January 19th, 1936: Electric Blues Bbking Lucille For Sale vocalist, harmonica player and award winning drummer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith was born in Helena, Arkansas. His early influences included Sonny Boy Williamson and Henry Strong and he began playing harmonica at age 17 after moving to Chicago, Illinois. He recorded with Arthur “Big Boy” Spires and Bo Diddley and played in his own trio. By the early 60s, drummers were more in demand than harmonica players, so he learned the drums and joined the Muddy Waters band in 1961. He left the band for a time to be a cab driver, but returned in the late 60s and stayed with Waters until 1980.
During that time he contributed 84 tracks in 12 sessions, many of which were on Waters’ 6 Grammy winning albums. In 1980 he was a founding member of the Legendary Blues Band who toured with Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. He released Bbking Lucille several solo albums beginning in 1995, with the last one, Joined at the Hip with Pinetop Perkins, winning a Grammy Award in February 2011. Smith died from a stroke on September 16th of that year but, along with his Grammy, had amassed 13 Blues Music Awards with 12 of them being for drummer of the year.
Janis Lyn Joplin Bbking Lucillewas born in Port Arthur, Texas. An unpopular high school student, Joplin rebelled against the style and popular music of the late 1950s, instead finding inspiration in the music of Lead Belly, Ma Rainey, Odetta and Bessie Smith. She tried twice on the west coast and once in New York to get her music career launched, but finally hit when she auditioned for and was immediately hired by the band Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1966. At the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, she won the band a recording contract with her cover of Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball N Chain” and the album Cheap Thrills was a huge hit in 1968.
By the end of the year she had left the band and after her performance at Woodstock in 1969, released her first gibson es 335 lucille solo album, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! with the Kozmic Blues Band. From there she formed the Full Tilt Boogie band and was in the process of Bbking Lucille recording what would become her best selling album, Pearl, when she died of a heroin overdose on October 4th, 1970 at the age of 27. Joplin charted 3 singles with Big Brother, “Down On Me”, “Coo Coo” and “Piece of My Heart” and 5 singles as a solo artist including her cover of Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”.
Lead Belly was born Huddie William Ledbetter on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, Louisiana. By 1903 he was already performing in the red light district of Shreveport, singing and playing guitar. That area of Fannin Street in Shreveport is now known as Ledbetter Heights. Besides the 12-string guitar, Lead Belly also played piano, mandolin, violin, harmonica and accordion. He wrote the song, “The Titanic” shortly gibson es 335 lucille after the sinking of the RMS Titanic and performed it with Blind Lemon Jefferson in and around Dallas, Texas. Ledbetter was continually in trouble with the law, beginning in 1915 when he was convicted of carrying a pistol. He escaped and was convicted again 3 years later after killing one of his own relatives in a fight over a woman. He served time in Texas and at the Angola Prison Farm in Louisiana which is where John and Alan Lomax discovered him. They recorded Bbking Lucille to him for the Library of Congress, and the senior Lomax became his benefactor, garnering him early releases from prison and taking him to New York where he began recording for the ARC label. After another jail stint, it was Alan Lomax who helped him out and set him up in the Harlem scene with artists such as Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Pete Seeger. Ledbetter died on December 6th, 1949 in New York from ALS.