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This Week on NPR - Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker: The 1969 (and '66) Bluesway Recordings (Hour 2)
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August 24, 2015 07:14 AM PDT
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Join us for a special tribute to slide guitar master Earl Hooker. Considered to be a “musician’s musician,” during the spring and summer of 1969, he recorded extensively for Bluesway, behind folks like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Charles Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, and more, becoming one of the highlights of his career. In addition, we'll also be featuring a few selections from the tribute album, "Do You Remember The Great Earl Hooker," composed of recordings he made in Sauk City, Wisconsin, in 1966 and 1967, with the help of Freddie Roulette. A look at the Bluesway recordings of Earl Hooker, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: This tribute album, issued by Bluesway in 1973, was compiled from recordings Hooker made in 1966 and 1967 in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

This Week on NPR - Play Your Guitar, Mr. Hooker: The 1969 (and '66) Bluesway Recordings (Hour 1)
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August 24, 2015 07:02 AM PDT
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Join us for a special tribute to slide guitar master Earl Hooker. During the spring and summer of 1969, he recorded extensively for Bluesway, behind folks like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Charles Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, and more. A look at the Bluesway recordings of Earl Hooker, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Earl Hooker at the 1969 American Folk Blues Festival Tour.

Four More from Chess: The Desert Island Classics, Part 5 (Hour 2)
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August 14, 2015 07:30 AM PDT
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Join us we continue with our ongoing series, Desert Island Classics. This time, we put two giants of the harmonica, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, into the spotlight. We’ll also hear classics from Howlin' Wolf's legendary "Rocking Chair Album," plus, a few from John Lee Hooker "Plays and Sings the Blues." It’s more Desert Island Classics from Chess, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Due to its iconic cover photo, this 5-star slab of vinyl from Howlin' Wolf is affectionately known as "The Rockin' Chair Album."

Four More from Chess: The Desert Island Classics, Part 5 (Hour 1)
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August 14, 2015 07:18 AM PDT
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Join us we continue with our ongoing series, Desert Island Classics. This time, we put two giants of the harmonica, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, into the spotlight. We’ll also hear classics from Howlin' Wolf's legendary "Rockin' Chair Album," plus, a few from John Lee Hooker "Plays and Sings the Blues." It’s more Desert Island Classics from Chess, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: One of our featured albums, a real classic from John Lee Hooker.

Five (Plus Two) from Atlantic: The Desert Island Classics, Part 4 (Hour 2)
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July 18, 2015 07:30 AM PDT
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Join us as we continue with our ongoing series, Desert Island Classics. This time around, we’ve got a handful of five-star vinyl, all from Atlantic Records. We’ll hear music from Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, T-Bone Walker, Blind Willie McTell, and more. It’s another installment of Desert Island Classics, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: The distinctive cover art for the "Blues Originals Series," issued by Atlantic in 1972, included this 5-star gem from Professor Longhair.

Five (Plus Two) from Atlantic: The Desert Island Classics, Part 4 (Hour 1)
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July 18, 2015 06:21 AM PDT
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Join us as we continue with our ongoing series, Desert Island Classics. This time around, we’ve got a handful of five-star vinyl, all from Atlantic Records. We’ll hear music from Ray Charles, Professor Longhair, T-Bone Walker, Blind Willie McTell, and more. It’s another installment of Desert Island Classics, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: The debut album of Ray Charles. A compilation of previous hits and singles for Atlantic, it contained three of his early Billboard R&B chart toppers.

A Tribute to “The Chairman of the Board”: B.B. King’s Biggest Hits (Hr 2)
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June 29, 2015 12:24 PM PDT
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Join us as we celebrate the life and music of B.B. King, by counting down the biggest hits of his career. Spanning the course of four decades, we’ve compiled a list of 29 songs that define the man, and his music. A tribute to “The Chairman of the Board” — on this episode of Blues Unlimited. (NOTE: this special "Producer's Cut" contains extra material NOT included in regular the broadcast version!)

A Tribute to “The Chairman of the Board”: B.B. King’s Biggest Hits (Hr 1)
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June 29, 2015 12:11 PM PDT
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Join us as we celebrate the life and music of B.B. King, by counting down the biggest hits of his career. Spanning the course of four decades, we’ve compiled a list of 29 songs that define the man, and his music. A tribute to “The Chairman of the Board” — on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: B.B. King's very first LP, which contained all four of his number one R&B hit records.

The Candid Records Blues Sessions, Hour 2
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June 25, 2015 07:33 AM PDT
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Join us as we take a look at the recordings that Memphis Slim, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Otis Spann made in New York City for the Candid label in 1960 and 1961. Plus, we'll hear selections from a rare and fascinating LP of field recordings made in the greater Houston area by legendary song hunter, Mack McCormick. It's blues from Candid Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

The Candid Records Blues Sessions, Hour 1
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June 25, 2015 07:21 AM PDT
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Join us as we take a look at the recordings that Memphis Slim, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Otis Spann made in New York City for the Candid label in 1960 and 1961. Plus, we'll hear selections from a rare and fascinating LP of field recordings made in the greater Houston area by legendary song hunter, Mack McCormick. It's blues from Candid Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

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