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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Nothing But The Blues XXVII

This next disc is all about Blind Boy Fuller. Although.....All about?.... What this series shows is that you can not discus Blind Boy Fuller without looking (and listening) to Sonny Terry or even Brownie McGhee. With the discs 19 and 20 (about Brownie) I explained that Brownie McGhee got his recording career started as Blind Boy Fuller II. And like Blind Boy Fuller they both worked extensively with Sonny Terry.
Born as Fulton Allen in 1907 he learned to play the guitar as a boy. At the age of twenty he married a 14 year old (!) girl. One year later he got blind on both eyes. Another year later he moved to Durham where his musical career got a boost through meeting and working with Reverend Gary Davis. In 1935 he was scouted by J. B. Long and got his first recording sessions in New York for RCA.
In 1937 he met Sonny Terry. Rumor has it they both played in the same street, just on opposite sides. Ever since that day they have been working together. Blind Boy Fuller only recorded for 5 years as he died in February 1941. Leaving us with about 140 fine recordings.
The recordings on this disc reflect the close association between Fulton and Sonny. Not only are all almost all the songs Fuller of Terry originals, Sonny is on all the songs and Fuller isn't.
Tracks 3 and 8 are from 1937 New York. Tracks 1, 4, 10 and 14 are also from New York, but one year later. From the same year date the tracks 9, 19 (Columbia). Tracks 6, 7 and 12 are from Memphis (1939). Tracks 13, 15, 16, 17, 23, 25 (New York) 2, 20, 21, 22, 24 and 26 (Chicago) date from 1940. Finally tracks 5, 11 and 18 are from after Fulton died and date from 1944 / 1945 New York. A nice extra. Track 18, Lonesome Train features Sonny Terry and Woody Guthrie.

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