Friday, 24 December 2010
POST # 445 MYSTERY CASE # 19 WHO Am I ??
G'day Guitar Eureka detectives, you are given 10 clues to the identity of this mystery person, see how many clues you need to solve the mystery! Have fun!
1. I was born on April 25, 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi.
2. I am also known as The Velvet Bulldozer.
3. I had to work nonmusic jobs to survive (including bulldozer operator and mechanic), but in the late '40s I settled in Osceola, Arkansas, and worked local gigs with the In the Groove Boys.
4. I also played drums for Jimmy Reed and sang and played guitar on my own singles, including "Lonesome in My Bedroom" and "Bad Luck Blues" for the Parrot label in 1953.
5. I was left-handed, but usually played right-handed guitars flipped over upside-down so the low E string was on the bottom.
6. I had my first minor hit came in 1959 with "I'm a Lonely Man" written by Bobbin Records A&R man and fellow guitar hero Little Milton, responsible for my signing with the label.
7.I was a large man, standing 6-foot-4-inches and weighing well over 250 pounds. I was a moody man and known to carry a .45 in the band of my pants.
8. I used very unorthodox tunings (i.e., tuning as low as C to allow to make sweeping string bends).
9. My guitar is nick-named 'Lucy' and it's a Gibson Flying V.
10. In 1966 I signed with the Stax record label. Produced by Al Jackson, Jr., King with Booker T. & the MGs recorded dozens of influential sides, such as "Crosscut Saw" and "As The Years Go Passing By", and in 1967 Stax released the album, Born Under a Bad Sign.
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My guitar playing had a wide and long-term influence on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, and later Gary Moore and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Eric Clapton has said that his work on the 1967 Cream hit "Strange Brew" and throughout the album Disraeli Gears was inspired by me.
Eric Clapton has admitted that the riff for "Layla" was a direct lift from "As The Years Go Passing By" by me.
I died on December 21, 1992 from a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee