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Bongo Joe

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George “Bongo Joe” Coleman (1923-1999) was an American street musician who played on battered 55-gallon drums. Although a talented percussionist, Coleman preferred to perform on the street corner rather than in concert venues. In 1968, Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz used a portable recorder to capture Coleman’s playing. One song from that session, “Innocent Little Doggy,” became an underground hit in Texas and in England, where the BBC aired the song repeatedly. Coleman described his music as “fundamental beat music.” This is the only authorized recording of Coleman and remains in production to this day.

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I Wish I Could Sing George Coleman 3:20
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102
Science Fiction George Coleman 5:21
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Innocent Little Doggy George Coleman 7:16
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104
Cool It Right George Coleman 5:52
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Listen At That Bull George Coleman 3:53
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106
Crazy With Love George Coleman 2:35
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Great (Instrumental) George Coleman 4:49
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108
Transistor Radio George Coleman 5:53
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109
Eloise George Coleman 6:23
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Dog Eat Dog George Coleman 4:19