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This Historic Day In Music: “Two Tone Stomp” & “Have To Change Keys To Play These Blues”

In the Fall of 1928, Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang were the two best and busiest studio guitarists in New York City. Lonnie Johnson… …was born Alfonzo Johnson in the Storyville section of New Orleans, Louisiana on February 8, 1894. … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Crazy Blues”

From the opening notes of the introduction, “Crazy Blues” sounds like a Jazz record. But when Mamie Smith starts to sing, the music takes a turn. “I can’t sleep at night, I can’t eat a bite because the man I … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Lonnie Johnson

Can you imagine all of the Pop, Rock, Blues, Country & Jazz recordings of the past 90 years that have a guitar solo in them not having that guitar solo? Well, the person who pioneered the single-string, played-with-a-pick, vibrato-and-string-bending-filled guitar … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Once again… Louis Armstrong

This is a story about two Jazz musicians, two Country musicians and a Blues song. On July 11, 1930, a headline in the Los Angeles, California newspaper – the California Eagle – proclaimed: “Louie Armstrong Famed Record Artist in City.” The … Continue reading

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