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It is difficult to find a more authentic representation of the New Orleans piano bar blues style than Champion Jack Dupree. Born William Thomas Dupree in New Orleans July 23rd 1909, his parents were killed in a fire while still an infant (possibly by the Ku Klux Klan although occasionally he would attribute it to an accident). Growing up in orphanages he was exposed to boxing and playing piano. The nickname "Champion Jack" was given in regard to the many years he spent as a prizefighter and professional boxer. Like many other legendary pianists of the era, such as Jelly Roll Morton, he cut his teeth playing in the brothels and speakeasies in and around New Orleans. Leaving for Chicago in 1930 he concentrated on his boxing career for the next several years, participating in over 100 bouts. His recording debut occurred in 1940, and from there on out he traded in his gloves for 88 keys. Recording many successful sides during the 40s and 50s, he moved to Europe in 1959. He continued to record prolifically for the rest of his life. Just by listening to this record it is apparent that Champion Jack lived the life he sang about. The heart felt songs contained on this album are filled with raw passion and emotion and make for an incredible blues listening experience.