Fine Listen: Peppermint Harris

Image courtesy of the Texas Music Office

Texas music isn’t all about red dirt and alt-country.

The list of great Texas-born musicians goes on for days, and includes:

  • Janis Joplin
  • Roy Orbison
  • Townes Van Zandt
  • Buddy Holly
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • ZZ Top
  • George Strait
  • The Toadies
  • The Polyphonic Spree
  • Old 97’s
  • and more.

One of the easy-to-forget great of Texas music is Harrison Nelson Jr., also known as Peppermint Harris.

Born in Texarkana, this Rhythm & Blues guitartist wrote one of the great drown-your-sorrow-tunes of all time, “I Got Loaded.”

The song hit number 1 on the R&B chart in November 1951.  Following its success, Harris tried a chaser with the likes of other booze-inspired songs, like “Have another drink and talk to me,” Right Back on it” and “Three Sheets in the Wind.”

Harris’ nickname came to light when record man Bob Shad mistakenly released a recording by Harris (Harrison Nelson) and good friend Lightning Hopkins as “Peppermint Harris.”

It stuck – giving one of the all-time cool names for a blues guitarist.

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