By C. S. Fuqua
Within the past due Sixties and early Seventies, mythical artists like Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan traveled to North Alabama to list with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm part, often referred to as the Swampers. yet Alabama hasn't simply attracted musical stars with its talent--it additionally has a historical past of constructing stars of its personal. sign up for writer and musician C.S. Fuqua as he showcases the breadth of Alabama's musical expertise during the profiles and tales of its old performers and innovators. From the "father of the blues," W.C. convenient, to Hank Williams, the originator of contemporary nation track, to folks tune hero Odetta and everybody in among, this is often an unparalleled compendium of Alabama's groundbreaking tune makers.
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Instead of one ﬁngering, he’d do it with two, or with his ﬁst. He wasn’t like Jerry Lee Lewis; Vince wouldn’t get up and play with his knees. ”61 One particular visit proved galvanic for Ralph Gleason: “That night, Guaraldi suddenly took off. He hunched over the piano, ducked his head down behind his two hands like Papa Bear lapping up the porridge, and wailed. He tilted his chair back, let a cigarette droop from his lips, and wailed. He sat sideways at the piano — casual style — and wailed. “I was entranced for the entire time.
He’d sit or stand as close as possible to the stage, taking it all in: the ambiance, the camaraderie within each combo, and most of all the music. Guaraldi eventually admitted that he had decided, after returning home from Korea — at age 20— that he would devote his life to music. “Music isn’t something that brings you security,” he acknowledged, years later, “and you can never be sure of what your future will be. ”54 It was time to stick to it: Breaking into that club scene, then, was Guaraldi’s ﬁrst professional goal.
40 The club’s glory years still were a bit in the future, though; for now, the members of Tjader’s Mambo Trio concentrated on honing their craft while pleasing the increasingly enthusiastic patrons. Tjader, Guaraldi and Weeks remained a tight unit throughout 1952, playing every venue that would book them. August found them at Fack’s, backing singer Helen Humes; the blues, swing and pop singer Guaraldi was a member of Cal Tjader’s Trio when this photo- had toured with Count Basie’s graph was taken in late 1951; the pianist is framed in front of a band for three years and, as a bass player who likely was Jack Weeks.
Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie by C. S. Fuqua