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On September 24th, in 1893, singer, songwriter, Blues guitarist, and the man known as the ‘Father of Texas Blues’-Blind Lemon Jefferson (Lemon Henry Jefferson) was born in Coutchman, Texas. Stories alleged that Jefferson was the son of sharecroppers. He was born blind, or partially blind, and was the youngest of 7 or 8 siblings. He’s credited with being one of the most popular Blues musicians of the Roaring 20s. He got his start in his late teens as a street musician in major urban areas of east Texas (primarily in Dallas).
He would meet Leadbelly there and they’d share the stage at speakeasies and honky tonks, playing the Blues all night long for bootleggers and brothels (1910-1920). He later moved to Chicago and began recording his tunes for the Paramount Records imprint. Around the mid 20s, he began to record some gospel as well. He had a very unique falsetto voice, and guitar playing style that made him hard to imitate. Thus, early Delta & Chicago Blues musicians were less likely to be influenced by his style. He returned home in 1929, at age 36.
On September 24th, in 1939-Westcoast Jazz trombonist, co-founder of the Jazz Crudsaders, songwriter, arranger, composer and record producer-Wayne Henderson (Wayne Maurice Henderson) was born in Houston, Texas. He started off performing in the Houston area and formed the Jazz Crusaders with high school friends of like minds. They formed the Hard Bop group, but later dropped the ‘Jazz’ in Jazz Crusaders, and just kept the Crusaders. This was during the late 60s-early 70s when Fusion Jazz was gaining ground on the scene. Henderson put out several LPs with his group during the late 60 to early 80s that are heavily fused with funk.
He’s been sampled by Queen Latifah, Premiere, Pete Rock, Hank Shocklee of the infamous Bomb Squad, Erick Sermon, Large Professor, Diamond D & KRS-One to name a few. He started a production company in the Mid 70s called ‘At Home Productions’ and put out vocal-Funk-Jazz based outfits like Pleasure, David Oliver, Roy Ayers, Hiroshima, Ronnie Laws, Side Effects, Arthur Adams, Willie Bobo & Billy Cobham to name a few. These artists and his productions have been sampled by several Hip Hop producers as well. Wayne passed away in 2014. He was 74 years-old.
On September 24th, in 1991, the seminal Grunge Band-Nirvana released their Nevermind LP in America. It hadn’t been released in the UK yet, and when it debuted it was at a mere 144 on the US LP chart. However, after MTV focused on the group, and they got more radio play and news publicity, the LP would peak at number 1-less than 4 months later in January of 1992. By 2012, twenty years later, it would go on to sell over 30 million copies. Interesting story about the LP cover, which is of a baby underwater:
Cobain and Dave Grohl had watched a documentary on TV about water babies. Basically babies that have no fear of water and actually like it. They liked the concept so much that they’d use it for their LP cover. It is now considered an iconic LP cover for all genres. Nirvana became extremely successful and popular during the early to mid 90s. Cobain passed in 1994, but his posthumous releases and cutting floor compilations continued to remain in the top 10 charts for both the UK & US.
On September 24th, in 1999-The Second Annual Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductees were formally placed on the books in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The infamous Publisher & Author Jay Warner oversaw the festivities. The Class of 1999 included: The Jackson 5, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, The Four Tops, Mary Wilson (former and original Supreme), The Coasters, Little Anthony & the Imperials, The Delta Rhythm Boys, The Ink Spots, The Moonglows, the Temptations, and the Spinners to name a few (there were 14 inductees in all).
All of these bands were instrumental in shaping the sound and scope of popular vocal music ranging from Soul, to Funk, to Rhythm & Blues, Disco, Gospel, Blues, Doo Wop, Pop, & Rock ‘n’ Roll. The majority of acts saw their biggest successes from the late 50s to the early 80s when music innovation was taking place globally due to the technological develops associated with recording, singing and playing. Hats off to all the inductees for putting it down properly.
On September 24th, in 2010, Former Los Angeles Urban Nightclub Owner, Partner of Don Cornelius with Soul Train Recording Company-Solar Records co-founder and owner (again with Cornelius)-Richard 'Dick' Griffey passed away from complications during heart surgery. He was 71 years-old. Griffey was a native of Nashville, Tennessee and he took his Music City credentials to the Westcoast, getting his feet wet in event planning, promotion and later nightclub ownership.
He teamed up with Don Cornelius who was having success as the host and co-creator of Soul Train. They decided to start a record production company and label to put their artists out. The roster quickly filled with great late 70s-mid 80s R&B talent: Midnight Star, The Whispers, Klymaxx, Shalamar, Carrie Lucas, Lakeside, The Deele (Babyface & L.A. Reid), The Sylvers & Dynasty to name a few. All of these bands had hits,and some went on to produce hits of their own. Solar was called the ‘Motown’ of the 80s. S.O. to Griffey & Cornelius for giving us dope music.
Honorable Mention: On September 24th, in 1946-The Steel Curtain’s & NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, The 10 Time Pro Bowler, The Defensive Line Coach for the Steelers & Dolphins, The Assistant Coach for the Arizon Cardinals, NFL Hall of Famer, The Steele Curtain’s Defensive Captain, Defensive Tackle and 4 Time Superbowl Champion-Mean Joe Greene (Charles Edward Greene) was born in Temple, Texas. Mean Joe was most known off the field for his Cocoa Cola commercial where he throws the kid his jersey…’Thanks Mean Joe!’
On September 24th, in 1966, Jimi Hendrix flew to England with his new manager Chas Chandler…As the story goes, he had no loot and only the clothes on his back. Jimi also legally changed his name from James to Jimi while on this trip. Most importantly, he linked up with his other two band members in Lodon, England. They would go on to form the Jimi Hendrix ‘Experience’ (Drummer Mitch Mitchell & Bassist Noel Redding). Jimi didn’t have a problem copping clothes after he went across the pond…
On September 24th, in 1997, Pearl Jam finger pointer for his own immoral behavior-Barry Loukaitis got convicted of murdering three people at a school in Washington: a teacher, and two students. A couple weeks ago we ran a more detailed story on Lukaitis, and how he shot people, but claimed he was coerced by Pearl Jam’s song and video Jeremy. The defense stated that Loukaitis had reenacted scenes of violence from the video…his conviction proves the judge and jury felt differently.
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