Blind Willie McTell ate, drank (a lot) and lived the blues like nobody else. Unfortunately, that life kept him from being around for the blues
renaissance of the 1960s.
Some guys will do just about anything to impress a girl — and then they count on their buddies, like blues musician Blind Teddy Darby, to bail them out.
The modern guitar hero was inspired by Reynolds’ ‘Outside Woman Blues,’ which Cream covered for its ‘Disraeli Gears’ album — and which is next to impossible to find on an original Paramount 78 RPM record.
Released in January 1931, Harum Scarum’s “Come On In” was a luxury few could afford then, and a 78 RPM rarity you’d be hard-pressed to even find — let alone buy — now.
Swiping a song from The Rev. Robert Wilkins? Now, “That’s No Way To Get Along.” But that’s pretty much what The Rolling Stones did with “Prodigal Son.”
Say the words “easy rider” these days and chances are good any combination of Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson or Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” will pop into your head. But back in the day, Georgia Tom and Tampa Red and His Hokum Jug Band gave a different take.
Heralded as “The Texas Cannonball,” Freddie King’s skills as a blues guitarist led to him being dubbed one of the “Three Kings,” along with Albert King and B.B. King. And in 2012, his accomplishments prompted the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to honor him as an early influence.
A Thanksgiving day walk turns up an incredibly rare Son House 78 RPM record and reminds us we all need to keep hunting for history.
Discover Jabo Williams, the greatest blues pianist you’ve probably never heard — and whose voice you probably never will. Lost and damaged discs are the regretful reality of old blues 78s.
He’s no international man of mystery, but Gus Cannon and his alter-ego, Banjo Joe, were double agents of sorts at the Paramount and Victor record labels.