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Review: Blind Lemon Pledge

Joe Offer 05 Feb 19 - 12:01 AM
GUEST,Blind Lemon Pledge 10 Apr 20 - 12:18 AM
Mark Ross 10 Apr 20 - 10:47 AM
fat B****rd 10 Apr 20 - 03:43 PM
fat B****rd 10 Apr 20 - 03:46 PM
fat B****rd 10 Apr 20 - 03:48 PM
GUEST,Guest - Australia 11 Apr 20 - 01:10 AM
Bill D 11 Apr 20 - 07:50 PM
GUEST,Long John 12 Apr 20 - 05:34 AM
Joe Offer 12 Apr 20 - 05:40 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 12 Apr 20 - 06:04 AM
leeneia 13 Apr 20 - 11:08 AM
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Subject: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Feb 19 - 12:01 AM

Occasionally, I hear things about a blues performer using the name of "Blind Lemon Pledge," who appears to be from the San Francisco Bay Area, who apparently likes to name songs after women. Anybody know anything about him?

Here are some recordings:
"Lemon Pledge" is a furniture polish made Johnson's Wax in the Waxdale area of my home town, Racine, Wisconsin. I doubt that Blind Lemon Pledge has any connection with the product, with me, or with my home town. This performer does seem to have a strong dose of the delightful wackiness of certain people in the San Francisco Folk Music Club, people like Peter Krug and Holly Tannen and Sadie Damascus and Redmond O'Colonies.
So, does anybody know anything about Blind Lemon Pledge?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: GUEST,Blind Lemon Pledge
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 12:18 AM

I stumbled across this thread, and thought I would say hello and introduce myself. I am delighted you were curious. My name is James Byfield and I have been recording and performing under the name Blind Lemon Pledge since 2009. I just released my 8th critically acclaimed album. And I perform around the Bay Area. Please visit my web page at www.blindlemon-pledge.com. There is information, a lot of videos, and samples of my work.

James


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: Mark Ross
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 10:47 AM

I know of a few performers, who, back in the good old days would use that name. There was also Blind Orange Julius, and Blind Otis Elevator (last of heard of in jail in Cleveland for selling ups and downs).

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: fat B****rd
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 03:43 PM

I could be totally wrong (for a change!)but I seem to recall Cheech and Chong doing a routine with Blind Lemon Pledge as a recording blues singer who forgot to pick up his harmonica.
Just a thought


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: fat B****rd
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 03:46 PM

Forget it! It was Blind Lemon Chitlin.


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: fat B****rd
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 03:48 PM

er…...make that Melon.


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: GUEST,Guest - Australia
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 01:10 AM

In the 70s in San Francisco there was a touring play
by two guys (from Texas?)who played all the characters ...
it was called El Grande de Coca Cola ...
Blind Lemon Pledge was a character in there as i remember ...
that play should be 'resurrected' ...one of the funniest plays
I've ever seen ...   this from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?cirrusUserTesting=control&search=El+Grande+de+coca+cola&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go&ns0=1

Happy Easter from Oz


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 07:50 PM

Dave Olive from the Wash DC area, used to use that and other temporary aliases as far back as the early 70s. He was also Blind Ethnic Feedback, Blind Harry Palms and several others I forget right now.

   Yes, he specialized in blues....


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: GUEST,Long John
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 05:34 AM

EX KFAT-Fm (Gilroy) DJ Dallas Dobro also used the moniker "Blind Lemon Pledge" in some of the radio ID's he did for me & my radio show (TUBBY TUNES Radio Show)


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 05:40 AM

Here's a video sampler from Bind Lemon Pledge from 2015. See the post above from the group's leader, James Byfield.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsSk3uLAWg


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 06:04 AM

would he be inspired by Jamie McGee the one-armed Scottish blues bagpiper of about 20 years ago? - one of Jamie's influences was one Blind Lemon Meringue


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Subject: RE: Review: Blind Lemon Pledge
From: leeneia
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 11:08 AM

For those new to the Mudcat:

en.wikipedia.org ›

Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson (September 24, 1893 – December 19, 1929) was an American blues and gospel singer-songwriter and musician. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s and has been ...

Poor guy, he only lived 36 years. I wonder if he pronounced Lemon Leh-MON.


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