” #IceBucketChallenge accepted! This one’s for you Hunter Hayes and Vineyard Vines. We now challenge Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers,Foo Fighters, Bob Lefsetz and #GarthBrooks. Join us to #StrikeOutALS! You have 24 hours. “
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” I wanted to try cleaning an LP with wood glue. It made for quite an improvement – and I’ve read that multiple cleanings continue to clean up the snaps crackles and pops.
Edit: I know I used way too much glue in this vid. :) But it was my first try so I wanted to get it right. You can use considerably less glue and still get the same effect – but it cuts the dry time way down. Just be sure that you get the whole record covered! “
As someone with hundreds of old LPs destined to never make it onto CD I am extremely interested in this record restoration technique .
His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed today that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.”
Winter idolized Waters — and got a chance to produce some of the blues legend’s more popular albums.”
” Rolling Stone magazine named Winter one of the top 100 guitarists of all time and he was famed for his lightening-fast blues guitar riffs and striking long white hair.
His representative’s statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”
Johnny may have departed this earth but thanks to his music we are “still alive & well” … RIP Mr Winter your absence will be forever felt .
Read more about the legend’s death here and look for an in-depth tribute to one of our favorite guitarists very soon…
See the viral video that has garnered 7.3 million views in the past four days .
Published on Jul 27, 2012
” Les Paul – Jeff Beck – Jamming Together – Upgraded Version of my track-hack copy.
Billy Squier intro with Les Paul & Jeff Beck trading off riffs.
(note the wad of duct tape on JB’s strat..
word was he knew LP was going to yank the cord out …cause its not a Les Paul……………. Rip Les Paul (Lester William Polfuss) June 9 1915 – Aug 13 2009
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” Country music king George Strait capped off the last tour of his career with an epic, star-studded final performance at the billion-dollar stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, dazzling an audience of nearly 105,000 people with duet after duet with some of the biggest names in country music.
The attendance shattered the previous record set by The Rolling Stones at The Louisiana Superdome in 1981. More than 10,000 fans alone took in the three-hour show from the stadium floor.
” Oh, man. I tell you what. This is too much fun,” he said.
Known for his honky-tonk style, classic interpretation of Western swing and Texas cowboy get-up, Strait is the undisputed patriarch of a generation of country music stars, none of whom left the stage Saturday without paying homage to or receiving a hug from the country music legend.
” In the early ’80s when I was a young man in Georgia, I was a big fan of `Unwound,'” Alan Jackson said of the 1981 hit that propelled Strait to stardom. “You’re the reason I came to Nashville, Tennessee. God bless you.”
Dino Paul Crocetti
King Leer (given to him by Life magazine)
5′ 11″ (1.80 m)
” Though best known for the 51 films he made, Dean Martin was a prizefighter, steel mill laborer, gas station attendant and card shark before seeing the first glimmer of fame. It came when he teamed up with comedian Jerry Lewis in 1946. Films such as At War with the Army (1950) sent the team toward superstardom. After teaming with Lewis, Martin – born Dino Paul Crocetti – became a dramatic actor and the star of a long-running television variety show. Personality conflicts broke up the comedy duo in 1957. Few thought that Martin would go one to achieve solo success, but he did, winning critical acclaim for his role in The Young Lions (1958) with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. A succession of films followed for the singer-actor, including Some Came Running (1958) with Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra. All would later be members of the “Rat Pack.” Martin learned well and proved potent at the box office throughout the 1960s, with films such as Bells Are Ringing (1960) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), again with Rat Pack pals Sammy Davis Jr. and Sinatra. During much of the 1960s and 1970s Martin’s movie persona of a boozing playboy prompted a series of films as secret agent Matt Helm and his own television variety show. Airport (1970) followed, featuring Martin as a pilot. He also played a phony priest in The Cannonball Run (1981). His last public role was a return to the stage, for a cross-country concert tour with Davis and Sinatra. He spoke affectionately of his fellow Rat Packers. “The satisfaction that I get out of working with these two bums is that we have more laughs than the audience has”, Martin said. “
Cigarette and a glass of alcohol whenever he was doing his night club acts
” His son, Dean Paul Martin (Dino), was killed in a plane crash in March 1987.
Grandfather of Alexander Martin.”
” Much of the “booze” that he drank on stage during his famous “Rat Pack” performances was really apple juice. (Son Dean Paul Martin spilled this secret, after the variety show ended production, stating that his father couldn’t have performed if he’d really drunk that much liquor.)”
