Casey Bill Weldon (blues slide guitar player)

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William "Casey Bill" Weldon (December 10, 1909 – circa 1970) was an American country blues musician.

Weldon was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States, and later lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois, and was known as one of the early pioneers of the slide guitar. He played upbeat, hokum and country blues tunes. Playing a National steel guitar flat on his lap Hawaiian style, "Casey Bill" Weldon was known as the "Hawaiian Guitar Wizard". He was married to singer and guitarist Memphis Minnie in the 1920s. Only recently it has been widely accepted that Casey Bill Weldon is not the same musician as "Will Weldon" who recorded between 1927 and 1928 as a member of the Memphis Jug Band.

Weldon cut over 60 sides for Bluebird and Vocalion. He was also an active session guitarist appearing on records by Teddy Darby, Bumble Bee Slim, Peetie Wheatstraw, and Memphis Minnie. On Memphis Minnie's last recording for Bluebird Records in October 1935, Weldon accompanied her for the first time. He played on two sides, "When the Sun Goes Down, Part 2" and "Hustlin' Woman Blues." He scored solo hits with his two most well known songs, "Somebody Done Changed the Lock on That Door", and "We Gonna Move (to the Outskirts of Town)."

After his divorce from Memphis Minnie, he married blues singer Geeshie Wiley. They disappeared from the public eye soon after and he stopped recording by 1938. His date of death is unknown, though assumed to be sometime around 1970.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Hawaiian Guitar Wizard Casey Bill Weldon 1
1982 Red Hot Blues 1927-1937 Casey Bill Weldon 1
1987 1935-1937 Casey Bill Weldon 1
1989 (1935-1937) Remaining Titles & Alternate Takes Casey Bill Weldon 1
1993 Complete Recorded Works 1935-1938 in Chronological Order: Vol. 3 (24 March 1937 to 16 December 1938) Casey Bill Weldon 1
1993 Complete Recorded Works 1935-1938 in Chronological Order: Volume 1 (25 March 1935 to 2 April 1936) Casey Bill Weldon 1
1993 Complete Recorded Works 1935-1938 in Chronological Order: Volume 2 (2 April 1936 to 24 March 1937) Casey Bill Weldon 1
2002 Guitar Swing Casey Bill Weldon 1
2002 Slide Guitar Swing 1927 - 1938 Casey Bill Weldon 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Talking to Myself / Can't You Remember Casey Bill 1
We Gonna Move / Gonna Take My Time Casey Bill 1

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