Jesse "Babyface" Thomas

Vocals, Guitar

Date of Birth:  February 3, 1911    Logansport, LA

Date of Death:  August 15, 1995    Shreveport, LA

Place of Burial:  Carver Memorial Cemetery

                            498 Kennie Road

                            Shreveport, LA 71106

Has Marker:  Unknown

Grave Location:  Unknown

Jesse Thomas, Let's Have Some Fun, Freedom (1513)


No Good Woman Blues / Blue Goose Blues, Victor (V38555)

Down In Texas Blues / My Heart's A Rolling Stone, Victor (23381)

Same Old Stuff / D Double Due Love You, Miltone (232)

Zetter Blues / Mountain Key Blues, Miltone (233)

Melody in C / You Are My Dreams, Club (no #)

I Wonder Why / Another Friend Like Me, Club (no #)

Guess I'll Walk Alone / Let's Have Some Fun, Freedom (1513)

Gonna Write You A Letter / Texas Blues, Modern (20-710)

I Can't Stay Here (An' Be Treated Thisa Way) / Christmas Celebration, Swing Time (240)

It's You I'm Thinking Of / Now Is The Time, Swing TIme (241)

Lookin' For That Woman, Black Top (CD BT-1128)

Blues Is A Feeling, Delmark (DD-749)

Jesse Thomas / Leonard "Peaches" Sterling / James Crutchfield: Another Friend Like Me, Document Records (DOCD-32-20-19)

Texas - Louisiana, Highway 51 (H-103)

Anthology Of The Blues: Texas Blues, P-Vine (PCD-3039)

Down Behind The Rise 1947-1953, Nighthawk (106)

Texas Blues 1928-1929, HK Records (HK 4003)

Ramblin' Thomas & The Dallas Blues Singers  Complete Recorded Works 1928-1932 in Chronological Order, Document  

      Records (DOCD 5107)

Jesse Thomas 1948-1958 Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Document Records (DOCD 6044)


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