Blind Lemon Jefferson: 9/24/1893
Today, some of the early blue musicians sometimes go forgotten and we concentrate on the modern musicians. But, it is important to note that without them, we wouldn’t have people like Joe Bonamassa or even Eric Clapton. Blind Lemon Jefferson is one of these musicians. He was an early blues/gospel singer and guitarist. He was considered to be one of the most popular and influential blues singers of the 20’s. Jefferson was even given the title of “Father of the Texas Blues.” So we can thank him for great talents like Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top!
Larry “Mud” Morganfield: 9/27/1954
Talented blues singer born in the blues-centered city of Chicago. He has made a successful career for himself but is perhaps best known as the eldest son of the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. Muddy was of course an integral part of the blues scene and why it has become so popular. Larry was primarily raised by his mom and other family members because his father was always performing and recording. As a result, he didn’t really didn’t form a close bond with his father. He never considered being a musician even though he grew up around a family of musicians and in a town where music was all around him. In fact, he didn’t decide to become a musician until Muddy Waters died in 1983. He states that he “started where my father left off.” He has been performing ever since and even won the ‘Traditional Blues Album’ award in 2015 for his tribute album for his father.
Jerry Lee Lewis: 9/29/1935
Jerry Lee Lewis was one of the first white rock and roll musicians of the 50’s and is considered to be one of the major pioneers of the genre. He has seen wide national commercial success since the late 50’s with hits like “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ on,” “Breathless,” and others. Known as “the Killer” and “rock and roll’s first great wild man,” Lewis has made his mark on other genres like rockabilly, country, and even blues. He is known as a masterful singer and highly influential pianist but is also infamous for several scandals throughout his life like marrying his 13-year-old first cousin. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and as of 2018 is still performing on stage.
Nick Curran: 9/30/1977
Part blues and rockabilly mixed with parts of punk. Nick Curran has been compared to several mainstream musicians; think of T-Bone Walker sitting in with the Misfits or the Ramones. Sounds crazy, but it works. His music is on similar plains as Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats. Curran began playing drums at 3 years old which propelled him into a career of music at a very young age. He was a member of several of his father’s bands in his home state of Maine. Nick learned how to navigate through several genres from a musician he linked up with, Ronnie Dawson who told him “not to get pigeonholed.” Curran saw low-level success in a few of his projects but unfortunately died of cancer in 2012 at only 35 years old.