FRANK'S FENLAND BLUES NEWS

Francis Skinner hosts the Spalding Blues Club's web site at:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/frankskinner

Having the website brings a variety of interesting emails regarding the blues, some of which Frank has kindly forwarded to us for use on our website.

Email Contacts for Blues news articles: ALMO@AmericanLegends.org

Website addresses for Blues news articles: http://www.AmericanLegends.org

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FRANK'S BLUES INFO

TWO TIMERS TOUR

NEWS...NEWS...NEWS...

Dynamite duo TWO TIMERS step up their assault on the U.K. circuit this Autumn with a major tour supporting boogie veterans STATUS QUO no less. Watch this space...

TWO TIMERS BOOKINGS & INFO TEL/FAX :44(0)1892 662261 MOBILE : 07941044780
CREDO RECORDS P.O. Box 58, CROWBOROUGH TN6 2ZT, U.K.

CD'S AVAILABLE FROM CREDO RECORDS (£12.50 incl p&p):
"TWO TIMERS" ('98), "AUBREY REX & OTHER STORIES" ('99).


TOURDATES 2000


08. Sept - UK Crawley, Blues Club - T 01293 885918 / 885918
14. Sept - UK Hastings, Pissaro's - T 01424 421363
27. Sept - UK Bishop Stortford, Half Moon - T 01371 820749
28. Sept - UK Chesham, The Crown - T 01494 783910
01. Oct - UK Llandudno, North Wales Theatre - T 01492 872000 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
02. Oct - UK Southport, Southport Theatre - T 0870 6077560 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
03. Oct - UK Hanley, Hanley Victoria Hall - T 01782 213800 (Supporting STATUS QUO)

06. Oct - UK Grimsby, Grimsby Auditorium - T 01472 311311 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
07. Oct - UK Scarborough, Futurist Theatre - T 01723 374500 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
10. Oct.- UK Carlisle, Sands Centre - T 01228 625222 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
11. Oct. -UK Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium - T 0141 2483000 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
12. Oct.- UK Aberdeen, Music Hall - T 01224 641122 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
13. Oct.- UK Dundee, The Caird Hall - T 01382 434940 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
15. Oct.- UK York, Barbican Centre - T 01904 656688 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
16. Oct.- UK Cardiff, St.Davids Hall - T 02920 878444 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
17. Oct.- UK Bristol, Colston Hall – T 0117 9223683 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
19.Oct. - UK Glenfarg,Bein Inn 01577-830216
20 Oct. - UK Kirkcaldy, Path Tavern
21 Oct. - UK Aberdeen, Lemon Tree (lunchtime) 01224 642230
21 Oct. - UK Aberdeen,Blue Lamp (evening) 01224 647472
22 Oct. - UK Dundee, The Doghouse
26. Oct - UK Chichester, The Cider House, Pumpbottom Farm, - T 01243 773828
01. Nov. - UK Sevenoaks,The Anchor 01732 457040
10. Nov - U.K. Worcester Park Tavern, with THE PIRATES 0181 3371015
22. Nov to 27. Nov - JAMAICA Negril, Roots Festival
29. Nov - U.K. Plymouth, Plymouth Pavillions - T 01752 229922 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
04. Dec - UK Margate, Margate Winter Gardens - T 01843 292795 Supporting STATUS QUO)
05. Dec - UK Southend, Cliffs Pavillion – T 01702 351135 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
06. Dec - UK Ipswich, Regent Theatre – T 01473 433100 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
07. Dec - UK Cambridge, Corn Exchange - T 01223 357851 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
09. Dec - UK Brighton, Brighton Centre – T 0870 900 9100 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
10. Dec - UK Bournemouth, BIC – T 01202 456456 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
11. Dec - UK Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall – T 0115 9895555 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
13. Dec - UK Harrogate, Conference Centre – T 01423 537230 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
14. Dec - UK Oxford, Apollo Theatre – T 01865 244544 (Supporting STATUS QUO)
16. Dec - UK Birmingham, NEC – T 0121 780 4133 (Supporting STATUS QUO)

TOURDATES 2001

06. Jan - U.K. South Nutfield (nr Redhill), The Station Hotel T - 01737 823223
19. Jan - NETHERLANDS Breda
20. Jan - BELGIUM Verviers, Spirit of 66
24. Jan - SWITZERLAND
25. Jan - SWITZERLAND
26. Jan - SWITZERLAND
27. Jan - SWITZERLAND
28. Jan - SWITZERLAND
24. Feb - UK Manningtree, The Red Lion

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ALLIGATOR RADIO


If you haven't checked out Alligator Radio on our site you are definitely missing out. If you have logged on in the past please visit with us again as we've added a lot of great discs, including new songs from Elvin Bishop and Little Smokey Smothers, Shemekia Copeland, and Rusty Zinn. We haven't forgotten the classics either adding songs by Big Walter Horton, Pinetop Perkins and Koko Taylor. Click here to listen to Alligator Radio.
http://www.alligator.com (then click on Alligator Radio in the upper left hand corner of our homepage).
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Blues News In June

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT (17th June 2000) IN NYC !!!

JVC Jazz Festival
Festival Productions
& AmericanLegends present

"LEGACY of ROBERT JOHNSON - the King of the Delta Blues"

A Tribute Concert Honoring the Life and Legacy of an American Blues Legend featuring;

Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Honeyboy Edwards
Chris Whitley
John Hammond
Guy Davis

This concert features performances of Johnson material by modern music artists along with two contemporaries of delta blues legend Robert Johnson that traveled with Johnson in the 1930's - the era when the blues began; including Johnson's step-son Robert Lockwood Jr. (the only person to ever learn guitar from Johnson) and Honeyboy Edwards (Johnson's friend that was working with him in a Mississippi juke joint the night he died in 1938).


The artists will perform their renditions of Johnson's material as well as material influenced by Robert Johnson. Don't miss this historical gathering of artists paying tribute to an American music icon.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2000
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway @ 95th St.
New York, NY
8:00PM - Tickets: $31.00
Symphony Space Box Office - 212-864-5400
Ticketmaster - 212-307-7171

* Please review the following bio information on Robert Lockwood Jr. and Honeyboy Edwards and contact us for more information on two of the world's most historical and authentic delta-bluesman and the "Legacy of Robert Johnson" concert.

Artist Promotional Materials and Photos available to the media by request.

Please contact us for more information:

AmericanLegends Music Organization, Inc. - A.L.M.O.
Phone 415-771-5891
Fax 415-931-6656
E-Mail: see top of page
Web-Site: see top of page
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ROBERT LOCKWOOD, Jr.

85 Year-Old Blues Legend and 1999 Grammy Nominee !

Step-Son of Robert Johnson, "The King Of The Delta Blues" and the Only Person To Ever Learn Guitar From Robert Johnson !!

