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Finally Ready for Eddie, Part 2: The Best of the Vee-Jay Years (Hour 2)
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August 16, 2014 08:44 AM PDT
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Join us as we continue our tribute to Chicago blues guitar legend, Eddie Taylor. Most famous for the recordings he did for Vee-Jay with John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed, we’ll be diving head first into that remarkable body of work, focusing on the years 1955-1960. It's the blues guitar of Eddie Taylor, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Photo of Eddie Taylor from 1981, courtesy of Bert van Oortmarssen.

Finally Ready for Eddie, Part 2: The Best of the Vee-Jay Years (Hour 1)
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August 16, 2014 08:22 AM PDT
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Join us as we continue our tribute to Chicago blues guitar legend, Eddie Taylor. Most famous for the recordings he did for Vee-Jay with John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed, we’ll be diving head first into that remarkable body of work, focusing on the years 1955-1960. It's the blues guitar of Eddie Taylor, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: Eddie Taylor, looking dapper. Photo courtesy of Rick Jones.

Finally Ready for Eddie: A Tribute to the Blues Guitar of Eddie Taylor (Part 1, Hour 2)
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August 08, 2014 02:21 PM PDT
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Join us — on our 150th episode! — as we pay tribute to one of the real unsung heroes of Chicago Blues, guitarist Eddie Taylor. He worked and recorded with a who’s who of music legends, including Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed. A tribute to the great Eddie Taylor, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: A classic slice of Chicago Blues, from one of Eddie's all-too-rare singles.

Finally Ready for Eddie: A Tribute to the Blues Guitar of Eddie Taylor (Part 1, Hour 1)
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August 08, 2014 02:03 PM PDT
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Join us — on our 150th episode! — as we pay tribute to one of the real unsung heroes of Chicago Blues, guitarist Eddie Taylor. He worked and recorded with a who’s who of music legends, including Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed. A tribute to the great Eddie Taylor, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: The great Eddie Taylor, doing what he does best. Photo courtesy of Steve Cushing.

Chicago Blues and R&B from Chief Records, Part 2
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August 01, 2014 09:31 AM PDT
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Join us as we take a look at the small but mighty Chief label, out of Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1957 by entrepreneur Mel London, it was only in operation for a few years, but became home to a handful of blues legends like Elmore James, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, and Earl Hooker. It’s Blues and R&B from Chief Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Chicago Blues and R&B from Chief Records, Part 1
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August 01, 2014 09:25 AM PDT
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Join us as we take a look at the small but mighty Chief label, out of Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1957 by entrepreneur Mel London, it was only in operation for a few years, but became home to a handful of blues legends like Elmore James, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, and Earl Hooker. It’s Blues and R&B from Chief Records, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: The late, great Earl Hooker.

The Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan, Part 2
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July 23, 2014 08:29 AM PDT
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On our annual Gospel Show, "Brother Hawkins" takes the reins as we aim the spotlight on some of our favorite guitar-slinging ladies of Gospel music, including the Two Gospel Keys, Sister O.M. Terrell, Mary Deloatch, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, among others. Don't miss the "Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan," on this episode of Blues Unlimited!

Pictured: The great Odetta, who makes her first appearance on our program with this episode!

The Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan, Part 1
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July 23, 2014 08:09 AM PDT
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On our annual Gospel Show, "Brother Hawkins" takes the reins as we aim the spotlight on some of our favorite guitar-slinging ladies of Gospel music, including the Two Gospel Keys, Sister O.M. Terrell, Mary Deloatch, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, among others. Don't miss the "Gospel Sisters Guitar Caravan," on this episode of Blues Unlimited!

Pictured: The ever-popular Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the great string-benders of Gospel Music.

Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records, Part 1
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July 15, 2014 11:04 AM PDT
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Join us for some terrific Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records. In addition to Frankie Lee Sims and Clifton Chenier — two of our all-time favorites — we’ll also be featuring a legendary LP, "Dark Muddy Bottom Blues." Down Home Blues from Specialty, on this episode of Blues Unlimited.

Pictured: King of the Squeeze Box, Clifton Chenier.

Dark Muddy Bottom: 1950s Down Home Country Blues from Specialty Records, Part 1
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July 15, 2014 10:42 AM PDT
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Although most people might think of sophisticated West Coast R&B, Gospel Groups like Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, or even Little Richard when it comes to Specialty — the legendary Los Angeles record label founded by Art Rupe in 1946 — the truth is they also cut some killer down home country blues in the early to mid 1950s. We'll be digging into that rich vein of material on this episode, largely focusing on the original 45 and 78 rpm singles issued on Specialty and also Fidelity — a short-lived subsidiary imprint that issued about a dozen sides.

In addition to hearing a few cuts from Frankie Lee Sims and Clifton Chenier — two of our all-time favorites — we’re really excited to also dig into a legendary LP that came out in 1972, called "Dark Muddy Bottom Blues." It’s a five-star item that belongs in any blues lover’s collection, and was compiled (largely of rare outtakes, we might add) by one time Specialty staff member Barret Hansen — perhaps better known to the world as radio legend Doctor Demento.

Although the down home material on Specialty did not make up a very large percentage of their overall output, what they did record — like pretty much everything else on Specialty — was top notch. And as we "go to press" (so to speak) with this episode, we still have with us label owner Art Rupe to thank, as well as Barret Hansen, who retrieved a lot of this material out of the Specialty archives in the early 1970s. We give a "BU Tip o' the Hat" to each of them for their work behind the scenes in bringing us these fine down home performances.

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