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Lucy Peterson

Lucky Peterson was born as Judge Kenneth Peterson; December 13, 1964 in Buffalo, New York. Peterson's father, bluesman James Peterson, owned a nightclub in Buffalo called The Governor's Inn. The club was a regular stop for fellow bluesmen such as Willie Dixon. Dixon saw a five-year-old Lucky Peterson performing at the club and Peterson "under his wing." In 9691 he recorded his first album, "Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky Peterson". Viewed as a child prodigy, Peterson got to perform on "The Tonight Show", "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "What's My Line?" in 1971, singing "1-2-3-4", a cover version of "Please, Please, Please" by James Brown. The song reached #40 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. 

In 1972 Lucky and father James recorded their first album together, "The Father, The Son, The Blues". It would be another dozen years before Peterson released a new album. In 1984 the now 19 year old issued "Ridin'" on Isabel Records (Evidence re-released in 1993 with a different cover). Alligator Records signed Lucky in the late 80s. The label released two LPs on him ("Lucky Strikes" in 1989 and "Triple Play" in 1990.)

In 1992 Lucky jointed Verve's subsidiary Gitanes Jazz Productions, resulting in five full albums  ("I'm Ready", "Beyond Cool", "Lifetime", "Move" and "Lucky Peterson"). While on Verve, Peterson also collaborated with Mavis Staples on a tribute to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, called "Spirituals & Gospel" on which Peterson played electronic organ behind Staples' singing.

He started label-hoping in 2001 with the release of "Double Dealin'" on Blue Thumb. During this period he began a long standing relationship with JSP Records commencing with his second collaborative LP with father James ("If You Can't Fix It"). As of 2017 Lucky has four solo albums, three more collaborative albums (with Bernard Allison, Larry McCray and Carl Weathersby on "Triple Fret", with Andy Aledort on
"TÍte A TÍte", and with daughter Tamara on "Darling Forever") and one "best of" collection for JSP. In between this activity Lucky released two LPs for Dreyfuss Jazz ("Black Midnight Sun", "You Can Always Turn Around"), two for Blues Blvd (with Tommy McCoy on "Lay My Demons Down" and the live "I'm Back Again") and one for Jazzbook ("Son Of A Bluesman").

Album Discography

"Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky Peterson" (Today 1969)

Our Future 3:05
Spanish Harlem 3:30
1-2-3-4 2:45
Harlem 3:23
A B C 2:38
Misty 3:17
Don't Turn Around 3:06
Good Old Candy 2:40
Give Me Something 2:30
Funky Alphabet 2:42
Love The One You're With 3:27

James Peterson Lucky Peterson "The Father, The Son, The Blues" (Today 1972)

A1 The Way A Tree Falls
A2 I Need You At Home
A3 What Would I Give
A4 Every Goodbye Ain't Gone
B1 Jacksonville
B2 Don't Put Off For Tomorrow
B3 Music Is The Thing
B4 Florene
B5 Daddy Come Home For Christmas

"Ridin'" (Isabel 1984/Evidence 1993)

1 Ridin 4:58
2 Don't Answer The Door 7:07
3 Further Up The Road 4:02
4 Kinda Easy Like 5:26
5 Baby, What You Want Me To Do 6:25
6 Green Onions 5:17
7 Little Red Rooster 5:47
8 You Don't Have To Go 4:08

"Lucky Strikes!" (Alligator 1989)

A1 Over My Head
A2 Pounding Of My Heart
A3 Can't Get No Loving On The Telephone
A4 She Spread Her Wings (And Flew Away)
A5 Lucky Strikes
B1 Dead Cat On The Line
B2 Bad Feeling
B3 Heart Attack
B4 Earlene

"Triple Play" (Alligaor 1990)

Let The Chips Fall Where They May
Your Lies
Six O'Clock Blues
Repo Man
I Found A Love
Jammin' In The Jungle
Locked Out Of Love
I'm Free
Don't Cloud Up On Me
Funky Ray

"I'm Ready" (Gitanes Jazz Prod/Verve 1992)

I'm Ready 4:33
It Ain't Right 3:55
You Shook Me 5:29
Junk Yard 6:19
Who's Been Talkin'? 5:00
I Lost Faith Last Night 5:23
Tribute To The King 7:54
On The Sea Of Love 3:57
Nothing But Smoke 8:13
Spankin' Leroy 5:05
Don't Cloud Up On Me 3:47
Precious Lord Take My Hand 2:46

