Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Elmore James

I wanted to focus special attention this 'Blues Tuesday' on the legendary Elmore James. Not many have heard of the 'King of the Slide Guitar' before, but his influence is immeasurable.

If you could ask the notable blues, country and rock legends of today ie; The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughn, Travis Tritt, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers and ZZ Topp to just name a few, Elmore James would be place upon the Top 5 of the Blues Guitar totem pole. Paticularly with the Robert Johnson penned song "Dust My Broom', the key that opened the box and still endures today.

George Harrison was a paticular maven of the works of E.J...so much as to pay tribute
in a roundabout with the Beatles song 'For You Blue'..which you'll hear George quip in the song...."Elmore James got nothin' on this baby......"


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