dijous, 6 d’abril de 2017



Andy Rodgers (March 14, 1922 – August 14, 2004) was an American Delta blues harmonicist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. A flamboyant character, known commonly as the Midnight Cowboy, Rodgers worked part-time as a musician for most of his lifetime, finally recording two albums in the 1990s.

Along his lengthy career, Rodgers variously performed with Carey Bell, Junior Wells, Billy Boy Arnold, Raful Neal, Kenny Neal, Little Walter, Phillip Walker, T-Bone Walker, Little Milton, Cab Calloway, Charles Brown, Boxcar Willie, Rose Maddox, Mickey Gilley, Willie Nelson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sonny Rhodes, and David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Rodgers also appeared on television programs including the Gong Show, You Bet Your Life, and Good Morning America.

Rodgers was born near to Liberty, Mississippi, United States, one of eighteen children to sharecropper parents. He left home at the age of 12 and drifted from one job to another.His cousins, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Bo Diddley, inspired him to become a musician.However, he variously found full-time employment as a boxer, truck-driver, cotton-picker and ranch hand. In the latter capacity he acquired the nickname of Midnight Cowboy from his bossman in Dorris, California, after Rodgers delivered a calf in the dead of the night. When times became particularly difficult, Rodgers resorted to stealing chickens, later recalled in the title of his album, Chicken Thief Blues.

His vagrant existence gave him a wealth of stories, which he retold both in his music and between songs at the impromptu concerts he gave. He recalled being a cotton-picker alongside Bo Diddley; wrestling a bear; placing a de-fanged rattlesnake in his father's bed; and of meeting B.B. King. Rodgers appeared on the Gong Show in 1976 and 1977, which he won on both occasions, as well on Bill Cosby's version of You Bet Your Life (1992), and Good Morning America.In 1994, Rodgers was given the Humanitarian Award by The Southern California Motion Picture Awards in Oakland, California. He also agreed to his nickname being used in Midnight Cowboy, the 1969 film starring Dustin Hoffman, and his music was used in The Big Easy (1987). By the late 1980s, Rodgers was able to concentrate on a full-time music career, and he released two albums on Snowflake Records, Freight Train Blues (1992) and Chicken Thief Blues (1995).[4] In his time he performed with Carey Bell, Junior Wells, Billy Boy Arnold, Raful Neal, Kenny Neal, Little Walter, Phillip Walker, T-Bone Walker, Little Milton, Cab Calloway, Charles Brown, Boxcar Willie, Rose Maddox, Mickey Gilley, Willie Nelson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sonny Rhodes, and David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Known for his Piedmont blues style of finger-picking guitar work, Rodgers also played a Delta blues style of harmonica

He was inducted into the Cowboy Blues Hall of Fame in Nevada City, California. Rodgers also played for President Ford at The Hilton in Fresno, California.

His hay haulage business was primarily based in Fresno County, California, and later in the Butte Valley and Gridley, where he lived for more than 50 years. A fire at his mobile home forced Rodger and his longtime companion, Georgie Ann Wadell, to relocate to Fall River Mills, where they lived until Rodger's death. The fire destroyed much of Rodger's archived music, biography and genealogy research.

Later known by his fellow musicians as 'Grand Daddy of the Blues',


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Theodore Roosevelt Darby, better known as Blind Teddy Darby (March 2, 1906 – December 1975), was an American blues singer and guitarist.

Darby was born in Henderson, Kentucky. He moved to St. Louis with his family when he was a child. His mother taught him to play the guitar. He served some time for selling moonshine. In 1926 he lost his eyesight because of glaucoma.

He recorded from 1929 until 1937 under the names Blind Teddy Darby, Blind Darby, Blind Blues Darby and Blind Squire Turner for Paramount, 


Victor, Bluebird, Vocalion and Decca. In 1960 he was "rediscovered" and recorded by Pete Welding of Testament Records, but the recordings from this session were never released.

Darby was a friend of the blues musician Peetie Wheatstraw. On December 21, 1941, Wheatstraw's 39th birthday, Darby was invited to go for a drive with Wheatstraw and two others, but Darby's wife objected, and he declined the invitation. Wheatstraw and his two companions were killed when their car struck a standing freight train.

In the late 1930s he gave up the blues and became an ordained deacon.

His song "Built Right on the Ground" has been covered (under the title of "I Never Cried"), from the 1970s onwards, by John Miller (who first changed the title), Roy Book Binder, Howard Bursen, and Phil Heywood.