Appeared in the recent PBS TV specials "Tribute To Muddy Waters", "Mississippi River of Song", and in the recent Robert Johnson documentary "Hellhounds on My Trail" !!!

1999 Grammy Nominated CD "I Got To Find Me A Woman" with special guest B.B. King (Polygram/Verve)

"Lockwood is one of my favorite guitarists and my mentor" -- B.B. King


ROBERT LOCKWOOD, JR. (guitar, vocals - 85 years-old) More than any other blues musician, Lockwood has been the torchbearer of the Robert Johnson guitar legacy. Johnson's songs have been recorded by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Cream, Stephen Stills, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keb' Mo' and many more. But these artists had to learn Johnson's classics off the recordings. There is only ONE person that EVER learned these songs directly from Johnson, Robert Lockwood, Jr..

It was the "the king of the delta blues" who bought Lockwood his first guitar and taught him how to play. Through the years many musicians have been quick to say they knew Johnson or played with him, but only Lockwood can say that Johnson taught him how to play the guarded secrets of his innovative guitar style. Lockwood's mother met Robert Johnson when Lockwood was 13, and Johnson lived with them on and off for the next ten years. Johnson was Lockwood's step-father (Lockwood was called "Robert Jr." by Johnson) and they were on the road together, on and off, until Johnson's death in 1938.

Lockwood was born in 1915 in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas. Lockwood's own career as a bluesman began when he was fifteen years old, playing juke joints and house parties, with harmonica player Sonny Boy 'Rice Miller' Williamson. In 1941 Lockwood cut four sides for the Bluebird label in Chicago. In 1942 Lockwood became a regular performer, along with Williamson, on the world's first blues radio broadcast, KFFA's King Biscuit Time, becoming the first musicians to play amplified blues over the radio. Lockwood also worked juke joints and parties as a solo artist, playing the jazz-infected blues (a mix of Robert Johnson, Charlie Christian & Eddie Durham) that would eventually become his trademark.

As Lockwood's reputation grew people began to approach him for lessons. He became a mentor to his students that included Joe Willie Wilkins (Howlin' Wolf), a young Mississippian named Muddy Waters, and a youngster named Riley (soon to be B.B.) King. It was Lockwood's suggestion to B.B.'s sponsor that brought on an eight-piece back-up band, creating King's trademark sound. B.B. King commented that after Lockwood left him, it took him "twenty years to find another guitarist he could work with".

In 1953 Lockwood was working as THE studio guitarist for Chess Records in Chicago. The list of people he recorded with on classic Chess recordings reads like a Who's Who of the blues and includes the likes of; Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Otis Spann, Eddie Boyd, Willie Mabon, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, the Moonglows and many others. Lockwood was in great demand as a sideman and performed with all the great blues artists including; Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Homesick James, Yank Rachell, Henry Townsend, John Brim and Johnny Shines.

In 1989 Lockwood was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In 1995 he was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' "National Heritage Fellowship Award" (presented by Hillary Clinton at the White House). In 1996 the mayor of Cleveland proclaimed February 3rd as Robert Jr. Lockwood Day. Lockwood has recorded for Mercury, Bea & Baby, J.O.B., Decca, Delmark, Trix, Advent, Flyright, P-Vine, Evidence, Rounder Records, and released "What's The Score" on his private record label. Lockwood has a a new recording for Polygram/Verve with special guest appearances by B.B. King (a big fan of Lockwood's) and Joe Louis Walker. He continues tp perform regularly at all the top Jazz & Blues Festivals around the world, including; the Chicago Blues Festival, the King Biscuit Festival, the Tower Blues Festival (Japan) and the St. Louis Blues Festival. Lockwood recently performed at R&B Foundation Awards with Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Larry Graham, and Keb Mo. Lockwoo!
d appeared in the recent TV specials for PBS "Tribute To Muddy Waters" and "Mississippi River of Song".


HONEYBOY EDWARDS

85 Year-Old Blues Legend and W.C. Handy Award Winner !

"Mr. Edwards is among the last authentic performers in the blues... everything he does is infused with the rocking drive and hypnotic modal flavor of depression-era blues at it's most intense"
--NEW YORK TIMES

"(Edwards) shows that you don't always need a band to move people's feet" --ROLLING STONE

"Honeyboy's life reads like a distillation of the classic blues legends" --GUITAR WORLD

Honeyboy Edwards (guitar, vocals - 85 years-old) is a living legend and one of the oldest blues artist still performing. Honeyboy performed and recorded with Homesick James and traveled and performed with Robert Johnson, "the King of the Delta Blues". Recently, Honeyboy was a featured artist at the Chicago Blues Festival, Robert Johnson Tribute, and many other top venues all over the world. At 85, Honeyboy Edwards is still an amazing performer and a living link in America's rich musical history.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards is one of the few remaining original practitioners of the, pre-war era, acoustic delta blues. A blues survivor, whose career spans over seven decades. Edwards is one of the few living musicians who played and traveled with Robert Johnson. The events surrounding Johnson's death have been veiled by a mystical cloud of tall-tales, hoodoo, and contradictions. Edwards was with Johnson the night that he died, and his consistent description of Johnson's poisoning by a jealous husband is considered by historians to be the most credible. In the PBS special "The Search For Robert Johnson", Edwards takes host, John Hammond, to the area outside of Greenwood, Mississippi, where Johnson passed away in 1938 "from a lack of medical attention".

Edwards was born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1915. He learned the basics of guitar from his father, Henry Edwards, and from boyhood friends, Tommy McClennan and Robert Petway. At the age of fourteen Edwards set out on the road under the tutelage of guitar wizard Big Joe Williams. During the mid-thirties Edwards worked street corners, river boats, brothels, house parties and delta juke joints with legendary blues artists, such as; Tommy McClennan, Homesick James, Big Walter Horton, Yank Rachell, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Robert Petway and Robert Johnson.

In the '30s, Honeyboy moved to Memphis, where he came into contact with a full array of blues musicians. He played regularly in Handy Park with; the Memphis Jug Band, Will Shade, Memphis Slim, Roosevelt Sykes and a couple of harp prodigies Big Walter Horton and Little Walter Jacobs.

Edwards started his recording career in 1942 when he cut fifteen sides for Alan Lomax (Library of Congress) at Stovall's Plantation. He then recorded for various labels in Texas and for Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis. Edwards moved to Chicago in 1953 where he recorded for Chess records and built a reputation as one of the city's finest slide guitarists. He worked
clubs and street corners with Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim and Howlin' Wolf. Since then, Edwards has toured worldwide and recorded for over a dozen labels, in both solo and band contexts. Though he still resides in Chicago, Edwards' style still remains firmly
rooted in the Mississippi delta. His most recent critically acclaimed recording ,"the World Don't Owe Me Nothing"" , coincides with the release of his best-selling autobiography of the same name on Chicago Review Press, an in-depth retrospective of his sixty-year career as a legendary bluesman.


