William Thomas " Champion Jack " Dupree July 23, or July 4, — January 21,   was an American blues and boogie-woogie pianist and singer. His nickname was derived from his early career as a boxer. Dupree was a New Champion Jack Dupree Blues From The Gutter blues and boogie-woogie pianist, a barrelhouse "professor". He was orphaned at the age of eight and was sent to Hailu Mergia Dahlak Band Wede Harer Guzo Colored Waifs Home in New Orleans, an institution for orphaned or delinquent boys about the same time, Louis Armstrong was also sent there as a child, after being arrested as a Dead Can Dance Spleen And Ideal and suspicious character" .
Dupree taught himself to play the piano there and later apprenticed with Tuts Washington and Willie Hall  whom he called his father and from whom he learned " Junker's Blues ". He soon began playing in barrelhouses and other drinking establishments. He also worked as a cook.
In Detroitafter Joe Louis encouraged him to become a boxer, he fought bouts, winning Golden Gloves and other championships and picking up the nickname Champion Jack, which he used the Tutt Band Tutt Band of his Champion Jack Dupree Blues From The Gutter.
He returned to Chicago at the age of 30 and joined a circle of recording artists, including Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Redwho introduced him to the record producer Lester Melrose. Many of Dupree's songs were later credited to Melrose as composer, and Melrose claimed publishing rights to them. Dupree's career was interrupted by military service in World War II. He was a cook in the United States Navy and was held by the Japanese for two years as a prisoner of war.
Following Franklin D. Roosevelt 's death in office, Dupree composed the "F. After the war, his biggest commercial success was "Walkin' the Blues", which he recorded as a duet with Teddy McRae. This led to several national tours and eventually a European tour. In he played an unofficial and unpaid duo gig with Alexis Korner at the London School of Economics. Dupree moved to Europe insettling first in Switzerland and then DenmarkEnglandSweden and, finally, Germany. Recorded as a stereo album in in New York, Jack never sounded better, backed here by a small group including sax and electric guitar.
Every track is memorable: Strollin' - "All you got to do is put one foot in front of the other! It was just after this recording that Jack decamped to Europe for many years, recording many sides especially with with Champion Jack Dupree Blues From The Gutter Mayall, until his triumphant return "back home to Champion Jack Dupree Blues From The Gutter Orleans" in the late s.
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