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Gary B.B. Coleman biography



Gary B.B. Coleman (January 1, 1947 – February 14, 1994) was an American soul blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. Originally a blues promoter and local musician, Coleman recorded his debut album in 1986, which was re-released on Ichiban Records. Coleman issued several other albums, and produced most of Ichiban's blues catalog up to his death in 1994. On many occasions, Coleman undertook multi-instrumentalist duties in the recording studio. Coleman acknowledged both B.B. King in his "B.B." moniker; and his fellow-Texan, Freddie King. Biography Born in Paris, Texas, Coleman was working alongside Freddie King by the age of 15. If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (1988) followed, and in the same year Coleman's duties expanded with Ichiban to include record production for other acts, songwriting, and becoming an A&R scout. He continued to write material for others and sometimes played guitar and keyboards on their records. His own albums featured self-penned material, such as "I Fell in Love on a One Night Stand" and "If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair)". Coleman successfully continued to combine various roles until his early death in 1994. Discography Nothin' But the Blues (1987) - Ichiban - United States R&B #74 If You Can Beat Me Rockin'... (1988) - Ichiban One Night Stand (1989) - Ichiban Dancin' My Blues Away (1990) - Ichiban Romance Without Finance Is a Nuisance (1991) - Ichiban The Best of Gary B.B. Coleman (1991) - Ichiban Too Much Weekend (1992) - Ichiban Cocaine Annie (1996) - Icehouse Records