Sunday, December 29, 2013

Milwaukee Slim - I Was Born On Lemon Avenue

Slim was on tour with Mojo Buford and Hook's Combo when he got the word from his physician..... the results of his lab tests were not encouraging. He had just finished laying tracks for what would be his first and last CD. The final mixes were completed, and a few dozen cassette copies were hastily prepared for an "album release" party at Minneapolis' famed Cabooze Bar. The entire local blues community turned out for the event, in lasting tribute to one of blues music's tireless champions. Within a matter of weeks, he had passed away. Known to many as the “Singing Bus Driver”, Slim often hit the stage still in uniform, fresh off the time-clock. Back in the early 1950’s, he starred on the Negro night club circuit, touring from Dallas to Memphis, St Louis, Cincinnati, and Detroit, and in each city was each known by a different stage name. Born Angelo Chambers, it was Sonny Boy Williamson who gave him the handle that stuck. His only CD “Lemmon Avenue” was released exactly two years to the day after brother Angelo’s death. (From here.)

Copy of the tape that was later released as a Cd on Blue Moon. Thanks go to Hm for it.

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