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Charley Booker

b. 3 Sept 1925, Quiver Valley, near Sunflower, Mississippi, USA, d. 20 Sept 1989, South Flex, Indiana, USA. Although some performers left Mississippi to get wider identification, others like Charley Booker continued to be, their music keeping traditions that metropolitan style expunged. Booker discovered your guitar from his dad, Lucius, and uncle, Andrew Shaw. Boyd Gilmore was a youth friend. He transferred to Greenville in 1947, playing in drummer Jesse ‘Cleanhead’ Like’s music group, and broadcasting over WGVM radio. In January 1952, along with Gilmore and harmonica participant Houston Boines, he documented four game titles with Ike Turner, released on the present day and Blues & Tempo brands. ‘Rabbit Blues’, ‘Moonrise Blues’, ‘No Ridin’ Blues’ and ‘Charley’s Boogie Woogie’, sung in a unique voice with organic vibrato, uncovered the impact of Charley Patton. Within a calendar year, he documented in Memphis for Sam Phillips, however the trenchantly rhythmic ‘Walked All Evening’ and ‘Baby I’m Arriving Home’ weren’t released until 1977. Booker shifted to South Flex, Indiana, in 1953, where he continued to be, performing only hardly ever, until his loss of life in 1989.

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