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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Nothing But The Blues XIX

Today we turn to Walter Brown McGhee, aka Brownie McGhee. Brownie was born in 1915 into a very musical family. His father was a professional musician who was proficient on several instruments. Apparently he played with white people, what was quite unique in those days. His uncle was a famous violinist who gave Brownie his first instrument: a 5 string homemade banjo.
Brownie had polio at the age of 4. As a result of this he could hardly walk. It wasn't until the age of 22 that an operation enabled Brownie to really walk, and thus move into the world with just his guitar.
Brownie was 'discovered' by James Baxter Long, the producer of the successful Blind Boy Fuller. He made the first Brownie recordings in 1940. When Blind Boy Fuller died in 1941, Long wanted brownie to replace him. To achieve this Long use several tricks. He had Brownie record under the name Blind Boy Fuller No. 2, had Brownie use Blind Boy Fuller's original guitar for the recordings and released records with songs of Blind Boy Fuller and Brownie on it.
This disc contains the songs from Brownie's first recording session on August 6 and 7 1940 in Chicago (tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12). The rest of the tracks date from may 22 and 23 1941 and feature 'Blind Boy Fuller No 2'.

The password = "scrooge".
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