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I know at one time he had some money in a plastic bag. Matter of fact, $8,000. And he brought it here for me to count. But when I opened the bag and the air came and got to it, it come all to pieces. It was so rotten that you couldn't even pick it up. Amazing, amazing person, Jack was - Jack Owens, remembered by Jimmy Homes, Living Blues #137

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Offline Bunker Hill

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Beyond The Impression
« on: December 20, 2009, 10:57:33 AM »
Just been looking for something else and stumbled upon this small snippet. It's from John Steiner's 'Beyond The Impression' column in Record Research 17 (March/April 1958, p. 7).

Jasper Taylor and Tampa Red dropped into our Chicago office for a batch of listening shortly after they had attended the Studs Terkel (local folk-artist impresario) benefit for Big Bill. Bill Broonzy has lately been released from several months in hospital where a good size hunk of lung was removed. He was in good enough shape to do a little humming back of Mahalia Jackson who headed the presentation including Pete Seegar [sic], Little Brother Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim and Odetta (new blues gal). Jasper and Red were swelled with pride at having been introduced from their seats in the audience.

Studs reported to me that the benefit made about 2000 dollars for Big Bill. Tapings are to be aired over local WFMT.

Red revealed that he was almost "legitimate" having spent most of his boyhood in Tampa, Florida - but actually he had been born in Georgia. He then clammed up as if my note-taking as he spoke was written with his blood. However later on he said that his hit on record was Vocalion's TIGHT LIKE THAT No.1, No.2 and No.3. The total? And as a parting shot, Red made known that he was available for a European tour if my contacts (?) were interested.

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: Beyond The Impression
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009, 11:43:11 AM »
Wonderful, thanks! :D
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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