Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – BBC – 1974

 

 

 

 

Published on April 1, 2013

SONNY TERRY
” Tedell Saunders was a blues harmonica player and singer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on October 24, 1911, and died in New York on 12 March 1986.
Tuerto 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. made ​​some recordings for a local label, with a sound genuinely to Style Piedmont. It was precisely network who introduced him to Brownie McGhee, who professed great admiration for Fuller. Terry emigrated 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 musical 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 public, Sonny & Brownie were welcomed by the public folk and the European public. In the early 1980s, Terry and McGhee separated, after a period of growing disaffection. Terry continued to record (with Johnny Winter or 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, imitating harmonic sound trains, dogs barking, howling screams … combined with his falsetto voice. Very representative of mountain style, typical of the Apalaches.

  BROWNIE Mc Ghee 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 typical of the Appalachians. He left home with only ten years and devoted himself to playing minstrel shows and medecine shows. During the 1930s, he formed a band McGhee own, with two guitars, harmonica and washboard. In one of his performances, Bull City Red introduced them to Blind Boy Fuller and Sonny Terry. McGhee has always shown a special admiration for Fuller, to the extent that after his death, made ​​several recordings under the name of Blind Boy Fuller II, in a clear Piedmont.1 When Fuller died in 1940, he went McGhee New York, with Sonny Terry.From this moment, the musical 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 public, Sonny & Brownie were welcomed by the public folk and the European public. In the early 1980s, Terry and McGhee separated, after a period of growing disaffection. McGhee moved to Los Angeles, where he continued playing sporadically, until his death.”

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