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Author Topic: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk  (Read 3908 times)

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Offline mr mando

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Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:30:57 PM »
I found this solo acoustic recording by Al Wilson I hadn't heard before:

Does anyone know where this repeated guitar lick he's using as fill in between the lines was nicked from. Sounds very familiar, but I can't remember where I first heard that accompaniment.
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Offline Alexei McDonald

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 01:11:56 PM »
I think it's from a Howling Wolf number, but I can't remember more than that.

Offline Harry

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 01:12:17 PM »
I think "44" from the Howlin' Wolf. great find.

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 02:29:48 PM »
Yes, it's the riff from "Forty Four"!

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 03:27:14 PM »
Boy, I sure like Alan Wilson's singing.  He was a really good player, too.  I like the way he pronounces his lyrics singing the way he would if he were speaking the same words--no racial affectation.  It's almost a little stilted sounding, but distinctively and individually in the style.  He was such a musical guy.
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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 06:16:16 PM »
Not to go off in the weeds but doesn't Mayall and Clapton use that lick on a killer tune from the Beano Bluesbreaker album?

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 01:52:17 AM »
Absolutely delightful. I have always been taken by Wilson's Skip James-esque falsetto singing. How sad that he died so young.

That riff also turns up in Little Brother Montgomery's "Vicksburg Blues", which is another 44 variant.

For those interested, there is a page on Facebook dedicated to the Blind Owl.
(Edited to add link) http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Alan-THE-BLIND-OWL-Christie-Wilson-of-CANNED-HEAT-OFFICIAL/398850725559
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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 03:31:30 AM »
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Not to go off in the weeds but doesn't Mayall and Clapton use that lick on a killer tune from the Beano Bluesbreaker album?

Yep.  On the song Little Girl.

That Al Wilson clip is marvelous.  It's a pity he didn't record a whole LP like that.

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2011, 04:01:36 AM »
Al Wilson is a member of the "27 club". Musicians who died at 27, which also contains a certain country blues artist......

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 05:01:56 AM »
Al Wilson's singing style reminds me a lot of a young John Miller ("Spitting on the sidewalk was my crime"), or doesn't he ?  >:D

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011, 10:45:20 AM »
First National Blues Convention, Conway Hall, London , September 7th and 8th, 1968.

All three departed this mortal coil long before their time. (click to zoom)

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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2011, 01:33:42 AM »
Ah yes, Bunker Hill - the National Blues Federation. I was a member up in deepest, darkest Yorkshire.

I once met Bob Hite (and his brother Richard) in Dobell's, where I was a regular and I seem to remember shop manager, Ray Bolden introduced me to them.
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Re: Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2011, 11:04:45 AM »
If you check out Alan Wilson's family's website www.alanwilsoncannedheat.com. you'll find a lot of great stuff about him there incl. written and spoken interviews with him, discussions about his guitar and harmonica, more videos, and a forum for Blues fans.

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