Joe Liggins took his record ‘The Honeydripper’ to the top of the R&B charts for a record 18 weeks in 1945, and when he named his band The Honeydrippers he kept them among the best sellers for ten years. Their infectious jump-Blues was fuelled by the optimistic post-WWII atmosphere of the day, where everybody seemed to want to dance, and bands like Joe’s, Louis Jordan‘s Tympani Five, Tiny Bradshaw‘s Orchestra, Amos Milburn and the proto-Rock’n’Roll coming out of New Orleans dominated the juke-boxes, record sales and radio airplay of the day.
The original 1945 version of ‘The Honeydripper’;
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[stextbox id=”custom” caption=”Joe Liggins Discography” float=”true” align=”left” width=”300″]Joe is mainly remembered for his Number 1 hits ‘The Honeydripper’ and ‘Pink Champagne’, and his sophisticated blend of swing, jump-Blues and boogie -woogie lend themselves to all kinds of dance music.
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[/stextbox]Joe’s band were in huge demand as a live act and they toured with Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris and Jimmy Witherspoon, but by 1955 Rock’n’Roll was beginning to dominate the business. Joe continued to lead The Honeydrippers, playing their jump-Blues around the West Coast, and they enjoyed something of a revival in the 80s. Joe passed away in 1987, but Little Willie Jackson kept The Honeydrippers going until he expired in 2000.