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Author Topic: Jimmy Rogers on Songwriting, Muddy Waters, and 1950s Chicago Blues  (Read 126 times)

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Offline jasobr

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I've just posted my 1996 interview with Jimmy Rogers, one of the under-sung heroes of postwar Chicago blues. In this 7000-word transcript, Jimmy covers his approach to songwriting, how he and Muddy Waters arranged songs, his experiences at Chess Records, and what it was like working with Little Walter, Baby Face Leroy Foster, Henry "Pot" Strong, Blue Smitty, Big Crawford, and others. He also talks about Tampa Red and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as his favorite piano players -- Walter Davis, Big Maceo, Memphis Slim, and Johnny Jones -- and drummers Elgin Evans and Fred Below. There are details for guitar lovers, too, and embedded musical links.

If you're interested, here's the link:

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