Robert Lockwood Jr. and Honeyboy Edwards are the pure root of American music. They helped lay the foundation for Rock & Roll and changed the form of all popular music to come. Their music influenced artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Santana, and many more. Original blues artists like Son House, Fred McDowell, Bukka White, and Charley Patton have all passed on. Leaving only Robert Lockwood Jr., Honeyboy Edwards, and a few other pre-war blues artists like; Homesick James, Henry Townsend, Frank Edwards, Snooky Pryor, and Howard Armstrong, to carry on the "natural" acoustic blues styles of the delta. Don't miss an opportunity to catch these legendary bluesman in concert. This is authentic as the blues gets!!!


AmericanLegends Music Organization Intl., Inc.- A.L.M.O.
"Promoting the Heritage, Art, Culture & Music of the World"
Web-Site: see top of page
E-Mail: see top of page
Ph: 415-771-5891 * Fx: 415-931-6656
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Two American performers / bands who have contacted Frank through the Spalding Blues Club website are:

PAT CISARANO

JESSIE & THE RAINDOGS

to find out more about these relatively unknown (in the UK!) artists check out their websites

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Date: 04/06/00 04:49

RE: BoardRoom: Rare Blues Collection


Time: Sun, 04-Jun-2000 03:49:36 GMT IP: 203.109.220.10

One of Australia's finest blues record collections, dating from the mid 60s-late 70s, is now available for sale/auction. The catalogue of 882 LPs comprises 715 Blues/R&B albums, 34 Jazz albums, 63 Gospel/Soul/Motown albums, and 70 Rock & Roll/Rockabilly albums.
In addition there are 62 Eps/45s (including some Sun, Chess, Checker)
The records are generally in mint or excellent condition, and 46 albums have the sleeves autographed by various giants of the blues such as Muddy Waters, BB King, Freddie King, Sonny & Brownie, Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, Luther Johnson, Clifford Solomon and many others.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own such a rare and valuable chunk of blues history. Dealers, blues researchers and serious collectors only are invited to contact the owner's agent,
Barry McIntosh, (E-mail address:
blue2000@space.net.au ) for further details.
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The Blues Foundation E-News

June 2, 2000 - Blues / R&B Legend Johnnie Taylor Passes Away

contact please: Burton Doss at Malaco Records

e-mail:
BDOSS@Malaco.com / phone: 601-982-4522

Today the world mourns the ever too soon tragic loss of a legend. Last night (May 31, 2000), Malaco recording artist and R & B great, Johnnie Taylor passed away as a result of a massive heart attack at 11:00 p.m. central standard time. Over the past 25 years, Johnnie Taylor has been one of the most versatile and durable recording artists of the era. With a career that embraced gospel, pop, blues, R & B, doo-wop, Memphis soul, and even disco; Taylor has proven that he can conquer any form of music. Johnnie HarrisonTaylor was born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, May 5, 1938. Inspired equally by both gospel and blues, Taylor first recorded in the early '50s as part of the Five Echoes. They were a doo-wop group that had one release on the Chance label in Chicago. However, Taylor did not receive any real recognition until he moved into the field of gospel, when he joined the Highway Q. C.'s on their recording of "Somewhere To Lay My Head". When Johnnie Taylor would sing to audiences, people would tell him that his voice bared a strikingly resemblance to that of Sam Cooke. So in 1957, it came as no surprise that he took Sam's place in the group called The Soul Stirrers. With the group, Taylor made a number of fine recordings, but eventually left to pursue a short career as a preacher. Sam Cooke soon formed the Sar label as a sideline to his own successful career. He sought to get Taylor as one of his artists. Taylor agreed and with that recorded the hit "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" in 1962. But soon after, Sar's operations were suspended due to theuntimely death of Sam Cooke. Taylor soon landed at Stax Records in Memphis in 1967. With Stax, he scored with the recordings "I Had A Dream" and "I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby". Two years later, Taylor's style of music easily adapted to the demands of modern soul with his recording of "Who's Making Love", which shot to the top of the R & B charts. That record sold more than two million singles, and established Taylor as one of the nation's premier soul attractions.

For the next seven years, Johnnie's name never left the best-seller list. His first million seller was followed by such classics as "Take Care Of Your Homework", "Jody's Got Your Girl", and "Cheaper To Keep Her" to name a few. With the demise of Stax, Taylor moved to the Columbia label, waxing the mega-hit, "Disco Lady", which was at the top of everyone's chart in 1975. But soon Johnnie left due to Columbia casting him as being a disco artist only. He made a brief stop at Beverly Glen Records in 1982, recording an album and climbing back into the charts with the single, "What About My Love". Taylor did not stay there long because he was looking for a label
that would work close to him as Stax once had.

In 1984, Taylor had found that company when he signed with Malaco Records. His initial album, "This Is Your Night", was not only a well crafted piece of music, but saleswise, it was Johnnie's biggest record in nearly a decade. He later released such albums as "Wall To Wall", "Crazy 'Bout You", the award winning "Good Love", and his current release "Gotta Get The Groove Back". How fitting it is that his upcoming single tells of Johnnie having a dream about a party in "Soul Heaven" with superstars from the past performing for one night only. As great as all the performers were, they were missing one thing, the closing act! Johnnie, thanks for the memories
and enjoy the rest of the show! Johnnie Taylor was 62.

Johnnie, we'll truly miss you! Tommy Couch Sr., founder and president of Malaco said of his friend for 40 years, "Johnnie's passing is a great loss to the Malaco family and the world in general. There isn't anyone alive who hasn't been touched by his music. We will miss the man in many different ways, personally, in our business and we will all his music. He was the last of the great soul men and nobody can replace him."

Malaco Records has set up a message board to post any discussion and farewells to Johnnie. Please visit the Malaco site at and simply click on the JohnnieTaylor banner at the top. Photos and bio information are also available on the site. For any additional information, please contact Malaco Records at: 601-982-4522.

The Funeral Home for Johnnie is: The Sandra Clark Funeral Home, 6029 South RL Thorton Fwy
Dallas, TX 75232 Phone: 214-371-2600 Fax: 214-374-9901 Funeral Arrangements are still tentative at this point. For more information, please contact Malaco Records at 601-982-4522.
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RE: BoardRoom: Gloucester Blues Festival

Gloucester Blues Festival Fri 28 June to Sun 6 Aug '00


Tickets required ; Clarence Tex Walker and the Walker Street Blues Band + support
Jim Crawford. Lightning Willy and the Poor Boys + support Slowburners King Earl Boogie Band + support The Barflys Dino Baptiste Band + support Jane Pearl Duo.

