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 fashionable blues avid gamers, manufacturers, and deejays demonstrate the behind-the-scenes global of the early life of recorded blues. a lot of those oral histories aspect the careers of lesser-known yet drastically influential blues performers and promoters.

The e-book focuses specifically on pre–World struggle II blues singers, performers energetic in 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 offers the book's foreword.

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So at the age of eighty she returned to the only other business she knew—show business. My best friends were planning a trip to New York City and asked if I would be interested in coming along. I was definitely interested—I had been corresponding with Ella Johnson, trying to land an interview with her. Ella was the younger sister of big band leader Buddy Johnson and was also his acclaimed vocalist, the voice on many of the band’s greatest hits, including “Since I Fell for You,” “That’s the Stuff You Gotta Watch,” and “Please, Mr.

I never did. I saw that write-up, but I never did work with him. I didn’t even know him. I never met him. What happened on the strength of your recordings? I know you had ambitions to be a big star, and what happened? Well, I was so disappointed with the recordings with RCA Victor with such a small session fee that I was kinda discouraged. ” And I was glad to work, because they paid me a good salary. But they were playing tunes that I couldn’t play. I was trying to play, but all I knew was a few blues songs, and they were playing standard tunes and popular music that was coming out, new songs.

Ethel did it by appearing in Broadway productions and recording popular tunes; Alberta traveled to Europe, becoming a popular cabaret singer in both London and Paris. She stayed in Europe until World War II broke out, then returned to the United States and immediately signed on with the USO. She spent the duration of the war touring and entertaining Allied troops in every theater of action, including Europe, Africa, and Asia. At the end of the war it was her intention to return to show business, but her mother fell ill, so Alberta retired from performing to tend to her mother.

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