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December 21st – 31st Birthdays

December 21st – 31st Birthdays

December 21st – 31st Birthdays. So, this week includes Harmonica Slim, Lil Green, Jorma Kaukonen, Doyle Bramhall II, Noel Redding along with Joe Louis Walker. Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Bo Diddley, and Odetta Holmes! 

Harmonica Slim – 12/21/1934

Blues harmonicist, singer, and songwriter who had a successful commercial recording career in the 1950’s. With the songs “You Better Believe it” and “Mary Helen”. Furthermore, he also toured alongside B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, and Ray Charles.

Peetie Wheatstraw – 12/21/1902

In the late 1920s. He’s already a proficient guitarist but a limited pianist. He often performed at a club called Lovejoy in the East St. Louis area and at a juke joint over a barbershop on West Biddle Street.

By the time Sunnyland Slim moves to St. Louis in the early 1930s, Wheatstraw is one of the most popular singers there, with an admired idiosyncratic piano style. Wheatstraw begins recording in 1930 and is so popular that he continues to record through the Great Depression.

Blues musician Charlie Jordan introduces Wheatstraw to recording, setting him up with both Vocalion Records and Decca Records. 

Lil Green – 12/22/1919

Lil Green is an American blues singer and songwriter. She’s among the leading female rhythm and blues singers of the 1940s, with a sensual soprano voice. Which makes her one of the biggest female R&B singers of the 1940’s.

Jorma Kaukonen – 12/23/1940

In addition to being in the forefront of popular rock and roll. He’s also a guitarist with a career that spans for half a century. While some know him as a progenitor of Psychedelic Rock movement and the San Francisco sound. But, more importantly, he’s the guitarist for Jefferson Airplane as well as the band Hot tuna. Also add a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy recipient.

Doyle Bramhall II – 12/24/1968 

Doyle Bramhall II is an American musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter. Working with the likes of Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, and many others. Along with being the son of  songwriter and drummer Doyle Bramhall.

Noel Redding – 12/25/1945

David Noel Redding is an English rock musician. Who most people know as the bass player for the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Joe Louis Walker – 12/25/1949

Joe Louis Walker is an American musician who most consider the legendary, boundary-pushing icon of modern blues. 

Matt “Guitar” Murphy – 12/29/1927

Blues guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy works his way up in the blues scene performing with several world-renowned Blues musicians. Which includes Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Memphis Slim and “The Blues Brothers”.  As a result, a lot of people consider him a veteran of the legendary Chicago blues scene.

Bo Diddley – 12/30/1928

A pioneer of rock & roll, this guitarist and singer-songwriter’s work in the blues helped to bridge the gap between blues and rock. And his music influences the likes of The Yardbirds, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and Aerosmith.

Odetta Holmes – 12/31/1930

In addition to being an actress, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, she’s also the voice of the Civil Rights Movement. Besides the blues, she’s also into jazz, spirituals, and folk. With all of this, she’s a key component in the American folk music revival of the 50s and 60s. With her music having a heavy influence on fellow folk revivalist, Bob Dylan. Lastly, Holmes receives “The National Medal of Arts”, “The Visionary Award”, and the “Living Legend Award”.

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