Joe Houston

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Joe Houston.

Joe Houston (July 11, 1926 - December 28, 2015) was an American jazz and R&B saxophonist, who scored two Top Ten hits with "Worry, Worry, Worry" and "Hard Time Baby" (both from 1952).

Zappa and Joe Houston

Joe Houston is name-checked (misspelled "Huston") on the cover of "Freak Out!" (1966) under the heading "These People Have Contributed Materially In Many Ways To Make Our Music What It Is. Please Do Not Hold It Against Them". He is also mentioned in "The Real Frank Zappa Book" (1989), where Zappa described him as follows: A honking R&B saxman. Houston's formula was simple and savagely direct - he'd honk and wail as hard as he could, from any conceivable position: on his knees, lying on his back, walking the bar, etc. Sometimes he was billed "Wild Man of the Tenor Sax".

Zappa quoted from Houston's song "All Night Long" (1954) on Debra Kadabra and Advance Romance on Bongo Fury. [1]


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