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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Nothing But The Blues XXXIII

With disc 33 we have a closer look at Blind John Davis. Blind John was born as John Henry Davis in 1913 somewhere in Mississippi, but grew up in Chicago. At the age of ten he lost his sight (tetanus infection). Despite this handicap John taught himself to play the piano, and took up performing at an early age. In that period there were a lot of illegal drinking clubs in Chicago, and all needed musicians!
John's first recordings date from 1938. Strangely enough he recorded this for the Vocalion label, while at that time he was the hous pianist for the Bluebird label. Here he backed legends like Lonnie Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy. Although John traveled all over the world, Chicago always stayed his 'hometown'. Here he kept on backing famous Blues artists until his death in 1985.
John made dozens of records and backed other musicians on hundreds! of Blues albums.
For the track list I owe you an apology (again). I've been boosting that none of the recordings of this great series are any younger than 1948. Well, here we have the exception. In my defense I would like to emphasize that the box of the series claims this as well.
Anyway, all the tracks on this disc date from one live performance in Hamburg (Germany) on April 16, 1973.

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  • Thanks for the blues again.
    Rare soul is always nice to hear.

    By Blogger Ron., at 7:33 pm  

  • thx for nothin ...blues.
    your are best. :)

    By Anonymous wlodas, at 10:58 am  

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