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Category: blues

Wednesday, January 5th

another take

Chuck Berry (1926-2017), “The Things That I Used to Do” (E. Jones), live, 1965

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, December 27th

basement jukebox

Guitar Slim (aka Eddie Jones, 1926-1959, vocals, guitar), “The Things That I Used to Do” (E. Jones; arranged and produced by Ray Charles), 1953

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 25th

sounds of Christmas

Bessie Smith (1894-1937) with Joe Smith (cornet), Charlie Green (trombone), Fletcher Henderson (piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925

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Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929), “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928


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Victoria Spivey (1906-1976) with Lonnie Johnson (guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928


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Leroy Carr (1905-1935), “Christmas in Jail—Ain’t That a Pain,” 1929


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Sonny Boy Williamson I (1914-1948), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1938

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Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers with Charles Brown (1922-1999, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947


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Lowell Fulson (1921-1999), “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950


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Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Alex or Aleck Miller, 1912-1965), “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951


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John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), “Blues for Christmas,” 1959

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Wednesday, December 15th

basement jukebox

Bobby Bland (1930-2013), “That’s the Way Love Is,” 1963

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reading table

Plates and bowls
dim in the darkness
cool of the evening

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by David Young

Friday, December 3rd

timeless

Howlin’ Wolf (aka Chester Burnett, 1910-1976 [voice, harmonica], with Willie Johnson [guitar], Willie Steele [drums]), “Moanin’ at Midnight” (C. Burnett), recorded at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service (then licensed to Chess Records), 1951

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random sights

a while ago, Chicago

Friday, November 26th

sounds of Chicago

Magic Sam (aka Samuel Maghett, 2/14/1937–12/1/1969), live (TV broadcast), Germany, 1969

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, August 4th

sounds of Chicago

Jimmy Yancey (1894-1951, piano), “How Long Blues” (rec. 1939, Chicago)

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, July 14th

basement jukebox: sounds of Chicago

Otis Rush (1934-2018), “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (W. Dixon), 1956

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Metropolitan Correctional Center)

Friday, June 18th

sounds of Mississippi

You See Me Laughin’: The Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen (feat. R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Cedell Davis, T-Model Ford, et al.), 2002

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random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Monday, May 31st

sounds of Chicago

Erwin Helfer (1936-, piano; with John Brumbach [tenor saxophone], Lou Marini [bass]), live (performance begins at 8:45), Chicago (Constellation), Saturday night

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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