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Rock H-Bomb Rock: H-Bomb Ferguson [1952]

Just as many businesses named themselves for the Bomb after World War II, some musical acts did, too (such as Sammy Franklin And His Atomics, The Megatons and others). Frequently, however, the music produced by these artists didn't live up to their atomic-inspired names (that's OK because, with the exception of the Atomic, Inc. jazz record label, neither did the businesses). But this wild, raving track with its nonsense lyrics ("I'm your baby, and I feel that gravy") would seem to demonstrate that Mr. Ferguson earned his appellation.

Robert Ferguson was born in 1929 in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of a reverend. Ferguson's father paid for piano lessons with the condition that the future jump blues artist would practice only sacred music. At age six Ferguson was playing the piano in his father's Baptist church. By the time he was 19, the budding performer was touring with Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers. When the band arrived in New York, Ferguson took the opportunity to strike out on his own as The Cobra Kid. Reportedly, the comedian Nipsy Russell, who was an emcee at a Harlem venue called The Baby Grand Club, helped Ferguson get on the bill at the club.

Before he landed on the Savoy label, Ferguson recorded singles for Derby, Atlas and Prestige. According to Ferguson, it was his session drummer and future manager, Jack 'The Bear' Parker, who bestowed upon him his famous nickname: "He said my voice could shake a room." It was, again according to Ferguson, Lee Magid of Savoy who made it a condition of his signing with the label that he continue to use the name. Ironically, Ferguson didn't like the explosive moniker at first and complained that it was even "human." Some of Ferguson's hits on Savoy were Slowly Goin' Crazy, Bookies' Blues and Good Lovin'.

Ferguson moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in the late '50s and recorded for Finch, Big Bang, ARC and Federal (in 1960). In the early '70s Ferguson briefly suspended touring only to return to the stage in a wild new persona sporting his now familiar wigs. In 1993 Ferguson released Wiggin' Out on Chicago's Earwig label and the veteran blues artist still performs with his band The Medicine Men.

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Rock H-Bomb Rock: H-Bomb Ferguson [1952]

Refrain: (Rock H Bomb Rock)
One more time
Refrain
What you want, you lost your mind?
Refrain
Every single day
Refrain
All my baby want to say
Refrain
Is, "Daddy, get this to a rockin' place"
Refrain

Oh we rock in the mornin'
Refrain
Rock in the night
Refrain
Rock every day by the north star light
Refrain
She's my baby
Refrain
All that love like gravy
Refrain
Tell me, tell me
Refrain
Do you feel the same?
Refrain

I said rock, rock and rock
Rock baby rock
Rock baby rock
Rock baby rock
Tell me, do you feel that rockin' bomb
Oh yeah, let's rock

All that lollipop mama
Fanny Brown
Got a lotta jazz in every town
I'm your baby
And I feel that gravy
Tell me tell me
Do you feel the same?

Well we rock, rock and rock
Rock, rock and rock
Rock baby rock
Tell me when to stop
I feel it, feel that rockin' bomb

H-Bomb Ferguson [1952]
Rock H-Bomb Rock
(Ferguson)
Atlas 1001

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