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  • juniorjack1@webtv.net
    © 2003 L.W. Junior Jackson On this 2nd day of Oct in 1927 Herb Coleman, lead singer for The Delta Rhythm Boys, was born in NYC, NY. Kirk Allen, drummer for
    Message 1 of 354 , Oct 1, 2003
      © 2003 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

      On this 2nd day of Oct in 1927 Herb Coleman, lead singer for The Delta
      Rhythm Boys, was born in NYC, NY.

      Kirk Allen, drummer for Mississippi Heat, was born today in 1949 in
      Chicago.

      R&B vocalist Madeleine Hall was born on this day in 1965 in Boston, MA.

      Guitarist Howard Roberts was born on this day in 1929 in Phoenix, AZ.

      Pat Sky, guitarist and producer at Vanguard Records, was born on this
      day in 1940 in Live Oak Gardens, GA.

      Vocalist King Soloman (Combo Records) was born in Jackson, MS on this
      day in 1940.

      Cajun Accordianist Jo-El Sonner was born on this day in Rayne, LA in
      1946.

      Gospel vocalist Willie Williams of The Zion Harmonizers was born on this
      day in 1951 in New Orleans.

      New Orleans Jazz / Blues pianist, guitarist and songwriter Cousin Joe
      (Bluesway records) died on this day in 1989 in New Orleans at age 81.

      Blues Harp master George "Harmonica" Smith died on this day in 1983 in
      Los Angeles at age 59. Smith was born in Helena, AR and raised in Cairo,
      IL. His mother, a guitarist, began teaching him the harmonica at age 4.
      There is evidence that he was among the first to amplify his harp. While
      working at The Duke Theater in Rock Island, IL George took the theaters
      old 16mm projector and salvaged the amplifier/speaker and began using it
      on the streets with a ham radio microphone he bought in a pawn shop for
      fifty cents. In 1955, Smith signed with Modern Record and made several
      successful recordings under the name "Little George Smith". He recorded
      and toured with Champion Jack Dupree, and when the tour ended in L.A.
      Smith settled there. Smith also worked extensively with Big Mama
      Thornton and Muddy Waters. In 1970, Smith met a young harp player named
      Rod Piazza and they formed the band "Bacon Fat". In 1977 Smith became
      friends with harp player William Clarke and the two worked together
      untill Smith`s death in 1983. Recommended Smith recordings include
      Blowin´ the Blues (1960) on Pea Vine, Tribute to Little Walter (1968)
      on Liberty, No Time for Jive (1970) on Blue Horizon, Of the Blues(1973)
      re-issued on Crosscut Records, and Little George Smith (1991) on Ace
      Records and "Now You can Talk About Me " on Blind Pig.

      On this day in 1948, Sonny Thompson's "Late Freight" was #1.

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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
        � 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.
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        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.
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        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
        Blues.
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        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.
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        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".
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        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
        Harris.
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        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.
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        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.
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        On this day in 1896, Guglieimo Marconi's radio was patented in the U.S.
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        On this day in 1960, Lowell Fulson recorded "Blue Shadows", Chess single
        959.
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        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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