Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rockin' the House

Memphis Slim (birth name: John Len Chatman) was born on September 3, 1915.

We can't let the day pass without celebrating the music of blues great, Memphis Slim. He is associated with the jump blues, a style that utilizes a small swing band featuring horns. His music became highly influential among later generations of blues performers. He even had an R&B chart topping hit with "Messing Around" in 1948.

He was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1989.

Memphis Slim at the piano

Here are a few vids that show a nice sampling of his work:


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