Various blues historians also cited Spand's songs, "Levee Camp Man" and "Mississippi Blues," as evidence of connections there. More certain is that Spand, along with others such as William Ezell, was one of those boogie-woogie pianists who, in the 1920s, performed on Brady Street and Hastings Street in Detroit, Michigan. In 1929, Spand relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where he met and began performing alongside Blind Blake. Spand recorded twenty five songs for Paramount Records between June 1929 and September 1931. The tracks were variously recorded in Richmond, Indiana, Chicago, and Grafton, Wisconsin.
From the 1929 Richmond recording sessions, were seven songs which had guitar accompaniment to Spand's piano playing and singing. Most of these were directly attributed to Blake. During Spand's most notable recording, he and Blake had a small conversation during the making of "Hastings Street." Another such duet occurred on "Moanin' the Blues." After a gap in his recording career, in June 1940 Spand recorded what turned out to be his final eight tracks, this time for Okeh Records. These were made in Chicago, when Spand was backed by Little Son Joe and Big Bill Broonzy.
However, after these recordings were made, no further reference to Spand can be located. In 1992, Document Records issued The Complete Paramounts (1929-1931). Yazoo Records' Dreaming the Blues: The Best of Charlie Spand (2002) had enhanced sound quality, but without the chronological track order favored by Testament. Spand's track "Back to the Woods" has been recorded by Kokomo Arnold, Joan Crane and Rory Block, while Josh White recorded his "Good Gal." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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