Tim Duffy started Music Maker Relief Foundation to support blues musicians lost to time and poverty. He’s also photographed their portraits for a new book, compilation album and museum exhibition.
A fascinating read and listen …
Bobby “Blue” Bland. b. January 27, 1930
Elmore James ~ born on January 27, 1918.
He was inspired by the local performances of Robert Johnson to take up the guitar. In fact, it was a number by Johnson (“Dust My Broom”) that became James’ signature song and laid the foundation for his recording career. First cut by James in August 1951, “Dust My Broom” contains the strongest example of his stylistic signature: a swooping, full-octave opening figure on slide guitar. His influence went beyond that one riff, however, as he has been credited with practically inventing blues rock by virtue of energizing primal riffs with a raw, driving intensity.The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame
Blues legend Etta James ~ b. January 25, 1938
October 3, 1970, Janis and the Full Tilt Boogie Band were working on the Pearl album and were almost finished. The band put down the tracks for “Buried Alive In The Blues” and Janis planned to do the vocals the next day.
The next day, Janis is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.
“Pearl” is released on January 11, 1971.
It’s #122 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.