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By Steve Cushing, Jim O'Neal

ISBN-10: 0252033019

ISBN-13: 9780252033018

This assortment assembles the easiest interviews from Steve Cushing's long-running radio application Blues earlier than Sunrise, the nationally syndicated, award-winning application targeting classic blues and R&B. As either an observer and performer, Cushing has been concerned with the blues scene in Chicago for many years. His candid, colourful interviews with fashionable blues gamers, manufacturers, and deejays exhibit the behind-the-scenes global of the adolescence of recorded blues. lots of those oral histories element the careers of lesser-known yet enormously influential blues performers and promoters.

The ebook focuses specifically on pre–World warfare II blues singers, performers lively in Nineteen Fifties Chicago, and nonperformers who contributed to the early blues global. Interviewees contain Alberta Hunter, one of many earliest African American singers to transition from Chicago's Bronzeville nightlife to the foreign highlight, and Ralph Bass, one of many maximum R&B manufacturers of his period. Blues professional, author, checklist manufacturer, and cofounder of Living Blues Magazine Jim O'Neal offers the book's foreword.

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Well, I can do that on certain pieces, but you can’t do that on all pieces and you can’t do it on jazz tunes much—it just don’t work. You can’t solo and carry all that at the same time, not on a guitar. You have to play one at a time. If you’re gonna play solo, play solo; you gonna play chords, play chords. Or you could mix it up. I do that now and it goes over big; it went over big in New Orleans. I play some solos and I strike some chords. That’s the way my daddy played violin, ’cause you can’t play all that on a violin.

And the name of the building was the Burlington Building. I shall never forget it. I got off on this side of the street; I’m facing the building. And I walked to the building and there was a hall door. And I opened this hall door and went up these steps. There was a lady there washing. indd 39 39 10/23/09 8:20:47 AM bins. I got off and went on up these steps, and I asked Miss Sarah did she know a girl there by the name of Ellen Winston? She said, “No. There’s nobody here by the name of Ellen Winston.

J. T. died the year before last—last year, I think. Yeah. Shirley Griffith and J. T. was playing together when I came here. So I had never seen him. So Shirley come to my house one day; somebody told him I was here. I thought he was a preacher, all dressed up. He played, had me play him a piece, too. ” He said, “Come on. Go with me up to my friend’s house. I’m on my way over to J. ” But they had been playing around. But they hadn’t been out of town nowhere. So I played. Then we went to Iowa—Des Moines, Iowa.

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