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Blues Hall of Fame - 021 - Son House

12/20/2017
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Born into in rural, baptist Mississippi in 1902, Son House felt called to be a preacher at the young age of 15. But it just wasn’t meant to be. As he matured into adulthood, he developed an affinity for alcohol. It proved to be a strange mix of ideals. The one evening, while drinking and gambling with friends, House tried his hand at singing the blues. The die was cast. The preacher’s booming voice filled the room, the bottleneck guitar answered, and a bluesman was born. Son House...

Duration:00:10:49

Blues Hall of Fame - 020 - Honeyboy Edwards

11/29/2017
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Honeyboy Edwards was Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen. Born to a poor, but very musical family, his early life consisted of hard labor in the fields. His prodigious talents soon took him away from all that, and his life became a journey through the pages of blues history. Edwards was Robert Johnson’s close friend and travelling companion. In fact, he was with Johnson the night he was poisoned and died in 1938. Honeyboy Edwards called many of the first generation of bluesmen...

Duration:00:11:55

Blues Hall of Fame - 019 - Ray Charles

11/17/2017
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Ray Charles, blind since the age of 7 and orphaned at 14, did blues, jazz, and gospel as well as anyone before or since. And, by doing them all together at once, he pioneered what we soon came to recognize as Soul. That’s right. Ray Charles is the father of that whole genre. Furthermore, he took these forms of Black American music, mingled them just enough with contemporary pop sounds and had massive crossover success. Ray Charles was one of the very first African American artists to be...

Duration:00:10:58

Blues Hall of Fame - 018 - Fats Domino

10/25/2017
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Fats Domino was born into a musical, French Creole family in the Lower 9th in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1928. His first language was Creole French. His talents blossomed early. His musical gifts, along with with his laid back and easygoing demeanor, created a lot of demand - everybody wanted to work with Fats. He had his first hit by the time he was 21, and he invented New Orleans-style rock n roll with it. That 1949 hit for Imperial Records - ”The Fat Man” - sold over a million copies...

Duration:00:11:50

Blues Hall of Fame - 017 - Don Robey

10/4/2017
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Gatemouth Brown once said of Don Robey, “He pulled off something in America that no one else ever pulled off. We had the only world-renowned black recording company.” That “recording company” included the legendary Peacock and Duke record labels, boasting stars like Johnny Ace, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Richard, and Big Mama Thornton. It also included chains of retail record stores, pressing plants, print shops, a booking agency, and a circuit of nightclubs. It was a giant musical...

Duration:00:11:35

Blues Hall of Fame - 016 - Rufus Thomas

9/22/2017
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We continue the series with the “world’s oldest teenager,” Rufus Thomas. Rufus Thomas contained multitudes, as they say. His talents and the personality behind those talents knew no bounds. Rufus’ professional career began at the age of six taking small roles in theatrical productions on Beale Street. As a teeneager he starred on the vaudeville and minstrel show circuits that criss-crossed the south. He was a singer, a dancer, a comedian, a radio DJ… and what’s truly incredible is that...

Duration:00:10:54

Blues Hall of Fame - 015 - Sam Phillips

9/7/2017
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We continue our series with one of the most electrifying individuals in the history of popular music, maverick producer Sam Phillips. Sam was an audio engineer, a talent scout, a producer, a studio owner, and a record label owner. He approached all of these endeavors with unbridled enthusiasm, an unparalleled sense of showmanship, and keen understanding of the levers of human psychology. His “laboratory” (aka Memphis Recording Service) delivered groundbreaking efforts from B.B. King,...

Duration:00:12:48

Blues Hall of Fame - 014 - John Lee Hooker

8/24/2017
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Is there a bluesman more iconic than John Lee Hooker? His face, his eyes, his austere silhouette on stage, that deep southern drawl, that one-chord boogie… everything about the man was distinct and original. Where did it all come from? Like many bluesmen of his generation, he grew up in the country and didn’t have much use for school. He much preferred skipping class and practicing guitar. Yet John Lee wrote some of the most original and most influential blues songs of all time: Boogie...

Duration:00:11:20

Blues Hall of Fame - 013 - Roy Brown

8/9/2017
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Roy Brown may be best known for writing the iconic, genre-warping song “Good Rockin’ Tonight.” Brown had a hit with it, then it was re-recorded by his hero Wynonie Harris, who also had a hit with it. Just a few years after that, further cementing the songs rightful place in music history, Elvis Presley recorded the song for Sun Records. But there was more to Brown than Good Rockin’. You know that powerful, quivering, pleading, shouting manner in which most of today’s great singers sing?...