ALL THESE ARE FREE :
in order of appearence more or less. Eddie Martin solo, Kick The Cat, Neol Davies Box Of Blues, Gwyn Ashton Band, Innes Sibun Band, Michael Roach, John Jackson, Bare Wires, Will Killeen, Adrian Burns, Act Of Kindness, Vince Lee and the Big Combo, Aynsley Lister solo, John Crampton, Daniel Smith and Jon T Bone Taylor, Blues Grinders, Bluz, Worried Men, Sonny Black Duo, Maxwell Street, Sensational Blues Boys, Claude Bourbon, Texas Thunder, The Boogie Band, Bob Brunning's Deluxe Blues Band. Line up subject to change.


Programmes from 01452 505089 / General info from 01452 532081 or

linda @bluesline.freeserve.co.uk

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Blues News In May


Music Legends passed away recently

We received the following press release from American Legends Music Org. via Frank.

We sadly send news that Blues & R&B Music Legends - Francis Lee Armstrong, Barkin' Bill Smith, Clarence Holliman, and Vicki Sue Robinson - passed away recently.

Francis Lee Armstrong

Francis Lee Armstrong, who as a young man in the 30's played and recorded in a Tennessee string band that included his older brother, noted fiddle-player Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, died April 4 at his home in Oakland, California. He was 81.

Mr. Armstrong was the youngest of nine children raised in La Follette, Tenn. He played the guitar, the mandolin and the ukulele in his family band. Howard Armstrong later went on to play with renowned musicians Ted Bogan and Carl Martin. His career as one of the last surviving black string band musicians is chronicled in ``Louie Bluie,'' a 1985 documentary by Bay Area filmmaker Terry Zwigoff.

Francis brother, Howard Armstrong, recalled his younger brother Francis as a ``cute little boy'' whose pockets were often filled with money when the family band played at events. Said Armstrong: ``We, as older brothers, couldn't wait until he got home so we could turn him upside down and shake all the coins out". Howard Armstrong said, ``Francis was always a very quiet, private person, and after years of being in the Army and fighting on the Burma Road, for reasons unknown to the family, he disappeared for many, many years. We thought he had passed away.''

Howard Armstrong said that in 1988, he got a tip that Francis was living somewhere in Oakland. That year, during a concert tour that took him to Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland, Howard tracked his brother down at a hotel in downtown Oakland and Howard went to the hotel. ``Francis literally fell into my arms and cried when I knocked at his door,'' he said. Howard saw his brother on two later visits. He learned that Francis had been a seafarer and later worked in the hotel industry. The brothers stayed in touch until Francis' death.

Howard, 91, is Francis' last surviving relative and the last of the great American string band musicians still performing. A funeral service was conducted in Oakland and Francis is buried at the San Joaquin Valley Cemetery in Gustine.

April 19, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong is represented by:

AmericanLegends Music Organization Intl., Inc. - A.L.M.O.
E-Mail:
ALMO@AmericanLegends.org

Web-Site: http://www.AmericanLegends.org
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Barkin' Bill Smith

Chicago blues vocalist (nicknamed "Barkin' Bill" by his friend, blues legend, Homesick James) passed away on April 24, 2000 from pancreatic cancer. Over the last few years he rarely performed due to his health. His last solo recording as a leader was 1994's "Gotcha!" on Delmark Records and he also appeared on Dave Specter's "Bluebird Blues" on Delmark Records.

Stylistically Barkin' Bill owed much to the great Joe Williams, whose warm, reassuring vocals, said Bill, were always "like a friend." His style was reminiscent of singers like Percy Mayfield, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Brook Benton, and other crooners and shouters of the '40s and '50s. He fronted many rough-and-ready blues bands in Chicago and was an original vocalist who entertained audiences for over 50 years. His funeral was on Monday May 1st at the Smith & Thomas Funeral Home, 5708 W Madison, Chicago, IL.

ALMO
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Clarence Holliman

Rhythm & Blues legend Clarence Holliman passed away recently from Heart-failure. He was 62-years old. The Houston based blues-guitarist and his wife, R&B vocalist Carol Fran, recorded many classic records. Clarence, played all those classic guitar lines on Bobby "Blue" Bland's Duke/Peacock recordings and was one of the finest blues guitarists to ever record. Clarence Holliman and his wife Carol Fran made sweet and salty Gulf Coast boogie and blues, blending Texas grit with Louisiana rhythms. The CD "It's About Time" on JSP Records was their last recording.

ALMO

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Vicki Sue Robinson

Vicki Sue Robinson, the vivacious pop-gospel singer whose 1976 hit, "Turn the Beat Around," became a signature anthem of the disco era, died Thursday April 27 at her home in Wilton. She
was 46. The cause was cancer, said Gina Andriolo, her publicist. A prolific jingle singer whose 1999 off-Broadway show, "Vicki Sue Robinson: Behind the Beat," had a successful limited engagement, Ms. Robinson was a powerful, exuberant belter whose dance-oriented records were among the best sung and least gimmicky disco records of late '70s. In her autobiographical show, a gaudy theatrical extension of her popular, long-running cabaret act, she showed her range as an entertainer. As both a singer and songwriter, Ms. Robinson, who described herself as a latchkey child with a bohemian upbringing, exemplified the New York musical melting pot in the late 1960s and '70s with its colliding echoes of pop, rock, gospel and Broadway. She was born in Harlem, the daughter of a black actor and a white radical folksinger. She made her singing debut at the Philadelphia Folk Festival when she was 6. Her early influences were folk and blues legends such as
Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, all friends of her mother. But she also was influenced by jazz singers such as Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, and later by Laura Nyro. While still a teenager, she appeared on Broadway in the musicals "Hair" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." Signed by RCA Records in the mid-'70s, she made four albums and was
nominated for a Grammy as best pop female vocalist. More recently, a single, "House of Joy," became a major dance hit in Britain. Her show "Behind the Beat" was an uninhibited, sometimes campy cabaret extravaganza that blended pop-soul oldies, personal confessions, inspirational ballads and audience sing-alongs. It included versions of some of her best-known jingles, pitching everything from fabric softener to the New York Telephone Co. ("We're all connected").

New York Times
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AmericanLegends Music Organization Intl., Inc. - A.L.M.O.

"Promoting the Heritage, Art, Culture & Music of the World"

E-Mail:
ALMO
Web-Site:
American Legends

* ALMO started sending artist obituaries out when blues legend Jack Owens died and it went unnoticed in the media. Ever since then, when an artist passes away (not just the artists we represent), we try to prepare an obituary and use our media contacts to get the word out to the public. We offer our work as a free service to the artist's families. If there is ever any payment for an obituary we will not accept it and it will be donated to the family of the deceased artist.

