It’s been a while here since the Song of the Day was a straight-up no-foolin’-around blues num­ber. Let’s let Ed­die Boyd fix that prob­lem. Third De­gree was co-written by Ed­die and Wil­lie Dixon in 1953 and was some­thing of a hit.

I’m a blues fan but didn’t know about Ed­die Boyd till I ran across this on a fab­u­lous com­pi­la­tion called “The Chess Story” that ap­par­ent­ly isn’t for sale any more, but I bet you can find it in the used-record and CD bins in a record store some­where. If you see one, snap it up. Chess Records is an in­ter­est­ing sto­ry. Found­ed in 1950 in Chica­go by Leonard and Phil Chess, Jewish broth­ers from Poland, it made a few bucks back in the day for a lot of fine black mu­si­cian­s.

Eddie Boyd

Ed­die Boyd was a good-looking dude and un­usu­al­ly for a blues ban­dlead­er, led and sang from his pi­ano; his songs all have warm blues-chord pi­ano fills that don’t sound like any­one else.

As for Third De­gree, it’s the most ba­sic 12-bar-blues imag­in­able: Got me ’cused of forgery / I can't even write my name. I just love Eddie’s singing on this, his voice rich and throaty and strong and con­fi­den­t.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. I can’t find live video of this song, but here’s Ed­die do­ing Five Long Years, ac­tu­al­ly his biggest hit, so you can see how a per­for­mance felt.

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