Ledbetter was a huge influence on many blues king gibson and Folk artists and his songs have been covered by a wide variety of performers including CCR, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Ry Cooder and even Harry Belafonte and Frank Sinatra. He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1986.
Blues, R&B, Rock, Gospel and Jazz vocalist, Etta James, died of leukemia in Riverside, California just 5 days before her 74th birthday. A native of Los Angeles, Jamesetta Hawkins began her vocal training with the Echoes of Eden church choir at age 5. At age 14, she met Johnny Otis who took her under his wing and reversed her given name into the stage name, Etta James which she would use through her entire career. Her first recording, “Dance With Me Henry” reached number 1 on the charts. Her debut album, At Last!, was released in late 1960 and contained the tracks, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, “A Sunday Kind of Love” and, of course, the title track which would become James’ signature song. During her long career in blues king gibson, James was nominated for 18 Grammy Awards of which she won 6. She won 17 Blues Music Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, The Blues Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Grammy Hall of Fame twice; in 1999 and 2008. One of her most famous songs was “I’d Rather Go Blind” for which she wrote the lyrics.
Jimi Hendrix began recording his version of the Bob Dylan song, “All Along the Watchtower” at Olympic Studios in London, England. Dylan had released the song on the album, John Wesley Harding, some months earlier. The sessions included the other members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, as well as Dave Mason and the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones. Although the song of blues king gibson was mixed down by Eddie Kramer and Chas Chandler 5 days later, Hendrix went over and over the song, adding and remixing until August and the song finally was released on the album, Electric Ladyland in September. It reached number 5 on the British charts and became Hendrix’ only Top 20 Billboard hit.
Blues great, B. B. King donated his entire record collection of over 20,000 discs to the Center For the Study of Southern Culture of blues king gibson at the University of Mississippi. The collection included over 7,000 rare Blues recordings. This collection is now housed at the Barnard Observatory in the blues archive.