"Elmore James with manager Casey Walker and two lady friends" [caption in "Voyage au Pays du Blues"!] at Charlie's Lounge, 1811 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, 1959; source: Ace 3 CD set ABOXCD 4 (1993) booklet, p. 23; photographer: Jacques Demêtre
Elmore James & Sonny Boy Williamson
Elmore James | ames was born Elmore Brooks in the old Richland community in Holmes County, Mississippi, (not to be confused with two other locations of the same name in Mississippi, one in Humphreys Co. & the other in Rankin Co. ). He was the illegitimate son of 15-year-old Leola Brooks, a field hand. His father was probably Joe Willie "Frost" James, who moved in with Leola and so Elmore took this as his name.