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Brownie McGhee (Born 30th November, 1915)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:28 am
by john poole
Walter Brown McGhee - born one hundred years ago today (twelve days before Frank Sinatra) - 30th November, 1915 (Knoxville, Tennesee) [died 16th February, 1996]

Brownie McGhee and his Juke Block Busters - 'A Letter to Lightnin' (1952)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXtsWWkES58
with Sonny Terry - harmonica, Bob Gaddy - piano

'Anna Mae' (1955) - recorded a couple of months or so after Chuck Berry's 'Maybellene' had been released ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpEeFHy_IIY
Sonny Terry - harmonica, Mickey Baker - lead guitar, Ernest Hayes - piano

'Walk On' filmed in Paris in 1964 with Sonny Terry & Otis Spann, I guess during the "Blues and Gospel Train" for which Joe Boyd was the tour manager
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH57xv303H8

Here talking about his first visit to the UK when he and Sonny T. appeared with Chris Barber in 1958, he's then seen playing with Bert Jansch (from "Acoustic Routes" BBC2 1992/3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi-67R_lDNI

http://www.jazzdisco.org/brownie-mcghee/discography/
http://www.bluespower.com/a-bm01.htm

Re: Brownie McGhee (Born 30th November, 1915)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:55 am
by NormanD
I saw Tom Paley last night at The Ritzy, Brixton. He played "Sportin' Life", and introduced it as a song he learned from Brownie McGhee, meaning - in Tom Paley's case - that he'd have played it with Brownie, as opposed to listening incessantly to a record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPB0lZ_UQSw

Re: Brownie McGhee (Born 30th November, 1915)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:46 pm
by uiwangmike
john poole wrote:Here talking about his first visit to the UK when he and Sonny T. appeared with Chris Barber in 1958

I wonder if that was when I heard them on BBC Light programme Jazz Club, or whether it was this time a year later.
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/4095f703e791 ... e0e99f3919
Anyway, I listened not knowing what they (or blues) sounded like, and as they say, it opened up a whole new world.

Re: Brownie McGhee (Born 30th November, 1915)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:04 pm
by Alan Balfour
Perhaps one day Chris Smith will have time to update this and republish it.

www.mustrad.org.uk/reviews/stuff.htm

Re: Brownie McGhee (Born 30th November, 1915)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:34 pm
by john poole
uiwangmike wrote:I wonder if that was when I heard them on BBC Light programme Jazz Club, or whether it was this time a year later.
Had you been listening to the Light Programme on Monday lunchtimes from the end of April to the end of May in 1958, you might have heard them on "The Chris Barber Bandbox"
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/edf547c2e3d6 ... 2b7f1af29a

The tour programme -
http://www.chrisbarber.net/tours4/terry ... 8-home.htm
(click on pages to enlarge)

Re: Brownie McGhee (Born 30th November, 1915)

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:40 am
by uiwangmike
I must have been at school when The Chris Barber Bandbox was on - no recollection of it at all. Offhand I only remember Joe Loss' lunchtime programme.