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Silas Hogan biography



Silas Hogan (September 15, 1911 – January 9, 1994) Biography Hogan learned guitar playing as a teenager and was performing on a regular basis by the late 1930s. Similar to Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo, Hogan was influenced by Jimmy Reed. In 1962, by which time he was aged 51, Hogan was belatedly introduced by Harpo to the Crowley, Louisiana based record producer, J. D. "Jay" Miller. Miller, via the offices of Excello Records, started Hogan's recording career, at a time when interest in variations of swamp blues was starting to wane. Hogan did nevertheless see the issue of several singles up to 1965, when Miller's disagreement with the record label's new owners brought the recording contract to a swift finale. On some of his recordings, Hogan was backed by the harmonica player, Moses "Whispering" Smith. Hogan died in January 1994 of heart disease, at the age of 82. Albums 1965 Trouble at Home Blue Horizon 1972 Trouble Excello 1995 So Long Blues Ace 1999 The Godfather Wolf Records Compilation albums Year Title Label Song by Hogan 1999 The Excello Story, Vol. 4: 1961-1975 Hip-O Records "Trouble at Home Blues" 2002 Genuine Excello R&B Ace "Go on Pretty Baby"