US/EU)
Jukin’ / Black Night / Feelin’ Good / Mean Old World / Poison Ivy / Reconsider Baby / Five Long Years / You’re So Fine / Please Send Me Someone To Love / I Don’t Know
(feat. Willie Cobbs:vcl/hca, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges:gtr, Thomas Bingham:gtr, Fred Hodges:pno, Charles Hodges:org, Jim Spake:ten.sax, Lannie McMillan:ten.sax, James Mitchell:bar.sax, Scott Thompson:tp, Leroy Hodges:bs, Howard Grimes:dms + Bertram Brown:bckgr.vcls, Mashaa:bckgr.vcls)

WILCO CD831222 [CD] – BUTLER BOY BLUES (2019 US)
My Baby Walked Away / Good Lovin’ / Butler Boy Blues / I Wanna Make Love To You / Mississippi / If You Don’t Know What Love Is / Slow Down Baby / Carnation Milk / She Is Not The One / Eatin’ Dry Onions / Amnesia / Testing / Candidate / Junkin’ / Months And 29 Days

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COLLECTIONS

MINA M-1005 [LP] – MR. C’S BLUES IN THE GROOVE! (1986 JPN)
Inflation Blues / Don’t Say Good-Bye / Mistreated Blues / My Little Girl / You Know I Love You / You Don’t Love Me / Worst Feeling (I Ever Had) / Why Did You Change Your Mind / Please Send Me Someone To Love / Good Feeling / Hey Little Girl / C.C. Rider / I’ll Love You Only / Don’t Worry About Me / Eating Dry Onion / Inflation Blues Part 2 (instr.)
(1962-1984 recordings)

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COMPILATIONS & SESSION WORKS

FINNISH BLUES SOCIETY FBS 101 [LP] – EDDIE BOYD: BROTHERHOOD (1975 FIN)
Eddie Boyd (with Willie Cobbs): It’s Too Bad / Vacation From The Blues
(1961 Mojo recordings)

JEFFERSON 601 [LP] – EDDIE BOYD: VACATION FROM THE BLUES (1976 SWE)
Eddie Boyd (with Willie Cobbs): It’s Too Bad / Vacation From The Blues
(1961 Mojo recordings)

VEE JAY INTERNATIONAL ULS-1913-JY [LP] (promo) – V/A: VIVAN & JIMMY’S BLUES SHOWCASE (1979 JPN)
You Don’t Love Me / You’re So Hard To Please / Lonely Boy

CHARLY R&B CRB 1080 [LP] – V/A: CHILLS AND FEVER – CHICAGO BLUES MASTERS, VOL. 4 (1985 UK)
You’re So Hard To Please / You Can’t Love Me

P-VINE PLP-389 [LP] – V/A: FRANK, THIS IS IT : MEMPHIS MODERN BLUES THE 70’S (1988 JPN)
You Have Done Me Wrong / Don’t Worry About Me / If You Don’t Know What Love Is / I’ll Love You Only

JRS 35809-2 [CD]/35809-4 [CS] – V/A: MISSISSIPPI MASALA – MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK (1992 US) Angel From Heaven / Sad Feeling
– UK cd edition: First Night CAST CD 27, 1992 / Indian cs edition: His Master’s Voice STHCS 810130, 1994 –

CHARLY CD DIG 3 [4-CD] – V/A: A MODERN BLUES ANTHOLOGY – AIN’T TIMES HARD (1994 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

P-VINE CLUB PVC-22007 [CDR] (unofficial release) – V/A: FEEL ALRIGHT (1995 JPN)
You Don’t Love Me / You’re So Hard To Please

JIMCO JICK-89691 [CD] – V/A: HOUSE OF THE BLUES, VOL. 2 – 60’S ELECTRIC ROCKIN’ BLUES COMPILATION (1996 JPN)
You Don’t Love Me

AMERICAN ROADHOUSE 710022 [2-CD] – V/A: CLASSICS FROM THE ROADHOUSE (1996 US)
New Slow Down Baby

HOUSE OF BLUES/PLATINUM ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 5146 1300 2 [2-CD] – V/A: ESSENTIAL BLUES HARMONICA (1997 US)
New Slow Down Baby

P-VINE NON STOP PVCP-8141 [CD] – V/A: MASTERS OF CHICAGO BLUES GUITAR (1997 JPN)
You Don’t Love Me

TIME LIFE MUSIC/UNIVERSAL MUSIC SPECIAL MARKETS R859-18/MSD 37239 [CD] – V/A: CHICAGO BLUES CLASSICS (1998 US)
You Don’t Love Me

MALACO MCD 0030 [CD] – V/A: MALACO – THE LAST SOUL COMPANY – A THIRTY YEAR RETROSPECTIVE (1999 US)
You Don’t Love Me No More

