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, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas who later lived and worked in Chicago was known as one of the great 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 '20s. Only recently it has been widely accepted that Casey Bill Weldon is not the same musician as "Will Weldon" who recorded in 1927/28 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 Changed the Lock on My Door" and "We Gonna Move (to the Outskirts of Town)."

Considering the fact that most slide guitarists of the era went unrecorded, Weldon maintains a healthy amount of recorded material for aficionados to appreciate.

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 in the 1960s.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Legends of the Blues Volume Two Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 News & the Blues - Telling It Like It Is Various Artists 1
1990 The Roots of Robert Johnson Various Artists 1
1990 The Slide Guitar: Bottles, Knives & Steel Various Artists 1
1991 Frank Stokes' Dream: The Memphis Blues 1927-1931 Various Artists 1
1991 Great Blues Guitarists: String Dazzlers Various Artists 2
1992 Bottleneck Guitar Trendsetters of the 1930's Various Artists 1
1994 Too Late, Too Late: Newly Discovered Titles & Alternate Takes, Volume 3 (1927-1960's) Various Artists 1
1995 Blues Fireworks Various Artists 1
1995 The Essential Recordings of Slide Guitar Blues Various Artists 1
1995 Too Late Too Late: More Newly Discovered Titles & Alternate Takes, Volume 4 (1892-1937) Various Artists 1
1996 Juke Joint Blues Various Artists 1
1997 Roots of Rock n' Roll, Volume 2: 1938-1946 Various Artists 1
1997 Too Late, Too Late: More Newly Discovered Titles and Alternate Takes, Volume 7 (1927-1955) Various Artists 1
1998 Slide Guitar: The Streamline Special Various Artists 1
2000 Broke, Black & Blue Various Artists 1
2000 Slidin' on the Frets: The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Phenomenon Various Artists 1
2001 Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey Various Artists 1
2003 The Story of the Blues Various Artists 3 1
2004 L'Histoire Du Jazz Vocal - The Story of Vocal Jazz: 1911 - 1940 Various Artists 1
2004 Century of the Blues Various Artists 1
2004 Chicago Slide Guitar Masters: From Tampa Red to Elmore James Various Artists 1
2005 The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues Various Artists 1
2005 Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar Various Artists 1
2005 Memphis Jug Band and Cannon's Jug Stompers Memphis Jug Band 1
2008 Doom & Gloom - Early Songs of Angst & Disaster, 1927-1945 Various Artists 1
2008 Ain't Times Hard: Political and Social Comment in the Blues Various Artists 4 1
2009 Let Me Tell You About the Blues: Chicago - The Evolution of Chicago Blues 1925-1958 Various Artists 1
2011 Those Dirty Blues, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2014 Nova - Danse 1930-2020 Various Artists 1
Blues in History II Various Artists 1
Hawaiian Music: Honolulu - Hollywood - Nashville 1927-1944 Various Artists 1
Roll & Tumble Blues: A History of Slide Guitar Various Artists 1
The Prewar Blues Story Various Artists 1
The Steamline Special Various Artists 1

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