Thursday, September 15, 2016

Today In Blues History September 15

Today in Blues History

September 15

In 1911, blues artist Silas Hogan was born in Westover, LA. Hogan, who most notably recorded "Airport Blues" and "Lonesome La La," was the front man of the Rhythm Ramblers, and later became an inductee in the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. In 1962, by which time he was aged 51, Hogan was belatedly introduced by Slim Harpo to the Crowley, Louisiana based record producer, J. D. "Jay" Miller. Miller, via the offices of Excello Records, started Hogan's recording career, at a time when interest in variations of swamp blues was starting to wane. Hogan did nevertheless see the issue of several singles up to 1965, when Miller's disagreement with the record label's new owners brought the recording contract to a swift finale. On some of his recordings, Hogan was backed by the harmonica player, Moses "Whispering" Smith. Hogan had to disband the group, and returned to his full-time job at the Exxon oil refinery. In the late 1970s, Hogan recorded further tracks with both Arhoolie and Blue Horizon.

Ten years later, in 1921, Chicago blues harmonica player Snooky Pryor was born in Lambert, Mississippi. He claimed to have pioneered the now-common method of playing amplified harmonica by cupping a small microphone in his hands along with the harmonica, although on his earliest records in the late 1940s and early 1950s he did not utilize this method. Pryor recorded some of the first postwar Chicago blues, in 1948, including "Telephone Blues" and "Snooky & Moody's Boogie," with the guitarist Moody Jones, and "Stockyard Blues" and "Keep What You Got," with the singer and guitarist Floyd Jones. "Snooky & Moody's Boogie" is of considerable historical significance: Pryor claimed that harmonica ace Little Walter directly copied the signature riff of Pryor's song in the opening eight bars of his blues harmonica instrumental "Juke," an R&B hit in 1952. In 1967, Pryor moved to Ullin, Illinois. He quit music and worked as a carpenter in the late 1960s but was persuaded to make a comeback. He was later rediscovered by blues fans and resumed recording occasionally until his death in nearby Cape Girardeau, Missouri, at the age of 85.

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