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Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Sun Apr 20 17:19:41 EDT 2008

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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 29
Date: 	Sun, 20 Apr 2008 21:12:16 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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Today In Blues - April 20

© 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

On this 20th day of April in 1951 guitarist and slide guitarist Kent
Dushane was born in Minneapolis, MN. Dushane was a guitar student of
Johnny Shines and became Shines' musical partner and friend after
Shines suffered a stroke in 1980.

Saxophonist Douglas Fagen, who played with Junior Wells and James
Cotton, was born on this day in 1942 in Thomaston, GA.

West Coast Blues pianist Johnny Fuller was born on this day in 1929 in
Edwards, MS. Fuller spent his life in the San Francisco Bay area. He
had a number of hits in the fifties, including "All Night Long" and
the original version of "Haunted House".

Country Blues guitarist Blind James Phillips was born on this day in
1914 in Birmingham. AL.

Texas Blues harmonica player and guitarist Gary Primich was born on
this day in 1958 in Chicago. Primich was born in Chicago and grew up
in nearby Gary, IN. He learned to play harmonica from the masters on
Chicago`s Maxwell Street in his teens. He moved to Austin in the early
80s and worked his way into the Austin Blues scene while working at
the University of Texas. Check out "Travelin Mood" and "Mr. Freeze"
on Flying Fish and "Dog House Music" on Antones. Primich has also
recorded with Marcia Ball, Jimmy Carl Black, Libbi Bosworth, Doyle
Bramhall, and others.

Zydeco accordionist Delton Broussard died on this day in 1994 in
Louisiana at age 66.

Delta and Chicago guitarist and slide guitarist Johnny Shines died on
this day in 1992 in Tuscaloosa, AL. Shines was one of the great
Bluesmen that should have much more fame and recognition than he has
received. A former traveling companion of Robert Johnson, Shines was
one of the best slide guitarists in Blues and possessed a vocal
ability that was nearly unmatched. Shines was under-recorded during
the prime of his career, and even quit playing music for a time.

Shines grew up in Memphis and was taught the rudiments of guitar by
his mother. He was influenced by Charlie Patton,Blind Lemon
Jefferson,Lonnie Johnson and a young Howlin` Wolf.
Shines met Robert Johnson in 1934 and they traveled together
throughout the south, up to St. Louis and even as far north as
Canada,where they played gospel music on a Sunday radio show in
Windsor,Ont. Shines was one of Robert Johnson´s closest associates.
Shines went to Chicago in 1941. He recorded for Columbia and Chess
but the sides were never released. He recorded some wonderful sides
for the JOB label with Big Walter Horton in 1952 and `53. The records
were not commercially successful, though, and Shines continued
working as a sideman and construction worker. Frustrated, Johnny
pawned his equipment and gave up music in 1958.

He stayed on the Blues scene by working as a nightclub photographer,
selling his photos to club patrons at live shows. Eventually, Shines
was convinced to record again and his appearance on
Vanguard's "Chicago: The Blues Today, Vol 3" in 1966 rejuvenated his
career. He joined Willie Dixon's Chicago All-Stars and began working
on solo projects.

In the late sixties, Shines' daughter died and he was left to raise
his grandchildren. He decided to raise them away from the urban
Chicago environment and moved the family to Tuscaloosa, AL.Shines
recorded some great albums during the seventies.He suffered a stroke
in 1980 but continued to perform and record until his death in 1992.
Some highly recommended Johnny Shines CDs are "Johnny Shines With
Big Walter Horton", "Standing at The Crossroads" and "Masters Of
Modern Blues" on Testament, "Too Wet To Plow" on Labor, "Hey Ba Ba Re
Bop" on Rounder, "Evening Shuffle" on West Side, "Traditional Delta
Blues" on Biograph, and "Johnny Shines and Robert Jr. Lockwood" on
Flyright. Shines` last release was "Back To The Country" with Snooky

On this day in 1931, in the city of Chicago, Louis Armstrong recorded
"When It's Sleepy Time Down South", on the Okeh label. It would
become his theme song for many years.

On this day in 1966, Albert King backed by Booker T. & The MGs,
recorded a minor key number called "Laundromat Blues" (Stax 190). It
reached number 29 on the R&B chart.





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