Blues Before Sunrise: The Radio Interviews by Steve Cushing, Jim O'Neal

By Steve Cushing, Jim O'Neal

This assortment assembles the simplest interviews from Steve Cushing's long-running radio software Blues ahead of Sunrise, the nationally syndicated, award-winning application concentrating on classic blues and R&B. As either an observer and performer, Cushing has been concerned with the blues scene in Chicago for many years. His candid, colourful interviews with well-liked blues avid gamers, manufacturers, and deejays show the behind-the-scenes international of the adolescence of recorded blues. a lot of those oral histories aspect the careers of lesser-known yet enormously influential blues performers and promoters.

The e-book focuses particularly on pre–World struggle II blues singers, performers energetic in Nineteen Fifties Chicago, and nonperformers who contributed to the early blues international. Interviewees comprise Alberta Hunter, one of many earliest African American singers to transition from Chicago's Bronzeville nightlife to the foreign highlight, and Ralph Bass, one of many maximum R&B manufacturers of his period. Blues professional, author, list manufacturer, and cofounder of Living Blues Magazine Jim O'Neal presents the book's foreword.

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And he had an old gal. He’d come home and she whup him every night. We was crazy then, because he’d say, “Let’s go. ” We’d go over in Brooklyn, Illinois. ” He said, “Come on. ” Sure enough, he went over there and won enough money and bought me a mandolin. But, man, I like to got killed. You talk about two fools turning around, going back. Me and him drank a fifth of whiskey, trying to walk over the river on the streetcar line. And we were drunk. We hadn’t got too far when we were gonna cross the river.

Is Blue Goose part of Shreveport proper or a separate town? That was a little old area over there. See, we used to have a union station where all the trains would come. It was near the union station in that little area over there called Blue Goose. Let’s go back to your session for Victor. Do you remember where it was held and how many sides you cut? I cut four sides for Victor. ” Then I also played on two sides for Bessie Tucker. And the other songs were something I tried to make up, but they—I don’t think they was even songs, you know, ’cause I really didn’t know what I was doing.

So I drove on to town behind him, where we met my boss man. He’s whistling. (whistles) Drive his car and whistle all the time. Mr. Thornton, he had fast eyes to the bunch of them. “Hey, Mr. ” “Hi, Mr. ” “Who? ” “I told him not to pass me. I know that the tires are ragged and everything. ” He said, “Well, Mr. King, I bought him the car. ” Said, “I had this iron. I was gonna whup him. But he wouldn’t run. ” “Well, Mr. King, you don’t understand. ” “That’s all right. ” He say, “All right, Mr. ” So the man come on down to my house.

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