Theodore Roosevelt Darby, más conocido como Teddy Darby y conocido como "Blind Darby",E INCLUSO también conocido como Blind Squire Turner, en sus grabaciones para la Paramount .Nació en Kentucky pero se crió en Indiana ,trasladándose más tarde a St. Louis, Missouri. Su madre le enseñó la guitarra cuando era niño, pero nunca fue su intención hacer una carrera como músico. De hecho, se estaba ganando la vida como negociante  después de la prohibición pasó, y fue sólo durante un tiempo que tocó  en un local de trabajo que lo  contrató para cantar y tocar la guitarra . Darby  se quedó ciego  a los 20 años a causa de un  glaucoma, y ​​la guitarra se convirtió en su medio de vida. Se ganaba la vida , tocando  en las fiestas, en las calles, en los clubes y en los bares durante los años 20 y 30.
Darby acompañó a Peetie Wheatstraw de vez en cuando, y fue acompañado a menudo en sus propias actuaciones en barras, clubs, y bailes por su primo, Tommy Webb, que tocaba  el piano con un estilo barrelhouse. Fué en  1929 que grabó las  canciones, "Lose Your Mind", "My Laona Blues", "Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues" y "What Am I To Do", que  grabaron juntos. Según algunas fuentes, grabó como "Blind Squire Turner" a finales de 1933 para ayudar a un amigo llamado Turner . El sonido de Darby era una mezcla de influencias rurales y urbanas, su guitarra de blues del país encajando bien con Webb más urbano, estilo de piano basado en St. Louis, y su canto que refleja la influencia de la ciudad que él llamó hogar. Fue una música poderosa, que refleja un enfoque ágil y hábil de la guitarra y riffs de piano audaces, y voces apasionadas, y con sentimiento .  Darby continuó grabando hasta 1937, pero su carrera en el blues terminó cuando Tommy Webb fue apuñalado a muerte, supuestamente por  un paquete de cigarrillos. La pérdida combinada de su primo y socio, junto con su desilusión, le hizo renunciar a la música y la vida de un bluesman. Se convirtió en un ministro ordenado conocido como Predicador Darby.

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dimarts, 4 d’abril de 2017


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Willie E. Jackson Jr. (September 9, 1912 – February 13, 2001) known as Little Willie Jackson, was an American jazz and rhythm and blues saxophonist, bandleader and occasional vocalist.

Jackson was born in Houston, Texas. He was blind, and took up the saxophone and clarinet. By the mid 1930s he was based in San Diego, California, where he played with pianist Joe Liggins in the Creole Serenaders. He and Liggins then moved to Los Angeles, and in the early 1940s they formed the Honeydrippers, a band that took its name from the song "The Honeydripper", which became a number one R&B hit in 1945. Jackson was credited with both alto and baritone saxophone on the recording. Jackson also occasionally sang with the Honeydrippers, as on the 1946 single "Walkin'".

Jackson recorded several tracks as bandleader with the Honeydrippers, for Modern Records in 1947, when the company needed to record material to issue during the 1948 American Federation of Musicians recording ban. According to critic Richie Unterberger, they "straddled the line between the swing and jump blues eras, with a hefty dose of boogie... [but] Jackson was closer to jazz (and further removed from blues) than most..."Several of his recordings were versions of jazz songs first recorded in the 1920s or earlier, such as "I Ain't Got Nobody," and "St. Louis Blues," often in a style similar to Cab Calloway.

Jackson continued to perform with Liggins and to record occasionally in the 1950s and 1960s, though the band's style became outmoded with the advent of rock and roll. His final recordings were in 1969, with Liggins on tracks recorded for Johnny Otis' Blues Spectrum label. In 1983, Jackson appeared with Liggins at a "Legends of Rhythm & Blues" show recorded for TV in Los Angeles.

A compilation of Jackson's recordings for Modern was issued by Ace Records in 2000.[3] He died in Los Angeles in 2001.


Composed by James Jackson & Willie Jackson

Little Willie Jackson:Alto Sax

James Jackson:Tenor Sax

Frank Pasley:Guitar

Poss. Joe Liggins:Piano

Eddie Davis:Bass

Peppy Prince:Drums

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA. Tuesday, December 30, 1947

Originally issued on and this recording taken from the 1948 single (Modern 20-587) (78 RPM)




Little Willie Jackson & The Original Honeydrippers - Let's Jump (Instrumental)
Recorded on December 6, 1947, released in 1948 on Modern 613

Little Willie Jackson : Saxophones
James Jackson : Tenor Saxophone
Guitar : Franck Pasley
Eddie Davis : Bass
Peppy Prince : Drums
The Piano player might be Joe Liggins.