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Blind Willie Dunn

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Important jazz guitar pioneer Eddie Lang (blessed Salvatore Massaro) designed the alias Blind Willie Dunn for some recordings that he built as an associate from the Gin Bottle 4 in 1928 and 1929. An all-star group that also included blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson, cornet participant Ruler Oliver, and, sometimes, Hoagy Carmichael on percussion and vocals, the Gin Container Four served among the initial interracial jazz rings to record. First utilizing the pseudonym for the recording program, with pianist Frank Signorelli and chimes participant Justin Band, in 1928, Lang revived the Blind Willie Dunn persona the next year, reducing such classic music as “Blue Guitars,” “A small number of Riffs,” “Midnight Contact Blues,” “Plane Dark Blues,” and “Sizzling hot Fingertips.” The three documenting sessions using the Gin Container Four represented just a small cut of South Philadelphia-born Lang’s short but prolific profession. It’s approximated that he caused a lot more than 400 music artists before dying prematurely after shedding too much bloodstream following a regular tonsillectomy at age 30. Furthermore to playing on groundbreaking recordings with jazz violinist Joe Venuti, a youth friend, he seldom transferred up an invitation to try out. Apparently colorblind, he caused white music artists including Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Ruth Etting, Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman, and Bing Crosby, in addition to with such African-American performers as Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Clarence Williams, Victoria Spivey, and Ray Charles.

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Full Name Eddie Lang
Died March 26, 1933, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Guitarist
Nationality American
Music Songs April Kisses, Eddie's Twister, Pickin My Way, Melody Man's Dream, Feeling My Way, Hot Fingers, I'll Never Be the Same, Add a Little Wiggle, Midnight Call Blues, Church Street Sobbin' Blues, A Little Love, a Little Kiss, Doin' Things, Jet Black Blues, Rainbow Dreams, To To Blues, Deep Minor Rhythm, Blue Guitars, Blue Blood Blues, The Risin' Sun, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Four String Joe, I'm Somebody's Somebody Now, March Of The Hoodlums, Work Ox Blues, Hot Heels, Stringing the Blues, My Syncopated Melody Man, Blue Room Blues, What Kind O' Man Is You?, Freeze An' Melt, Walkin' the Dog, In the Bottle Blues
Albums Jazz From New York, 1920's And 1930's Sides Remastered, Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti (Doxy Collection Remastered), The Best Classic Jazz, Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson, Pickin' My Way - The Best Of, Venuti, Joe: Stringing the Blues (1926-1931), Hot Comb & Tin Can (1924-1931), 1928-29, Bix Beiderbecke And Frankie Trumbauer - Volume One, Stringing The Blues, Eddie Lang, Bix Beiderbecke - Volume 2 - 1927 - Complete Edition, Blue Guitars - Volumes I & II, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1928-31, Blue Guitars Volume 2, The King of Jazz Story - All Original Recordings - Remastered, Jazz Guitar Virtuoso, Stringin' the Blues, Blue Guitars, The Wild Dog, Eddie Lang - Lonnie Johnson, I'll Never Be the Same, Pink Elephants, Running Ragged, Complete Jazz Series 1927 - 1932, The Magic Masters, Jazz Figures / Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang (1926-1933), Add a Little Wiggle (Live), The Best, Eddie's Twister, The Best Classic Jazz, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1926 - 1931, Jazz Mad Vol. 2: Hot Dance, Jazz and Instrumental Blues 1926-1930, Classic Jazz Gold Collection ( Eddie Lang ), Bix Beiderbecke Favorites, Dinah (The Very Best Of), It Can Only Be, Jet Black Blues, Jazz Foundations Vol. 44, A Summer Sky Shines, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1926-28, A Little Love, Hot Strings, The Very Best Of, Colours of Music History (Remastered), Hot Heels, That's What I Need (Remastered), The Fabulous Jazz Collection, Venuti-Lang 1927-28, Your Music Around Me, The Chronological Classics: Eddie Lang 1927-1932, Eddie Lang's Souling
Movies The Big Broadcast, A Regular Trouper


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1 He performed music of various genres, including country and traditional aboriginal. He set the words of William Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot to native drumming and chants.
2 He was born in Montreal of Mi'kmaq, Scottish, and Irish heritage.
3 He was a singer-songwriter and Canadian First Nations activist. He was also a poet, playwright, and one-time political candidate. He is perhaps best known for his documentary films and topical music, including his memorable song "The Ballad of Crowfoot".


Soundtrack

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Incident at Restigouche 1984 Documentary performer: "Salmon Song" / writer: "Salmon Song"
Rose's House 1977 performer: "Rose's House Theme", "The Dreamer" / writer: "Rose's House Theme", "The Dreamer"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company 1972 Short
These Are My People... 1969 Short
The Ballad of Crowfoot 1969 Documentary short

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Composer

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Rose's House 1977
Paper Boy 1971 Short

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Actor

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Honey Moccasin 1998 Hank

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Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
These Are My People... 1969 Short

Music Department

Music Department

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Incident at Restigouche 1984 Documentary musician: guitar

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Sound Department

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These Are My People... 1969 Short sound

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