[Fwd: [Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 30]

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Wed Apr 30 18:37:59 EDT 2008

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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - April 30
Date: 	Wed, 30 Apr 2008 18:09:04 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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today in blues

© 2004 LW "Junior" Jackson

On this 30th day of April in 1896 Piedmont Blues and Gospel guitarist
Reverend Blind Gary Davis was born in South Carolina.One of the most
renowned Piedmont style guitarists,Gary Davis' influence is
Davis was nearly blind at birth,and was totally blind by the time he
reached his teens.He began to teach himself guitar at age 6 and by the
time he was 20 was one of the best guitarists in Blues.Davis recorded
in the 30s,but he never received royalties,and his mistrust of record
companies kept him out of the studio for nearly 20 years,with the
exception of 2 songs he recorded in 1949.

Davis' music,like most Piedmont Blues,was based in ragtime.His style
was a musical gumbo of gospel,marches,ragtime and jazz
that he blended into his own style as early as 1911,when he was still
a teen.He moved to Durham, NC in the 20s,already an experienced
street musician.He was a popular musician there,celebrated not only
for his diversity,but for his guitar skills,which were unmatched in
Blues music.Davis struck up a friendship with Blind Boy Fuller,and
the two Bluesmen often performed together.Fuller`s guitar style was
heavily influenced by Davis,and Fuller went on to become the Piedmont
Blues´ biggest star.

Davis first began to add gospel and spirituals to make it harder for
the police to interrupt him.He soon began to take gospel more
seriously and in 1937 became an ordained minister.After that,he
rarely played Blues.

Davis moved to NYC, NY in the 40s and began preaching and singing on
street corners in Harlem.In 1957 he recorded 7 songs and was soon
discovered by the Folk-Blues revival.He became a major fixture on the
folk circuit and played regularly at The Newport Folk Festival and
other large venues,and began recording regularly.Davis was also a
generous and willing teacher.His students included Jorma Kaukonen (of
The Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna),David Bromberg,Roy Bookbinder,
Rory Block,Stephan Grossman and many others.
Davis left behind a large body of modern recordings.He even rerecorded
his Blues and ragtime numbers for the benefit of his students,but saw
his new-found popularity as a way bring his gospel music to a new
generation.Blues fans looking to add some Gary Davis to their
collection should start with "Complete Recordings 1935-1949" on
Document,or "Complete Early Recordings" on Yazoo.Also check out "Blues
and Ragtime" and "Demon and Angels;The Ultimate Collection" on
Shenachie,and "Live At Newport" on Vanguard.

Blues-Rock bassist and flautist Andy Kulberg of The Blues Project was
born on this day in 1944 in Buffalo,NY.

Country guitarist and songwriter Willie Nelson was born on this day
in 1933 in Ft Worth, TX. Willie released a Blues album,"Milk Cow
Blues" in 2000.

Chicago Blues guitarist Jimmie Lee Robinson was born on this day
in 1931 in Chicago. Robinson was born in Chicago,not far from the
Maxwell Street Market,where the Chicago Blues nurtured and grew in the
1940s and `50s.Robinson learned to play Blues there.He began his
professional career when he formed a four-year partnership with Freddy
King in 1952,and recorded with Little Walter,Elmore James,Eddie
Taylor and Shakey Jake.Robinson cut 3 singles for the tiny Bandera
label in 1959-`60,and one of them,"All My Life" made it across the
ocean to John Mayall and Mayall did a faithful cover.Robinson fell on
tough times and worked as a cabbie and security guard,busking on
Maxwell Street on weekends.His comeback came in 1994 when he released
"Lonely Traveler" on Delmark.After releasing "Guns, Gangs, and Drugs"
on his own label (now out of print),Robinson followed with "Remember
Me" in 2000 and "All My Life" in 2001 on APO Records.

At the end of 1998 Robinson began what was to be a 91 day fast to
protest the demolition of Maxwell Street for the expansion of The
University of Chicago Campus.The action brought national attention to
the cause but failed to prevent the demolition.Jimmie Lee Robinson
was diagnosed with cancer and died in July,2002.Robinson was a fine
man,and a true hero.

Texas Blues guitarist Frankie Lee Sims was born in New Orleans on this
day in 1917.Sims was a traditional Texas Blues guitarist in the vein
of Lightnin` Hopkins and Lil` Son Jackson.Sims was born in New
Orleans but grew up in Marshall,TX.He recorded some singles in the
40s but didn`t taste commercial success until he released "Lucy Mae
Blues" in 1953.He continued recording until the late 50s.A problem
with the law and a drinking problem prevented Sims from cashing in on
the Folk-Blues revival of the 60s.He died in 1970.Sims can be heard
on many Lightnin` Hopkins recordings.His lone CD is the
excellent "Lucy Mae Blues" on Specialty.

On this day in 1941, Charlie "Bird" Parker's first commercially
recorded work was cut at Decca Records.

On this day in 1960, Fats Domino recorded at J&M/COSIMO studios in New
Orleans,"Walking To New Orleans".

On this day in 1983, the great Muddy Waters died at age 69 from a
heart attack.



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