Two pictures of Eddie Johnson | Clemson | tc330
Jazz tenor saxophone musician Edwin Lawrence Johnson was born on December 11, 1920 and died on April 7, 2010. He is closely associated with Louis Jordan, Cootie Williams and Duke Ellington, among others. There is a full discography at Clemson University’s site.
Rosco Gordon | All about Blues Music | tc331
Blues singer Rosco Gordon was born on April 10, 1928 and died on July 11, 2002 of a heart attack, just weeks after appearing in a television documentary about blues musicians. A Memphis man, his first recordings were made at Sam Phillips’ Sun studio and were leased to Chess for national distribution. Phillips sold some of the master tapes to RPM Records as well as to Chess, which resulted in an eventual legal case. Gordon’s last hit “Just a little bit” was in 1960 and two years later Gordon left the music business, setting himself up with a laundry in New York. Gordon’s name was spelled as “Roscoe” on some Chess labels.
The John Godfrey Trio were Joseph Ellis, Oscar Crummie, Lloyd Charlton and Roosevelt Lee. Many thanks to Claude Van Raefelgem for the information and help.
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A Leo Parker LP cover | Blue Note Records | tc332
Jazz musician Leo Parker was born on April 18, 1925 and died on February 11, 1962 of a heart attack. He is closely associated with Coleman Hawkins, Gene Ammons and others.
Harmonica Frank | Sun Records | tc333
Harmonica Frank Floyd (sometimes Lloyd) was born on October 11, 1908 and died on August 7, 1984 of complications from diabetes and lung disease. He was unnamed by his parents and chose his name. He developed an interest in all forms of folk and blues music. He recorded initially for Sun Records from 1951, and Sun leased the masters to Chess for national distribution. He is mainly known as a blues singer.
Eddie Ware was a pianist who can be heard on many early Chess recordings especially those by Little Walter and Sunnyland Slim, and he was a member of Jimmy Rogers’ band. Mr Ware left the music business and there are no biographical details for him. On some labels his name is spelled as “Eddy”.
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Eddie South | Gems of Jazz | tc334
Jazz violinist Eddie South was born on November 27, 1904 and died on April 25, 1962. He graduated from the Chicago Music College. In the 1920s South learned to play jazz, working with Jimmy Wade’s Syncopators, Charles Elgar, and Erskine Tate. In 1928 he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and toured Europe, including Budapest where he developed an affinity for gypsy melodies which he used as a basis for improvising. He then moved frequently between Chicago and Paris, playing with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. South never had a major success and spent most of his life in obscurity, recording for Chess and Mercury. (Eddie’s name was spelled as Eddy on Chess labels.)