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Elmore James (II) (1918–1963)

Mississippi-born Elmore Leonard was a blues musician known as "The King of the Slide Guitar". He played on various radio shows throughout the South and built up a following. In 1951, he recorded his first record, "Dust My Broom", for the small Trumpet Records label out of Jackson, MS. It became a "sleeper" hit, breaking through to the Top-10 ... See full bio »


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 2014 '71 (performer: "THE SKY IS CRYING") / (writer: "THE SKY IS CRYING")
 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street (performer: "Dust My Broom", "Dust My Blues") / (writer: "Dust My Broom", "Dust My Blues")
 2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side (writer: "My Heart is Bleedin'" a/k/a "My Bleedin' Heart")
 2012 Not Fade Away (performer: "Dust My Broom") / (writer: "Dust My Broom")
 2010 Community (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Contemporary American Poultry (2010) ... (performer: "Shake Your Money Maker" - uncredited)
 2008 Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (Documentary) (writer: "One Way Out")
 2008 Fields of Fuel (Documentary) (writer: "One Way Out" (ca 1961) - as James Elmore)
 2008 27 Dresses (writer: "The Sky Is Crying")
 2007 Family Meeting (Documentary) (writer: "It Hurts Me Too")
 2006 The Departed (writer: "One Way Out" (1961-65))
 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard (writer: "One Way Out")
 2005 Lords of Dogtown (writer: "One Way Out")
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie) (writer: "Something Inside Me")
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Godfathers and Sons (2003) ... (writer: "Talk to Me Baby")
- Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003) ... (writer: "Dust My Broom")
 2003 Soundstage (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Part 2 (2003) ... (writer: "I Done Somebody Wrong" - uncredited)
 2001 Dogtown and Z-Boys (Documentary) (writer: "One Way Out")
 2000 Almost Famous (writer: "One Way Out")
 1999 Of One Blood: Returning Home to Africa (Documentary short) (performer: "Title Theme Song") / (writer: "Title Theme Song")
 1998 In God's Hands (performer: "Baby Please Set a Date") / (writer: "Baby Please Set a Date")
 1997 Eric Clapton: Live in Hyde Park (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "It Hurts Me Too")
 1996 Box of Moon Light (performer: "Blues Before Sunrise")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "Dust My Blues")
 1991 Shout (performer: "I Was a Fool") / (writer: "I Was a Fool")
 1989 Lisa (performer: "Dust My Shoes") / (writer: "Dust My Shoes")
 1987 Hamlet Goes Business (performer: "I Love My Baby", "Hawaiian Boogie") / (writer: "I Love My Baby", "Hawaiian Boogie")
 1986 Shadows in Paradise (performer: "Strange Kinda Feeling") / (writer: "Strange Kinda Feeling")
 1985 Live Aid (TV Special documentary) (writer: "The Sky is Crying")
 1985 Calamari Union ("Sunnyland") / (performer: "Sunnyland")
 1985 The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers of the Road (Video documentary) (writer: "One Way Out")
 1983 Get Crazy (writer: "The Sky Is Crying" - as E. James)
 1980 The Blues Brothers (performer: "SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER") / (writer: "SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER")
 1978 Killer of Sheep (performer: "I Believe") / (writer: "I Believe")
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CD: "The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James" (Rhino Records). See more »

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