|Tiny Bradshaw, Train Kept A Rollin'|
Tiny Bradshaw, born 1905 in Youngstown, Ohio, was one of the most prominent bandleaders of the '30s and '40s who led groups of essentially jazz-trained musicians into the developing (and more commercial) field that came to be known as rhythm & blues and toured the "chitlin'" circuit as competition to shouter Wynonie Harris' crack team of studio blowers in the late '40s and early '50s. Though Tiny had only half the pipes of his huge-voiced rival his tightly knit band became known as one to reckon with, stressing a heavy backbeat that would later inspire early rockabilly artists like Elvis Presley, vocalist Johnny Burnette and pianist Moon Mullican.
A vocalist with other bands early in his career, Bradshaw formed his own band in 1934 and kept it going through the early '50s, enjoying five Billboard hits (and also recording the original "Train Kept A -Rollin'") with King Records (where he was a labelmate to many of the other leading jump blues performers of the era). Bradshaw's band produced such saxophone stars as Sonny Stitt, Red Prysock, and Sil Austin; among the vocalists to record with the group were Roy Brown, Arthur Prysock, Lonnie Johnson and Tiny Kennedy. Tiny Bradhaw died in 1958 in Cincinatti, Ohio.