Ivory Lee Semien

Vocals, keyboards, drums, producer, label owner

Date of Birth:  September 14, 1931    Washington, LA

Date of Death:  March 4, 2002    Houston, TX

Place of Burial:  Unknown

Has Marker:  Unknown

Grave Location:  Unknown


Hop Wilson & His Blue Steel Guitar - Rocking In The Cocanut Top / Ivory Lee Semien ‎– Fuse Too Much, Goldband Records (G-1246)

Broke & Hungry, Ivory Records (I-1236)

Alley Oop, Ivory Records (I-1237)

King Ivory Lee - Rockin' In The Cocanut Top, Trey Records (T-1003)

King Ivory Lee - The Bitch Done Quit Me, Home Cooking Records (COL-5562)

Rockin' Blues Party, Goldband Records (GCL-115)

In The Alley: The Story Of Ivory Records, Home Cooking Records (COL CD-5507)

As Drummer:

 Hop Wilson ‎– Houston Ghetto Blues, Bullseye Blues (CD BB 9538)

Mojo Hand - The Best of Lightnin' Hopkins, Blues Forever (BD 68033 CD)

As Writer/Producer:

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

Elliott Wilson ‎– Come On / A Lost Soul, Ivory Records (338)

D.C. Bender - Boogie Children / Woke Up This Morning, Ivory Records (I-134)



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