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Thread #1470   Message #2253215
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
04-Feb-08 - 11:56 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: One Meat Ball / One Meatball (Josh White)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: One Meat Ball (Josh White)
I have one re-mastered CD with Josh White's earlier recorded work. I first learned about him in the late 1950's and had an LP of his which included some duo work with Sam Gary. "One Meat Ball" was on the earlier album, as were "Dip Your Fingers In The Water, Come and Cool My Tongue, For I'm Tormented in the Flame" and "Jerry,Jerry" among some other gems. I was struck by his guitar work, which some might call too polished, liking their blues more raw and earthy. Not me.

He was said to have been the most incredible, electric performer of his time when on stage; one foot on a stool and a cigarette over one ear - just Josh and the crowd; full of raw, sexy energy. Moralists came down hard on him and he was later accused of Communist leanings, as were many other performers of the time, almost ending his career. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt loved him and had him perform for them. I don't know if he gets the credit, especially today, that he deserves, based on his body of work.