Today in Blues History
In 1911, Floyd Council was born in Chapel Hill, NC. Aside from lending part of his name (along with Pink Anderson) to the rock group Pink Floyd, Floyd was a guitarist, mandolin player, and singer of the Piedmont Blues. He worked with his brothers as well as Blind Boy Fuller.
In 1914, Booker T. Laury was born in Memphis, TN. Growing up alongside his good friend, Memphis Slim, Laury played boogie woogie, blues, gospel, and jazz with a number of musicians, but did not record is debut album until he was nearly 80 years old. When Memphis Slim left for Chicago and a recording contract, Laury stayed behind to play bars and gambling joints.