Mickey Baker

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McHouston Baker
guitar, vocals
born: October 15, 1925 in Louisville, Kentucky

Member of:
Mickey & Sylvia (duo with Sylvia Robinson) 1956 - 1965

 

Mickey Baker is mostly known for his great session work for the Aladdin, Atlantic, King and Savoy labels and for being half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia (with Sylvia Robinson).

Micke & Sylvia were very popular in the late 50's / early 60's with hits like: "Love Is Strange" (later a hit for The Everly Brothers) , "There Oughta Be A Law" and "Baby You're So Fine".

Mickey's session work earned him the title Mickey 'Guitar' Baker. His skills contributed to the success of The Drifters, Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle, Ray Charles, Champion Jack Dupree, Louis Jordan, Clyde McPhatter, Wynonie Harris, Ivory Joe Hunter, King Curtis, Amos Milburn, The Coasters, Sunnyland Slim, LaVern Baker, etc. etc.

Sylvia Robinson did some more recording as Sylvia and eventually became the owner of "Sugar Hill Records", the famous hip-hop label.

 

Hits Mickey & Sylvia:
- Love Is Strange [1956]
- There Oughta Be A Law [1957]
- Baby You're So Fine [1961]

Essential Mickey Baker album: Rock with a Sock

Albums:
- The Wildest Guitar [Atlantic SD-8035, 1959]
- But Wild [King KS-839, 1963]
- Mississippi Delta Dues [Verve 899, 1973] with Stefan Grossman
- The Blues and Me [Black & Blue 33507, 1974]
- Up on the Hill [Roots 517, 1975]
- Take a Look Inside [Big Bear 5, 1975] with Willie Mabon, Pete York
- Blues & Jazz Guitar [Kicking Mule 142, 1977]
- Jazz Rock Guitar [Kicking Mule 140, 1978]
- Blues, Jazz & Rock Guitar: The Legendary Mickey Baker [Shanachie 97019, 1992] with Stefan Grossman
- Rock with a Sock [Bear Family 15654, June 1994]
- The Real Folk Blues [Universal International 9831540, May 2006]
- Take a Look Inside [Universal International 9832117, May 2006] with P.P. Arnold, Calvin Samuels, Chris Spedding, Doris Troy
- Mississippi Delta Dues [Sunnyside 3051, August 2006] with Stefan Grossman, Les Sampson

- Guitar Works [Audibook 121, 19??]

Essential Mickey & Sylvia album: Love is Strange: A Golden Classics Edition

Albums Mickey & Sylvia:
- New Sounds [Vix, 1957]
- Love Is Strange [Camden, 1965]
- Do It Again [RCA Victor APM1-0327, 1973]
- Love Is Strange And Other Hits [RCA 9900, 1990]
- Love is Strange [Bear Family 15438, 1990] 2CD compilation set (60 songs!)
- The Willow Sessions [Sequel 783, 1995]
- Love is Strange: A Golden Classics Edition [Collectables 5833, April 1997]

He appears on the following albums:
Ruth Brown - Miss Rhythm (Greatest Hits and More) [Atlantic 8026, 1959] 2 CD set
Stefan Grossman - How to Play Blues Guitar [Shanachie 98001, 1966]
Champion Jack Dupree - Champion Jack Dupree & His Blues Band [Decca 4871, 1967]
King Curtis - Instant Groove [Atco SD 33-293, 1969]
Champion Jack Dupree - Heavy Blues [Sire 97010, 1969]
Sunnyland Slim - Depression Blues [Festival 648, 1971]
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - The Blues Ain't Nothin' [Black & Blue 33033, 1972]
Willie Mabon - The Comeback [America 6126, 1973]
The Aces - Chicago Beat [Black & Blue 33508, 1976]
Various Artists - Atlantic Blues: Guitar [Atlantic 81695, 1986]
Various Artists - Atlantic Blues [Atlantic 82309, 1986] 4 CD Box set
Hank Ballard - Let 'em Roll [Charly 240, 1990]
LaVern Baker - Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker [Atlantic 82311, October 1991]
Ray Charles - The Birth of Soul [Atlantic 82310, October 1991] 3 CD Box set
Champion Jack Dupree - Blues For Everybody [Charly 243, 1992]
The Coasters - 50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology [Rhino 71090, November 1992]
Hank Ballard - Sexy Ways: The Best of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters [Rhino 71512, November 1993]
Big Maybelle - Candy [Savoy Jazz 93018, 1994] 2 CD set
Big Joe Turner - Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology [Rhino 71550, February 1994] 3 CD Box set
Amos Milburn - The Complete Aladdin Recordings of Amos Milburn [Mosaic 155, 1994] 7 CD set
Ray Charles - Blues + Jazz [Rhino 71667, March 1994] 2 CD set
Big Maybelle - The Complete Okeh Sessions 1952-'55 [Columbia/Legacy 53417, 1994]
Ray Charles - The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years [Rhino 71722, July 1994]
Nappy Brown - Don't Be Angry! [Savoy Jazz 259, March 1995]
Big Maybelle - Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle [Savoy Jazz 262, 1995]
Freddie Bell - Rockin' Is Our Business [Bear Family 15901, March 1996]
Various Artists - Life in Blues [EPM Musique BC157362, April 1996]
Amos Milburn - Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie Woogie: 1946-1955 [Capitol 36879, 1996]
Ray Charles - Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection [Rhino 72859, September 1997] 5 CD Box Set
Ray Charles - Ultimate Hits Collection [Rhino 75644, March 1999] 2 CD set
Sil Austin - Swingstation [Polygram 547876, November 1999]
Ray Charles - Le Genius of Soul [WEA International 35890, March 2000]
Nappy Brown - Night Time Is the Right Time [Savoy Jazz 92908, July 2000]
King Curtis - Hot Sax, Cool Licks [Ace 757, August 2000]
Quincy Jones - Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones [Rhino 74363, October 2001] 4 CD Box Set
Various Artists - The Story of Black & Blue 1: 1963-1976 [Fremeaux & Associes 30, February 2002] 2 CD set
Ray Charles - Ray's Blues [Past Perfect 220379, December 2002]
Various Artists - An Introduction to the Blues: 60 Blues Guitar Greats [Castle Music 91630, January 2003] 3 CD set
Earl Bostic - Magic Bostic 1944-1952 [EPM Musique 160402, October 2003]
Ruth Brown - 1951-1953 [Jazz Classics 5084, April 2004]
The Clovers - A Proper Introduction to the Clovers: Ting-A-Ling [Proper 2029, April 2004]
Various Artists - The Montreux Blues Festival 1973 [Universal International 983212, May 2006]
Earl Bostic - Plays Jazz Standards [Definitive Records 11295, 2006]
Stick McGhee - New York Blues and R&B 1947-1955 [JSP 57763, March 2007] 4 CD set

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