Rhythm Willie

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The only known photo of Rhythm Willie | Copyright control | tc493

One of the most famous harmonica players in blues music, until recently very little was known about Rhythm Willie. His name may have been William Hood. He is now understood to have been born on 15 September, probably in 1910. His first recording is dated September 14, 1939, for Decca. At the time he was a regular in Chicago’s DeLisa Club where he played with Billy Eckstine and Bertha Hill. On October 10, 1940 he did a session for Okeh Records in Chicago. Newspapers report that he appeared in Mexico before appearing at DeLisa’s.

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Tawny Williams

Little information is known about singer Tawny Williams, who is thought to have been based in Detroit, and who recorded for the Abner/Tuff recording group in 1961-62, and whose products were leased to Chess. Abners’ artists included Jackie Day and Roscoe Robinson. Only a couple of recordings are known by Tawny Williams. No photograph has been located.

Can anyone provide further information about this artiste, please? Thankyou.

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Eddie Chamblee

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Eddie Chamblee | Be Bop Wino | tc492

Premium label recording artiste Edwin “Eddie” Leon Chamblee was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 24 February 1920 and died on 1 May 1999. He was nicknamed Eddie “Long Gone” Chamblee and was a tenor and alto saxophonist and occasional vocalist who moved to Chicago in his youth. He studied law at Chicago State University. From 1941 to 1946 he played in US Forces bands. He is closely associated with Lionel Hampton, Amos Millburn and Lowell Fulsom.

Miff Mole

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Jazz trombonist and band leader Irving Milfred “Miff” Mole was born on 11 March 1898 and died on 29 April 1961 after a long period of ill health. He is known to have been a major influence on bandleaders Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, and is closely associated with many of the leading orchestras of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He recorded for Premium Records in 1950.