Composed by A.D. Bollin
A.D. Bollin (the initials didn't stand for anything) was born in Frisco, TX. on September 5, 1922. He later relocated to Dallas where he played guitar in Percy Mayfield's and E.X. Brooks' bands. While he was in the band led by Brooks he got his nickmame for his love for Zuzu gingersnap cookies. After his stint with Mayfield ended in 1949, he formed his own combo. In late 1951, he signed up with the Dallas label Torch that was owned by Bob Sutton. He cut two 78 RPM records for the label with his group that featured saxists David "Fathead" Newman & Leroy Cooper who both were later hired by Ray Charles. (These recordings by the way, were the debut recordings of Newman). Bollin didn't record again as a solo artist, but instead played in the bands of Ernie Fields and Joe Morris up until 1964 when he decided to leave the music business. In the late 1980's Chuck Nevitt of the Dallas Blues Society found him running a dry cleaning business in town. Nevitt got him back on his feet as a musician, and recorded a full length album by him "Texas Bluesman" on his label surrounded by cream-of-the-crop local players such as Duke Robillard on guitar and Doyle Bramhall, Sr. on drums. (Newman was even brought back in to play sax). The recordings were later sold to Antone's, that were re-released on CD, with two bonus tracks recorded with Doug Sahm and his band in San Antonio. Bollin lived long enough to play a few local gigs and a few booked overseas. But, he was in bad health and he passed away in Dallas on October 2, 1990. At least he was able to enjoy the new interest that had been afforded to him by Texas blues enthusiasts, before he died.
A.D. "Zuzu" Bollin:Vocals & Guitar
David "Fathead" Newman:Alto Sax
Leroy Cooper:Baritone Sax
Recorded in Dallas, TX. 1952
Originally issued on Torch 6910 (78 RPM)
This recording taken from the 1998 CD "R&B Guitars 1950-1954" (Spain)