Dialtone Records Artists

About Leo Morris

Leo started out singing gospel with his sister in church. He moved to Houston from Louisiana in 1953, learned guitar, and started playing with Peppermint Harris, Earl Forest and Big Walter Price. He recorded a couple of sides for the Ivory label, and even though his recordings were every bit as good at the music coming out at the time, he never received much recognition. Leo has always played in all black bands in Houston for black owned clubs and in parts of town that remain inaccessible to a diverse audience. Oscar said, "Leo was the first guitar player I saw and gave me inspiration to be a guitar player." Oscar played in Houston's Third Ward from 1955-60 and then moved to New Orleans for 9 years playing in a band called Moroccos. Moving back to Houston in 1969, he started playing in a band called The Americans. He also worked in various other bands, including with Big Roger Collins, as well as fronting his own band. You can catch Oscar and Leo at clubs in Houston like the Silver Slipper, Mr. Gino's and in Sunnyside at the Ponderosa Club.

Available Releases
Texas Southside Kings

Various Artists

Texas Southside Kings