Mississippi Writers and Musicians
MISSISSIPPI MUSICIANS: Bobby Rush


Bobby Rush Bobby Rush, Photo by John Severson of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, April 27, 2000.

Major Works

  • Lovin' A Big Fat Woman
  • Booga Bear
  • Feel Like Getting' It On
  • Can't Save A Cent
  • Me and My Harp
  • Searching
  • Cold Out Doors
  • Buttermilk
  • Bottom
  • Bottle Up and Go
  • Cold Hearted Woman
  • One Monkey
  • Don't Stop No Show
  • Hen Pecked
  • Cut me In Bobby Rush, Photo from http://bluesaccess.com/No_34/rush.ht
  • I Need Someone
    Dangerous
  • I Wanna Get Close To Ya
  • People Sure Act Funny
  • Jezebel
  • Blues With A Feeling
  • She's So Fine

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Bobby Rush: A Biography
By Shequetta Gandy (SHS)

Emmit Ellis Jr., better known as a Bobby Rush, writes and sings funky blues, R&B, and soul songs.  Santelli's Big Book of Blues states that Rush was born November 10, 1940 (120). However,  another source says that he was born November 10, 1936 (Yahoo's Music Finder). The sources agree that he was born in Homer, Louisiana,  to his mother Mattie and to a preacher of two churches. As a child he was involved in church but never sang in the choir

At a very early age,  Rush was involved in musical experiences related to his career (Blues Acess). At age six, he used an old broom as a guitar and started listening to artists such as Louis Jordan, Elmore James, Shequetta Gandy, SHS. Photo by N. JacobsMuddy Waters, and B.B. King. When he was thirteen, he moved to Chicago  with his family and managed to form a band which included Freddie King, Luther Johnson, Bobby King, and Luther Allison (Malaco). He also performed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with Boyd Gilmore, and Johnny 'Big Moose' Walker (Music Finder). From this early beginning he has become one of the best artist ever.

Before releasing many songs he moved to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1983. As a child he was told many times not to move to Jackson, Mississippi. but he ignored his parents and came any way (Blues Access). Throughout his career,  he signed with many record companies and released many albums. He released his first hit, Chicken Heads,  in 1971 for Galaxy Records. While living in Mississippi he signed with other record companies which include ABC Records, Jewel, Warner Brothers, Philadelphia International, and LaJam Records (Big Book of Blues).  He produced many albums while with these companies. Some of the songs on these albums were One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, She's A Good Un, and What's Good For The (Malaco).
Bobby Rush It was in 1995 when Rush switched to Malaco's Waldoxy Label (Malaco).  He plans to call this company home.   Rush has sung many of his great hits at  his blues festivals and concerts. At these concerts and festivals,  he has sexy dancers and outrageous stage antics (Big Resorts).  These people amaze and hype up the audience. The sexy dancers and stage antics are not the only ones who keeps the crowd hot. Bobby Rush also does a tremendous job  dancing singing and playing his harmonica. For being so great on stage,  he has received many awards and recognitions, including  "Best Live Performer of the Year", "Best Blues Entertainer of the Year", and "Best Soul/Blues Albums of the Year. "(Blues Highway). Malaco Records

 According to Malaco, Bobby Rush  mixed the last five of his  ten album release "Hoochie Man" in January.  When asked about this release, Bobby Rush says, "I  think this is the greatest album that I have released in 25 years. This is going to be the most versatile album full of good-feelin' songs. 'Hoochie Man' is going to showcase  another side of Bobby Rush as a writer, song stylist, and producer. The songs on 'Hoochie  Man' are the greatest songs released since 'Chicken Heads' some 30 years ago. Not to  say that my other albums are not any good, but I feel that I've outdone myself on this one." (Malaco web site).

Most recently, April, 2000, the Mississippi Senate in Jackson passed a resolution honoring Rush for his musical career. As of now,  this outstanding blues artist is still hot today. Many people, young and old,  still consider the sixty-six year old Bobby Rush outrageous, entertaining, soulful, and sexy!

