Harding "Hop" Wilson

Vocals, steel guitar

Date of Birth:  April 27, 1921    Grapeland, TX

Date of Death:  August 27, 1975    Houston, TX

Place of Burial:  Mt. Zion Cemetery

                          FM 229 at CR 2190

                          Grapeland, TX  75884

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  Behind Mt. Zion Baptist Church

                             31° 24’ 59” N. / 95° 37’ 9” W.


Chicken Stuff / That Wouldn't Satisfy, Goldband Records (G-1071)

Always In Love With You / Broke And Hungry, Goldband Records (G-1078)

Hop Wilson And His Blue Steel Guitar - Rocking In The Cocanut Top / Ivory Lee Semien - Fuss Too Much, Goldband Records (G-


Poppa Hop And His Orchestra, I'm A Stranger / My Woman Has A Black Cat Bone, Ivory Records (L-127)

Poppy Hop And His Orchestra, A Good Woman Is Hard to Find / I Met A Strange Woman, Ivory Records (L-133)

Poppy Hop And His Orchestra, Merry Christmas Darling / Be Careful With The Blues, Ivory Records (L-134)

Houston Ghetto Blues, Flyright (LP 527)

Blues With Friends At Goldband, Goldband Records (GRLP 7781)

Houston Ghetto Blues, Bullseye Blues (CD BB 9538)

Hop Wilson & His Buddies, Steel Guitar Flash!, Ace  (CDCHD 240)

Weldon "Juke Boy", In Person, Storyville Special (616 005)

Goin' Down To Louisiana - Goldband Records Downhome Blues Anthology, Ace (CDCHD 821)


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