Blues Before Sunrise: The Radio Interviews by Steve Cushing, Jim O'Neal

By Steve Cushing, Jim O'Neal

This assortment assembles the simplest interviews from Steve Cushing's long-running radio software Blues earlier than Sunrise, the nationally syndicated, award-winning application concentrating on classic blues and R&B. As either an observer and performer, Cushing has been concerned with the blues scene in Chicago for many years. His candid, colourful interviews with well-liked blues gamers, manufacturers, and deejays show the behind-the-scenes international of the adolescence of recorded blues. lots of those oral histories element the careers of lesser-known yet significantly influential blues performers and promoters.

The ebook focuses particularly on pre–World warfare II blues singers, performers lively in Nineteen Fifties Chicago, and nonperformers who contributed to the early blues global. Interviewees contain Alberta Hunter, one of many earliest African American singers to transition from Chicago's Bronzeville nightlife to the foreign highlight, and Ralph Bass, one of many maximum R&B manufacturers of his period. Blues professional, author, list manufacturer, and cofounder of Living Blues Magazine Jim O'Neal offers the book's foreword.

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But leave it to Alberta—she had lied about her age and actually was ten years older than listed. So at the age of eighty she returned to the only other business she knew—show business. My best friends were planning a trip to New York City and asked if I would be interested in coming along. I was definitely interested—I had been corresponding with Ella Johnson, trying to land an interview with her. Ella was the younger sister of big band leader Buddy Johnson and was also his acclaimed vocalist, the voice on many of the band’s greatest hits, including “Since I Fell for You,” “That’s the Stuff You Gotta Watch,” and “Please, Mr.

And T-Bone took that sound and put it in the blues, play it in the blues with that sound, and the next person I heard playing the sound like that was B. B. King. He wasn’t playing it exactly like him, but he sound more exciting to me than I did and than T-Bone did, because we had been used to doing that, you know. But B. B. sounded new and different, and he was making his strings ring—more than ours was. Now I hear everybody making the same runs that me and TBone was trying to figure out. We was trying to make it go like a saxophone, and these other guys are taking them and playing them and putting them in arrangements and stuff like that.

When were you born and where? I was born February 3, 1911, in Logansport, Louisiana. That’s a small town south of Shreveport, Louisiana—about forty miles from Shreveport. On the highway going from Shreveport to Houston, Texas. Right on the line of Texas. How many in your family? There were thirteen of us. In that lineup of thirteen, where were you? I’m twelfth. (laughs) Almost to the end! indd 19 19 10/23/09 8:20:44 AM Any of the brothers and sisters still alive? No, they’re all gone now.

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