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Andrew Odom

Eminently with the capacity of serving up spot-on imitations of both Bobby “Blue” Bland and B.B. Ruler, Andrew Odom was also a guy of several interrelated nicknames: Tone of voice, Big Tone of voice, B.B., Small B.B., B.B. Junior. Maybe his chameleonic skills held him back again; Odom was a journeyman Chicago vocalist who recorded fairly sparingly. Similar to his peers, Odom began performing spirituals but dropped in with Albert Ruler and Johnny O’Neal within the St. Louis blues picture of the middle-’50s and started plying his trade there. He produced an unobtrusive documenting debut in 1961, performing “East St. Louis” using the band of 1 Small Aaron for the extremely obscure Marlo imprint. He found its way to Chicago around 1960, starting up with Earl Hooker because the slip acoustic guitar wizard’s vocalist. An individual for Nation Information in 1967 (as Andre Odom) preceded his debut recording for ABC-BluesWay (lower in 1969, it continued to be within the can for a long time prior to the label finally released it). A visitor i’m all over this Jimmy Dawkins’ encore Delmark LP, All for Business, was a showcase from the ’70s for the vocalist. He cut his very own record for the French Isabel label in 1982 together with Magic Slim & the Teardrops (reissued by Proof in 1993), nonetheless it was a 1992 established for Flying Seafood, Goin’ to California (co-produced by guitarist Steve Freund), that most likely captured his significant vocal charms the very best. Odom was a favorite attraction over the Windy Town circuit till the fateful evening when he experienced a coronary attack while generating from Pal Guy’s Legends to some other regional blues mecca, the Checkerboard Lounge. He’s been skipped ever since.

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