Joe Hill Louis

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One of the few successful blues one-man-bands, Lester (or Leslie) Hill (Joe Hill Louis) was born on September 23, 1921 and died on August 5, 1957 from tetanus contracted as a result of an infected cut to his thumb, sustained while working as an odd job man. He recorded for a number of labels but was recording for Sun as a session man as well as in his own name, in the early 1950s. Louis is understood to play lead guitar on Rufus Thomas’ Sun recording of “Bear Cat”. In 1950 he took over B B King’s disc jockey role on WDIA, Memphis.

Joe Williams

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Jazz singer Joseph Goreed (Joe Williams) was born on December 12, 1918 and died on March 29, 1999, of natural causes after discharging himself from hospital. His singing career started in 1938. His signature song, Every Day I have the blues, was recorded for Checker records in 1952. In 1954 he became singer with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Tommy Trent

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Country and hillbilly music singer Tommy Trent was born on March 8, 1924 and died on July 25, 2003.. In 1952 he came to the attention of legendary record entrepreneur Stan Lewis, who was acting as a talent scout for Chess. The record issued, Paper Boy Boogie, was recorded at radio station KWKH. Trent made the record to assist his public appearances rather than become a recording star. His next record was made for a different company, in 1956. Trent went into record production and also became a radio disc jockey.

Woodrow Adams

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Blues singer Woodrow Wilson Adams was born on April 9, 1917 and died on August 9, 1988. Adams was a non-professional Delta blues musician who was recorded by Sam Philips in the Sun studio in 1952 in the Howlin’ Wolf style, and was leased to Chess. Adams continued to work on a plantation.