HOUSE OF BLUES 51416 1466 2 [18-CD] – V/A: THE ESSENTIAL SHOEBOX FULL OF BLUES (1999 US)
New Slow Down Baby

SOUL FROM THE VAULTS SFTV 13 [CD] – V/A: A DEEP DIP INTO MEMPHIS SOUL, VOL. 3 (200? US)
You Don’t Love Me

ROOSTER BLUES R 9825 [CD] – V/A: ROOSTER BLUES RECORDS – 1980-2000 SAMPLER (2000 US)
Eatin’ Dry Onions
– reissue: Rooster Blues CD 2637, 2001 US –

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-7273 [CD] – V/A: THE BEST OF VEE JAY BLUES, VOLUME 5 (2000 US)
You’re So Hard To Please / You Don’t Love Me
(Note: reissued as part of a 5-CD boxset “The Best Of Vee Jay Blues”, Collectables 147)

BULLSEYE BLUES & JAZZ BEYE LD1 [CD] (promo) – V/A: LAST DEAL GOIN’ DOWN (2000 US)
Poison Ivy

CONTINENTAL RECORD SERVICES/CRS TRICD 1004 [3-CD] – V/A: THE BLUES THE WHOLE BLUES AND NOTHNG BUT THE BLUES – 42 BLOCKBUSTIN’ BLUES TRACKS, VOLUME 1 (200? EU)
Black Night

CONTINENTAL RECORD SERVICES/CRS/ROOSTER BLUES CRSCD 805 [CD] (promo) – V/A: BLUES CRUISE, VOL. 2 – CRUISIN’ THE ROOSTER BLUES CATALOG (2000 EU)
Eatin’ Dry Onions

FAB 14 RECORDS FAB14 50101 [CD] – V/A: BLUES 1 – BLUES FROM THE HEART (2000 HOL)
Five Long Years

FAB 14 RECORDS FAB14 50113 [CD] – V/A: HARMONICA BLUES (2001 HOL)
Mean Old World

CONTINENTAL RECORD SERVICES/CRS CRSCD 808 [CD] – V/A: INTRODUCING BLUES FROM ACROSS THE USA (2001 HOL)
Mean Old World

COLLECTABLES COL-CD-0147 [5-CD] – V/A: THE VERY BEST OF VEE-JAY BLUES (2001 US)
You’re So Hard To Please / You Don’t Love Me

P-VINE PCD 5271/4 [4-CD] – V/A: VEE JAY, CHICAGO’S BLUES MUSIC (2002 JPN)
You Don’t Love Me / You’re So Hard To Please / Lonely Boy (I Need A Woman)

STOMPER TIME STCD 17 [CD] – V/A: FERNWOOD RHYTHM’N’BLUES FROM MEMPHIS (2002 UK)
Kiss Me One More Time / My Little Girl / Come On Home / Here Is My Heart / You Don’t Love Me / Big Boss Man / Lonely Boy / Too Sad / Mistreated Blues

BODY & SOUL 3043912 [2-CD] – V/A: BLUES – LA GRANDE ANTHOLOGIE 1925-1962 (2003 FRA)
You Don’t Love Me

ROUNDER 11661-2171-2 [4-CD] – V/A: BOX OF THE BLUES – SIXTY PERFORMANCES ON FOUR CDS (2003 US)
Jukin’

PRISM LEISURE PLATCD 1272 [CD] – V/A: WORKING MAN’S BLUES (2004 UK)
No Love Like Your Love

PRISM LEISURE PLATBX 193 [3-CD] – V/A: BACK HOME BLUES – THE BLUES IS ALLRIGHT – WORKING MAN’S BLUES – EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES (2004 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

PRISM LEISURE DOVE 7122 [2-CD] – V/A: SINGING THE BLUES – 44 BLUES CLASSICS (2005 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

SUNDAZED MUSIC SC 11153 [CD] – V/A: A FINE TIME! THE SOUTHSIDE OF SOUL STREET (2006 US)
Don’t Worry About Me / You Have Done Me Wrong

KENT SOUL CDKEND 298 [CD] – V/A: PLAY THE GAME – THE XL AND SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS STORY, VOL. 2 (2008 UK)
I’ll Love Only You

BGP CDBGPD 201 [CD] – V/A: MEMPHIS 60 – SOUL, R& AND PROTO FUNK FROM SOUL CITY USA (2009 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

MALACA MSP 1035 [CD+DVD] – V/A: ARKANSAS DELTA MUSIC TRAIL (2009 US)
Delta Blues

SPOONFUL #99 [CDR] – V/A: SHAKE THAT THING! – VOLUME 2 (200? GER)
You Don’t Love Me

STYLETONE CD-391 [CD] – V/A: IT’S A SOUTHERN BLUES THING, VOLUME 1 (200?)
Worst Feeling (I Ever Had)

HEAVY SOUL # [CDR] (promo) – V/A: HEAVY SOUL! CLUB SOUNDS, VOLUME 6 (200? UK)
Don’t Worry About Me

ACE CDCHD 1260 [CD] – V/A: BO DIDDLEY IS A… SONGWRITER (2010 UK)
You Don’t Love Me (a.k.a. She’s Fine, She’s Mine)

