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Often called ‘The Poet Laureate of the Blues’, Percy Mayfield had a warm, rich voice that scored a string of hit Blues Ballads in the early 50s for Art Rupe‘s fledgling Specialty label in LA. His song ‘Two Years of Torture’ got Percy started when he sent it to Jimmy Witherspoon‘s record company and they…

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In June 1960, Willie Dixon went into the studio with Howlin’ Wolf to play bass on some songs he had written for the gravel-voiced Blues icon. They cut ‘Wang-Dang Doodle’, ‘Back Door Man’ and ‘Spoonful’, all Blues classics that would have guaranteed their writer legendary status if they were produced in one lifetime, not one…

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DON ‘Sugarcane’ HARRIS

Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris was given his nick-name (by Johnny Otis) when he was half of Don and Dewey, the vocal duo who co-authored rock’n’roll hits, ‘Farmer John’, ‘Justine’ and ‘Big Boy Pete’. Playing a Jazz-influenced electric violin, Don featured on several albums and tours by Frank Zappa and  John Mayall‘s bands, before fronting ‘The Pure Food…

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