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November 2 – 8th -Birthdays

November 2 – 8th -Birthdays

November 2 – 8th -Birthdays. This week’s birthdays include: Sonny Rhodes, Henrik Freischlader, Delbert McClinton, Ike Turner, Studebaker John, Rory Block, and Bonnie Raitt.

Henrik Freischlader – 11/3/1982

Henrik Freischlader is born in Wuppertal, Germany. He starts his career singing in small Blues bands and formed the Henrik Freischlader Band in 2004. Freischlader plays multiple instruments, composes, writes, produces, and releases the material on his own record label called Cable Car Records. To date, Freischlader has 14 albums and counting, today you can find him touring throughout Europe with his band. 

Sonny Rhodes – 11/3/1940 

Clarence Smith (born Clarence Edward Mauldin), known as Sonny Rhodes, is an American blues singer and lap steel guitar player. He has recorded over two hundred songs. “I’m what you call a self-proclaimed Disciple of the Blues!” said Rhodes about his years playing and singing for fans of blues around the world. Nominated 15 times for Blues Music Awards and won in the category ‘Instrumentalist

Delbert McClinton – 11/4/40

Grammy Award winning Delbert McClinton is an American blues rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. He’s was a member of “The Straitjackets”.  They were the backup band for Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightning Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed.  He refers to himself as the “Godfather of Americana Music.” Delbert’s musical style grew from his Texas roots.

Ike Turner – 11/5/31

Two-time Grammy winner Ike Turner is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Turner started playing the piano and guitar at just eight years old. The multi-talented musician has recorded for many of the main R&B labels of the 50’s and 60’s such as Chess. Often people regard him as an early pioneer of 50’s rock and roll. 

Ike gained superstardom in the 60’s and 70’s as Ike & Tina Turner Revue, the duo became a soul success. Turner won his first Grammy in 1972 for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance duo for “Proud Mary.” In 2007, he won his first solo Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues category for Risin’ With The Blues.

Studebaker John – 11/5/52

Studebaker John, born John Grimaldi, is a Chicago blues guitarist and harmonica player. He learns to play slide guitar after watching a live performance of Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers. By the 1970’s John, is a regular on Maxwell street’s blues scene with his band Studebaker John and the Hawks.

He records his first album ‘Straight No Chaser’ in 1978 and plays on Little Mack Simmons 1995 blues album ‘High & Lonesome’. John tours the U.S. and Europe and releases a total of 18 albums, filled with Chicago swing, boogie. And some swampy blues-rock!

Rory Block – 11/6/49

Rory Block is an acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter who gains acclaim for her country blues style. It’s reminiscent of Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt. She receives a number of W.C. Handy Awards in the categories of “Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year”. & “Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year”.  In the recent years of her career.

Bonnie Raitt – 11/8/1949

With her mixture of blues, folk, rock, country, and R&B, this renowned singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist, becomes a contender in the blues music scene since her debut in the early 70’s. Praised for her soulful voice and her accomplished guitar skills, her music has gone on to sell millions of records.  Raitt wins numerous Grammy Awards. She even shares one along with John Lee Hooker. 

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