Today in Blues History
In 1980, Arvella Gray died in Chicago, IL. His birth name was James Dixon and he was born in Somerville, TX and spent the latter part of his life as a performer at Chicago’s Maxwell Street flea market. In the 1960’s, he recorded two singles for his own Gray label including Freedom Rider and Freedom Bus. His only album, The Singing Drifter, was released in 1973 and reissued in 2005.
The Walking Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onh-CiovzRs
In 1993, Walter Williams, better known as Lefty Dizz died in Chicago, IL. He is best known for fronting his own band, Shock Treatment and for his work with Junior Wells, J.B. Lenoir, and Hound Dog Taylor. Well known for his wild showmanship, Dizz played a right-handed Fender Stratocaster left handed.
Lefty Dizz playing Live at the Checkerboard Lounge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y6yMkbNZyw
Known as “The Sweetheart of the Blues,” Bonnie Lee, who was born Jessie Lee Frealls, died in 2006 in Chicago, IL. She had long working relationships with Sunnyland Slim and Willie Kent and was one of the last of the big voiced women blues singers fronting a Chicago band.
Got The Blues ‘Bout My Baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aie1gkFF4DY