Robert Anderson

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Robert Anderson | Youtube/Copyright control | tc502

Gospel singer and composer Robert Anderson was born on March 21, 1919 and died on June 15, 1995. He was born in Mississippi and moved to Chicago as a child. He joined the Roberta Martin singers in 1933 and recorded for a number of labels including Premium and Chess.

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Sarah McLawler

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Sarah McLawler | Copyright control | tc498

Jazz and rhythm and blues pianist, organist and singer Sarah McLawler Kimes was born on August 9, 1926 and died on September 12, 2017.

Her professional career as a singer began in 1946 and she was closely associated with Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker, Gene Ammons and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

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Sarah McLawler | Uncredited | tc499

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.

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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Miff Mole | Bix Beiderbecke.com | tc491

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.

Terry Timmons

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Terry Timmons | Collection of Robert Pruter/Clemson/Copyright control | tc489

Singer Teresa Walker (Terry Timmons) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 12, 1927 and died on 3 August 1970, aged 43.

She was discovered by Paul Gayten and became a singer with his band. She moved to Chicago and became a singer with Memphis Slim’s band The Houserockers.

Thanks to Marc for finding the video.

Memphis Slim

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Memphis Slim | Billboard | tc020

John Len Chatman (Memphis Slim) was born on September 3, 1915 and died in Paris, France on February 24, 1988 of renal failure. He made more than 500 recordings. The recordings issued by Chess were actually made for and first issued on Premium Records; the masters were acquired by Chess after Premium failed. He moved to Paris in 1962 and lived there permanently, becoming a Commander in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France.