Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Today In Blues History September 6

Today in Blues History

September 6

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.

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.

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.

In 1985, Eurreal Wilford Montgomery, who achieved fame as Little Brother Montgomery died in Champaign, IL.

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