‘Wild Child’ got his nick-name early in life, as his mother was constantly having to get him out of trouble, and that handle stuck with him. Although George was leading his own band while still in his early 20s, his career in Memphis and Chicago didn’t take off, so he relocated to Canada twenty years later and his most productive recordings were done in Britain, late in his life. George was a talented harp player and guitarist with a full, rich-toned voice whose songs arose from his long experience in the Blues.
‘Wild Child’ appearing on Paul Langan’s TV show;
In 1981, George relocated to Windsor Ontario, just across the lake from Detroit, and settled into a life of relentless gigging, leading his band on regular trips south of the border and touring as a harp player with Jimmy Rogers‘ band. In 1991, Mike Vernon of Blue Horizon Records took George to Britain where they cut an excellent album titled ‘These Mean Old Blues, which is full of ‘Wild Child’s own authentic and insightful songs, and a second fine album, ‘Stranger’ emerged from further London sessions in 1994. George continued to play harp and sing with an energy and enthusiasm of a much younger man, before he passed away suddenly in 2005 aged 68. A version of Howlin’ Wolf‘s ‘Spoonful’, which George recorded with Kenny Wayne Shepherd for his ’10 Days on the Road’ project, was a fine posthumous tribute to the ‘Wild Child’.