” Tedell Saunders, was a blues singer and harmonica player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on October 24, 1911, and died in New York on March 12, 1986.
One eyed by accident at the age of 14 years , and blind as a result of a blow during a fight, several years later, Terry concentrated on the harmonica, partnering with Blind Gary Davis and Blind Boy Fuller, two blind musicians with whom he played in the streets of Durham and Raleigh, accompanied by a red-haired guide, who played the washboard and eventually became known as Bull City Red. Performed some recording for a local label with a sound genuinely to Style Piedmont. Was precisely Red who introduced Brownie McGhee, who He professed great admiration for Fuller. Terry moved to New York when John Hammond signed him to his concerts at Carnegie Hall (1938), sharing experiences with Leadbelly and at Fuller died in 1940, was definitely in town. From this moment, the music careers of Terry and McGhee are joined in the duo “Sonny & Brownie,” one of the most stable and successful bands in the history of the blues, performing a large number of recordings. When, in the 1960s, the rural blues began to lose favor with the black audience, Sonny & Brownie were welcomed by the public folk and European audiences.early 1980s, Terry and McGhee were separated after a period of growing disaffection. Terry continued to record (with Johnny Winter and Willie Dixon), participated in the film “The Color Purple” by Steven Spielberg and starred frequently. Style The style of Terry was personal and original, exuberant and joyful, mimicking the harmonic sound trains, dogs barking, howling screams … combined with his falsetto voice.Very representative of the mountain style, typical of the Appalachians.
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Walter McGhee was a blues guitarist and singer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 30, 1915, and died in Oakland, California, on February 16 , 1996. McGhee, paralyzed in his right leg, he learned to play guitar from his father, who taught him the typical fingerpicking style characteristic of the Appalachians. He left his home with only ten years and devoted himself to playing in minstrel shows and medecine shows.During the 1930s, McGhee own formed a band with two guitars, harmonica and washboard. In one of his performances, Bull City Red introduced them to Blind Boy Fuller and Sonny Terry. McGhee always showed special admiration for Fuller, to the point that after his death, made some recordings under the name of Blind Boy Fuller II, in a clear style Piedmont.1 When Fuller died in 1940, McGhee went to New York, with Sonny Terry. From this moment, the music careers of Terry and McGhee are joined in the duo “Sonny & Brownie,” one of the most stable and successful bands in the history of the blues, performing a large number of recordings. When, in the 1960s, the rural blues began to lose favor with the black audience, Sonny & Brownie were welcomed by the public folk and European audiences. early 1980s, Terry and McGhee were separated after a period of growing disaffection. McGhee moved to Los Angeles where he continued to play sporadically until his death. “