Thank you for helping us get the word out to the public and for passing this information on to as many people as you can !!!

ALMO 2000
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BoardRoom: ITIN: European dates Percy Strother


Below you find the dates of the upcoming european tour of Percy Strother.

05/26/00 4 Ecluses Dunkerque F
05/27/00 Jumpin' Hot Club Newcastle UK
05/29/00 The Fuggle & Firkin Oxford UK
05/30/00 Banana Peel Club Ruiselede B
06/01/00 Bluescafe Apeldoorn NL
06/02/00 Blues on the River Rotterdam NL
06/03/00 Blues on the River Rotterdam NL
06/04/00 Jazzfestival Breda NL
06/08/00 Hotel Rest. du Rhone Gampel CH
06/09/00 Hotel Rest. du Rhone Gampel CH
06/10/00 Jazztime Hildesheim D

Singer and guitarist Percy Strother belongs to the new generation of artists who are notable for producing their own good and original material within the bluestradition. Percy Strother was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1946 and started singing at the age of nine.
In the sixties he moved north and by the way of Wisconsin he eventually ended up in Minneapolis, where he became one of the leading figures in the blues scene of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Percy Strother has a tremendous "power" compared to e.g. Muddy Waters. His music is a mix-ture of blues, rhythm & blues and Memphis-soul. He was musically inspired by the likes of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and also Wilson Pickett.

From october '93 on Percy Strother toured Europe several times and he performed on several prestigous european bluesfestivals. To name a few: Burnley Blues Festival (UK), Spring Blues Festival (B), Lisieux Blues Festival (F), Lucerne Blues Festival (CH), Bluesparade (B)

The latest release of Percy Strother is called "Home at Last" and was released on
Black and Tan Records (B&T 002)

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BoardRoom: European tours Crossroads


At this moment we are preparing european tours for the following American blues artists. At the
Crossroads site you can find more information on each individual artists plus a schedule of
available dates. The information on the available dates is updated weekly.

Percy Strother Band *) May / June
Rockin' Johnny Band June
RJ Mischo Aug / Sept
Percy Strother Band *) Aug / Sept
Doug MacLeod Sept/Oct
Studebaker John & the Hawks Oct
Erskine Oglesby *) Oct
Smokey Wilson Nov
Michael Burks Nov
Boo Boo Davis *) Dec
Elliott Chavers Jan
Dave MacKenzie *) Jan / Feb
Roscoe Chenier *) February
Big George Jackson *) March
Michael Burks March

Black and Tan recordings artists are marked *). More information on their releases at the
Black and Tan Records site.


For further details email or visit
Crossroads Website or Email Jan Mittendorp at Crossroads for further details
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March 15 Newsletter

The Blues Foundation e-mail Updater. Keepin' the Blues alive through the Net. The Blues Foundation E-News / March 15, 2000

New Website


Everyone is raving about the new blues.org website. If you haven't checked out all the great new features, point your browser there now: http://www.blues.org

In addition to the current blues news updated weekly, you will find great features on Blues History, the artists that gave us the blues as well as the artists that keep the blues alive today.

Women in Blues History

March is Women's History Month and the Blues Foundation is honoring women in Blues - past and present. Updated weekly, this section currently features: Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Ida Cox.

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Up Close and Personal

Here's the perfect stop for a little Q&A with some of your favorite contemporary Blues artists. Updated monthly, this section currently features Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Fruteland Jackson and Toni Lynn Washington.

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Blues Web Forum


Yes, membership does have its privileges! features a great web forum for Members only where you can chat with other members on Blues related topics. Post your Blues events and festivals, or talk shop with other Blues Society and Blues Festival presenters. It just takes a few minutes to set up your profile (requires your member number) and you are all set. If you can't find your membership card with your member number on it, just email
membership@blues.org

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Weekly Free Stuff!


It's Free! It's Fun! Enter the weekly contest to win a great Blues CD or Blues Merchandise.

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Calendar 21st Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards

May 25, 2000 ~ Handy Festival May 26, 27, 2000

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Support the Blues!

There is no better time than right now to join or renew your membership with The Blues Foundation. Check out the new member levels and benefits at:

http://www.blues.org.membership/index.html

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RE: Chicago Blues Legend Dave Myers
AmericanLegends
Press Release
3/13/00


Blues Legend DAVE MYERS In Recovery After Operation


74 Year-Old Chicago Blues Legend DAVE MYERS is in recovery this week after having one of his legs amputated up to the knee due to complications from Diabetes.

Dave Myers is one of the true originators of the Chicago blues. In 1945, he formed the first electric Chicago blues band, "the ACES", with Louis Myers, Fred Below & Junior Wells, and he recorded for Chess Records with Little Walter in the 50's, creating and defining what is known today as the "Chicago Blues".

We are urging fellow musicians, fans, talent buyers, and the media to help Dave through this difficult time.

Anyone can help by sending cards to raise his spirits or donations to help him while he is recovering. If you are a talent buyer or artist you can especially help Dave by booking him at your venue or event and offering to have him appear as a special guest on concerts or recordings. Any help and acts of kindness offered would be greatly appreciated !!!

It is most important that Dave's spirits are not broken by this drastic change in his life and that he feels people care and are still interested in seeing him perform. He is looking forward to returning to performing after he has fully recovered and has adapted to his current condition.

There will be many changes made to his everyday life that he will have to adapt to and it will take a little time before he is ready to perform again. But when he is ready, we are sure he will continue what he started....the down-home urban blues of the Windy City.

Dave Myers' current CD, "You Can't Do That", on Black Top/Alligator Records features Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) on Harmonica.

Dave Myers is currently scheduled to appear at the Chicago Blues Festival in June 2000.

* Please pass this info on to as many people as possible.

Cards and donations can be sent to: Dave Myers, c/o AmericanLegends, PO Box 640409, San Francisco, CA 94164

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For more information on Dave Myers contact:

AmericanLegends Music Organization Intl. - A.L.M.O.
E-Mail:
ALMO@AmericanLegends.org
Ph: 415-771-5891 * Fx: 415-931-6656
Web-Site:
http://www.AmericanLegends.org
P.O. Box 640409 * San Francisco * California * 94164-0409 * USA

* A tribute concert for Dave is also in the works for later in the year (TBA)
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DAVE MYERS

Formed the Aces with Louis Myers & Junior Wells
and recorded for Chess Records with Little Walter

New CD, "You Can't Do That", on Black Top/Alligator Records
featuring Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds)


DAVE MYERS (guitar, bass, vocals - 74 years-old) is one of the originators of the "Chicago Blues" and the last living member of Chicago's first electric blues band "the Four Aces". Myers has performed and recorded hundreds of albums with literally every Chicago blues legend, including; Arthur "Big Boy" Spires, Little Walter, Eddie Taylor, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Earl Hooker, Luther Tucker, Big Bill Broonzy, Otis Spann, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, John Brim, Bo Diddley and many more!

