Big Road Trivia- January 2007

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Postby beard-of-grey » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:31 pm

TC90 wrote:Thanks dcblues. Here we go,

What bluesman was born with a sixth little finger on each hand He later cut the one off of the right hand after drinking too much. :shock:


:shock: Wow a thumb, index, middle, ring and six little fingers, is that a help or hinderence when picking :?:
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Postby maxx england » Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:13 pm

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TC90 wrote:Thanks dcblues. Here we go,

What bluesman was born with a sixth little finger on each hand He later cut the one off of the right hand after drinking too much. :shock:


:shock: Wow a thumb, index, middle, ring and six little fingers, is that a help or hinderence when picking :?:


I'm just surprised he didn't play banjo.
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Postby bosco » Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:31 pm

Thanks, TC.

From the works of Paul Oliver-

"They had a blues singing contest at the Booker Washington Theatre in St Louis. It was mostly a talent scout contest. The scouts for Okeh Records started that. Whoever won the contest that week got a contract- three weeks in the theatre or got a recording contract. I won first prize for eighteen straight weeks and got an eleven year contract with Okeh that started me in the business."

Whose words are these?
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Postby texas blues » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:46 pm

Sounds like Chuck Berry?
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Postby bosco » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:40 pm

Sounds like Chuck Berry?

No not Chuck, although he is from St. Louis, he first recorded for Chess.

The artist in question is not from St.Louis and got started quite a bit before Chuck's time.

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Postby beard-of-grey » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:49 am

In the early 1920s, Johnson worked with the orchestras of Charlie Creath and Fate Marable on riverboats, but he made St. Louis his home in 1925. There he entered and won an Okeh Records blues contest that resulted in his making a series of memorable recordings for the label between 1925 and 1932, including guitar duets with Eddie Lang and vocal duets with Victoria Spivey. In the 1920s, Johnson also made guest appearances on records by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, the Duke Ellington orchestra, and The Chocolate Dandies, playing 12-string guitar solos in an extraordinary, pioneering single-string style that greatly influenced such future jazz guitarists as Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt, and gave the instrument new meaning as a jazz voice.
Thanks to Wikipedia
I thinking it may be Lonnie because
This board has a thing for Johnsons
Okeh artist after winning contest in St Louis
And gotta like the Riverboat stint :wink:
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Postby bosco » Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:14 am

Lonnie Johnson it is...L J went on to record 572 songs (by his count) in his illustrious career.

take 'er away, oh Beard-of-Grey-

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Postby beard-of-grey » Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:08 am

Thanks Bosco
The mystery man has a very non typical BLUES life

Who am I
Born in the early 20s in a U.S. West Coast State
Of Greek heritage I was christened Ioannis, though I don’t use that name professionally.
I play piano, vibraphone, drums, am a singer and sometime Bandleader.
It is said I discovered Etta James, Jackie Wilson among others.
I was an R & B artist when the ties were much closer to Blues than to-day
I’ve been a radio D.J.,T.V. host, journalist, successful song writer and author, ran unsuccessfully for a State Assembly
For a time I was Deputy Chief of Staff to a Congressman
I’ve been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the RnB Hall of Fame
Like Carole King I was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a “non performer” ouch !
Frank Zappa styled his beard after mine and the rest is history
My guitar playing son is reputed to have turned down an offer to become a Rolling Stone.
Who am I ?
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Postby beard-of-grey » Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:01 pm

Nobody wanting to play :( :(


Willie
I could give you a clue, a helping hand
Or it could be just jive !

Check back in the morning my time
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Postby maxx england » Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:40 pm

Sorry for the delay, I regret I've been suffering from otitis. I did need LIFTING after that. Some like artificial sweeteners in their tea, but I stick with a little Shuggie in mine.
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Postby beard-of-grey » Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:29 pm

Well Maxx has taken the elevator to success, and will supply our next brain teaser shortly
Congratulations :P
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Postby maxx england » Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:39 pm

Odd bit of trivia here: name a long since deceased (dead/pushing up daisies/ex parrot) performer who came to England on a tour, and was bought a new stage jacket by his hosts (who didn't have much themselves at the time) as rats had eaten the back out of his old one, and he couldn't afford to replace it.
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Postby beard-of-grey » Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:12 pm

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Postby maxx england » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:50 am

Sadly, no, but I might suggest you dig a little, anyway you do.
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Postby bosco » Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:46 pm

I know Sonny Boy Williamson II acquired his acclaimed, custom two-tone stage jacket while on tour in Britland...not sure about the rat story, never heard that version.

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