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Sidney "Guitar Crusher" Selby

Sidney Selby is a true blues man. He also goes by 'Bone Crusher' and 'Guitar Crusher', names he earned throughout his career. Born in rural Hyde County N.C. in 1931 during the height of the Depression, he toiled in the cotton fields during his youth but set aside Sundays for exercising his rich baritone in the choir of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, continuing a tradition which gave rise to a whole generation of blues singers of his era. He moved to New York in the 50s, found a job and started singing in Church again. However. encouraged by his friends, he soon formed his own band, the Midnight Rockers and began attracting a large following. The year 1960 marked the beginning of a decade of performances with The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Ben E. King and other major R&B talents which flourished during the 1960's musical renaissance. Selby was signed by Columbia Records and remained under contract until 1970, when the musical tastes in America began to shift away from blues and soul sounds. So, in the early 80s GUITAR CRUSHER headed for Europe and a more hospitals blues climate. Here his performance on major festivals marked the start of his comeback. The now internationally-known singer and writer has since accorded several albums singing his own compositions with force and assurance in his gospel-inflected voice. His transfixing vocal power won him a reputation as 'The Big Voice From New York', a headliner on the european blues-circuit.

Sidney Selby is a true blues man. He also goes by 'Bone Crusher' and 'Guitar Crusher', names he earned throughout his career. Born in rural Hyde County N.C. in 1931 during the height of the Depression, he toiled in the cotton fields during his youth but set aside Sundays for exercising his rich baritone in the choir of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, continuing a tradition which gave rise to a whole generation of blues singers of his era. He moved to New York in the 50s, found a job and started singing in Church again. However. encouraged by his friends, he soon formed his own band, the Midnight Rockers and began attracting a large following. The year 1960 marked the beginning of a decade of performances with The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Ben E. King and other major R&B talents which flourished during the 1960's musical renaissance. Selby was signed by Columbia Records and remained under contract until 1970, when the musical tastes in America began to shift away from blues and soul sounds. So, in the early 80s GUITAR CRUSHER headed for Europe and a more hospitals blues climate. Here his performance on major festivals marked the start of his comeback. The now internationally-known singer and writer has since accorded several albums singing his own compositions with force and assurance in his gospel-inflected voice. His transfixing vocal power won him a reputation as 'The Big Voice From New York', a headliner on the european blues-circuit.

SINGLES
T&S 101/T&S 102 GUITAR CRUSHER & THE HOUSEROCKING MELLOTONES I've Got To Know / Cuddle Up 1962 US
BETLEHEM 3034 GUITAR CRUSHER & THE HOUSEROCKING MELLOTONES I Feel The Pain / I Once Loved You Baby 1962 US
BETLEHEM 3056 GUITAR CRUSHER & THE HOUSEROCKING MELLOTONES Itch With Me / The Monkey 1962 US
KING 5743 GUITAR CRUSHER Better Days Ahead / Weak For Your Love 1963 US
KING 5813 GUITAR CRUSHER I Can't Help It / Why Oh Why 1963 US
BLUE HORIZON 57-3149 GUITAR CRUSHER WITH JIMMY SPRUILL Since My Baby Hit The Numbers / Hambone Blues 1968 UK
COLUMBIA 4-44217 GUITAR CRUSHER I'll Catch Your Tears / Goin' Down Slow 1969 US


ALBUMS
AUDIO STAX
AX CD 90303
1989 LIVE AT QUASIMODO BERLIN  (CD)
Sidney Selby and Orchestra feat. Benny Bailey trumpet
HOTSAK
GH 148
2009 BLAST FROM THE PAST
45'S compilation
SELBY RECORDS
LP SS1001-B
1990 I CAN DO BAD BY MYSELF
Jack McDuff, Bruce”Bud” Revels Jr., Melvin Sparks Hassan
POOL MUSIC
CD 65
1990 BLUES FROM THE HEART
Originals Live + Studio Recordings
BLUESTING
CD-033
1993 GOOGA MOOGA, New York
“Wild” Jimmy Spruill, Charles “Honeyboy” Otis, W.Bridges a.o.
IN-AKUSTIK
CD 9034
1995 MESSAGE TO MAN  (CD)
Black Cat Bone, feat. Alvin Lee, C.Owens, Produced by C.Owens
ROUNDABOUT MUSIC
CD 102.9902
1999 HOW I FEEL
Rolling Dollar, feat. Tyree Glenn Jr. Ten.sax, T.Harris dr. a.o.
RSI RECORDS
CD RSI 3
1999 SIDNEY "GUITAR CRUSHER" SELBY: LIVE AT YORKSCHLÖSSCHEN - SOUL SESSION WITH THE RUDY STEVENSON BAND  (CD)
Soulsession with Rudy Stevenon Band, Producer: R.Stevenson
SERAPHON
CD M041202
2004
BLUES WITH A FEELING
Guitar Crusher & The Kloeber Bros.


COMPILATIONS
BLUE HORIZON PR.37 1970 UK V/A: IN OUR OWN WAY...OLDIES BUT GOODIES  (LP)
Hambone Blues Side
MOOSNHINE BLP 119 198? HOL V/A: BOOGIE ON BROADWAY  (LP)
I Can't Help It
HONK IT 68-IOU-1 19?? V/A: LOOKEY DOOKEY  (LP)
The Monkey
SAVAGE KICK SK 502 19?? UK V/A: SAVAGE KICK VOL.2 - BLACK ROCK'N'ROLL  (LP)
I've Got To Know
CRYPT CR-TTRB-5463 199?/1999 GER V/A: TALKING TRASH! LOOKEY DOOKEY  (CD)
The Monkey
COLUMBIA 488992 2 1997 UK V/A: THE BLUE HORIZON STORY 1965-1970, VOL.1  (3-CD)
Since My Baby Hit The Numbers
INAKUSTIK 19002 1998 V/A: FRESH BLUES, VOL.2 - THE INAK BLUES CONNECTION  (CD)
Message To Man
CHARLY CDNEW 143 1999 UK V/A: SHOUT BAMALAMA  (CD)
Itch With Me/I Feel The Pain/The Monkey/I Once Loved You Baby
COLLECTABLES COL-CD-6076 2000 US V/A: OLD TOWN CITY BLUES  (CD)
What About Me?
STOMPIN' ST 304 2001 UK V/A: STOMPIN' 4  (CD)
I've Got To Know
PAST PERFECT 220256-325 2002 GER V/A: RHYTHM & BLUES GOES ROCK & ROLL, VOL.2  (15-CD)
I've Got To Know

Live

Concerts calendar

Live concerts
January 21
Funkenhagen
Blue Lizard Lounge
Guitar Crusher Trio
February 25
99510 Apolda
Tiefgarage Hotel am Schloß, Jenaer Str.2
GUITAR CRUSHER & The Mellowtonesw
Bluesfasching
May 27
Wörth
Bayrischer Hof
Picture Book
Blues Im Hof

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