[Fwd: [Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 25]

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Fri Apr 25 18:29:41 EDT 2008



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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 25
Date: 	Fri, 25 Apr 2008 20:02:43 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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Today In Blues - April 25

© 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

On this 25th day of April in 1913 Soul-jazz, R&B, and Jump-Blues
saxophonist Earl Bostic was born in Tulsa, OK.
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Rock bassist Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival was born on this
day in 1945 in Oakland, CA.
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Blues pianist Joe Dean ("from Bowling Green") was born on this day in
1908 in St. Louis, MO. Dean was a popular St Louis Bluesman in the
twenties and thirties. CDs that are currently in print include "Piano
Blues, Vol1: 1927-1936" on Document, "Shake Your Wicked Knees"
and "Down In Black Bottom" on Yazoo.
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Jump-Blues saxophonist Willis "Gatortail" Jackson was born on this
day in 1928 in Miami, FL.
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The great and influential Blues guitarist Albert King was born Albert
Nelson on this day in 1923 in Indianola, MS. King has influenced Blues
and Rock guitarists from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and
Stevie Ray Vaughan. King`s massive tone and unique way of squeezing
bends out of a guitar string had a major impact. Albert King`s style
is immediately distinguishable from all other Blues guitarists. King
was born in Indianola, MS, but was raised in Forrest City, AR and was
a self-taught guitarist. He became very popular in Arkansas, and
decided to try his luck in St. Louis in 1956. With help from Willie
Dixon, King recorded for the Parrot label and then for Bobbin in
1959. Stardom eluded King until he signed with Stax in 1966. All of
his sixties Stax sides are with Booker T and The MGs as his band.
King`s "Laundromat Blues" and "Crosscut Saw" made the top 40
and "Born Under a Bad Sign" made it into the top 50. The Album "Born
Under a Bad Sign" was a compilation of his Stax singles and was one
of the most popular and influential Blues albums of the 60s. In the
70s, Stax went under and King recorded for Utopia, Tomato and finally
Fantasy. Recommended CDs include "Born Under A Bad Sign", "Live
Wire / Blues Power" "Years Gone By" and "I`ll Play The Blues For
You", all from the Stax catalog, and "Roadhouse Blues" on
Fantasy. There is a great two-CD set called "The Albert King
Collection" on the Legends label.
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Songwriter and producer Jerry Liebler was born on this day in 1933 in
Baltimore, MD. Liebler was one half of the prolific Blues and R&B
songwriting team of Lieber and Stoller. The pair wrote such Blues
classics as "Hound Dog" and "Kansas City" that soon became early Rock
n Roll hits. Other hits written by Lieber and Stoller are "Riot in
Cell Block #9","Love Me","Yakety Yak","Poison Ivy","Charlie
Brown","Stand By Me","On Broadway" and numerous songs for Elvis,
including the soundtracks for "Jailhouse Rock" and "Kid Creole".
Lieber and Stoller went to work for Atlantic Records in the early
sixties and Stoller began to produce acts such as The Coasters, The
Drifters, and Ben E. King. In 1964 the duo formed their own record
company and helped usher in the 'Girl Group' era with The Shangri-Las
("Leader Of The Pack") and The Dixie Cups ("Going To The Chapel").
Lieber and Stoller were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in
1987.
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Blues drummer Earl Phillips was born on this day in 1920 in Harlem,
NY.
Phillips worked and recorded extensively with Howlin` Wolf, John Lee
Hooker and Jimmy Reed. He also recorded with Billy Boy Arnold,, Roy
Eldridge, Willie Dixon, Elmore James, and Eddie Taylor.
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Folk guitarist and songwriter Cisco Houston died on this day in 1961 in
San Bernadino, CA. Houston often performed and recorded with Woody
Guthrie but also had a distinguished solo career as a folk-
singer/songwriter.
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Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon died on this day in 1990 in
Philadelphia at age 67.
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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley scored his first #1 hit on the
American pop chart. It was called "Heartbreak Hotel", and was written
by Hoyt Axton's mother.
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