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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today In Blues - May 5
Date: 	Mon, 05 May 2008 23:43:18 -0000
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Today In Blues

Today In Blues - May 5

© 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

On this 5th day of May in 1934 Memphis Soul,early rock n roll and
country saxophonist Ace Cannon was born in Grenada, MS.

Michael Frank,founder of Earwig Records was born on this day in 1949
in Pittsburgh,PA.Frank started Earwig to record The Jelly Roll Kings
after finding the legendary Blues trio playing in a juke joint during
a trip to the Delta.

Blues bassist Joe Harper was born on this day in 1930 in Raymond,
MS.Harper has recorded with Carey Bell,Jimmy Dawkins and Sleepy John
Estes.Harper is the bass player on the highly recommended "Big Walter
Horton With Carey Bell" on Alligator.

Chicago Blues guitarist JB Lenoir was born on this day in 1929 in
Monticello,MS. 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.

The great Piedmont Blues guitarist Blind Willie McTell was born on
this day in 1898 in Thomson,GA.Blind Willie McTell was one of early
Blues best guitarists and singers.He had a loyal following in Atlanta
and recorded prolifically under several pseudonyms.Willie was born
into a musical family.Both his parents and an uncle played guitar,
and he was related to "Georgia" Tom Dorsey,who was part of a popular
Blues duo with Tampa Red called The Hokum Boys and later became 'The
Father of Gospel'.

Willie was born in Thomson,near Augusta,and grew up in Statesboro.
(His "Statesboro Blues" has been covered by The Allman Brothers Band
and countless acoustic Blues artists).
Willie was born blind,able only to see variations of light in his
early years.It was said that McTell had an extraordinary sense of
hearing and touch.His first instruments were harmonica and accordion,
but he began to play guitar as soon as he was big enough.He showed
immediate aptitude on the guitar.Willie played a six-string guitar
until the 20s,and never completely abandoned it,but most of his
recordings used a 12-string.McTell had a unique approach to the twelve
sting.While his contemporaries used the 12-string as a rhythm
instrument,favoring it`s resonance,Willie fingerpicked it,often
sounding like several guitarists were playing.He also used open
tunings and played 12-string slide.

McTell first recorded in 1927,cutting 8 sides for Victor,one of which
was "Statesboro Blues".Willie often recorded with his one-time wife,
Ruthy Kate Williams,and with Buddy Moss and Curley Weaver,among
others.He remained active after WW2,doing his last recording session
in 1949.

Blind Willie McTell was one of the giants of early Blues.Nearly all
of his recordings were first-rate.He was a brilliant improviser and
could read and write music in braille.No Blues collection is complete
without some Blind Willie McTell.Try "Atlanta Twelve String" on
Atlantic,"Last Session" on Original Blues,"Pig n Whistle Red" on
Biograph,and "The Definitive Blind Willie McTell" on Columbia/Legacy.

Producer J.D. Miller was born on this day in 1922 in El Campo,TX.
Miller recorded many of the Swamp Blues artists on the Excello label,
including Slim Harpo,Lightnin` Slim,Katie Webster,Lazy Lester and
others.He also produced Albert Collins,zydeco pioneers Clifton Chenier
and Buckwheat Zydeco and several country music artists.Miller`s
quality production work is revered by Blues fans and record
collectors.Miller was also a songwriter.He wrote Kitty Wells´
breakthrough country hit, "God Didn`t Make Honky Tonk Angels".

Jump Blues saxophonist Pee Wee Moore,who played with Wynonie Harris,
was born on this day in 1928 in Raleigh, NC.

Southern Soul vocalist Johnnie Taylor was born on this day in 1938 in
Crawfordsville,AR.Taylor wore several musical hats during his career.
As a teen,Taylor was a gospel star,singing in the Melody Kings,then
he joined a Chicago doo-wop group,The Five Echoes.He returned to
gospel when he replaced Sam Cooke in The Soul Stirrers in 1957.In the
sixties,Taylor joined the Stax Record stable and was a Southern
Soul-Blues star on 'The Chittlin' Circuit'.He scored a #1 hit with
"Who`s Making Love" for Stax and had many top-40 records for them.He
survived into the Disco craze with "Disco Lady",which became the first
single to go double platinum,meaning sales of over two million copies.
Southern Soul fans will love "Who`s Making Love","Raw Blues","Taylored
in Silk",and "Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits" on Stax,"Wanted; One Soul
Singer" on Atlantic,and "Crazy `Bout You" on Malaco.
Taylor died in 2000.

Gospel vocalist Olice Thomas of The Blind Boys of Alabama was born on
this day in 1926 in Gainesville,AL.

Early Memphis Blues guitarist Ashley Thompson was born on this day in
1896 in Ripley, TN. Thompson recorded with Gus Cannon`s Jug Stompers
and Sleepy John Estes.

Guitarist Robert "Guitar" Welch was born on this day in 1896.Welch
recorded for Arhoolie Records.

Piedmont Blues and Gospel guitarist Reverend Blind Gary Davis died on
this day in 1972 in Hamonton, NJ at age 76.One of the most renowned
Piedmont style guitarists,Gary Davis' influence is incalculable.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 NY,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 re-recorded 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.

Stax Records producer Allen A. Jones died on this day in 1987 in

Vocalist Andrew Tibbs died on this day in 1991 in Chicago.Tibbs
recorded for Aristocrat (Chess) and Duke/ Peacock.There is one CD of
his work "1947-1951" on Blues Classics,and he appears on several
"Various Artists" CDs on Chess and Duke/Peacock.





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