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Goodby Artwork Jamal

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Southern California blues artist Artwork Jamal died today Aug. 6, 2013.  More details to follow.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 12:30 Written by Pat Graham Tuesday, 06 August 2013 12:15

 

The Mighty Mojo Prophets guest on The Blues Highway, Wed. April 10.

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Pat Graham invites Tom "Big Son" Eliff and Mitch "Da Switch" Dow of The Mighty Mojo Prophets to join him on The Blues Highway, Wednesday, April 10.  This stellar Southern California blues band will soon release their third album, Flyin' Home From Memphis on April 16 and they're attached to new record label Delta Groove Records.  So join Pat, Tom and Mitch 6-8 pm Wednesday evening for a real real good time.

Studio# 562-938-4800

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 07:51 Written by Pat Graham Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:58

 

Blues Artist of the Month: Freddie King

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Freddie King

Born: September 3, 1934 in Gilmer TX

Died: December 28, 1976 in Dallas TX

Blues guitarist Freddie King came up through the ranks of Chicago blues players during the 1950s, but it was during the '60s that King's inspired blend of electric blues, roots rock, and R&B would allow him to outgrow the West Side scene. King's classic instrumental "Hide Away" would be a de facto standard for fledgling blues players for decades. An innovative instrumentalist and underrated singer, King would move beyond blues and soul to make commercial inroads into funk and even soul music. Along the way, he would influence string-benders like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and George Thorogood, among others.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:26 Written by Pat Graham Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:07

   

Guitarist Alvin Lee Dead

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Guitarist Alvin Lee, whose incendiary performance with the British band 'Ten Years After' at the 1969 Woodstock Festival has died.  He was 68.

Lee's website says He "Passed away early this morning (Wednesday) after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical Procedure.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:33 Written by Pat Graham Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:15

 

Cleotha Staples Passes

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  • According to the Bob Corritore Newsletter: RIP Cleotha Staples April 11, 1934-February 21, 2013. Cleotha died on  Thursday, after years of battling  Alzheimer's disease.  She was 78 years old. Cleotha "Cleedi" Staples gave the world years of joy as the high voice in the unworldly great harmonies of the Staples Singers. Though Cleotha was the oldest of Pops Staples children, it was her sister Mavis that received the most attention as the most frequent lead vocalist of this cherished family band. But Cleotha's contributions were essential to the Staple Singers sound. "A lot of singers would try to sing like her," Mavis Staples said "Her voice would just ring in your ear. It wasn't harsh or hitting you hard, it was soothing." To find out more about her distinguished music career, click here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:35 Written by Pat Graham Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:20

   

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