LLOYD TROTMAN (By Shaun Mather)

Born 25 May 1923, Boston, Massachusetts

A few years ago when I was childish and had no life (has anything changed I suppose!) I used to make up fantasy bands and them imagine what songs they could cover. Not surprisingly, Lloyd Trotman was in one of these. His bass playing always sounds so fat and bouncy on the Atlantic stuff, giving the music a joyous sound that was a perfect compliment to the rocking vocals and upbeat lyrics. He was one of those bit part players who gets scant mention in the history books (hence the brevity of this article!) but who was an integral part of the musics development. Sort of like Jimmy Van Eaton or Lee Allen.

Trotman made his mark on the music scene as a jazz musician, playing in the New York clubs as well as doing session work with people like Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington. But it's his work on the r'n'b scene which probably draws most appeal to us Shakers.

How is this for a resume (and obviously it's just a fraction).

Big Maybelle - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. Coasters - Yakey Yak - Zing Went The Strings of my Heart - Gee Golly Jackie Wilson - Baby Workout - Shake!Shake!Shake! (and probably loads more). LaVern Baker - Jim Dandy + loads. Ruth Brown - This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' - + loads more. Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem. Chuck Willis - What Am I Livin' For - Hang Up My Rock 'n' Roll Shoes. Big Joe Turner - Shake Rattle And Roll - Corrine, Corrina - Teenage Letter - Chains of Love - Honey Hush .

Others he has worked with include, James Brown, Nappy Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Cues, Varetta Dillard, The Everly Brothers, Big John Greer, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Ivory Joe Hunter, Clyde McPhatter, Memphis Slim and Mickey & Sylvia. In fact it looks like a job for Tapio to catalogue him!!

If anyone knows any more details, please fill us in, as he certainly deserves more space in cyberspace.

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