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Leon Brooks

b. 19 November 1933, Rabbit Feet Plantation, near Sunflower, Mississippi, USA, d. 22 January 1982, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Brooks started playing blues harmonica when he was six years of age. His original motivation was Sonny Boy ‘Grain Miller’ Williamson, but after shifting to Chicago in the 40s he fulfilled Small Walter Jacobs, explained by Brooks as ‘my trainer’ – an undeniable fact obvious to whoever has noticed both males’s music. In the 50s, Brooks led his personal band on the sporadic basis, and provided accompaniment to Jimmy Rogers, Otis Hurry, Robert Nighthawk, as well as others. He was disillusioned from the adjustments in the blues in the first 60s and remaining music until 1976, when he once more started to sing and play in Chicago’s blues night clubs. He died of the coronary attack in 1982.

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