” From 1973 to 1984, he was the host of the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.” In one of the most classic television series of all time, Dean and his panel of actors and comics would shower the guest of honor with insults. This series contained the most famous names in the history of entertainment, such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, George Burns, James Stewart, Orson Welles, Jack Benny, Phyllis Diller, Milton Berle, Gene Kelly, Don Rickles, Rich Little, John Wayne, and Foster Brooks.”
” He and Frank Sinatra were best friends, a fact he held very dear to his heart. The two didn’t speak much, in the years after Dean quit the “Rat Pack Reunion” tour, but they did reconcile a few months before his death, over dinner – and a breadroll fight.”
” Dean is one of few actors who have received not just one, but three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for Motion Pictures at 6519 Hollywood Blvd., one for Television at 6651 Hollywood Blvd, and a third for his recording career.”
” Dean’s TV career began in 1950 with The Martin & Lewis Show on The Colgate Comedy Hour, which ran through 1955. He hosted various other shows before reluctantly taking the 1965 gig which turned into a 19-year success under various names.”
||1953||Dean Martin Sings||Collectors’ Choice Music|
||1955||Swingin’ Down Yonder||Collectors’ Choice Music|
|1955||Dean Martin ||Capitol|
||1957||Pretty Baby||Collectors’ Choice Music|
||1959||Sleep Warm||Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol|
||1959||A Winter Romance||Capitol/EMI Records|
||1960||This Time I’m Swingin’!||Collectors’ Choice Music|
||1960||Bells Are Ringing [Original Soundtrack Album]||DRG|
|1961||Dean Martin ||Capitol|
||1962||Dino! Italian Love Songs||Collectors’ Choice Music|
||1962||Cha Cha de Amor||Capitol|
|1963||Dean “Tex” Martin Rides Again|
||1964||Live at the Sands Hotel||Bianco|
||1964||Dream with Dean||Hip-O Select / Hip-O|
||1964||Everybody Loves Somebody||Hip-O|
|1964||The Door Is Still Open to My Heart||Hip-O|
||1965||Dean Martin Hits Again||Hip-O Select / Hip-O|
|1965||(Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You|
|1966||Somewhere There’s a Someone||Capitol|
|1966||The Hit Sound of Dean Martin||Hip-O / Universal|
|1966||The Dean Martin TV Show|
||1966||My Christmas Album||MCP|
|1966||Songs From The Silencers||Reprise|
|1967||Happiness Is Dean Martin||Hip-O|
|1967||Welcome to My World||Hip-O|
||1968||Gentle on My Mind||Hip-O|
|1969||I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am||Capitol|
|1970||My Woman, My Woman, My Wife||Capitol|
|1971||For the Good Times||Hip-O / Universal|
|1973||Sittin’ on Top of the World||Capitol|
|1973||You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me||Hip-O|
|1978||Once in a While||Capitol|
|1983||The Nashville Sessions||Warner Bros.|
1985 Half Nelson (TV Movie) Mr. Martin1978 Charlie’s Angels (TV Series) Frank HowellAngels in Vegas (1978) … Frank Howell1973 Showdown Billy Massey1971 Something Big Joe Baker1970 Airport Vernon Demerest1968 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) Goodfellow’s Baby
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” ” Where Did You Sleep Last Night ” (1944)
The ” RED HOT BLUES ” (1925-1945)
Big Bill Broonzy
Richard “Rabbit” Brown
Bumble Bee Slim
Sleepy John Estes
Blind Boy Fuller
Peg Leg Howell
Mississippi John Hurt
Papa Charlie Jackson
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Willie Johnson
Cripple Clarence Lofton
Robert Lee McCoy
Blind Willie McTell
The Memphis Jug Band
Hambone Willie Newbern
Casey Bill Weldon
Big Joe Williams “
” Lizzie Douglas (June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973), known as Memphis Minnie, was a blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter whose recording career lasted from the 1920s to the 1950s. She recorded around 200 songs, some of the best known being “Bumble Bee”, “Nothing in Rambling”, and “Me and My Chauffeur Blues“. Her performances and songwriting made her well known in a genre dominated mostly by men. She died on August 6, 1973, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Lizzie Douglas was born on June 3, 1897 in Algiers, Louisiana. She was the eldest of 13 siblings. Her parents Abe and Gertrude Douglas nicknamed her “Kid” during her early childhood. Her family called her “Kid” throughout her childhood because she never liked the name “Lizzie”, and when she first began performing she played under the name Kid Douglas.
