On October 16, 2004, the music of the Mississippi Delta came to life in a way that neither the twenty first century had ever seen before nor the world would be fortunate enough to see again. On that day in Dallas, Texas,Henry Townsend,Pinetop Perkins,Robert Lockwood, Jr., and Honeyboy Edwards were brought together under the same roof to partake in perhaps the most historically significant concert the blues has ever known. With ages ranging from 89 to 94, and each with over 70 years’ experience in the blues, these four men were all that was left of the Delta Blues performers of the 1920’s, national treasures each and every one of them. With the help of their…
John Lee Hookerwas the cause for celebration at a star-studded tribute concert held at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 1990, where the influential bluesman’s music of the past fifty years was honored. Often called the “Father of the Boogie”, Hooker’s career took off after the 1948 release of his number #1 hit“Boogie Chillin'”, which not only set the stage for the musician’s signature hypnotic country blues style, but also made a major impression in the rock and roll community. The concert brought Hooker together with a plethora of musicians that he both worked alongside with and those that he and his boogieing had lasting impacts upon in the in the years that followed his breakthrough…
The sounds of Chicago and Texas collide in New York City as two tried-and-true legends of the blues, Buddy Guy andStevie Ray Vaughan, share the stage circa 1983. Photo by Lynn Goldsmith.
Accompanied by a frequent cohort of his, the exceptionally talented James Rachell on mandolin,Sleepy John Estesplucks the guitar and bellows out “Mailman Blues” in his signature crying voice, one that was old long before he himself was.
Joe Walsh loses the spotlight as Albert Collins takes the stage and commands the eyes, ears, and amazement of the audience as he powerfully performs“If Trouble Was Money”, proving to have justly earned the title of The Master of the Telecaster.
With so much going on we tend to forget what has happened in the past. Don’t you worry though, Tribut dedicates a day to reminding you of your favorite Icon’s birthday, passing and/or crazy events! On This Week in Pop Culture are the details you might have forgotten about during the week of October 16 through October 22.