STOMPER TIME STCD 31 [CD] – V/A: ROCKIN’ RHYTHM ‘N’ BLUES FROM MEMPHIS (2012 UK)
You Don’t Love Me / You’re So Had To Please

BEAR FAMILY BCD 16932 CP [3-CD] – V/A: PLUG IT IN! TURN IN UP! ELECTRIC BLUES – THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, PT. 3 (1960-1969) (2012 GER)
You Don’t Love Me

OMNIVORE RECORDINGS OVCD-68 [2-CD] – V/A: THE SOUTH SIDE OF SOUL STREET – THE MINARET SOUL SINGLES 1967-1976 (2013 US)
I’ll Love Only You / Don’t Worry About Me

OUTTA SIGHT OSCD038 [CD] – V/A: THE BIRTH OF NORTHERN SOUL (2013 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

RHYTHM & BLUES/HISTORY OF RNB R013 [2-CD] – V/A: HOW BRITAIN GOT THE BLUES 3: HOW LONDON GOT THE BLUES (2013 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

OUTTA SIGHT OSCD038 [CD] – V/A: THE BIRTH OF NORTHERN SOUL! – A RED HOT FUSION OF RHYTHM & BLUES, POPCORN AND NORTHERN SOUL (2013 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

ROCKBEAT ROC-CD-3254 [2-CD] – V/A: SUPER RARE ELECTRIC BLUES ’60S ERA (2014 US)
You Don’t Love Me

KENT SOUL CDKEND 421 [CD] – V/A: MORE LOST SOUL GEMS FROM SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS (2014 UK)
Hey Little Girl

REAL GONE MUSIC RGM 126 [4-CD] – V/A: MOD – THE EARLY YEARS – 112 CLASSIC & RARE TRACKS (2014 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

NOT NOW MUSIC NOT3CD152 [3-CD] – V/A: 75 MODERN SOUNDS (2014 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

OMNIVORE RECORDINGS 6651014767 [CD] – V/A: SOUTH SIDE OF SOUL STREET – THE MINARET SOUL SINGLES 1967-1976 (2013 US)
I’ll Love Only You / Don’t Worry About Me

CHROME DREAMS CDCD5104 [CD] – V/A: DUANE ALLMAN’S JUKEBOX – THE MUSIC THAT INSPIRED THE MAN (2014 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

NOT NOW MUSIC NOT3CD152 [3-CD] – V/A: 75 MODERN SOUNDS (2014 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

FANTASTIC VOYAGE FVDD227 [2-CD] – V/A: SOUL FOR DANCERS (2015 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

FANTASTIC VOYAGE FVDV227 [2-LP]/FVDD227 [2-CD] – V/A: SOUL FOR DANCERS – OUT ON THE FLOOR FIRECRACKERS THAT IGNITED THE NORTHERN SOUL BOOM (2015 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

SHEIK LP 703 [LP] – V/A: THE RHYTHM SHACK, VOL. 3 (2015 SPA)
Don’t Say Good-Bye

REEL TO REEL MUSIC COMPANY RTRCD7 [4-CD] – V/A: NORTHERN SOUL – THE EARLY YEARS, VOLUME TWO – 100 CLASSIC & RARE TRACKS (2017 UK)
You Don’t Love Me

REPREZENTUJ.COM # [CD] – V/A: DRUH SLAWEK – SUMMER MIXTAPE R (2018 POL)
You Don’t Love Me

HISTORY OF SOUL HS19 [LP] – V/A: MEMPHIS SOUL ’65 (2019 UK)
Mistreated Blues

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 19 [CD] – V/A: THE BIG PUSH – FAST FINGERING ON POLISHED FRETS (2019 EU)
You Don’t Love Me

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 21 [CD] – V/A: TORE UP! (HOT HARPS COME TOGETHER) (2019 EU)
Eating Dry Onions

KOKO MOJO KM-CD 29 [CD] – V/A: POPCORN BLUES PARTY, VOL. 2 (2020 EU)
You Don’t Love Me

BEAR FAMILY BAF14016 [10″ LP] – V/A: BEALE STREET BEATS, VOLUME 1 – HOME OF THE BLUES (2021 GER)
You’re So Hard To Please

ATOMICAT ACCD063 [CD] – V/A: STROLL-A-RAMA, VOLUME 2 (2021 EU)
You Don’t Love Me

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Jeff Crompton | Jarmo Hoppula | Lex Jansen | Juhani Laikkoja

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

Online sources: http://www.allmusic.com | http://www.singlesdb.com | http://www.ebay.com | http://www.gemm.com | http://www.musicstack.com | http://www.ne.jp/asahi/ko-1/crossroads | http://www.deltaboogie.com | http://www.discogs.com/artist/1483004-Willie-Cobbs | http://www.45cat.com/artist/willie-cobbs | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Cobbs

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

Revised on October 11, 2021

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