When she was 7 she and her family moved to Walls, Mississippi, a town a little to the South of Memphis. The following year she received her first guitar for Christmas, and learned to play banjo by the age of 10 and guitar by the age of 11, when she started playing local parties. The family later moved to Brunswick, Tennessee, but after Minnie’s mother died in 1922 her father moved back to Walls, where he died thirteen years later in 1935.
In 1910, at the age of 13, she ran away from her home to live on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. She played on street corners for most of her teenage years, although she would periodically return to her family’s farm when she ran out of money. Her sidewalk performances led to a four-year tour of the South with the Ringling Brothers Circus from 1916 to 1920. Eventually she came back to Beale Street and got involved in the blues scene. At the time, women, whiskey, and cocaine were high in demand with the people and places she would be around. She made her money by playing guitar, singing, and prostitution, which was not uncommon at the time, since many female performers also worked as prostitutes because of financial desperation.
In 1929 she and Kansas Joe McCoy, her second husband, began to perform together. They were discovered by a talent scout of Columbia Records in front of a barber shop where they were playing for dimes. When she and McCoy went to record in New York, they were given the names Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie by a Columbia A and R man. During the next few years she and McCoy released a series of records, performing as a duet. In February 1930 they recorded the song “Bumble Bee”, which they had already recorded for Columbia but which had not yet been released, for the Vocalion label. This became one of Minnie’s most popular songs, and she eventually recorded five versions of it. Minnie and McCoy continued to record for Vocalion until August 1934, when they recorded a few sessions for Decca, with their last session together being for Decca in September. They divorced in 1935. She and McCoy introduced country blues to the urban environment and became very well known.
A famous anecdote from Big Bill Broonzy‘s autobiography Big Bill Blues recounts a cutting contest between Minnie and Broonzy. It took place in a Chicago Nightclub on June 26, 1933, for the prize of a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of gin. Each singer was to sing two songs, and after Broonzy sang “Just a Dream” and “Make My Getaway”, Minnie won the prize with “Me and my Chauffeur Blues” and “Looking the World Over”. Paul and Beth Garon, in their book Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie’s Blues, suggest that Broonzy’s account may have combined various contests at different dates, as these songs of Minnie’s date from the 1940s rather than the 1930s.
By 1935 Minnie was established in Chicago, and had became one of the group of musicians who worked regularly for record producer and talent scout Lester Melrose. Back on her own after a divorce from Kansas Joe, Minnie began to experiment with different styles and sounds. She recorded four sides for the Bluebird label in July 1935, then in August of that year she returned to the Vocation label, and then in October of the same year recorded another session for Bluebird, this time accompanied by Casey Bill Weldon. By the end of the 1930s, in addition to her output for Vocalion, Minnie had recorded nearly 20 sides for Decca Records and eight sides for Bluebird Records. During the 1930s Minnie also toured extensively, mainly in the South.
In 1938 Minnie returned to recording for the Vocation label, this time accompanied by Charlie McCoy, Kansas Joe’s brother, on mandolin. Around this time she married guitarist and singer Earnest Lawlars (a.k.a. Little Son Joe) and began recording material with him in 1939, with Son’s playing adding a more rhythmic backing to Minnies’s guitar. Minnie and Little Son Joe also began to release material on Okeh Records in the 1940s, and the couple continued to record together throughout the decade. In May 1941 Minnie recorded her biggest hit, “Me And My Chauffeur Blues.” A follow-up date produced two more blues standards, “Looking The World Over” and Joe’s “Black Rat Swing” (issued as by “Mr. Memphis Minnie”). At the dawn of the 1940s Minnie and Joe continued to work at their “home club”, Chicago’s popular 708 club where they were often joined by Big Bill, Sunnyland Slim, or Snooky Pryor. They also played at many of the other better known Chicago nightclubs. During the 1940s Minnie and Son Joe performed both together and on separate gigs in the Chicago and Indiana areas. Minnie often played at “Blue Monday” parties at Ruby Lee Gatewood’s on Lake Street. The poet Langston Hughes, who saw Minnie perform at the 230 club on New Year’s Eve 1942, wrote of her “hard and strong voice” being made harder and stronger by amplification, and described the sound of her electric guitar as “a musical version of electric welders plus a rolling mill”.
Later in the 1940s Minnie lived in Indianapolis, Indiana and Detroit, Michigan, returning to Chicago in the early 1950s. By the late 1940s, clubs began hiring younger and cheaper artists to play shows at their venues and Columbia began dropping Blues artists including Memphis Minnie.
