Today in Blues History
In 1925, Jimmy Reed was born in Dunleith, MS. He would become one of the most influential blues artists and had a significant impact on rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones. By the 1950s, Reed had established himself as a popular musician and had a string of hits through Vee-Jay Records.
Bright Lights Big City: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbzeKx2S6cA
In 1947, Isaac Jerome Owens, better known as Jay Owens was born in Lake City, FL. Despite his blindness, Owens was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who was working professionally even before leaving high school. Owens’ debut solo album, The Blues Soul of Jay Owens was released on Atlantic Records in 1993 and won Living Blues magazine’s “Best Blues Album” and “Best Debut Album” awards.
Come On To My House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_-lJ7Pf7Uw
In 1946, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup records That’s All Right Mama for the RCA Victor label. Some of the lyrics were taken from Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 1926 song, The Black Snake Moan. Elvis would later launch his career by recording the song for Sun Records.
That’s All Right Mama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T38lF-qBJLE
In 1985, Eurreal Wilford Montgomery, who achieved fame as Little Brother Montgomery died in Champaign, IL.