Hoo boy! That was FUN Art! Thanks. I especially liked the "early" stuff and thanks for the pix of Arvila Grey. I was absolutely knocked out by his playing and his spirit. I heard him on the street (Maxwell street) and he occupied a good part of my afternoon with the longest version of "Little Red Wagon" I ever heard. When I met him he had a paper cup pinned to his shirt and if I'm not mistaken he had two guitars with him, in two different tunings. He told me how he came to be blind (and to lose those fingers!). I was inspired by his strength of character.
People tell me Maxwell street is no more?! I loved that place and those times.
I think that I have a bunch of pix I took of Maxwell street, in fact of many of the streets of Chicago, around 1963 to 1966. All black and white prints. I'll dig around.
I have been trying to decipher the 8 space file conventions you used for the titles. Almost as much fun as the pix themselves.
No pix of Mike Bloomfield?, Paul Prestopino?, Jackie Harrison? Mike Slosson? What about Lucas Hapgood Faust? and Jennie Faust (is that right?)
Still remembering after all those years makes me feel younger than I have a right to feel. Thanks again!