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Subject: Blind Willie McTell Biography on Amazon
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 07 Jul 07 - 06:16 AM

Fans of Blind Willie McTell will surely want to know that Michael Gray's hot of the press biography of him (Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes)is available on hardback on Amazon for just £10.78 plus p/p. Normal retail price is £25-00.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/026-0816969-9074867?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hand+me+my&Go


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie McTell Biography on Amazon
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Jul 07 - 08:17 AM

A Must for the serious Blues afficionado ?


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie McTell Biography on Amazon
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 07 Jul 07 - 09:02 AM

I should cocoa. One of the most important American folk artists of all time, and one of the least written about.


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie McTell Biography on Amazon
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Jul 07 - 11:48 PM

British book not yet available at Amazon.com. Michael Gray wrote previously on Bob Dylan.


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie McTell Biography on Amazon
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 08 Jul 07 - 06:27 AM

It's available on Amazon UK. Since it's brand new and they're asking less than half the retail price, I'd have thought it worth the while of people elsewhere in the world paying the import duty.
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Subject: Blind Willie Mctell
From: GUEST,Albert
Date: 06 Oct 07 - 05:26 PM

Has anyone read the recent biography of Blind Willie Mctell or does anyone have any info about this singer?
Albert


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie Mctell
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 06 Oct 07 - 05:33 PM

He comes up occasionally on Paul Jones' radio 2 programme midweek.
I have one of his CDs. He was born William Samuel McTell in 1901 and lost his sight in late childhood. He could read and write music in Braille.


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie Mctell
From: GUEST,FLEADGH-MAN TULLAMORE
Date: 06 Oct 07 - 05:59 PM

Havent read his bio ---other than what i have gleaned from his albums. A street corner blues guitarist and soul singer ---came up from the mississppi delta and levi enviornment when rural blues stsrted to become urbanised--- circa 1928 to --1932 at a guess---met up there with kindrid spirit in the persona of such luminaries as Blind lemon jefforson--Rev mr Southie---B arbeq bob etc.Had an indeliable influence on the subsequent emerging R& B hybrid---very little stuff since happened with chuck berry --bo diddley--gram parsons--Jagger --beatles---stones===knoffler ---hank wiliams ---bill munroe or any one else musically that can truthfully say they have not been influenced and moulded musically and philosophically bby the great WIILIE MC TELL

ni feichimeid a leitheid aris go ndeantaigh dhia troaicre ar an ndaham dhilis----FLEADH - MAN


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie Mctell
From: Peace
Date: 06 Oct 07 - 06:01 PM

From Wikipedia

"Born in Thomson, Georgia, blind in one eye, McTell had lost his remaining vision by late childhood, but became an adept reader of Braille. He showed an inherent proficiency in music from an early age and learned to play the six-string guitar as soon as he could. His father left the family when McTell was still young, so when his mother died in the 1920s, he left his hometown and became a wandering busker. He began his recording career in 1927 for Victor Records in Atlanta.[citation needed]

In the years before World War II, he traveled and performed widely, recording for a number of labels under a variety of names. His style was singular: a form of country blues, bridging the gap between the raw blues of the Mississippi Delta and the more refined East Coast sound. The style is well documented on John Lomax's 1940 recordings of McTell for the Library of Congress.[citation needed]

In 1934, he married his wife Ruth Kate Williams[3] (now better known as Kate McTell).[4] She accompanied him on stage and on several recordings, before becoming a nurse in 1939. Most of their marriage from 1942 until his death was spent apart, with her living in Fort Gordon near Augusta, and him working around Atlanta.

Post-war, he recorded for Atlantic Records and for Regal Records, but these recordings met with less commercial success than his previous works. He continued to perform live in Atlanta, but his continued career was cut short by ill health, predominantly diabetes.

A record store manager, Ed Rhoades, met McTell in 1956 and captured a few final performances on a tape recorder. These were later released on Prestige/Bluesville Records as Blind Willie McTell's Last Session.[5]

McTell died in Milledgeville, Georgia of a stroke in 1959.

A blues festival in McTell's honor is held annually in his birthplace, Thomson, Georgia."


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie Mctell
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 06 Oct 07 - 09:05 PM

Free Blind Willie mp3s can be found by searching the word mctell here


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie Mctell
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 06 Oct 07 - 09:31 PM

He wasn't really so much a bluesman as he was a songsman. He knew lots and lots of songs of every type. Kinda like Leadbelly. Even as a bluesman he would have been classified as Piedmont which is a mixture of rags, blues, country, religious, cowboy, even Tin Pan Alley. He's part of the region that spawned Blind Blake, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee and Blind Boy Fuller.


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie McTell Biography
From: GUEST,iancarterb
Date: 07 Oct 07 - 01:31 AM

Blind Willie McTell's Last Tape was a vinyl album released sometime in the early sixties, and knocked me out as much as Huddie Ledbetter had earlier. I agree with the word 'songsman'. His own songs were pretty loose in metric structure, to say the least- think Bob Bossin with a 12 string!- but his playing was dazzling to me in the throes of initial love of the 12 string guitar. I know little of his history, so the bio will be fun. Carter B


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Subject: RE: Blind Willie McTell Biography
From: Leadbelly
Date: 07 Oct 07 - 02:51 PM

He is one of the best 12-string blues musicians ever.If you have had the chance please listen to his "Statesboro Blues". He's even better than Lead Belly.


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