Myers was born in Byhalia, Mississippi in 1926 to a very musical family. By the time Myers was a teenager he was playing in local "house rent parties" with Arthur "Big Boy" Spires, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Minnie, and Robert Nighthawk. When the family migrated north to Chicago in 1941, Myers continued performing with his brothers and learned guitar from Lonnie Johnson, who lived in his basement. In 1945, Myers formed the first electric Chicago blues band, "the Aces" (later called the Four Aces and the Jukes), with his brother Louis Myers on guitar, Fred Below on drums and a young harmonica player, Junior Wells, defining what would become known as the "Chicago Blues". After Wells left to join Muddy Waters' band, Little Walter Jacobs joined the Aces and they recorded many of the classic Little Walter songs for Chess Records. In the Aces, both Dave and his brother Louis played guitar, but Dave's percussive style earned him the nickname "Thumper." With the emergence of the e!
lectric bass, Myers decided to switch to that instrument. His style translated well to the bass, where he became the city's premiere session bass player during the 1950s and the first blues musician to play the electric bass. Fender Guitars hired Myers to promote and demonstrate the electric bass around Chicago, changing the sound of music forever.

Myers just released his debut solo CD, "You Can't Do That", on Black Top/Alligator Records which features guest artists Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Rusty Zinn, Ronnie James, Richard Innes, John Firmin, Everett Fuvey, and Steve Lucky. The recording features Myers guitar, vocals, and bass playing backed by a stellar ensemble, showcasing Myers signature 1950's Chicago blues sound.

Dave Myers, is a living part of a very important chapter in American musical history. He helped lay the groundwork for Rock & Roll and shaped the form of all popular music to come. Myers is the pure root of American music and a major influence to a variety popular music icons.

by - Michael James (AmericanLegends) © ALMO 2000

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Frank's has also received these 'E-mails from America' regarding Robert Lockwood Jr's 85th Birthday celebrations, we sure many visitors to our blues pages would have loved to been in the audience, (but those lottery numbers just don't seem to come up!,) but the e-mail makes interesting reading for those with an interest in the early years of the blues.

From: AmericanLegends Music Org. - ALMO AmericanLegends Press Release

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Blues Legend and 1999 Grammy Nominee ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr. Celebrated His 85th Birthday In Chicago with an All-Star Tribute Concert featuring many of Chicago's Top Blues Artists

Blues legend ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr. celebrated his 85th Birthday in style with fellow musicians, fans, and family at the Hothouse in Chicago on Saturday March 25, 2000. The tribute concert, produced by Lockwood's agency - AmericanLegends, featured many of the most legendary names in Chicago Blues paying tribute to one of the most respected artists in blues history.

The tribute featured performances by over thirty artists including many AmericanLegends artists and some of Lockwood's oldest friends (many that he had not seen in up to 50 years) and admirers. Artists that performed at the tribute concert included; Robert Lockwood Jr., Aaron Moore, Bobby Davis, Casey Jones, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Eomat Rasun, Gene
Schwartz, Harmonica Hinds, Henry Townsend, Jim Tilman, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Jimmy Burns, Jon McDonald, Katherine Davis, Lacy Gibson, Larry Taylor, Little Arthur Duncan, Little Smokey Smothers, Queenie, Ron Lasken, Sam Lay, Shirley King, Shun Kikuta, Sugar Blue, Tail Dragger,
Tino Cortez, Warren Lathon, Willie Black, and Yoko Noge.

Friends that dropped by to wish Lockwood a "Happy 85th Birthday" included; Aron Burton, Billy Boy Arnold, Bob Stroger, David Bromberg, Jody Williams, Little Ed, Nate Armstrong, Otis Clay, Otis Rush, Ted Harvey, the Kinsey Report (Donald Kinsey, Kenneth Kinsey, Ralph Kinsey ), and
Lockwood's brothers; Shaw Shannon, Rufus Shannon, and Jesse Shannon.

One of the many highlights of the tribute concert was a surprise appearance by one of Lockwood's oldest friends, 90 year-old blues legend and AmericanLegends' artist Henry Townsend, who performed some of his classic blues songs on piano and guitar. Townsend recorded his first sides for Columbia Records in 1929, performed with Robert Johnson in the 30's, and recorded for classic record labels like RCA, Bluebird, Paramount, and Decca
with icons like Sonny Boy Williamson, Aaron Pinetop Sparks, Robert Nighthawk, Roosevelt Sykes, and Big Joe Williams. Townsend co-wrote and performed with Williams on the first recording of "Baby Please Don't Go" and co-wrote and performed with Aaron Pinetop Sparks on the first recording of "Everyday I Have The Blues", some of the most important, and most covered, blues songs of all time.

During the evening Lockwood was presented with a beautiful custom made 12 String Guitar by Moony Omote and Age Sumi from Blues Guitar/Open Natural G Musical Instruments. Lockwood, who was totally surprised by the gift stated, "this is one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever seen". Blues Guitar makes some of the best guitars on the market and their custom
instruments are used by many top blues artists. They have many signature guitars available and have built custom guitars for such blues artists as; Otis Rush, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Mick Taylor, Shun Kikuta, Charlie Musselwhite, Little Milton, Uncle-E-Shaima, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Magic Slim, and now Robert Lockwood Jr..

85 Year-Old Blues Legend and 1999 Grammy Nominee, ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr. is the step-son of Robert Johnson, "The King Of The Delta Blues" and the only person to ever learn guitar from Johnson (the blues icon who supposedly sold his soul to the devil at the Crossroads in order to become a master bluesman). Lockwood recently appeared in the PBS TV specials "Tribute To Muddy Waters", "Mississippi River of Song", and in the Robert Johnson
documentary "Hellhounds on My Trail". His 1999 Grammy nominated CD features B.B. King on two songs.

Lockwood is the mentor to such blues legends as B.B. King and Muddy Waters. He has performed or recorded with many of the world's greatest blues musicians, including; Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Otis Spann, Eddie Boyd, Willie Mabon, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Homesick James, Yank Rachell, Henry Townsend, John Brim, Johnny Shines, Honeyboy Edwards, the Moonglows, Bonnie
Raitt, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many more. Lockwood lived in Chicago for many years during the heyday of the Chicago Blues (30's - 60's). He played guitar on MANY classic Chess Recordings and helped create and define what is known today as the "Chicago Blues".

Past tribute concerts produced by AmericanLegends include "Birthday Tributes" for Brownie McGhee, Francis Clay, Hubert Sumlin, and "Benefit Concerts" for Brownie McGhee's Blues Is Truth Foundation, Charles Brown, and Paul Pena.

