[Fwd: [Bluesville] Today in Blues - May 26]

Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Mon May 26 15:23:15 EDT 2008

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Subject: 	[Bluesville] Today in Blues - May 26
Date: 	Mon, 26 May 2008 13:57:50 -0000
From: 	Junior <JuniorJackson6@hotmail.com>
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© 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

On this 26th day of May in 1942 drummer Levon Helm was born in
Marvell,AR. Helm is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter,
producer and recording engineer who actually started out on guitar.
He began his career with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. The Hawks left
Hawkins and became for a time Levon and The Hawks. They later became
Bob Dylan`s backing group and became known simply as "The Band",
releasing several classic albums in the 60s and 70s. Levon is still
very active in music despite failing health, and currently leads the
Blues group Levon Helm and The Barnburners.

Pianist Calvin Jackson, who played with Victoria Spivey, was born on
this day in 1919 in Philadelphia, PA.

Guitarist and mandolinist Charlie McCoy was born on this day in 1909
in Jackson, MS. McCoy was one of early Blues` great sidemen and
played and recorded with Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey, The
Mississippi Sheiks, Memphis Minnie and his brother Joe McCoy, among

Guitarist and drummer "Baby Face Leroy" Foster died on this day in
1958 at age 35. Foster was an acoustic Blues guitarist early in his
career and moved to Chicago in the 40s, playing with John Lee "Sonny
Boy" Williamson, Sunnyland Slim and a young Little Walter. Foster is
featured as guitarist and drummer on many of Muddy Waters early
recordings and also recorded with JB Lenoir. He is featured on one CD
with Floyd Jones that also includes Snooky Pryor and Robert Lockwood.

Piedmont style guitarist Guitar Shorty died on this day in 1976 in
Rocky Mount, NC at age 52. There is another "Guitar Shorty" who
currently records for Alligator Records.

Influential R&B singer Little Willie John died on this day in 1968 in
Walla Walla, WA at age 30. John is an under-recognized but very
influential R&B artist, having influenced the likes of Sam Cooke,
James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Al Green and BB King. His original version
of "Fever" was covered note for note by Peggy Lee and Elvis and
his "I Need Your Love So Bad" has become a Blues standard. There is a
20 song re-issue CD of Little Willie John`s music on Rhino Records
entitled "Fever".

"The Singing Brakeman", guitarist and singer/songwriter Jimmie Rodgers
died on this day in 1933 in NYC,NY at age 35. Rodgers is
considered "The Father of Country Music". He worked as a brakeman on
The Southern Railroad line and was definitely influenced by the Blues
of his Black co-workers in Mississippi. Some of his best songs have
Blues roots, including "TB Blues", "Waitin For A Train", Travelin
Blues" and "Train Whistle Blues".

Acoustic pre-war Blues guitarist Robert Wilkins died on this day in
1987 in Memphis at age 91.Wilkins wrote the Rolling Stones
song "Prodigal Son" (That`s No Way To get Along) but had to take
legal action to get royalties. He began his career as a Delta/Memphis
Blues guitarist and recorded prolifically in the late 20s and 30s,
giving up secular music to become a preacher and Gospel musician. He
was "re-discovered" in the 60s and returned to The Blues. A fine CD
from this period is "The Original Rolling Stone" on Yazoo, and his
early recordings are gathered on the Document CD "Memphis Blues 1928-

On this day in 1957, Ray Charles recorded "Swanee River Rock" which
made it to #14 on the R&B chart, and #34 on the Pop chart.





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