[Fwd: [Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 29]

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Tue Apr 29 18:36:16 EDT 2008

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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 29
Date: 	Tue, 29 Apr 2008 21:55:34 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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© 2004 LW "Junior" Jackson

On this 29th day of April in 1937 Chicago Blues guitarist Lefty Dizz
was born Walter Williams in Osceola,AR. Lefty Dizz was one of
Chicago's premier showmen.Dizz began his Chicago career as a member
of Junior Wells' band.He recorded and toured with Wells until the
late sixties.When he was not touring with Wells,Lefty often worked
with JB Lenoir and Hound Dog Taylor and was constantly sitting in
with bands all over Chicago.Dizz was popular with everyone in the
Chicago Blues community.
He remained active into the 90s, when he was diagnosed with cancer of
the esophagus.He died in 1993.
Check out "Somebody Stole My Christmas" on Isabel Records.

The great jazz pianist and band leader Duke Ellington was born on this
day in 1899 in Washington, DC.

R&B vocalist Carl Gardner,lead singer for The Coasters,was born on
this day in 1928 in Tyler, TX.

Blues and R&B saxophonist Raymond Hill was born on this day in 1933 in
Hill was a member of Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm and was a session
player for Sun records.

R&B saxophonist Big Jay McNeeley was born on this day in 1927 in
Watts,CA.McNeeley often worked with Johnny Otis and was one of the
great Jump-Blues,R&B and early rock n roll saxophonists.

The legendary Chicago Blues guitarist Otis Rush was born on this day
in 1934 in Neshoba,MS.
Otis Rush was one of the pioneers of the "West Side" Blues sound that
developed in mid-50s Chicago,alongside Magic Sam and Buddy Guy.Rush
came out with both guns blazing in 1956 with the intense slow
Blues "I Can`t Quit You Baby".His vibrato-laden guitar and
intense vocals made him an instant legend. Rush came to Chicago in
1948 and met Muddy Waters.He instantly knew what he wanted to do with
his life.When Willie Dixon heard Rush´s act,he immediately signed him
to Cobra Records.(Dixon was working for Cobra at the time.)
The sides that Otis recorded for Cobra with Dixon producing from 1956
to 1958 remain his best work. When Cobra folded, Rush´s career began
to flounder.He followed Dixon back to Chess and recorded the
great "So Many Roads,So Many Trains" and then began a period of label-
bouncing, with only the Duke single "Homework" making any waves.In
1969,he recorded the underrated "Mourning in The Morning" with Mike
Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites producing,but the album failed to sell.

Rush's bad luck continued.In 1971 he recorded "Right Place,Wrong
Time" for Capitol Records,but the label inexplicably shelved the
excellent album,and it wasn`t released until 5 years later on the
tiny Bullfrog label. This highly recommended album is now available
on CD on Hightone Records).Rush began touring and released several
live albums,mostly covering his old hits and all sounding more or
less the same.Troubles continued into the 80s.Rush walked out on a
session for Rooster Blues,complaining that his amp didn´t sound right
and scuttling the entire project.

Finally, in 1994,Rush began moving in the right direction again,
releasing his first studio album in 16 years,"Ain`t Enough Comin` In"
on This Way Up. he album won critical acclaim. Another recent
release "Live At The Chicago Blues Festival" on Intermedia is
excellent.Rush´s comeback will hopefully earn him his rightful place
on the list of Chicago Blues legends.Be sure to check out the highly
recommended "Essential Collection: The Cobra Sessions" on Varese.

Motown singer Tammi Terrel was born on this day in 1945 in

Jazz harmonica player Toots Theilemans was born on this day in

Blues pianist Leroy Carr was born on this day in 1935 in Indianapolis,
IN.Leroy Carr was an instrumental force in the development of Blues
from a rural folk style to a sophisticated urban style in the 30s.
The 'new' style featured a duo of piano and guitar.The piano provided
a pounded out rhythm,which allowed the guitarist to improvise along
the line of melody.Leroy Carr and his guitarist partner Scrapper
Blackwell were the creators of that trend.