Later life and death
Minnie continued to record into the 1950s, but her health began to become a problem for her. With public interest in her music declining, she retired from her musical career and in 1957 she and Lawlars returned to Memphis. Periodically, she would appear on Memphis radio stations to encourage young blues musicians. As the Garons wrote in Women With Guitar, ‘She never laid her guitar down, until she could literally no longer pick it up.’ She suffered a stroke in 1960, which caused her to be wheelchair-bound. The following year her husband, Earnest “Little Son Joe” Lawlars died, and Minnie had another stroke a short while after. She could no longer survive on her social security income so magazines wrote about her and readers sent her money for assistance. She spent her last years in the Jell Nursing Home in Memphis where she died of a further stroke in 1973. She is buried at the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Walls, DeSoto County, Mississippi. A headstone paid for by Bonnie Raitt was erected by the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund on 13 October 1996 with 35 family members in attendance including her sister, numerous nieces (including Laverne Baker) and nephews. The ceremony was taped for broadcast by the BBC.
Her headstone is marked:
Lizzie “Kid” Douglas Lawlers
aka Memphis Minnie
The inscription on the back of her gravestone reads:
“The hundreds of sides Minnie recorded are the perfect material to teach us about the blues. For the blues are at once general, and particular, speaking for millions, but in a highly singular, individual voice. Listening to Minnie’s songs we hear her fantasies, her dreams, her desires, but we will hear them as if they were our own.“
Character and personal life
Minnie was known for being a polished professional, and an independent woman who knew how to take care of herself. Although she portrayed herself to the public as being feminine and “lady-like” by wearing expensive dresses and jewelry, she was aggressive when she needed to be and was not shy when it came to fighting. According to bluesman Johnny Shines, “Any men fool with her she’d go for them right away. She didn’t take no foolishness off them. Guitar, pocket knife, pistol, anything she get her hand on she’d use it”. According to Homesick James she chewed tobacco all the time including whenever she sang or played her guitar, and always had a cup at hand in case she wanted to spit. Most of the music she made was autobiographical; Minnie expressed a lot of her personal life through her music.
Minnie was married three times. Although no evidence has been found of any marriage certificates, her first husband is usually said to have been Will Weldon whom she married in the early 1920s. Her second husband was guitarist and mandolin player Joe McCoy (aka Kansas Joe McCoy) whom she married in 1929. They filed for divorce in 1934, with McCoy’s jealousy of Minnie’s rise to fame and success often being said to be the reason. In 1939, she met guitarist Earnest Lawlars (aka Little Son Joe). He became her new musical partner and they married shortly thereafter. Son Joe dedicated songs to her including “Key to The World” in which he addresses her as “the woman I got now” and calls her “the key to the world.” Minnie was also reported to have lived with a man known as “Squirrel” in the mid- to late 1930s.
Minnie was not religious and rarely went to church; the only time she was reported to have gone to church was to see a Gospel group perform. While she was baptised shortly before she died, this was probably done to please her sister Daisy Johnson. The home she once lived in still exists at 1355 Adelaide Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Memphis Minnie has been described as “the most popular female country blues singer of all time”, while Big Bill Broonzy said that she could “pick a guitar and sing as good as any man I’ve ever heard.” Minnie lived to see her reputation revived in the 1960s as part of the general revival of interest in the blues. She was an influence on later singers such as Big Mama Thornton and Jo Ann Kelly, and was inducted into the Blues Foundation‘s Hall of Fame in 1980.
“Me and My Chauffeur Blues” was recorded by Jefferson Airplane on their debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, with Signe Anderson as lead vocalist. “When the Levee Breaks“, a 1929 Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy song, was covered (with slightly altered lyrics and a different melody) by Led Zeppelin and released in 1971 on their fourth album.
