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Sylvester Weaver

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Sylvester Weaver was a versatile guitarist of Louisville source who made the very first single recordings of blues acoustic guitar playing. Information is usually lacking on Weaver’s early years, though it isn’t unreasonable to assume that during this time period he may experienced some link with the Louisville Jug Rings led by Earl MacDonald and Clifford Hayes. Sylvester Weaver 1st arises in NY in 1923, where on Oct 23 of this year he followed vaudeville blues vocalist Sara Martin on two amounts, “Desiring Daddy Blues” and “I’ve Surely got to Move and Keep My Daddy Behind,” for Okeh. Fourteen days afterwards, Weaver cut his initial pair of single recordings, “Electric guitar Blues” and “Electric guitar Rag” for the same concern. The Sara Martin choices represented the very first time on information that a well-known female singer have been backed up exclusively by electric guitar, and were an instantaneous success. Weaver will be designated to lower 25 more choices accompanying Martin within the years through 1927. Regarding the destiny of Weaver’s very own first documented solos, these were similarly well-received and would confirm massively important in the united states market. “Acoustic guitar Rag” was later on re-invented by Bob Wills into “Metal Acoustic guitar Rag” and became a nation standard. Through the finish of 1927, when Weaver made a decision to retire from music completely, he documented a complete of 26 single edges, and on a number of the later on types Weaver was became a member of by another guitarist, Walter Beasley. Furthermore to his personal single selections Weaver produced four recordings in accompaniment to Beasley. All the issued information were avidly purchased by customers within the rural email order marketplace, and both Weaver single items as well as the Weaver and Beasley information had been well-known to string music group musicians within the American south and western. Sylvester Weaver’s function is situated stylistically between blues and nation music, and he previously considerable effect on both musical fronts; among his documented solos he produced both a banjo record and many solos which will make usage of a bottleneck design slide (most likely a pocket blade in Weaver’s case). Although four of Weaver’s items, like the banjo single, were declined by Okeh, all except one of these have already been retrieved and released since. After his heady times in NY had finished, Sylvester Weaver came back to Louisville and joined another type of function. Weaver was nearly totally overlooked by enough time he passed away in 1960. One participant who still recalled Weaver was Lonnie Johnson, who kept in mind him as an excellent player, exceptional songwriter, and a person who deserved considerably more credit for his attempts than he’d ever receive in his life time. In 1992 the Kentucky Blues Culture raised enough money to put a headstone around the grave of Sylvester Weaver, which same business presents its Sylvester Weaver Award yearly to “those people who have devoted their lives to delivering, protecting, and perpetuating the blues.”

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Full Name Sylvester Weaver
Died April 4, 1960, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Profession Guitarist
Nationality American
Spouse Elizabeth Inglis
Children Sigourney Weaver, Trajan Weaver
Parents Sylvester Laflin Weaver, Annabel Dixon
Siblings Doodles Weaver
Awards Peabody Award
Music Songs Guitar Rag, Guitar Blues, Bottleneck Blues, Black Spider Blues, Penitentiary Bound Blues, Smoketown Strut, Me And My Tapeworm, I'm Busy and You Can't Come In, Southern Man Blues, Weaver's Blues, Steel String Blues, Railroad Porter Blues, Sore Feet Blues, Damfino Stump, Can't Be Trusted Blues, Useless Blues, Rock Pile Blues, Six-String Banjo Piece, Poor Boy Blues, Mixing Them up in C, Teasing Brown Blues, Chittlin Rag Blues, Gonna Ramble Blues, Alligator Blues, What Makes a Man Blue, Polecat Blues, Garlic Blues, Devil Blues, True Love Blues, Guitar Rag - Okeh 8109, Soft Steel Piston, Guitar Rag - Okeh 8480
Albums Sylvester Weaver, Vol. 1 (1923-1927), Sylvester Weaver Vol. 2 (1927), Blues Roots: 20 Songs by the Kings of Country Blues, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 2: 31 August to 30 November 1927, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1923-1927, 1920s Blues (The Roots of Robert Johnson)
TV Shows Today, The Tonight Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Your Show of Shows, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Broadway Open House, Home, Kathie Lee & Hoda


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1 Older brother of Doodles Weaver.
2 Son of Sylvester Laflin Weaver and wife Annabel Dixon.
3 Grandfather of Charlotte Simpson.
4 Father-in-law of Jim Simpson.
5 On the 1947 Spike Jones record "William Tell Overture," narrator Doodles Weaver names one of the race horses "Flying Sylvester" - an inside joke referring to Sylvester, who is his brother.
6 Father of Trajan Weaver and Sigourney Weaver
7 When Weaver first joined NBC, TV was run on the radio model. Sponsors owned shows, controlled their content and sometimes even dictated when they aired. Weaver's ideas took away some of that control. He had the network produce its own shows and then sell commercial time to several advertisers, helping fund the medium. For his contributions, he received two Emmy awards and was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1985.
8 Weaver worked at NBC from 1949, when there were only 2 million TV sets in the country, until 1956, when he resigned as chairman of the board.
9 Creator of Today (1952) and Tonight! (1953).
10 President and Chairman of National Broadcasting Company (NBC) from 1949 to 1956; in such a capacity, he created and/or presided over the birth of such shows as Today (1952), Tonight! (1953), and the radio series "Monitor" which ran from 1955 to 1975.
11 Served in the Navy in WWII.
12 His father was a roofing manufacturer in LA.
13 Graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today 2006-2011 TV Series creator - 4 episodes
Wisdom 1959 TV Series creator
Wide Wide World 1955 TV Series documentary creator
Home 1954 TV Series creator
Tonight! 1953 TV Series co-creator - as Pat Weaver
Broadway Open House 1950 TV Series creator
Your Show of Shows 1950 TV Series creator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Garry Moore Show 1958 TV Series executive producer - 1966
Make Me Laugh 1958 TV Series associate producer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Television: Inside and Out 1981 TV Series Regular

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Oustanding Miniseries (as Pat Weaver)
A Museum of Broadcasting Tribute: Milton Berle - Mr. Television 1985 TV Movie documentary
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Winner: The Governor's Award
The Mike Wallace Interview 1958 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1956 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Governor's Award Primetime Emmy Awards
1956 Personal Award Peabody Awards For pioneering program concepts.


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