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    © 2003 L.W. Junior Jackson On this first day of November in 1924, Little Johnnie Jones, who played piano with Elmore James, was born in Jackson, MS. Louis
    Message 1 of 354 , Oct 31, 2003
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      © 2003 L.W. "Junior" Jackson

      On this first day of November in 1924, Little Johnnie Jones, who played
      piano with Elmore James, was born in Jackson, MS.

      Louis Lorillard, founder of The Newport Jazz Festival, was born in
      Newport, RI on this day in 1919.

      Singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett was born today in 1957 in Houston, TX.

      Mark Pollack, guitarist for Cold Blue Steel, was born today in Texas.

      Kenny Rice, drummer for Albert King, was born on this day in 1942 in St
      Louis, MO.

      Don Robey, owner of Duke / Peacock Records was born in Houston, TX on
      this day in 1903.

      Influential Blues singer Sippie Wallace, mentor to Bonnie Raitt, was
      born on this day in 1898 in Houston, TX. Sippie was born Beulah Thomas
      and like her fellow Texas Blues singer Victoria Spivey, carried the
      tradional Texas based Blues that emphasized risque lyrics and a
      rough-cut, rural vocal style. While in her teens, Sippie began singing
      in various tent shows and in the clubs and brothels of Houston. She
      moved to New Orleans with her younger pianist brother Hersal in 1915 and
      married Matt Wallace two years later. They moved to Chicago in 1923 and
      Sippie quckly gained a reputation as a hard-bottomed Blues singer and
      was signed to OKeh Records that same year. her first two releases
      "Shorty George" and "Up The Country Blues" , co-wtitten with her
      brother George, made her a Blues star. She followed with "Special
      Delivery Blues" (with Louis Armstrong on cornet) "Bedroom Blues" and the
      erotic "I`m a Mighty Tight Woman". She recorded over 40 sides for OKeh,
      nearly half of them written by Sippie or co-written with her brothers.
      Wallace`s husband and brother George both died in 1936 (Hersal had died
      of food poisoning ten years earlier) and, grief stricken, SIppie took to
      religion. She sang only in church untill 1966, when longtime friend
      Victoria Spivey coaxed her out of retirement. She recorded an album
      "Sippie Wallace Sings The Blues" for the Storyville label that included
      pianists Roosevelt Sykes and Little Brother Montgomery and featured
      Sippie`s signature song "Women Be Wise". The album was a major influence
      on a young Bonnie Raitt, and helped inspire her to take up Blues. Raitt
      later helped Sippie get a contract with Atlantic Records, and the
      resulting album , "Sippie", featuring Raitt`s slide guitar, won a Grammy
      in 1983. Also check out "Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey" on Spivey
      Records.

      Vocalist Andre Williams of Fat Bacon was born today in 1938 in
      Bessemier, AL.

      Harmonica player Johnny "Mississippi" Woods was born in Loaxahoma, MS on
      this day in 1917. Woods played harp around the Senetobia area in the
      Mississippi Hill Country, often with Mississippi Fred McDowell. In 1967,
      field recorder George Mitchell approached Fred about doing a recording.
      McDowell insisted on looking up his old friend, whom he hadn`t seen in
      over eight years, but had heard was back in town. After locating Woods,
      they finally got together in a shack to record, with no rhearsal or
      second takes. These recordings are some of the best recordings of pure
      Delta Blues, raw emotional, pure Blues with Fred coaching Woods along
      under his breath and the pair working together like they had never been
      apart. The recordings have recently been released on CD by Fat Possum as
      "Mississippi Fred McDowell and Johnny Woods: Mama Says I`m Crazy", and
      if you can`t dig this CD, you`re dead.


      James "Peck" Curtis, drummer for The King Biscuit Boys, died on this day
      in 1970 in Helena, AR.

      Guitarist, harmonica, jug and kazoo player and one man band Daddy
      Stovepipe was born Johnny Watson on this day in 1867 in Mobile, AL.
      Daddy Stovepipe was most likely the
      earliest born Blues artist to record. His career began, oddly, playing
      12-string guitar in a mariachi band in Mexico. He established himself as
      a feature performer in The Rabbit Foot Minstrels, a famous traveling
      tent show that was also a springboard for Ma Rainey, Jaybird Coleman,
      Brownie McGhee, Louis Jordan and others. Watson then became a one-man
      band and and itinerant street musician, often playing the Maxwell Street
      Market in Chicago. In 1921 Daddy Stovepipe recorded for Vocalion with
      Mississippi
      Sarah. Sarah was "Mrs Daddy Stovepipe" and sang and played jug. They
      recorded 8 sides for Vocalion and four for Bluebird. The "Stovepipes"
      settled in Greenville, MS for a life outside of music, but Sarah
      Watson's sudden death in 1937 put her widower back out
      on the road. He played the southwest and Mexico, and played in Zydeco
      bands in LA and East TX in the 40s. He made his way back to Maxwell
      Street in 1948, and was still there when he was 're-discovered' in 1960.
      By this time he was 93 and not sounding paricularly great.


      Delta Blues pioneer, guitarist Tommy Johnson,
      died on this day in 1956 in Crystal Springs, MS at age 60. Johnson was
      one of the most influential Blues artists working in the Mississippi
      Delta in the 20s and 30s.Only famed Bluesmen Charlie Patton and Son
      House had more of an impact. With a full-bodied voice that could soar to
      an eerie falsetto and a compelling, if limited, slide guitar that still
      evokes shivers, Johnson helped define the early Delta Blues style. Had
      he recorded more, (he only made about a dozen recordings in his entire
      career) his status would be much greater among modern Blues fans. The
      "crossroads" legend actually stemmed from Tommy Johnson, not Robert.
      Tommy often told friends that he had acquired his talent by making a
      "deal" with the devil and indeed, it is said that he often played like a
      man possesed. His "Canned Heat Blues", a haunting autobiographal account
      of his alcohol addiction, led a young `60s Blues-Rock outfit to name
      their band after the song. Johnson only recorded in 1928-29, but he
      continued to work Jackson, MS jukes joints and parties into the 50s. His
      acute alchol problem prevented him from extending his career beyond
      Mississippi, but Johnson was a huge influence on his fellow Delta Blues
      artists such as Ishmon Bracey, Charlie McCoy, Ruby Lacy and Robert
      Johnson.

      Guitarist and harmonica player James "Middle Water" Jones died on this
      day in 1986 in Gary, IN at age 51,

      JoeTillman, tenor saxman for Guitar Slim, died on this day in 1976 in
      New Orleans .

      Influential Blues vocalist Sippie Wallace died on this day in 1986 in
      Detroit at age 88.

      On this day in 1894, a publication called Billboard Advertising was
      published for the first time. At 10 cents an issue, it was a real
      bargain compared to today's Billboard" which now costs $299 a year.

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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.
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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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