Moses Allison

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Mose Allison at a concert in Los Gatos (July 2007)

John Mose Allison Jr. (born November 11, 1927 in Tippo , Tallahatchie County , Mississippi ; † November 15, 2016 there ) was an American jazz pianist and singer.


Allison started playing the piano in high school and played the trumpet while in high school . Allison went to the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University , where he graduated with a degree in English . After serving in the US Army , he moved to New York City , where his jazz career began. During the 1950s he worked with Stan Getz , Gerry Mulligan , Al Cohn and Zoot Sims . Then he concentrated on the work in his trio and occasionally made guest appearances in Europe.

He was the father of country singer Amy Allison.

In 2006 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.


His music has influenced many blues and rock performers, including The Rolling Stones , John Mayall , JJ Cale , Herman Brood and The Who , who played his song Young Man Blues on multiple tours. Blue Cheer recorded a version of the song Parchman Farm for their debut album. The Yardbirds and The Misunderstood covered his song I'm Not Talking. His song Look Here was featured on The Clash's album Sandinista! covered. Van Morrison released an album of his tracks under the name Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison. Elvis Costello recorded the song Everybody's Cryin 'Mercy for his album Kojak Variety . Joe Bonamassa played Young Man Blues on the live album Beacon Theater - Live from New York . The Pixies also dedicated a song to him called Allison. The band Vaya Con Dios covered Allison's famous song Your Mind Is on Vacation on their album Roots & Wings in 1995 .

In 2019 the album If You're Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison was released , on which musicians from various genres, e. B. Elvis Costello , Taj Mahal , Iggy Pop , Fiona Apple , Ben Harper , Bonnie Raitt , Jackson Browne or Frank Black with their interpretations of popular songs by Mose Allison consider colleagues.


  • Back Country Suite (1957)
  • Local Color (1957)
  • Moses Allison Sings (1957)
  • Young Man Mose (1958)
  • Ramblin 'with Mose (1958)
  • Autumn Song (1959)
  • A Modern Jazz Premiere (1959)
  • Transfiguration of Hiram Brown (1959)
  • I Love the Life I Live (1960)
  • V-8 Ford Blues (1961)
  • Take to the Hills (1961)
  • That's Jazz (1962)
  • I Don't Worry About a Thing (1962)
  • Swingin 'Machine (1962)
  • The Song of Mose Allison (1964)
  • The Word from Mose Allison (1964)
  • Wild Man on the Loose (1965)
  • Moses Alive! (1965)
  • I've Been Doin 'Some Thinkin' (1968)
  • Hello There, Universe (1969)
  • Western Man (1971)
  • Mose in Your Ear - live (1972)
  • Your Mind Is on Vacation (1976)
  • Pure Mose - live (1978)
  • Middle Class White Boy (1982)
  • Lesson in Living - live (1982)
  • Ever Since the World Ended (1987)
  • The Best of Mose Allison (1988)
  • My Backyard (1989)
  • The Earth Wants You - live (1993)
  • Gimcracks and Gewgaws (1997)
  • The Mose Chronicles: Live in London, vol. 1 (2001)
  • The Mose Chronicles: Live in London, vol. 2 (2002)
  • The Way of the World (2010)

Web links

Commons : Mose Allison  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Moses Allison Dies At Age 89 ., November 15, 2016, accessed November 16, 2016.
  2. Ratzo B. Harris : A Man at Home On the Road - Remembering Mose Allison (1927-2016)
  3. The release including a DVD with the documentation "Ever since I Stole the Blues" is a benefit album, the proceeds of which will go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund . The non-profit charity provides financial support to musicians who are no longer able to practice their profession due to illness or disability, or for reasons of age.