"Beyond Cool" (Gitanes Jazz Prod/Verve 1993)

I'm Talking To You 4:26
Count On Me 5:18
Compared To What 5:08
Up From The Skies 4:52
Your Love Is Amazing 4:55
That's The Way It Ought To Be 4:37
Pouring Money On A Drowning Love Affair 3:49
Beyond Cool 7:27
You Haven't Done Nothin' 4:31
Your Good Thing Is About To Run Out 4:08
You Can't Fool Me 4:00
Drivin' Wheel 5:03

 "Lifetime" (Gitanes Jazz Prod/Verve 1995)

Bad Condition 5:38
Shining Star 3:42
We'll Be Together 3:30
Lifetime 4:13
Next In Line 5:52
Blue Interlude 2:11
Wash My Back 6:43
I Ain't Buyin' 3:32
Ham-Buger 5:16
Bird In The Hand 6:08
Hide Away 5:23
A Change Is Gonna Come 4:19

Mavis Staples & Lucky Peterson ‎"Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated To Mahalia Jackson" (Verve 1996)

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen 5:03
A Rusty Old Halo 2:52
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands 4:02
If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again 4:08
Wade In The Water 3:47
Precious Lord Take My Hand 6:08
I'll Fly Away From Here 4:09
Were You There 4:04
Go Down, Moses 5:39
Steal Away 3:32
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 3:28
Down By The Riverside 3:50
Stand By Me 3:59
"Move" (Gitanes Jazz Prod/Verve 1997)

You're The One For Me 3:44
Don't You Even Care 4:52
Let's Go Get Stoned 4:20
It's Your Thing 3:44
Move 3:56
Tin Pan Alley 8:05
I'm Back Again 5:46
Plan Dirty 3:34
Purple Rain 4:19
Move On You 4:37
Pickin' 5:16
What Cha Doing Out There 1:46

"Lucky Peterson" (Gitanes Jazz Prod/Verve 1999)

1 Deal With It 4:00
2 The Otherside 4:23
3 Tribute To Luther Allison 4:37
4 Shake 3:27
5 Funny How Time Slips Away 4:37
6 Why Can't We Live Together 5:44
7 Ask Me Nothing 'Bout The Blues 4:54
8 She's Giving Me The Blues 4:19
9 Seduction 4:56
10 Ta' Ta' You 4:57
11 Don't Cry No More 3:11
12 Ode To Billy Joe 3:31

"Double Dealin'" (Blue Thumb 2001)

Double Dealing
It Ain't Safe
When My Blood Runs Cold
Smooth Sailing
Don't Try To Explain
Mercenary Baby
Ain't Doin' Too Bad
Where Can A Man Go
3 Handed Woman
Doin' Bad, Feelin' Good
4 Little Boys
Remember The Day

"Black Midnight Sun" (Dreyfuss Jazz 2003)

01 Herbert Harper's Free Press News 5:20
02 Lucky In Love 5:15
03 Is It Because I'm Black 4:50
04 Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone 3:53
05 Smokestack Lightning 5:07
06 Black Midnight Sun 4:58
07 She's A Burglar 4:39
08 Truly Your Friend 5:19
09 Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothing 4:12
10 Changes Your Ways 5:29
11 Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa 5:59

James & Lucky Peterson "If You Can't Fix It" (JSP 2004)

1. Let's Work Together
2. Why Do You Worry Me
3. Mercy on My Soul
4. Someday Things Are Gonna Change
5. We've Been Wrong
6. Hello My Lover
7. Rock Me One More Time
8. Blue and Miserably Unhappy
9. I Don't Need You Now
10. Give Me Love
11. Something's Wrong
12. Best of Luck to You
13. Be Good or Be Gone

Bernard Allison, Larry McCray, Carl Weathersby + Lucky Peterson ‎"Triple Fret" (JSP 2005)

Bottle Of Whiskey
Bluesman
Get Drunk And Pop The Trunk
Don't Tie Me Down
I'm Praying For You
Where's Lucky
Good To Me
Ain't Nothing But The Truth
Take It Slow

Andy Aledort, Lucky Peterson With Special Guest Larry McCray ‎"TÍte A TÍte" (JSP 2007)

1 'till My Dyin' Day
2 No More
3 Leavin' To Stay
4 Get Outta My Bed!
5 Not Guilty
6 Tete A Tete
7 Croon
8 Talk Is Cheap
9 Tribute To Albert Collins

"Organ Soul Sessions" (Universal Music Jazz France 2009)

Brother Where Are You ?
1. Soul Bossa Nova
2. Cantaloupe Island
3. Crying Time
4. I Herad It Trough The Grapevine
5. The Jody Grind
6. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
7. Misterioso
8. Midnight Blue
9. Don't Know Why
10. Unchain My Heart
11. Brother Where Are You ?

