[Fwd: [Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 10]

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Thu Apr 10 06:53:31 EDT 2008

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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 10
Date: 	Thu, 10 Apr 2008 02:15:53 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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today in blues

© 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

On this 10th day of April in 1922 Chicago Blues guitarist and
harmonica player John Brim was born in Hopkinsville, KY. Brim is one
of a few of the early post-war Chicago Blues artists still active.
Brim is well-known as the writer of "Ice Cream Man", covered horribly
by Van Halen, but he had a number of hard-nosed Blues records in the

Brim learned guitar by listening to 78s by Tampa Red and Big
Bill Broonzy in his native Kentucky. He moved to Indianapolis in 1941
and to Chicago in 1945. John`s wife, Grace, was a capable drummer and
singer and often played in the band. Brim was underecorded, and some
of what he did record went unreleased. He cut "Rattlesnake", an
answer to Big Mama Thornton`s "Houndog", but Chess feared a
plagiarism suit and didn`t release it."Ice Cream Man" was recorded in
the 50s, but wasn`t released until 1969 because of its suggestive
lyrics. The rock group Van Halen turned the song into a huge hit for
themselves. He released the stellar "I Would Hate To See You Go" in
1956 with Little Walter, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Willie Dixon and Fred
Below, but it didn`t catch on. Frustrated, Brim took a day job and
gave up recording, playing locally part-time for a couple of decades.
He returned to recording in 1994 with "Ice Cream Man" on Tone-Cool.
Also check out the recommended "Whose Muddy Shoes" on MCA/Chess.

R&B pianist Roscoe Gordon was born on this day in 1928 in Memphis, TN.
Gordon`s legacy is that he created the loping shuffle that was a
tremendous influence on Jamaican musicians that took the style and
developed it into ´ska´ and eventually reggae. Producer Chris
Blackwell (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh) has cited Gordon`s importance and
championed Gordon`s music. Gordon was a member of The Beale
Streeters, a loosely knit group of Memphis musicians that included
B.B. King, Johnny Ace, and Bobby Blue Bland. Gordon´s first #1 hit
was "Bootin" and he followed with "No More Doggin", which was the
first song to feature the shuffle rhythm with the accent on off-beat
that was such an influence on reggae. Roscoe died of heart failure on
July 11, 2002 at his home in Queens, NY. Check out "The Very Best Of
Roscoe Gordon" on Collectibles.

Jimmy Lyons, founder of The Monterey Jazz Festival, died on this day
in 1994 Luis Obisbo, CA at age 67.

Early R&B and Blues singer and songwriter Chuck Willis died on this
day in 1958 in Atlanta, GA at age 30. Willis wrote and recorded such
gems as "I Feel So Bad" (covered by Elvis, Little Milton and Otis
Rush), "Don`t Deceive Me", "It`s Too Late" (covered by Buddy Holly,
Charlie Rich, and Otis Redding), and his swan song "Hang Up My Rock n
Roll Shoes". His version of "CC Rider", with the classic sax solo by
Gene "Big Daddy" Barge, turned out to be a perfect song to dance "The
Stroll" to, and was a smash hit. Barge returned on Willis´ next
hit "Betty and Dupree".Willis died in 1958 of peritonitis, as his
latest record, the ironic and touching "What Am I Living For" was
released. ´What Am I Living For´ and its flip side, "Hang Up My Rock
n Roll Shoes" both became massive hits. On the day Willis died, Dick
Clark dedicated an hour of his Saturday afternoon "American
Bandstand" show to Willis´ music.

On this day in 1936, "Tired Feeling Blues" was recorded by "The Two
Charlies" - Charlie Jordan and Charlie Manson, in New York City.
Jordan was a bootlegger from Helena, Arkansas. For a while he was
also the partner of Peetie Wheatstraw. Nothing is known about Charlie
=(You can hear this recording on Disc 3 of the Roots & Blues
"Retrospective 1925 -1950 Columbia/Legacy)

On this day in 1956, the Stratocaster was patented by Leo Fender.

On this day in 1957, Ricky Nelson sang for the first time on
the "Ozzie and Harriet Show". He sang Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'".
Within one week of that broadcast it sold half a million copies.

On this day in 1966, Jackie Wilson headlined an all-star Easter Sunday
concert in St. Louis at Kiel Auditorium. Appearing with him: The
Impressions, B.B. King, Ben E. King, The Drifters, and Lavern Baker.





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