[Fwd: [Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 15]

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Tue Apr 15 00:00:47 EDT 2008

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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 15
Date: 	Tue, 15 Apr 2008 02:32:20 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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Today In Blues - April 15

© 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

On this 15th day of April in 1955, Contemporary Blues, Soul-Blues and
Blues-Rock guitarist, slide guitarist and vocalist Tommy Castro was
born in San Jose, CA.

On this 15th day of April in 1905 Jazz and Blues guitarist Bernard
Addison was born in Annapolis, MD. Addison recorded with The Mills
Brothers, Louie Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Jelly Roll Morton,The Ink
Spots, and extensively with Billie Holiday.

Delta legend, harmonica player, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, and
vocalist Frank Frost was born on this day in 1936 in Auverne, AR.
Frost was taught harmonica by Willie Foster and Sonny Boy
Williamson 2 (Rice Miller), and played guitar for Miller from 1956-
59. He joined forces with lifelong friend and fishing buddy, Delta
drummer Sam Carr, and played with Sam`s father, Robert Nighthawk,
as "The Nighthawks". In 1962, Big Jack Johnson came aboard after the
three had jammed at a hall in Clarkesdale, MS. The trio, later to
become the infamous "Jelly Roll Kings" recorded for Sun Records
as "Frank Frost and The Nighthawks" the album "Big Boss Man". In
1975, Chicago Blues fan Michael Frank traveled to Clarkesdale and
found the trio playing at The Black Fox Tavern. Frank
formed Earwig Records and released "The Jelly Roll Kings - Rockin` The
Juke Joint Down", a critically acclaimed album that became the
benchmark for "Modern" Delta Blues. Frank followed that with 2 solo
efforts, also on Earwig, "Midnight Prowler", and in 1996 "Keep
Yourself Together". The Jelly Roll Kings re-united in 1997 and
released "Off Yonders Wall".Frank also appeared in the
Movie "Crossroads" and can be heard on the soundtrack. Frost died on
October 12, 1999, only days after playing at The King Biscuit Blues
Festival, only a block away at his "home" at Eddie Mae`s Tavern in
Helena, AR.

New Orleans Blues and R&B singer Little Sonny Jones was born on this
day in 1931 in New Orleans, LA.

Modern Blues vocalist "Mighty" Sam McCain was born today in 1943 in
Monroe, LA.

"The Empress of The Blues", Bessie Smith, was born on this day in 1894
in Chattanooga, TN. When Bessie was 16, she joined a minstrel show that
had Ma Rainey on the bill, and Rainey took the young Bessie under her
wing.Bessie signed with Columbia in the late 20s and instantly became
famous with her first release, a version of Alberta Hunter`s
"Downhearted Blues". Bessie`s hit "Nobody Knows You When You`re Down
and Out" foretold of Bessie`s fortune during The Depression that hit
a year later. Smith kept working, and was on the verge of a comeback
in 1937 when she died in a car crash in Clarkesdale, MS, not long
before her scheduled appearance at John Hammond`s "Spirituals To
Swing" gala event in NYC that made stars of many Southern Black

Blues pianist Cleo Brown died of this day in 1995 in Denver, CO at the
age of 91.

Delta harmonica, kazoo, washtub, bass, and piano player Dewey Corley
died on this day in 1974 in Memphis at the age of 76. Corley played
with the Memphis Jug Band and recorded with Furry Lewis.

On this day in 1924, Fletcher Henderson's Club Alabama Orchestra
recorded "Mobile Blues" and "Tea Pot Dome Blues" in New York City for
Vocalion. At the time, Henderson and his orchestra were the house band
at Club Alabama on 44th St. between 7th & 8th Avenue in Manhattan.

On this day in 1965, Howlin' Wolf, backed by both Hubert Sumlin and
Buddy Guy, recorded "Don't Laugh At Me" (Chess 1945).





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