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* For bookings and more information on Robert Lockwood Jr.,
Henry Townsend, and other AmericanLegends artists please contact:

AmericanLegends Music Organization
Ph: 415-771-5891 o Fx: 415-931-6656
by Michael James (AmericanLegends)


© ALMO 2000

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85 Year-Old Blues Legend and 1999 Grammy Nominee ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr.
To Celebrate His 85th Birthday In Chicago on March 25


Blues legend ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr. will celebrate his 85th Birthday with fellow musicians, fans, and family at the Hothouse in Chicago on Saturday March 25, 2000 (* find concert info and list of performers below).

Many of the most legendary names in Chicago Blues will be performing at this tribute concert to honor Robert Lockwood Jr., one of the most respected artists in blues history.

85 Year-Old Blues Legend and 1999 Grammy Nominee, ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr. is the step-son of Robert Johnson, "The King Of The Delta Blues" and the only person to ever learn guitar from Johnson (the blues icon who supposedly sold his soul to the devil at the Crossroads in order to become a master bluesman). Lockwood recently appeared in the PBS TV specials "Tribute To Muddy Waters", "Mississippi River of Song", and in the Robert Johnson
documentary "Hellhounds on My Trail".

Lockwood is the mentor to such blues legends as B.B. King and Muddy Waters. He has performed or recorded with many of the world's greatest blues musicians, including; Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Otis Spann, Eddie Boyd, Willie Mabon, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Homesick James, Yank Rachell,
Henry Townsend, John Brim, Johnny Shines, Honeyboy Edwards, the Moonglows, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many more.

Lockwood lived in Chicago for many years during the heyday of the Chicago Blues (30's - 60's). He played guitar on MANY classic Chess Recordings and helped create and define what is known today as the "Chicago Blues".

* There will be very limited tickets available to the public

* This event is expected to sell-out so please purchase your tickets in
advance

AmericanLegends Music Organization Intl.- A.L.M.O.
Ph: 415-771-5891 / Fx: 415-931-6656
For those who can not attend:

Cards & Gifts can be sent to:
Robert Lockwood Jr.
c/o AmericanLegends
PO Box 640409
San Francisco, CA 94164
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AmericanLegends presents

ROBERT LOCKWOOD Jr. 85th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE Featuring Robert Lockwood Jr.
and Special Guests:

Aaron Moore, Billy Boy Arnold, Bonnie Lee, Byther Smith, Casey Jones, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Jimmy Burns, John Brim, Lacy Gibson, Little Smokey Smothers, Sugar Blue, Tail Dragger, Ted Harvey with the Jon McDonald Band plus many more artists and SURPRISE GUESTS !!!

Saturday March 25, 2000 - 8pm - 2am - $15 at The HOTHOUSE
31 East Balbo @ Wabash (around the corner from Buddy Guy's Legends) Chicago, Illinois 312 362-9707 / Tickets: 312 362-9707

NO RECORDING / NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR FILMING

* There will be very limited tickets available to the public / * This event is expected to sell-out so please purchase your tickets in advance / Parking: There are four attended parking lots all conveniently located within 100 feet of the Hothouse. * Please make sure they are open late because this party will go until 2AM !!!
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ROBERT LOCKWOOD, Jr. 85 Year-Old Blues Legend and 1999 Grammy Nominee

Step-Son Of Robert Johnson, "The King Of The Delta Blues" and the Only Person To Ever Learn Guitar From Robert Johnson !

1999 Grammy Nominated CD "I Got To Find Me A Woman" with special guest B.B. King
"Lockwood is one of my favorite guitarists and my mentor" -- B.B. King

ROBERT LOCKWOOD, JR. (guitar, vocals - 85 years-old) More than any other blues musician, Lockwood has been the torchbearer of the Robert Johnson guitar legacy. Johnson's songs have been recorded by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Cream, Stephen Stills, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keb' Mo' and many more. But these artists had to learn Johnson's classics off the recordings. There is only ONE person that EVER learned these songs directly from Johnson, Robert Lockwood, Jr.. It was the "the king of the delta blues" who bought Lockwood his first guitar and taught him how to play. Through the years many musicians have been quick to say they knew Johnson or played with him, but only Lockwood can say that Johnson taught him how to
play the guarded secrets of his innovative guitar style. Lockwood's mother met Robert Johnson when Lockwood was 13, and Johnson lived with them on and off for the next ten years. Johnson was Lockwood's step-father (Lockwood was called "Robert Jr." by Johnson) and they were on the road together, on and off, until Johnson's death in 1938.

Lockwood was born in 1915 in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas. Lockwood's own career as a bluesman began when he was fifteen years old, playing juke joints and house parties, with harmonica player Sonny Boy 'Rice Miller' Williamson. In 1941 Lockwood cut four sides for the Bluebird label in
Chicago. In 1942 Lockwood became a regular performer, along with Williamson, on the world's first blues radio broadcast, KFFA's King Biscuit Time, becoming the first musicians to play amplified blues over the radio. Lockwood also worked juke joints and parties as a solo artist, playing the jazz-infected blues (a mix of Robert Johnson, Charlie Christian & Eddie Durham) that would eventually become his trademark. As Lockwood's reputation grew people began to approach him for lessons. He became a mentor to his students that included Joe Willie Wilkins (Howlin' Wolf), a young Mississippian named Muddy Waters, and a youngster named Riley (soon to be B.B.) King. It was Lockwood's suggestion to B.B.'s ! sponsor that brought on an eight-piece back-up band, creating King's trademark sound. B.B. King commented that after Lockwood left him, it took him "twenty years to find another guitarist he could work with".

In 1953 Lockwood was working as THE studio guitarist for Chess Records in Chicago. The list of people he recorded with on classic Chess recordings reads like a Who's Who of the blues and includes the likes of; Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Otis Spann, Eddie Boyd, Willie Mabon, Sunnyland Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, the Moonglows and many
others. Lockwood was in great demand as a sideman and performed with all the great blues artists including; Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Homesick James, Yank Rachell, Henry Townsend, John Brim and Johnny Shines.

In 1989 Lockwood was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In 1995 he was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' "National Heritage Fellowship Award" (presented by Hillary Clinton at the White House). In 1996 the mayor of Cleveland proclaimed February 3rd as Robert Jr. Lockwood Day. Lockwood has recorded for Mercury, Bea & Baby, J.O.B., Decca, Delmark, Trix, Advent, Flyright, P-Vine, Evidence, Rounder Records, and released "What's The Score" on his private record label. Lockwood has a a new recording for Polygram/Verve with special guest appearances by B.B. King (a big fan of Lockwood's) and Joe Louis Walker. He continues tp perform regularly at all the top Jazz & Blues Festivals around the world, including; the Chicago
Blues Festival, the King Biscuit Festival, the Tower Blues Festival (Japan) and the St. Louis Blues Festival. Lockwood recently performed at R&B Foundation Awards with Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Larry Graham, and Keb Mo. Lockwood appeared in the recent TV specials for PBS "Tribute To Muddy Waters" and "Mississippi River of Song".

