Shirley Johnson - Killer Diller
  • 01 Not For The Love Of You
  • 02 Killer Diller
  • 03 Your Turn To Cry
  • 04 Somebody Have Mercy
  • 05 As The Years Go Passing By
  • 06 No Deposit, No Return
  • 07 Hard Lovin' Mama
  • 08 The Blues Is All I've Got
  • 09 Little Wing
  • 10 For You My Love
  • 11 Love Abuse
  • 12 It Hurts Me Too
  • 13 Missed The Best Chance
  • 01 Not For The Love Of You
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:08) [7.18 MB]
  • 02 Killer Diller
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:29) [7.98 MB]
  • 03 Your Turn To Cry
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:54) [11.22 MB]
  • 04 Somebody Have Mercy
    Genre: Blues
  • 05 As The Years Go Passing By
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (05:47) [13.24 MB]
  • 06 No Deposit, No Return
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:23) [10.05 MB]
  • 07 Hard Lovin' Mama
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:31) [8.05 MB]
  • 08 The Blues Is All I've Got
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:58) [11.38 MB]
  • 09 Little Wing
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:31) [8.03 MB]
  • 10 For You My Love
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:59) [11.39 MB]
  • 11 Love Abuse
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (07:07) [16.28 MB]
  • 12 It Hurts Me Too
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:17) [9.8 MB]
  • 13 Missed The Best Chance
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:35) [10.51 MB]
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Shirley Johnson – Killer Diller
Delmark DE 757 (2002)
Compact Disc

With Robert Ward, John Primer, Johnny B. Moore, Maurice John Vaughn.

Shirley Johnson is an outstanding vocalist who finds herself in the vanguard of a remarkable revival of the Chicago female blues singer. For many years she has been an able ambassador, here and abroad, representing both the blues and gospel traditions. Shirley has a passionate, strong voice that can deliver a chugging Chicago blues shuffle with uncommon conviction, and infuse a slow ballad with the reassuring power of her own personal experience. Shirley Johnson is an entirely modern blues singer with ample talent, heart and class. Killer Diller is Shirley’s American debut CD.


1 Not For The Love Of You
Baritone Saxophone – Willie Henderson
Guitar – Maurice John Vaughn
Horn – Willie Henderson
Tenor Saxophone – Hank Ford
Trumpet – Kenny Anderson (2)
3:05
2 Killer Diller
Guitar – Johnny B. Moore, Rockin' Johnny
Organ – Roosevelt Purifoy
Piano – Allen Batts
3:26
3 You Turn To Cry
Guitar – Robert Ward
4:51
4 Someday Have Mercy
Guitar – John Primer, Rockin' Johnny
5:07
5 As The Years Go Passing By
Bass – Mike "Sleepy" Riley, Willie "Vamp" Samuels
Drums – Baldhead Pete, Tim Austin (4)
Guitar – Johnny B. Moore
5:44
6 No Deposit, No Return
Baritone Saxophone – Willie Henderson
Guitar – Maurice John Vaughn
Horn – Kenny Anderson (2)
Tenor Saxophone – Hank Ford
Trumpet – Kenny Anderson (2)
4:20
7 Hard-Lovin' Mama
Guitar – Johnny B. Moore, Rockin' Johnny
Organ – Roosevelt Purifoy
Piano – Allen Batts
3:27
8 The Blues Is All I've Got
Guitar – John Primer, Rockin' Johnny
4:55
9 Little Wing
Guitar – Robert Ward
3:27
10 For You My Love
Guitar – Johnny B. Moore, Rockin' Johnny
Organ – Roosevelt Purifoy
Piano – Allen Batts
4:55
11 Love Abuse
Baritone Saxophone – Willie Henderson
Guitar – Robert Ward
Horn – Kenny Anderson (2)
Tenor Saxophone – Hank Ford
Trumpet – Kenny Anderson (2)
7:04
12 It Hurts Me Too
Bass – Mike "Sleepy" Riley, Willie "Vamp" Samuels
Drums – Baldhead Pete, Tim Austin (4)
Guitar – Johnny B. Moore
4:13
13 Missed The Best Chance
Guitar – John Primer, Rockin' Johnny
4:33
14 Saved
Backing Vocals – Roberta Thomas
Bass Drum – Kelly Littleton
Guitar – Maurice John Vaughn




Kenny Anderson Horn Arrangements, Trumpet
Tim Austin Drums
Baldhead Pete Drums
Allen Batts Organ, Piano
Hank Ford Sax (Tenor)
Willie Henderson Horn Arrangements, Sax (Baritone)
Shirley Johnson Vocals
Kelly Littleton Drums (Bass)
Johnny B. Moore Guest Artist, Guitar
John Primer Guest Artist, Guitar
Roosevelt Purifoy Organ, Piano
Rockin' Johnny Guitar
Roberta Thomas Vocals
Maurice John Vaughn Guest Artist, Guitar
Robert Ward Guest Artist, Guitar,



AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

Just as a bluegrass festival might attract a country singer who's too country for country radio, Chicago's blues scene is a good place to hear classic soul singing in the '60s/'70s sense. For decades, soul has been an important part of the menu in many of the Windy City's blues clubs -- Chicago is full of talented blues singers who are also talented soul singers, and few of the city's blues clubs are going to reject someone simply because he/she doesn't stick to the 12-bar format 100 percent of the time. Soul, in fact, is an important part of what Shirley Johnson does on her first Delmark release, Killer Diller, which was recorded in 1996, 2000, and 2001. The gritty, big-voiced Chicago resident (originally from Norfolk, VA) offers plenty of Chicago-style electric blues on this CD, including "The Blues Is All I've Got" and Willie Dixon's "Killer Diller." But for Johnson, being blues-oriented doesn't mean being a blues purist, and she brings a healthy appreciation of classic, pre-urban contemporary R&B to "No Deposit, No Return" and Sam Cooke's "Somebody Have Mercy." Another highlight of the album is Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," which Johnson gives a somewhat Tina Turner-ish makeover. Johnson can also handle gospel, although she sticks to secular lyrics on Killer Diller (except for Leiber & Stoller's "Saved," which was a hit for LaVern Baker). No one will accuse Johnson of being an innovator; while Koko Taylor and Etta James were the leaders, Johnson is among the followers. But if Johnson is derivative, she's also expressive, highly enjoyable, and good at what she does. Anyone who has spent a lot of time listening to Taylor, James, and similar vocalists should have no problem getting into Killer Diller.
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