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Lavada Durst

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b. 9 January 1913, Austin, Tx, USA, d. 31 Oct 1995, Austin, Tx. Being a 12-year-old, Durst discovered to try out the piano within the cathedral opposite his house. He later stated his left hands was inspired by Albert Ammons and Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis and his correct by renowned Tx bluesman, Robert Shaw, whom he fulfilled eight years afterwards. Durst continued to try out within an amateur capability at house-rent celebrations and suppers while working recreation services in East Austin. His skill for jive speak landed him employment as an announcer at football video games at Disch Field, which brought him to the eye of the neighborhood radio place, KVET. As ‘Dr. Hepcat’, in 1948 he became the very first black disk jockey in Tx, broadcasting six times a week. Program movie director Fred Caldwell also possessed Uptown Information, for whom Durst documented ‘Hattie Green’ and ‘Hepcat’s Boogie’ in 1949. Quickly soon after he re-recorded the very first name for Don Robey’s Peacock label. In the past due 50s, Durst maintained the Chariottes religious group, who also documented for Peacock. He quit playing music in 1965 when he was ordained being a minister on the Mt. Olive Baptist Cathedral, but returned towards the piano ten years later on. Durst was uncommon for a Tx blues pianist by keeping a solid left-hand pulse to his blues and boogie improvisations that followed his semi-improvised monologues.

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Full Name Lavada Durst
Music Songs Piggly Wiggly-Blues, Low Down Dirty Shame, Boogie Woogie Whistlin', Blues, I Cried, Rock Island, Ma Grinder Pt II, Love You Baby, You Leave Me Walkin', Santa Fé Blues, Hattie Green, Mobile & K. C. Blues, Boogie Woogie, Henry & Mike
Albums Giants of Texas Country Blues

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