Duration:00:11:58

Blues Hall of Fame - 012 - Muddy Waters

7/28/2017
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We continue the series with the man who brought electricity to the blues, and the blues to the big city, Muddy Waters. Born McKinley Morganfield in 1913 in Issaquenna, MS, he grew up on the Stovall Plantation just outside of Clarksdale. There, young Muddy fell under the influence and tutelage of the travelling bluesmen that came to perform there. Bluesmen like the great Son House and the king of the delta blues himself, Robert Johnson. Muddy moved to Chicago in 1943, taking with him his...

Duration:00:12:57

Blues Hall of Fame - 010 - Skip James

6/21/2017
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It’s hard to believe that Skip James almost drifted into obscurity. Like most enshrined in the Blues Hall of Fame, he was an absolute original. A genuine musical innovator. These days Skip James is considered by many to be the greatest of the delta blues singers. His songwriting, vocal stylings, and otherworldy ability on the guitar and piano influenced everyone, including a young Robert Johnson. But back in the 1930’s, when he was cutting records for Paramount, he didn’t look like he...

Duration:00:12:14

Blues Hall of Fame - 009 - Little Richard

6/9/2017
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Little Richard has been awarded every honor an artist could want. He may be enshrined in every hall of fame across the globe. And he may actually have invented rock n’ roll, but blues was where his amazing journey began. One of the greatest, most original, and most influential artists that has ever lived, Little Richard has been special from day one, and in this episode you’ll hear all about it. There can only be one Little Richard, and formative events of his life were just as...

Duration:00:12:11

Blues Hall of Fame - 008 - Memphis Minnie

5/24/2017
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There aren’t too many stories in the blues lexicon like Memphis Minnie’s. At age 13 she ran away from home to fend for herself on Memphis’ Beale Street. Fortunately for, she had prodigious musical talents far beyond her years and quickly adjusted to life as a street performer. Memphis Minnie was soon called upon to spread the blues far and wide as a performer in the Ringling Bros. “Greatest Show on Earth.” She returned home in 1920 to a booming Beale Street and a thriving music industry...

Duration:00:14:03

Blues Hall of Fame - 006 - BB King

4/27/2017
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We continue this series with The King of The Blues, BB King. Born in 1925 on a cotton plantation near Itta Benna, MS, Riley Benjamin King found his muse early in the sacred sounds of rural, Pentacostal church. First given a guitar by his mother’s cousin, famed blues man Bukka White, King soon traded the cruel world of cotton plantations and sharecropping for the excitement and opportunities of life in Memphis and on Beale Street. Never has it the phrase “and the rest is history” been more...

Duration:00:11:49

Blues Hall of Fame - 005 - Gatemouth Brown

4/12/2017
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Was there ever another blues musician so proficient at so many styles and on so many different instruments? Gatemouth Brown was certainly one-of-a-kind. The genre defying artist’ career spanned 60 years, beginning the moment he filled in for an ailing T-Bone Walker in a Houston, TX nightclub, improvising a night’s worth of material to the crowd’s delight. Gatemouth won a Grammy in his lifetime, was nominated for five more, and took home eight Blues Music Awards. This is his story.

Duration:00:10:58

Blues Hall of Fame - 004 - T-Bone Walker

3/29/2017
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This episode we learn about the electrified marvel that was Thibeaux Walker, or “T-Bone,” as he came to be known around the world. Walker was the original guitar hero of the blues, inspiring BB King, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix to pick up the guitar. He invented the modern guitar solo. As a pioneer of jump blues, and the man that introduced electricity to that genre, he innovated a sound that gave rise to the development of rock & roll.

Duration:00:11:34

Blues Hall of Fame - 003 - Memphis Jug Band

3/10/2017
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Led by the enigmatic Will Shade, the Memphis Jug band was an ever-evolving collective sporting different, talent-packed lineups for every gig and every recording session. The group was on hand for the very first commercial recording session in Memphis, TN, and went on to record over 100 sides for Victor, Champion, and Okeh Records in their heyday. Guitars, fiddles, kazoos, washtub bass, and ceramic jugs laid the foundation of their unique sound, but what drew the crowds and sold the...

Duration:00:11:51

Blues Hall of Fame - 002 - Alberta Hunter

2/23/2017
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We continue the series with the world’s first international blues superstar, Alberta Hunter. Alberta Hunter was a singular talent. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, she began her professional singing career at age 11. By her late twenties, she’d fronted orchestras led by King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, and written “Down Hearted Blues”, a massive hit for Bessie Smith. In the height of Jim Crow, and years before women in America had secured the right to vote, Alberta Hunter became the...

Duration:00:12:20