Carr was playing solo in the taverns of Indianapolis when a British
producer by the name of Guernsey discovered him.Around the same time
he found a talented guitarist named Scrapper Blackwell,a full-time
moonshiner who occasionally played the clubs where he sold his wares.

After recording Carr and Blackwell separately,Guernsey decided to pair
them up.Blackwell`s style of alternating chords with single note leads
complimented Carr´s piano perfectly.They were an immediate success.
 >From 1928,they were at the top of Blues record sales and were
successful touring the cities of Nashville,St.
Louis,Cincinnati,Chicago and New York.
Between 1928 and 1934 they recorded over 100 sides,mostly penned by
Blackwell with Carr doing the vocals.Many of these songs became Blues
classics."Prison Bound","How Long Blues","In The Evening","Mean
Mistreater" and "I Believe I`ll Make a Change" have
been covered by dozens of Blues artists.Carr was a big influence on
pianists Bumble Bee Slim,Little Bill Gaither and Champion Jack Dupree.
Carr suffered from acute alcoholism and died of cirrhosis of the liver
at age 30.
Check out "Naptown Blues" on Yazoo.His "Complete Recorded Works" are
on Document on 3 CDs.A great compilation of Carr´s recordings with
Blackwell is "Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell" on Story of The

Bassist Keith Ferguson died on this day in 1997 in Austin, TX.
Keith was a founding member of the original Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Chicago Blues guitarist Sammy Lawhorn died on this day in 1990 in
Chicago at age 54.
Sammy Lawhorn was never a big name or even a regular band leader,but
he was one of the most frequently recorded sidemen in Chicago Blues
history.Sammy was one of the Blues most versatile guitarists His
decade-long stint with The Muddy Waters Band from 1964 to 1973
cemented Lawhorn's reputation in Blues circles.

Growing up in Little Rock,AR, Lawhorn's
early influences were T-Bone Walker,Lightnin`Hopkins and Lowell
Fulson.He began his career at the age of 15,playing with harmonica
player Driftin` Slim.When Sonny Boy Williamson 2 heard Lawhorn,he
snatched him up and Sammy became a member of The King Biscuit Boys.
During this time Sammy learned slide guitar from Houston Stackhouse.

After a stint in the navy,Lawhorn moved to Memphis in 1958.He teamed
up with harp player Willie Cobbs but the pair split up after a
dispute over writing credits for what became the popular Blues
standard "You Don`t Love Me".

Sammy then moved to Chicago and began gaining recognition sitting in
at clubs.Sammy then joined Muddy Waters and recorded with Big Mama
Thornton,John Lee Hooker and Otis Spann.Unfortunately, Lawhorn had a
drinking problem and Muddy fired him in 1973,but Muddy never stopped
touting Lawhorn as the best guitarist he ever had in his band.
Lawhorn went on to record with James Cotton and Junior Wells until
his health began to fail.

Chicago Blues guitarist JB Lenoir died on this day in 1967 in
Urbania,IL at age 38.
Lenoir was a very popular Chicago Blues player that created a unique
sound that blended the Chicago Blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin` Wolf
with the sounds of the swing and Jump-Blues bands.His two-saxophone
band was unique in Chicago Blues,as was his willingness to address
social issues of his time.("Eisenhower Blues","Korea Blues")
Lenoir possessed a high voice that leads people hearing him for the
first time to assume it is a woman singing.
JB was good friends with Big Bill Broonzy and when Lenoir´s brand of
Blues began to lose popularity,he followed Big Bill´s lead and began
playing solo acoustic Blues.He traveled to Europe and billed himself
as a "poor black farmer" who played a few tunes in the evening after
a long day in the fields.Another "last Blues singer".This ´new´ style
helped Lenoir´s career immensely and his acoustic recordings and
performances with drummer Fred Below were excellent.He was just
beginning to gain popularity with the white American public when he
died in a car crash in 1967.
Check out "Viet Nam Blues: The Complete L&R Recordings" on Evidence
and "Mojo Boogie: An Essential Collection" on Fuel 2000.

On this day in 1927,"The Last Scene Of The Titanic" was recorded by
Frank Hutchison in St. Louis (Okeh 45121).

On this day in 1967 Aretha Franklin's first recording of "Respect" was



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