Today in Blues History
In 1915, the man who would become known as Memphis Slim was born John Len Chatman in Memphis, TN. He was a pianist, singer, and composer and led a series of jump blues bands. His version of Every Day I Have The Blues is one of the great standards that has been recorded by many other artists.
In 1934, Freddie King was born in Gilmer, TX. He was an influential guitarist who changed the way many people approached the blues. He is, along with Albert King and B.B. King known as one of the “Three Kings” of the blues.
In 1970, Alan Wilson died in Topanga, CA. Wilson was a co-founder, leader, and primary composer for Canned Heat. He played harp, guitar, and was the lead singer for the group’s two biggest U.S. singles. His death at age 27 from accidental acute barbiturate intoxication was a shock and was a harbinger of other rock deaths of the 1960’s.