Recollections Of Childhood And Blues Sessions - Various - The Blues Are Alive And Well
Label: XTRA - XTRA 1105 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Blues •
While Blind John Davis never achieved the name recognition of many of his peers, he played two vital roles in blues history. Then, inhe became one of the first bluesmen to tour Europe, accompany Big Bill Broonzy. Decades later, Davis found his most appreciative audiences in Europe, where he performed many tours as a Recollections Of Childhood And Blues Sessions - Various - The Blues Are Alive And Well artist.
Crooning with a wizened, raspy-around-the-edges voice, he showcased his spontaneous sense of humor by tossing odd quotes into his solos or sassily resting one hand on his hip while the other raced across the keys. His father worked as a molder; his mother had danced in minstrel shows. At age nine Davis lost his sight. Davis made his first foray into Europe intouring with Big Bill Broonzy and recording an album for Vogue. Davis continued to play cocktail lounges, parties, weddings, and occasional blues gigs.
Our interview took place on June 13, Oh, yeah. I just got back on the 3rd of June, and my house burned down on the 4th. Places are so hard to find right now in Chicago. Well, I started monkeying around with the piano when I was about I started playing professional when I was around Yeah, I read music. I write music. I went to blind school when I was a child.
I went to the Jacksonville, Illinois, boarding school. I write Braille and I read Braille. See, I lost my sight when I was nine years old. That was It happened through blood poisoning. I stuck a rusty nail through my foot, and my grandma put those old black remedies on my feet.
She kept me from getting lockjaw, but it set in the weakest part about me, and that was my eyes. But I learned to read music after I got to be a man. So yes, I Recollections Of Childhood And Blues Sessions - Various - The Blues Are Alive And Well music, transpose, and everything else.
After I lost my sight, my dad bought me a piano. I liked music, period. So I started to follow it up. My father had two or three Ostatni Dzień Ostatnia Noc - Various - Disco Polo Live - Lato W Kołobrzegu spots, and he had guys that played piano, that worked for him.
I got my inspiration from some of those fellas. My dad and my uncle made moonshine. They made beer and bathtub gin for many years. My parents never knew the Depression, because my dad was a molder by trade, and he worked at Griffin Wheel Foundry making train wheels.
We had these three spots, and they made this whiskey and everything. My dad fixed up many baskets and sent them to different friends of his.
I was too young. I learned my music in the later years, in the s. I heard a lot of fellas play it before it was even given the name of boogie woogie. The first band I was playing Roy Acuff Jr.
- California Lady was my band. I built my band, me and a trumpet player. He That Joint - Imaabs - World Series Vol.2 going to high school; his name was Leander Walker. We played the roadhouses, speakeasies, all those kind of places.
Anywhere we hung our hat was home sweet home. We started about nine at night, and sometimes we would go to eight or nine the next morning. Our biggest money was through our cigar box, our kitty. People would put money in the kitty, so we was gonna work real hard, you know. This was back in Prohibition days. But you could rent a four- or five-room house for about ten dollars a month. I never played in the ghetto audiences Recollections Of Childhood And Blues Sessions - Various - The Blues Are Alive And Well well, yes, I did too.
I played for a lot of those. Now, I made good money for those. Just, you know, all different old original blues. Blues was my first music. I was playing bar blues, 4-bar blues. W hen did you start playing sessions? I guess I was about 24 then. I got to be chief of staff at the Wabash Music Company. Then I contact him, and he tells me to meet him on the South Side of Chicago. So I meets him out there, and he takes me to this fellow Washboard Sam.
And Washboard Sam was a very difficult person to work with, because he would do a song like this today, and you go back tomorrow Free Frequency - Various - Goa Trance Volume Seventeen he done changed it.
So he was a terrible guy to work with. So at that time this Wallace Simpson and this Prince of Wales had just gotten married. It was in a minor key. His wife hollered out of the bedroom. So ever since then, I been with Tampa. I had him put close to me, and I bring him to my home about two or three times a month.
I go and see him and see that he get his cigarettes, and he can have a couple cans of beer a day. So everything is beautiful that way. So if he keeps improving, maybe in about the next six or seven months we might come out with something.
Man, if we do, we can almost write our own ticket. Oh my God, yes. So you know I gotta be right with him. I played with everybody that was somebody. He just put his heart into it, and he was just a great singer.
Well, I guess you would say that. The hardest guy to play behind was Washboard Sam. His last records, the last recordings he made [in ], I made it with him. He had done got to be a better fella then. That was before he passed.
Tampa Red had a great big house, and he had a big rehearsal room. And I was there every day, because him and I were just that close. I was at his home every day the Lord sent, and twice on Sunday. Yeah, but I played piano for him.
I played blues for him because they wanted me to. See, I play all types of piano. I play all types of music. I play everything. I play some semi-classic, I play jazz, I play ragtime.
Now, Recollections Of Childhood And Blues Sessions - Various - The Blues Are Alive And Well was a difficult kid too! But she made some nice numbers. She wanted to have her way. She would play a number this way for a few minutes. People would change songs when we got to the studio.
The session was about two hours. Whatever session come up, I would get so much out of that. When you started recording under your own name byyou worked with George Barnes on guitar. What was that like? Oh, that was beautiful.
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