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Fred Kaplan is definitely best-remembered in blues history as an associate from the immortal Hollywood Body fat Band, but a lot more so, he belongs within the pedestal of Angeleno blues pioneers. He was attracted to the ivories at age group three, and performed his 1st recital when he was seven. While doing work for his father’s home furniture store, one of is own father’s customers marketed him discarded information in a nickel apiece from his juke box-servicing business. Information like T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Small Richard opened brand-new frontiers and whetted Kaplan’s urge for food for more information. To meet up blues greats, Kaplan swept flooring on the Golden Keep and during his period off, hung throughout the Ash Grove, get together Buddy Man, Muddy Waters, and so on. But Kaplan’s most deep experience originated from befriending Lloyd Glenn. Among Kaplan’s favorite thoughts was playing some unreleased tapes to Artwork Tatum and Glenn. Glenn got up and performed all the materials, verbatim, then continuing with an individual jazz established. Through Al Blake, Kaplan fulfilled Fatty acids, playing first because the Headhunters, which in turn evolved in to the Hollywood Fatty acids Band. They documented one self-titled record, later retitled Rock and roll This Home when reissued on Blacktop and split up in the first ’80s. Unfortunately, the band almost re-formed but finished with Fat’s abrupt loss of life in 1986. Through the dried out years, Kaplan worked well occasional gigs, a few of including prominent numbers like William Clarke. In 1997, Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds shaped Blue Training collar Music, specialized in recording and advertising stylists steeped in early blues. Kaplan was tapped as vice chief executive and documented his single, Signifyin’, then backed Blake’s Blue Training collar debut of Mr. Blake’s Blues.

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Full Name Fred Kaplan
Date Of Birth July 4, 1954
Profession Author, Journalist
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oberlin College
Nationality American
Spouse Brooke Gladstone
Parents Ruth Kaplan, Julius E. Kaplan
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Nominations Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

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