Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Underground Legends"

This feature has to do with people from the past who had a major influence in music, but few people today know about them.

My first artist is Elmore James (January 27, 1918- May 24, 1963). James was an American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter and band leader. He was known as the "King of the Slide Guitar" and known for his unique guitar style (loud amplification) and moving voice. His guitar style has influence many guitar players, like Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), and Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), and his voice influenced many blues and soul singers. James was even mentioned in a Beatles' song "For You Blue," on which John Lennon plays slide guitar.

Here are a few of his songs to get you started:

The Sky is Crying

It Hurts Me Too

Dust My Broom

I Believe

Somebody Done Me Wrong

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