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Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 26
Date: 	Sat, 26 Apr 2008 00:13:05 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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Today In Blues - April 26

© 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

On this 26th day of April in 1915 Delta and Chicago guitarist and
slide guitarist Johnny Shines was born in Fraser, TN. 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
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.

Early rock n roll guitarist Duane Eddy was born on this day in
1938 in Corning, NY. Duane Eddy was probably the most successful
all-instrumental guitarist in rock n roll. His specialty of playing
solos on the lower strings with a lot of reverb may have been
repetitious, especially if you listen to a dozen of his songs in one
setting, but it sold millions of records. His riffs were used by
countless rock n roll bands, including The Beachboys and The Beatles.
Some of his hits include "Rebel Rouser" "Cannonball" "Forty Miles Of
Bad Road","Apache" and, of course,"Peter Gunn". Duane Eddy was not a
Blues guitarist, but his influence on guitarists of various genres is

Delta and Country Blues guitarist Shirley Griffith was born on this
day in 1908 in Brandon, MS.
Griffith learned guitar from his aunt and uncle, beginning at age
ten. As a teen, he moved to Jackson, MS, where he learned more about
guitar from Tommy Johnson. He then moved to Indianapolis, where he
often played in taverns with Scrapper Blackwell.
In the sixties, Griffith toured with Yank Rachell and played the
festival and college circuit. Griffith recorded for Bluesville and
Prestige Records but, as far as I know, none of his work is available
on CD.

Slide guitarist JB Hutto was born Joseph Benjamin Hutto on this day in
1926 in Blackville, SC. Like Hound Dog Taylor, Hutto helped to carry
the style of slide guitar great Elmore James into modern Blues. Like
Hound Dog, Hutto often played with a backing band consisting of only
a 2nd guitar and drums, with no bass. Hutto arrived in Chicago in the
40s,often working outside of music while playing part-time. He turned
to music full-time in 1964 with his stripped down band The Hawks and
never looked back. Hutto moved to Boston in the late 70s and the band
he formed there went on to international acclaim. If you like Hound
Dog and Elmore, you`ll like Hutto. Check out "Hawk Squat" on
Delmark, "Masters of Modern Blues" on Testament, "Rock With Me
Tonight" on Bullseye Blue and "Hip Shakin" on Wolf.

Drummer Ralph Kinsey of The Kinsey Report was born on this day in
1952 in Gary, IN.

Jazz, Jump-Blues and R&B saxophonist Preston Love was born on this day
in 1921 in Omaha, NE. Preston Love began his career in jazz. He
worked and recorded extensively with Count Basie and also recorded
with Louis Armstrong. In the late 40s, Love moved to the west coast
and began leaning toward Blues and R&B, working with Ray Charles and
Johnny Otis and eventually becoming the west coast session man for
Motown Records.
Fans of R&B saxophone will love "Preston Love`s Omaha Bar-B-Q" on Ace

Classic Blues vocalist Ma Rainey was born Gertrude Pritchett on this
day in 1886 in Columbus, GA. Ma Rainey is known, rightfully so,
as "The mother of the Blues". Rainey had been singing for over twenty
years when she was finally recorded in 1923. While many of
the 'classic' female Blues singers used a back-up of horns and piano,
heavily interlaced with vaudeville and early jazz, Rainey also
incorporated jug bands and guitar duos as well. She often recorded
with Blind Blake and Tampa Red as accompanists, as well as Louis
Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson.
Rainey had several hits that went on to be Blues classics, like "See-
See Rider","Bo Weevil Blues" and "Ma Rainey`s Black Bottom Blues". Ma
Rainey was a tremendously popular Blues singer. It is said that she
took a young Bessie Smith under her wing while working a minstrel
show and was a tremendous influence on the future "Empress Of The
Ma Rainey retired from music in 1933. She died of heart failure in
Check out "Ma Rainey`s Black Bottom" on Yazoo.

Zydeco accordionist and singer Rockin` Dopsie Jr. was born David
Ruben on this day in 1962 in Louisiana.

The incomparable jazz band leader Count Basie died on this day in 1984
in Hollywood, FL at age 79.

Gospel singer Mable Hillary of The Georgia Sea Island Singers died on
this day in 1976 in NYC, NY at age 46.

On this day in 1923, Bessie Smith recorded "Tain't Nobody's Business
If I Do" for Columbia Records.





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