AmericanLegends Music Organization Intl., Inc. - A.L.M.O.
"Promoting the Heritage, Art, Culture & Music of the World"


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His first Blues Dispatch brings news of Elvin Bishop - As a young, aspiring guitarist he developed his distinctive style with a resident houseband that was to become the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, he left the band in 1968 to form his own band, which went on to record 6 albums on the Capricorn label. Still very popular in the Bay Area, the following e-mail brings up-to-the minute news of the guitarist, as well as more background information ........ read on!


From: "AmericanLegends Music Org. - ALMO", Date: 05/01/00 01:37

RE: Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey Smothers Live CD


ALMO International
Press Release
January 2, 2000


Legendary Blues Guitarists ELVIN BISHOP and LITTLE SMOKEY SMOTHERS are uniting for three rare "FATHER & SON" concerts in San Francisco to be recorded for a new Alligator Records CD to be released soon.

* Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey Smothers are available for special concerts together in 2000 to support the release of the "Father & Son" CD on Alligator Records.

Contact AmericanLegends for more info:
ph: 415-771-5891 * fx: 415-931-6656
e-mail:
ALMO@AmericanLegends.org


ELVIN BISHOP & Little SMOKEY SMOTHERS - "Father & Son"
Biscuits & Blues
Fri., Sat., & Sunday, January 7th, 8th, & 9th
8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. (all three nights)



One of blues'-and rock's-most influential guitarists, Elvin Bishop, will be joined by his guitar mentor, Little Smokey Smothers, for three unique evenings at San Francisco's Biscuits & Blues. Bishop, who began his career in the mid-1960s with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, perfected his craft under the instruction of Little Smokey Smothers, best known for his work with Howlin' Wolf, Earl Hooker, and many others. This rare, three night "father & son" engagement promises to be filled with the burning guitar playing and down-home vocals that have earned Elvin and Smokey the adulation and appreciation of fans everywhere for more than 30 years.


ELVIN BISHOP


As a student at the University of Chicago in 1960, Elvin met Smothers while frequenting local blues clubs. As Elvin recalls, "When I first came to the city, I was just crazy about the blues. Smokey was kind enough to take me under his wing and teach me how to play the blues. He's a hell of a guitar player." Regarding their initial encounter, Smokey remembers, "He came down where I was playin' and said he wanna' learn how to play guitar, so I gave him my address. I used to get with him and sit down and practice every day. Elvin's a great guitar player, he really learned fast." Elvin and Smothers have stayed close ever since that first lesson, cultivating a musical and personal friendship that has stood the test of time. They've performed together for enthusiastic crowds at the 1993 Chicago Blues Festival and the 1999 San Diego Blues Festival where they were met by wave after wave of ecstatic cheers. Fans who are aware of the tight bond that Elvin and Smothers share know that w!
atching them perform together is truly a special and historic event .

Bishop, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is best known in blues and rock circles for his work in the 1960s with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the groundbreaking and hugely popular group that first introduced electric Chicago blues to the rock audience. Bishop, along with bandmate Michael Bloomfield, set the stage for the dual lead guitar approach that bands such as the Allman Brothers, not to mention Eric Clapton's collaboration with Duane Allman in Derek And The Dominoes, adopted.

Towards the end of the 1960s, Bishop moved to the San Francisco area. He became a regular at the famed Fillmore jam sessions, playing alongside Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and many others before embarking on his solo career. He recorded first for Fillmore, Epic and then for Capricorn, where his career took off. He charted with Traveling Shoes before scoring big with Fooled Around And Fell In Love (with vocals supplied by pre-Jefferson Starship vocalist Mickey Thomas). His reputation for delivering a raucous party wherever he played kept his tour schedule full, even after the demise of Capricorn in the late 1970s.

After a seven-year recording hiatus, Elvin returned to his blues roots, signing with Alligator and releasing BIG FUN (AL 4767) in 1988. In 1991 he released DON'T LET THE BOSSMAN GET YOU DOWN! (AL 4791), receiving four stars in a Rolling Stone album review. He appeared on Late Night With David Letterman, and his guitar playing and live shows were being described as better than ever. 1995's ACE IN THE HOLE (AL 4833) brought him to even more people as he joined a nationwide tour with B.B. King, Etta James, Jimmy Vaughan and J. Geils. Since the release of 1998's THE SKIN I'M IN and through subsequent touring, Elvin continues to delight audiences everywhere he plays, bringing his blazing and infectious music to friends and fans all over the world.


Little SMOKEY SMOTHERS

Little Smokey Smothers was born Albert "Abe" Smothers is 1939 in Tchula, Mississippi. He started playing guitar at the age of 15 and moved to Chicago in 1956. By 1958, he was performing and recording with Chicago blues legend Howlin' Wolf. Smothers recorded on many of Howlin' Wolf's classic Chess Records hits including Howlin' For My Darling, Mr. Airplane Man, and I've Been Abused.

In the 1960s, Smothers performed and recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, James Cotton and Earl Hooker, among others, before becoming a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Prior to his stint with Paul Butterfield, he befriended a young, then-unknown guitarist by the name of Elvin Bishop (who later became one of the main guitarists for Paul Butterfield as well). Smothers took Bishop under his wing and taught him the finer points of blues guitar, as only a seasoned master could do. To this day, Bishop still considers Smokey's teachings to be the most influential of his career.

From the seventies up to the present, Smothers has performed and recorded both solo and as a member of the Legendary Blues Band. Smothers recent recordings, 1993's BOSSMAN! (featuring Elvin Bishop in a guest appearance) and the follow-up, SECOND TIME AROUND, were both released on European labels, Black Magic Records and Crosscut Records. Most recently, Smothers and other "Legends of the Chicago Blues" were invited to perform at a private party in Paris for the Rolling Stones in honor of Mick Jagger's 55th birthday. Smothers was joined on stage by Keith Richards and Ron Wood for a blues jam that was highly publicized, with articles appearing in Rolling Stone, Pollstar, Living Blues, Blues Revue, Blues Access, and many other international publications. After 40 years as one of the defining guitarists of Chicago blues, Little Smokey Smothers continues to leave audiences and fellow musicians gasping with joy whenever he plugs in and takes the stage.


Little Smokey Smothers is represented by AmericanLegends


AmericanLegends Music Organization - "ALMO"

"Promoting the Heritage, Art, Culture & Music of the Americas"

Email:
ALMO@AmericanLegends.org /

Bookings- BookingInfo@AmericanLegends.org

Web-Site:
American Legends website

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