Ray Charles-my one pet peeve
Sun Nov 28 17:04:34 EST 2004
Steve Freund wrote:
> I very much enjoyed the film, and the book as well. One thing that bothers me is the complete
> absence of Guitar Slim in the film, and the one line description of him in the book. One would
> think recording with such a heavyweight, as Slim was in his time, would be worth a few moments
> in the film. I have spoken to many southern folks through the years, and anyone who was alive
> during the 50's says that Guitar Slim was the biggest thing goin' on, along the lines of Elvis and
> Jerry Lee Lewis. Basically, he was a rock star on the chitlin' circuit. I wonder if Ray and he had a
> falling out of some sort. I bet there is a story behind the scenes. Anybody know something about
> Archives & web interface: http://lists.netspace.org/archives/blues-l.html
> NetSpace LISTSERV(R) software donated by L-Soft, Inc. http://www.lsoft.com
> To unsubscribe from BLUES-L, send an email with the message UNSUBSCRIBE BLUES-L to: email@example.com
I can think of reasons why Guitar Slim got skipped like the mass
audience doesn't have a clue who he was so it was easy to skip him.
OTOH, every interview I've ever read with blues players who came up in
the fifties has had Guitar Slim at the head of the influence list. For
better or worse, we owe wireless barwalking to him.
Then I read farther down my list of posts and see that Lowell Fulson was
in the movie. Maybe there is more to it than meets the eye.
One thing I regret is that GS never got the chance to record very much.
Blind Lemon Jefferson and Barbecue Bob both made more records than GS
did in about the same amount of peak of career time. We're not going to
see a bootleg 4 cd box set of Guitar Slim because two of the cds would
have to be blank. "The Things I Used to Do" and "The Story of My Life"
are as close to perfect as any blues singles ever recorded.
Hear Barrelhouse Solly--that's me--on the web.
Archives & web interface: http://lists.netspace.org/archives/blues-l.html
NetSpace LISTSERV(R) software donated by L-Soft, Inc. http://www.lsoft.com
To unsubscribe from BLUES-L, send an email with the message UNSUBSCRIBE BLUES-L to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Blues-l