Amos Milburn was one of the most popular young blues artists of the late 1940s and early ’50s, famed for his rollicking piano boogies, smooth blues and ballads, and a slew of drinking songs that unfortunately reflected far too personal a view of the alcoholic star. Milburn got his start playing in Houston, Texas, where he was born on April 1, 1927. He spent most of his recording career with the Los Angeles-based Aladdin label, from 1946 through 1957, scoring No. 1 R&B hits on the Billboard charts with ‘Chicken Shack Boogie,’ ‘Bewildered,’ ‘Roomin’ House Boogie,’ and ‘Bad, Bad Whiskey.’ Milburn’s popular follow-ups on the alcohol theme included ‘Let Me Go Home Whiskey,’ ‘Thinking and Drinking,’ and ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.’ Milburn and his longtime friend Charles Brown later recorded together on the Ace and King labels. Although Milburn had a name on the R&B touring circuit and was filmed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, he often traveled as a solo act playing lounges around the country and working mostly in the Cincinnati area in the late 1960s. After a stroke in 1970, he returned to Houston. His death came there on Jan. 3, 1980.