Mercy
1. Mercy
2. Son Of A Preacher Man
3. Stolen Moments
4. Tell It Like It Is ?
5. I Walk The Line
6. The Sidewinder
7. Yellow Moon
8. Rainy Night In Georgia
9. Me And Bobby McGee
10. I Am So Lonesome I Could Cry
11. I Can't Stand The Rain

The Music Is The Magic
1. Well You Needn't
2. Rehab
3. The Preacher
4. A Song For You
5. The Music Is The Magic
6. Up From The Sky
7. Ode To Billie
8. The Mooche
9. My Cherie Amour
10. Song For My Father
11. Will The Circle Be Unbroken ?

Tamara & Lucky Peterson ‎"Darling Forever" (JSP 2009)

1 You Gotta Love Me Baby (Take My Pain Away)
2 Lost The Right
3 Smile
4 I Don't Like You But I Love You
5 Talkin' 'Bout Love
6 Free
7 Darling Forever
8 Whar You Wanna Do About It
9 Sometimes
10 I Believe

Tommy McCoy & Lucky Peterson ‎"Lay My Demons Down" (Blues Blvd 2009)

1 Blues Thing
2 Bitter Soul To Heal
3 They Killed That Man
4 Lay My Demons Down
5 A Man Who Cried
6 Ludella
7 I Hate To Wait
8 Bricks In My Pillow
9 Stay In F.L.A.
10 When Your Heart Can Feel The Blues
11 Crying Won't Help You
12 Follow The Rules
13 Black Cat Bone
14 The Other Side
15 56' Chevy (Instrumental)

"Heart Of Pain" (JSP 2010)

1 Out Of The Frying Pan 3:17
2 Heart Of Pain 4:49
3 A Woman Don't Care 4:00
4 I Will Survive 3:53
5 Age Ain't Nothing But A Number 3:52
6 Oh Baby 3:27
7 He's The Answer 4:20
8 Brown Can't Be Bad 5:22
9 Lucky's 88 5:16
10 Bound To Make You Love Me 3:53
11 I Won't Be Fooled 3:17

"You Can Always Turn Around" (Dreyfuss Jazz 2010)

1 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
2 I'm New Here
3 Statesboro Blues
4 Trouble
5 Trampled Rose
6 Atonement
7 Why Are People Like That
8 Four Little Boys
9 Death Don't Have No Mercy
10 I Wish I Knew How It Wuold Feel To Be Free
11 Think

"Every Second A Fool Is Born" (JSP 2011)

1 Ain't Going To Boss Me 4:16
2 I Can Do Better By Myself 3:29
3 Changing Ways 3:29
4 Every Second A Fool Is Born 5:27
5 Baby Please 3:49
6 Love Me 6:53
7 After The Dance 3:43
8 My Baby Changed 6:16
9 Running Down The Railroad 6:38
10 Have Mercy On Us 3:16
11 Lucky's Blues 4:33


"Travelin' Man" (JSP 2012)

1 Proud to Love My Baby 4:00
2 Feeling They Call the Blues 4:23
3 Trouble Everywhere 3:20
4 I'm Free 4:46
5 Get on Down 5:09
6 Get off Me Baby 4:15
7 Traveling Man 3:00
8 Treat Me Like You Wanna 4:29
9 What Have I Done Wrong 3:40
10 Wish You Well 3:37
11 The Day After 2:18

"Son Of A Bluesman" (Jazzbook 2014)

Blues In My Blood 5:21
Funky Broadway 4:41
Nana Jarnell 5:38
I Pity The Fool 4:28
Boogie-Woogie Blues Joint Party 4:28
I'm Still Here 7:00
The Son Of A Bluesman 5:01
I Can See Clearly Now 5:30
Joy 3:49
You Lucky Dog 4:14
I'm Still Here (Gospel) 7:10
Stick Like Glue 4:16
Worlds In A Tangle 3:41
Spread Your Wings 4:52
Read Between The Lines 3:28

