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Vintage Video #1's: Eddie Boyd Tops the R&B Singles For Seven Weeks With "Five Long Years" (1952)

by VVN Music

Eddie Boyd may not be the first name that comes to mind when the conversation turns to blues in the early-50's, but for seven weeks in 1952, he topped the Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart.

Specifically, Boyd was at the top of the Juke Box list starting 65 years ago today on November 8, 1952 (he also topped the R&B best sellers list for two weeks). It was the first of three hits he would have on the R&B singles chart after a long tenure that saw him as a member of the Dixie Rhythm Boys in the 30's and as a piano accompanist for Bluebird Records in the 40's playing with the likes of  Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters and Tampa Red.

In the early-50's, Boyd decided to produce his own records and took one, "Five Long Years", to Joe Brown of J.O.B. Records.  The pair rerecorded the song and released it to huge commercial success.

Boyd went to Chess Records the next year and had two more hits, both peaking at number 3, "24 Hours" and "Third Degree".

A traffic accident in the late-50's put his career on hold and it wasn't until the middle of the 60's that he reemerged in Buddy Guy's band in the American Folk Blues Festival (the source for today's video). He would move to Belgium and, eventually, Finland where he would continue to record blues records until his death in 1994.

The top five R&B Juke Box Records on November 8, 1952:
  1. Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd
  2. Juke - Little Walter
  3. You Know I Love You - B.B. King
  4. Rock Me All Night Long - The Ravens
  5. My Song - Johnny Ace