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Friday 4 March 2016
The Blues Collection - Jimmy Reed
On Saturday we featured charismatic Scottish Trade Union leader Jimmy Reid, today it is the turn of charismatic Mississippi bluesman Jimmy Reed.
If I was a fan of Jesus and Mary Chain which I'm not (cue much being taken to task) Jim Reid would perhaps also have featured.
Mathis James Reed was born in Dunleith, Mississippi in 1925 dying in Oakland, California in 1976 at the ripe old age (for a bluesman) of 50.
Like many of his contemporaries he enjoyed a drink or ten. He also had epilepsy wrongly diagnosed as the DT's on account of his lifestyle.
Fortunately his lifestyle did not stop him producing some tremendous music. His electric blues would have a significant influence on the up and coming rock'n'roll movement and he could also verge towards Southern Soul when the mood took him.
These are perhaps his two most famous songs recorded in Chicago in 1957 and
both featuring the great Eddie Taylor on guitar.
Jimmy Reed -Honest I Do
Jimmy Reed - Baby, What You Want Me To Do?