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Cal Green (June 22, 1937) grew up in Houston, Texas when T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown reigned supreme. His older brother Clarence was an influence, as were local players like Texas Johnny Brown and Goree Carter, as well as schoolmates Albert Collins, Johnny Guitar Watson, Clarence Holliman, Joe Hughes, Johnny Copeland. While still teenagers, Cal and school pal Roy Gaines staged their own versions of battle of the blues guitars.

Cal cut his first .45 for Federal around 1957. Later recorded some great guitar licks as Houston sideman for Houston Quinton Kimbale, Connie McBooker, Big Mama Thornton, Leo Baxter, and various Ace recording artists. Toured with Lowell Fulson and Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (remember the "Annie" hits). Also put his distinctive style on records like Don't Change Your Pretty Ways, It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day), Tore Up Over You, Switchie, Witchie, Titchie and the original version of THE TWIST.

During the 60's Cal was more jazz influenced and worked with various organ trios including Brother Jack McDuff on Atlantic and Charles Kynard on Prestige. At that time Cal moved to Los Angeles. In L.A. he found studio work with Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, and Motown, and worked with Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis, Jr.

On his own he cut a handful of instrumental .45's and the all instrumental LP Trippin', (Mutt&Jeff 001). The title track became a dance hit and is still widely played today. Cal and Roy Gaines cut an LP as The Joey Jefferson Band, and there are some tracks that Cal sent to Charlie Booth in Houston that were supposed to be released in Europe, Australia,...??

Until his death on July 4, 2004, Cal lived in Lakeview Terrace, CA and played around Los Angeles on a regular basis. He also toured the U.S. and Europe and headlined the First International Jazz Festival du Maroc (Morocco).


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