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Friday, July 28, 2006

Nothing But The Blues XXIV

Time to post disc 24 from this fabulous collection. Time to turn to Sleepy John Estes. Sleepy John was born as John Adam Estes somewhere in Tennessee at the end of the 19th century. Although John's father was a guitarist story goes that John taught the guitar himself on an instrument made out of a cigar box.
John lost the 'the light in his left eye' after an accident at the age of six. Some odd forty years later he became completely blind.
Although John played all over the world until his death in 1977, he 'disappeared' several times for a couple of years. The longest period he vanished was between 1951 and 1962. At that time he got international recognition after playing in two documentaries on the Blues in 1962 and 1963.
John got his nickname from the fact that he took little naps in between recording sessions.
The tracks 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 are all recorded on August 2 and 3 1937 in New York . Tracks 7,8,9,10,11,12,13 and 14 are also from New York but in April a year later. The other tracks are all recorded in Chicago. Tracks 15,16,17,18,19,20 in June 1940. Tracks 21,22,23,24,25 and 26 in September 1941, shortly before John would disappear for a period of almost 9 years.

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  • Actually, you are a bit off there. "Sleepy" John Estes didn't get his nickname because he took little naps, he got it cause he just fell asleep at random times. This is believed today to be because of some undiagnosed sleeping disorder, but since Estes was never medically examined as far as we know for this particular ailment, it's just guessing that the bluesworld is doing.

    Makes for a great story though!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:02 pm  

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