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  • juniorjack1@webtv.net
    © 2003 LW Junior Jackson There was an omission in yesterday`s post that I would like to add. Veteran Blues drummer and vocalist Ralph Tuffy Kimble was
    Message 1 of 354 , Apr 30, 2004
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      © 2003 LW "Junior" Jackson

      There was an omission in yesterday`s post that I would like to add.

      Veteran Blues drummer and vocalist Ralph "Tuffy" Kimble was born on
      April 30, 1946 in Roxbury, MA. Tuffy spent 20 years with Luther "Guitar
      Jr." Johnson and has done stints with Luther "Snake" Johnson, James
      Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Freddie King. Kimble is a founding member of
      The Cat Sass Blues Band, one of Beantown`s best houserocking,
      barrelhouse Blues bands, and is one of Boston`s best Blues singers.
      Check out The Cat Sass Blues Band at: http://www.catsassblues.com

      On this 1st day of May in 1924 Blues and R&B vocalist Big Maybelle was
      born Maybelle Louise Smith in Jackson, TN. Maybelle was one of R&B`s
      premier stars in the 50s, scoring many hits from 1953 to `58. She
      persevered through the 60s but drug and alcohol abuse and diabetes
      caught up with her and she died in 1972 at age 47.

      Chicago harmonica legend Little Walter was born Marion Walter Jacobs on
      this day in 1930 in Markville, LA. Revered by harp players and fans
      alike, and arguably the king of the Blues harmonica, his emergence as a
      young harp player in the early 50s helped change the course of Chicago
      Blues. Walter was among the first, and certainly the most gifted, harp
      payers to amplify his harp, and brought beatuiful, full, flowing, almost
      jazz-like solos and deep response and rhythm riffs to the Blues
      harmonica. Walter left his rural Louisiana home at age 12 and fared for
      himself in New Orleans, slowly making his way north with prolonged stops
      in Helena, AR, (where he met and played with Rice Miller, later known as
      Sonny Boy Williamson (2), and Memphis, St.Louis and finally Chicago in
      1946. (where he met and played with John Lee Williamsom, the real "Sonny
      Boy".) When Little Walter joined forces with Muddy Waters, there was a
      musical earthquake in Chicago, the tremors of which are still being felt
      today. Little Walter scored his first solo hit in 1954 with the
      instrumental "Juke", recorded after a Muddy Waters session at Chess with
      the same band. Walter then left Waters for a solo career, althought he
      remained Muddy`s studio harmonica player for a few years. Walter had 14
      top ten hits in the 50s, but the 60s led him down a drug and alcohol
      induced spiraling path. He died in his sleep in 1967 from head injuries
      incured during a street fight. For anyone who does not have any of this
      harp masters rcordings, I highly recomend "The Essential Little Walter"
      on Chess/MCA.

      Guitarist Lucky Lopez (JSP Records) was born on this day in 1937 in East
      Estabuchie, MS.

      The "Father Of The Delta Blues", Charley Patton, was born in early May,
      possibly today, in or around 1891 in Herron`s Place, MS. Patton`s songs
      are still being covered by modern Blues players over 70 years after his
      death. He was a major influence on Son House, Robert Johnson, Howlin`
      Wolf and Muddy Waters.

      Guitarist Smokey Hogg died on this day in 1960 in McKinney, TX. Hogg was
      a rural Bluesman in an R&B world of the 50s, but he managed to amass a
      large output of recordings, along with a few hits, during that time.
      Smokey began his career with the Texas slide guitarist Black Ace in the
      30s. Except for a lone session in 1937, Hogg didn`t start his own
      recording career untill 1947. Much of his recorded work is available on

      On this day in 1923, The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra recorded "Beale
      Street Mama" for Paramount Records in New York City.

      On this day in 1926, Clara Smith recorded "Look Where The Sun Done Gone"
      and "Rock, Church, Rock" for Columbia Records in New York City.

      On this day in 1929, Cow Cow Davenport recorded "Back In The Alley" for
      Vocalion in Chicago.

      On this day in 1966, "Soul Limbo" a Stax single by Booker T. & The MG's
      was released.

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    • Junior Jackson
      © 2004 L.W. Junior Jackson On this 2nd day of June in 1905 Piedmont Blues guitarist Roosevelt Baby Brooks was born in Greenville, SC. Brooks was a
      Message 354 of 354 , Jun 1, 2006
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        � 2004 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

        On this 2nd day of June in 1905 Piedmont Blues guitarist Roosevelt
        "Baby" Brooks was born in Greenville, SC. Brooks was a mainstay in
        Greenville for many years and recorded for the Trix label.

        Doo-Wop vocalist Johnny Carter of the Dells and The Flamingos was born
        on this day in 1934 in Chicago. The Dells and The Flamingoes were very
        popular vocal groups from Chicago in the early days of rock n roll.

        Trombonist Porky Cohen was born on this day in 1924 in Springfield, MA.
        Cohen recorded with Charlie Barnett, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Roy
        Eldridge, Sax Gordon, Big John Greer and Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson. He
        was a member of Roomful of Blues from 1979-1988, when he went into
        semi-retirement. Cohen has an excellent album as a leader on Bullseye
        Blues, "Rhythm and Bones", which features several alumni of Roomful of

        R&B vocalist William Guest, who was a longtime member of Gladys Knight
        and The Pips, was born on this day in 1941 in Atlanta, GA.

        Saxophonist, flautist, trumpet player and vocalist Charles Millar was
        born on this day in 1939 in Olathe, KS. Millar was a member of War and
        wrote the bands anthem "Low Rider".

        Fife and Drum band leader Othar Turner was born on this day in 1907 in
        Jackson, MS. Othar Turner was one of the last practicioners of the
        northern Mississippi fife and drum music that was rooted in African
        music and was passed down from the era of slavery. He lived his long
        life as a sharecropper in North Mississippi. Othar made his own fifes
        from sugar cane with a process pased down from generations. His annual
        picnic in Gravel Springs attracted hundreds of people. Aside from the
        music, a highlight of Othar`s picnics were his goat sandwiches. Turner
        lived a truly rural life, living on 2 acres he purchased in 1970. He had
        no running water, and raised his own food. Turner has appeared on
        recordings by The North Mississippi All-Stars, Jon Spencer, and on the
        soundtrack of The Gangs of New York. His 2 albums "Everybody Hollerin`
        Goat" and "From Senega to Senatoba", were produced by Luther Dikinson of
        The North Mississppi All-Stars. Turner passed away on Feb 27, 2003 after
        contracting pnuemonia. His daughter, Bernice Turner Pratcher, a member
        of Othar�s Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, died of breast cancer only
        hours after her father�s passing. Turner�s granddaughter, Sharde
        Thomas, carries on the tradition and now leads the Rising Star Fife and
        Drum Band. They recently recorded two tracks with Blues artist Corey

        Martha Ledbetter, wife of Huddie Ledbettor, aka Leadbelly, died on this
        day in 1968 in Brooklyn, NY at age 63. Martha often sang with Leadbelly
        and can be heard on several of his recordings.

        Washboard Slim (Robert Young) died on this day in 1990 in Philadelphia,
        PA at age 89. Young founded a band with Brownie McGhee in the early 30s.

        On this day in 1896, Guglieimo Marconi's radio was patented in the U.S.

        On this day in 1960, Lowell Fulson recorded "Blue Shadows", Chess single

        On this day in 1962, Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" began it's 5
        week stay at the top of the singles charts.
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