Wow! We’re finally passing through the gateway to the summer! On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember our veterans who make this life in America possible while we also enjoy the thankful return of warm weather!
A triumvirate of birthdays began our show this week.
Happy birthday to Taj Mahal!! Henry Saint Claire Fredericks was born in Harlem, but spent his childhood years in Springfield, MA – so we can consider him a New England treasure!
Happy Mothers Day! We had a bunch of Mother’s Day requests on the show, so we dug out some good ones – after all, there are a million blues songs about mojo mamas!
It’s the birthday of, perhaps, the greatest harmonica player to ever live – Little Walter. Born in Louisiana in 1930 on May Day, he only survived until 1968, the victim of alcoholism and violence. Those traits aside, Walter had moved to Chicago and played in Muddy Waters Band until 1952 when he went solo and became one of the most successful blues musicians in postwar America.
On April 25 it’s the birthday of the late blues giant Albert King. Literally, he was a giant; 6’,4” tall and over 250 pounds, who dressed up in a suit for his performances and wailed away on a big old and heavy Gibson Flying Vee guitar.
This week Sunday Morning Blues began with a birthday set of tunes honoring Alexis Korner, widely considered a grandfather of the British blues scene along with John Mayall.
“By the time you get to the end of this he’s really spitting it out,” Page said about the song.
For Sunday Morning Blues show #843 we began with birthday tributes to both Hound Dog Taylor (Born 4-12-15, passed in 1975) and Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (Born 4-11-39 and celebrating his 77th!).
The legendary Muddy Waters has a birthday tomorrow! This blues giant was born on April 4, 1913 and died April 30, 1983. In between, he took the blues from the cotton fields of the Delta to Chicago – spearheading urban blues and popularizing the electric version of the music in the cities of America after World War 2.