Birthdays-in-Blue for the King of the Blues himself—B.B. KING and a pair of Chicago Blues Harmonica Legends—BILLYBOYARNOLD and SNOOKYPRYOR. Nashville Style Birthdays for the Once and Future King of Country Music ROYACUFF and HANKWILLIAMS with any number of Pop and RB Artists taking a stab at Hank’s tunes; also a number of original versions of songs we often think of as being written by Hank but actually penned by others. Additional Birthdays include jazz immortal CANNONBALLADDERLEY, the ever debonair BOBBYSHORT, and a pair of Tenor Saxophone Titans—SILAUSTIN and SAMBUTERA, Louis Prima’s longtime partner in musical mayhem.
On the eve of the opening of the BB King Museum in Indianola, MS, we celebrate the continuing legacy of the great bluesman with music from his influences as well as the man himself! Also, a listen to vocal versions of 60s’ instrumental hits, newly reissued music from The Aztecs, The Mohawks and Bobby Williams and a birthday tribute to Charles Brown.
Today’s show began with a telephone interview with John Lee Hooker Jr. I enjoyed his new release All Odds Against Me so much, I tracked him down to get him to talk to my audience. The new disc also features an animated video Bluesman. Go to www.johnleehookerjr.com to check it out.
Sounds of the Season and Birthdays-in-Blue for a trio of Country Music Greats: The ‘Father of Country Music’ JIMMIERODGERS—The Singing Brakeman; Country Songwriter HARLANHOWARD; and Two Time Governor of Louisiana JIMMIEDAVIS of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ Fame. Other Birthdays include OTISREDDING and DEEDEESHARP, blues Crooner CHARLESBROWN, Blues Shouter ROYBROWN, and that ‘Cow Cow Boogie Girl’ ELLAMAEMORSE.