U.P. Wilson biography



U.P. Wilson (September 4, 1934 – September 22, 2004) Biography Huary Perry Wilson was born on a farm in Catto Parish, Shreveport, Louisiana, to parents Carrie Lee and Tommy Wilson. From 1967 onwards he raised his family, and worked in Fort Worth during the day as a school janitor. At night, Wilson performed as a sideman in local nightclubs. Music journalist, Tony Russell, noted that Wilson put on a show, playing one-handed while drinking, smoking and greeting his fans, but behind the tricks and the hyped language used in his billings ('Texas Tornado', 'Atomic Guitar' etc.,) Wilson was an musician with a talent for more than just getting boys to boogie down. His peculiar decision to sing in falsetto flawed his 1995 release This Is U.P. Wilson, but subsequent releases re-discovered his blend of Texas shuffles and low-down blues. For most of the last decade of his life, Wilson toured both the European blues circuit and throughout the United States. Activities included appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival, and playing accompaniment to Albert Collins. Wilson was imprisoned for six months in the John R.L. Jacksboro State Penitentiary for cocaine possession between 1997 and 1998, and on his release moved to live in Paris, France. Wilson went to hospital in Paris for surgery, and he died there on September 22, 2004, at the age of 70. His wife Rosie, predeceased him, and he was survived by two daughters and a son. Discography On My Way (1988) - Fedora Wild Texas Guitar (1989) - Double Trouble U.P. Wilson With Paul Orta & The Kingpins (1990) - Red Lightnin' (UK) Attack of the Atomic Guitar (live album) (1992) - Red Lightnin' (UK) Boogie Boy! The Texas Guitar Tornado Returns! (1994) - JSP Texas Blues Party, Vol. 1 (1995) - Wolf This Is U.P. Wilson (1995) - JSP Whirlwind (1996) - JSP Good Bad Blues (1998) - JSP Booting (1999) - JSP