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Timeline

1936- believed Rush was born
1940- date some sources give for his birth
1953- moved to Chicago and formed a band
1971- signed with Galaxy Records and released the song Chicken Heads
1973- moved to the Jewel label and recorded four singles
1982- signed with LaJam Records
1983- moved to Jackson, Mississippi
1991- switched to Urgent! Records and records I Ain't Studdin You
1995- switched to Malaco's Waldoxy label One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Bobby Rush
         -named "Best Live Performer"
1996- received an award for "Best Live Performer"
1997- received award for "Best Soul/R&B Live Performer"
        - received an award for "Artist of the Year"
1998- nominated for "Blues Entertainer of the Year"
        - nominated for "Soul/Blues Male artist
        - received an award for best "Blues Entertainer of the Year"
1999- nominated for "Best Soul/Blues Male Artist of the Year"

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Review of I Ain't Studdin' You
By Shequetta Gandy (SHS)

I Ain't Studdin You is the name of one of Rush's great hits. He recorded this song in 1991 when he signed with Urgent! Records. Rush sings this song to express how he felt when one of his girl friends mistreated him. Throughout this song he said how she lied and cheated in their relationship. This song lets his ex-girl friend know that he doesn't care about her any more.

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Related Websites

A great blues access interview by Stanley Booth covering how Rush got his name plus much more.

This is a biography of Bobby Rush by Ray Stiles

Malaco's page for Bobby Rush.

This page contains announcement of Rush's  It's Alright which includes brief biography.

Great photos from the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival with Bobby Rush.

Review of Rush's performance on Monaghan Online.

The 22nd Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Web Site (MACE) has an interesting bio and photo of Rush.

Review by Gloria Pierce of performance by Rush in Florida.

At this address, you can listen to audio clips of  Sue,  Buttermilk Kid, What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander,  Bertha Jean and Shakey Ground.

Here you can listen to sound samples of  One Monkey Don't Stop No Show,. Hen Pecked, Cut Me In,  I Need Someone and  Dangerous.

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Bibliography

"Bobby Rush". Online. Available http//www.bayfront blues.com /biography/bobby-.htm. April 6, 1999.

"Bobby Rush" Online. Available http://www. blues access.com/No-34/rush.html.April 24, 1999.

"Bobby Rush". Online. Available http://www.blues festivals.com/handys 97/performances.html. April 24, 1999.

"The 19th Annual Handy Awards". Online. Available http://www.the blues highway/com/handy 98.html. April 28, 1999

"The Blues Foundation". Online. Available http://www.blues org/bluesnews/handy news/012599.html. April 24, 1999.

Santelli, Robert "Bobby Rush". The Big Book of Blues. Penguin Group, 1993. 120.

"Blues Festivals Archives". Online. Available html.April 17, 1999

"Bobby Rush". Online. Available http://www.Cleveland blues festival.com/brush/html. April 6, 1999.

"The Blues Foundation." Online. Available http://www.handyawards.com /nomies/bobbyrush.html. April 24, 1999.

"Chancery Crusing" Online. Available http://www.holburn born-travel.co.uk/holbs 4. htm. April 24, 1999.

"Bobby Rush". Online. Available http://www.icorp. net/song Bobby Rushsearch/dir/rush. bobby.ht,. April 24, 1999.

"Bobby Rush" Online. Available http://malaco. com/blues/brush/disc. html. April 9 1999.

"Bobby Rush". Online Available http:// malaco.com/blues/brush/main. html. April 9, 1999.

" Bobby Rush ". Online. Available http://www,musicfinder.yahoo.com./shop? d=rush bobby &cf=1. April 23, 1999.

"Bobby Rush". Online Available http:// www.pinelodge.com/ bscene/product.asp? sku-6184. April 24, 1999.

" Bobby Rush". Online. Available http://www. waterfrontbluesfest. com/bob rush .html. April 9, 1999. 

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Last updated in 1999
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