Big Road Trivia - July 2007

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Postby stumblin » Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:39 am

Would that be Texas Alexander, by any chance?
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Postby bosco » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:49 am

Would that be Texas Alexander, by any chance?

It would. Good job on minimal clues Stumbles.

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Postby stumblin » Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:36 pm

Okay.
This chap was reputedly given his first guitar by Howlin' Wolf, he travelled the South with The Wolf and Walter Horton during the 1930s.
He was a recording colleague of Sunnyland Slim in the 40s.
To win the prize, name the bloke.
Any ideas?
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Postby dcblues » Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:42 am

Is it Willie Johnson?
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Postby stumblin » Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:23 am

Not Willie Johnson, sorry.
The fellow in question is perhaps best known for a song concerning his shortness of cash during, as I understand it, either a period of unemployment or industrial strike action. This song was, I believe, released on the Marvel label and features a famous harmonicist.
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Postby beard-of-grey » Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:38 am

J.B. Lenoir?
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Postby stumblin » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:34 am

Now you're just guessing!
Nope, not Mr. Lenoir.
This bloke is less famous. He recorded with a long-time colleague of Homesick James, amongst others.
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Postby stumblin » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:19 am

Apparently, in later life he took up playing bass rather than guitar and (here comes the google-able bit, sports fans) "specialized in dark, brooding blues that often spoke to depressed economic and social conditions".
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Postby bosco » Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:38 pm

Aw hell, I'm not proud...and I can Google as well as the next guy.

Floyd Jones.

Never heard of old Floyd but that's what so cool about the trivia, you get to learn about folks you probably wouldn't run across otherwise.

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Postby stumblin » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:42 am

Bosco takes the Kewpie Doll/Maillot Jaune/Cigar/Coconut (according to preference).
Take it away mate, but before you do, click here to see and hear Mr. Floyd Jones playing his Stockyard Blues.
Also, you won't regret purchasing this fine compilation of his recorded works.
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Postby bosco » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:27 pm

Thanks for the video clip Andy, great stuff! Ok then...

Some musicologists believe that it was in the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ blues scene that the separate roles of rhythm and lead guitar were defined. This two guitar concept has become standard in rock and roll and much of popular music.

Name the city and same-named blues style for the broken toaster.

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Postby beard-of-grey » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:40 am

Interesting question, haven't got any proof but suspect the original (and best)Rhythm and Blues and Sun Records may play a part. Early BB King, Ike Turner and the Wolf, hence I'd guess

Memphis Blues
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An' she says, "Your debutante just knows what you need
But I know what you want."
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.
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Postby bosco » Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:47 am

The acts you mentioned were pre-dated by Frank Stokes, Sleepy John Estes, Furry Lewis and Memphis Minnie in the two guitar concept but you are spot on, B-O-G.

Across the pond we go...

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Postby beard-of-grey » Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:04 am

Thanks Bosco
Name the record company owner
He owned the Bronze Peacock Dinner Lounge in Houston Texas, from this he got his record company name Peacock Records. His rather ruthless business dealings came from his previous jobs as a professional gambler, liquor distributor and promoter of rodeos, golf and boxing. He was known to draw a gun on this contracted artists when required, as well as taking writing credits for many songs by his musicians sometimes under the pseudonym Deadric Malone He went on to control the Memphis label ~Duke.
Recorded artists include Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Junior Parker, Bobby Bland, Rosco Gordon and Johnny Ace.
His name please?
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Postby dcblues » Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:17 pm

Don Robey
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