Cotton Thompson with Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys at Cain's Dancing Academy in Tulsa, 1952. From left: Wills, Henry Boatman, Cotton, Waid Peeler, Don Harlan, Chuck Adams, Curly Lewis. Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy Kevin Coffey Collection.
Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys featuring Cotton Thompson - "Oo Oooh Daddy" (RCA-Victor 47-5243)
After leaving Beaumont and Baytown, Cotton Thompson worked a while in Odessa, and finally wandered back to Tulsa where he was reunited with Johnnie Lee Wills in 1952. Perhaps hoping to craft another "Milkcow Blues" (his recent Gold Star and Freedom singles not having sold much), Cotton recorded this fine blues tune with the Wills band at KVOO radio on September 21, 1952. The supporting players include Don Tolle (lead guitar), Tommy Elliot (steel), and Curley Lewis and Henry Boatman (fiddles).