"I'm Back Again" (Blues Blvd 2014)

1 I'm Back Again
2 Smooth Sailing
3 Trouble
4 Blues Medley
5 Giving Me The Blues
6 Ta' Ta' You
7 It Ain't Safe
8 I'm Ready
9 Who's Been Talking
10 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
11 The World Is In A Tangle

"Live In Marciac 2014" (Jazz Village 2015)

Boogie Thang 10:59
Funky Broadway 4:01
I Can See Clearly Now 9:42
It Ain't Safe 7:23
Trouble 8:23
Lock Out of Love 3:36
Make my Move on You 3:57
Tribute to Stevie Vaughan 1:39
Nana Jarnell 6:37
I'm Still Here 6:29
Goin' Down Slow 2:01
Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone 3:11
Boogie Woogie Blues Party 4:29
Johnny B Goode > Encore 6:13

"Long Nights" (JSP 2016)

Is It Me 3:50
Waiting On You 3:19
Long Nights 5:49
Be Your Man 3:10
Wasting My Time 4:02
Mad As A Man Can Be 3:45
Never Coming Back 3:16
Repo Man 4:21
Six O'clock Blues 3:33
Erline 5:04
Feeling They Call The Blues 4:04

"Live At The 55 Arts Club Berlin" (Blackbird 2017)

1-1 I'm Back Again
1-2 Smooth Sailing
1-3 Trouble
1-4 Blues Medley
1-5 You Shook Me
1-6 Knocking
1-7 How Do I, Why Do I
1-8 I Don't Like You But I Love You
1-9 Been So Long
1-10 I Wanna Know What Good Love Is
1-11 Lost The Right
2-1 Giving Me The Blues
2-2 Ta' Ta' You
2-3 It Ain't Safe
2-4 I'm Ready
2-5 Who's Been Talking?
2-6 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
2-7 The World's In A Tangle
2-8 Kiss
2-9 Last Night You Left
2-10 Ain't Nobody Like You
2-11 Real Music
DVD-1 I'm Back Again
DVD-2 Smooth Sailing
DVD-3 Trouble
DVD-4 Blues Medley
DVD-5 You Shook Me
DVD-6 Knocking
DVD-7 How Do I, Why Do I
DVD-8 I Don't Like You But I Love You
DVD-9 Been So Long
DVD-10 I Wanna Know What Good Love Is
DVD-11 Lost The Right
DVD-1 Giving Me The Blues
DVD-2 Ta' Ta' You
DVD-3 It Ain't Safe
DVD-4 I'm Ready
DVD-5 Who's Been Talking?
DVD-6 I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
DVD-7 The World's In A Tangle
DVD-8 Kiss
DVD-9 Last Night You Left
DVD-10 Ain't Nobody Like You
DVD-11 Real Music
DVD-1 Special Features: Behind The Scenes, 4 Additional Songs Performed By Shawn Kellerman Featuring Tim Waites & Raul Valdes, Interview & More

"Tribute To Jimmy Smith" (Jazz Village 2017)

A1 Night Train 8:47
A2 The Sermon 6:30
B1 The Champ 6:47
B2 Jimmy Wants To Groove 6:39
B3 Singin This Song 4 U 5:50
C1 Jimmy's Jumpin 5:20
C2 Misty 7:58
D1 Back At The Chicken Shack 7:49
D2 Blues For Wes 4:45

"What Have I Done Wrong - The Best of the JSP Sessions" (JSP 2017)

1. After The Dance: Lucky Peterson
2. Til My Dyin Day: Lucky Peterson & Andy Aledort
3. Age Aint Noting But A Number: Lucky Peterson
4. Strange Things Happening Every Day: James & Lucky Peterson
5. Lost The Right: Tamara & Lucky Peterson
6. What Have I Done Wrong: Lucky Peterson
7. Never Coming Back: Lucky Peterson
8. Wheres Lucky: Bernard Allison/ Larry McCray/ Carl Weathersby/ Lucky Peterson
9. Have You Ever (Could Have Been You): Tamara Peterson w. the Lucky Peterson Band
10. From Me: Lucky Peterson
11. Time To Go: Lucky Peterson
12. Back To Sing The Blues: Tamara & Lucky Peterson
13. Im A Lucky Man: Lucky Peterson

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