The Things That I Used to Do

Guitar Slim

Slim’s Success

“The Things That I Used to Do” was recorded in 1953 at J & M recording studios in New Orleans with Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones (guitar & vocals), Frank Mitchell (trumpet), Charles Burbank, Joe Tillman, and Gus Fontenotte (saxophones), Ray Charles (piano), Lloyd Lambert (bass), and Oscar Moore (drums).

Artistically influenced by T-Bone Walker and “Gatemouth” Brown, Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones’ first sessions yielded little in the way of standout recordings. Everything changed in late 1953 when he attend a session in New Orleans with a young Ray Charles and recorded “The Things That I Used to Do.” Released on Specialty Records the following year, the song spent an unbelievable forty-two weeks on the R&B charts.

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