SongsMain article: List of Memphis Minnie songs
Year Album Genre Label Songs 1982 The Best of Memphis Minnie Vol. 1 1929-1938 Blues Earl ”’Frisco Town”, “Bumble Bee”, “Grandpa and Grandma Blues”, “Garage Fire Blues”, and more 1988 I Ain’t No Bad Gal Blues Portrait “You Need A Friend”, “Can’t Afford To Lose My Man”, “Me and My Chauffeur Blues”, “Looking The World Over”, and more 1997 Me & My Chauffeur 1935–1946with Little Son Joe Blues Epm Musique “Hoodoo Lady”, “Hot Stuff”, “My And My Chauffeur Blues”, “My Baby Don’t Want Me No More”, and more 2000 Pickin’ the Blues with Kansas Joe McCoy Blues Culture Press “Bumble Bee”, “When The Levee Breaks“, “Joe Louis Strut”, “Crazy Cryin’ Blues”, “Picking The Blues”, “Ma Rainey”, and more 2008 Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe – Early Recordings (1929-1936) Blues Autogram ”Goin’ Back To Texas”, “I’m Talkin About You”, “Bumble Bee”, “I’m Going Back Home”, and more unknown Gonna Take The Dirt Road Home: Memphis Minnie In The Forties Blues Origin Jazz Library ”Blue Monday Blues”, “Moaning Blues”, “Shout The Boogie”, “Hold Me Blues”, and more unknown City Blues Blues Aldabra Records ”Dirty Mother For You”, “Keep On Goin’”, “Jockey Man Blues”, “He’s In The Ring”, and more unknown Travelling Blues Blues Aldabra Records ”Going Back To Texas”, “Frisco Town”, “Bumble Bee”, “She Wouldn’t Give Me None”, and more
Year Title Genre Label 1964 Blues Classics By Memphis Minnie blues Blues Classics c. 1967 Vol. 2 Early Recordings With Kansas Joe McCoy blues Blues Classics 1968 Blind Willie McTell And Memphis Minnie – Love Changin’ Blues blues Biograph Records 1973 1934-1941 blues Flyright Records 1973 1941-1949 blues Flyright Records 1977 1936-1949 Hot Stuff blues Magpie Records 1982 World Of Trouble blues Flyright Records 1983 Moaning The Blues blues MCA Records 1984 In My Girlish Days 1930-1935 blues Travelin’ Man 1987 1930-1941 blues Old Tramp 1988 I Ain’t No Bad Girl blues CBS 1991 Hoodoo Lady 1933-1937 blues Columbia 1994 In My Girlish Days blues Blues Encore 1996 Let’s Go To Town blues Orbis 1997 Queen Of The Blues blues Columbia 1997 The Queen Of The Blues 1929-1941 blues Frémeaux & Associés 2000 Pickin’ The Blues blues Catfish Records 2003 Me And My Chauffeur Blues blues Proper Records Ltd. 2007 Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 1 – 10 January To 31 October 1935 blues Document Records unknown Ma Rainey / Memphis Minnie – Night Time Blues blues History
- Listen to “When the Levee Breaks” at the “Internet Archive” (archive.org)
- Delta Blues Bio and Samples of “Bumble Bee Blues” and “Soo Cow Soo”
- Find A Grave Memorial
- Mount Zion memorial Fund
” A naked violinist was jailed in Portland on Saturday after witnesses reported the man setting up in front of a downtown Portland federal courthouse with his violin, bow, and nothing else. The exposed violinist was arrested by police for indecent exposure, yet he refused to budge his bare butt off of the courthouse steps. Police were forced to pick the man up and carry him over to a squad car, reports The Associated Press on May 24.
According to police records, the man gave his name as 25-year-old Matthew T. Mglej. When police arrived, they warned the man and told him to either dress himself or go home, but Mglej just kept on playing. The chin music conversation didn’t last too long; police hauled the naked fiddler off.”
” A religious sister singing a Bon Jovi mega-hit with a British boy band for backup?
“ Never say never,” Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia told her audience last night before she was swept into the semifinals by popular vote.
The 25-year-old sister from Sicily is now one of the eight contestants left on the Italian version of the TV talent show The Voice vying for the final win.”
Regular readers will be familiar with this amazing young lady from our posts of her singing and knocking the crowd dead . You can see her debut performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One” here and her fabulous encore performance of Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” in the second round here .
Here is one of her performances that we missed earlier … “What A Feeling”
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Published on Apr 21, 2014
” From the album ”The London Muddy Waters Sessions” 1972
”Who’s Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I’m Gone”
”Key To The Highway”
”I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town”
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Published on Nov 18, 2013
” Sugar Ray Norcia performing “Up The Line” (with a sterling guitar solo by Little Charlie Baty) in a tribute to Little Walter Jacobs. Sugar Ray is joined in concert that evening by fellow harpists Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Billy Boy Arnold, and James Harman on the “Remembering Little Walter” CD, released on Blind Pig Records. Available on iTunes at:
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” Thin Lizzy playing Don’t Believe A Word live on The Old Grey Whistle Test,
the band members Phil Lynott, Gary Moore, Scott Gorham & Cozy Powell.”