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McGhee, Brownie, 1915-1996

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  • Variants

    • McGhee, Walter Brown, 1915-1996
    • McGhee, Walter Brown, 1914-
    • Blind Boy Fuller #2, 1915-1996
    • Blind Boy Fuller Number Two, 1915-1996
    • Johnson, Henry, 1915-1996
    • Spider Sam, 1915-1996
    • Tennessee Gabriel, 1915-1996
    • Williams, Blind Boy, 1915-1996
    • Blind Boy Fuller No. 2, 1915-1996
    • Fuller, Blind Boy, 1915-1996
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1915-11-30
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1996-02-16
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) OKeh Records (Firm)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: House of Blues School (Harlem, New York, N.Y.)
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Knoxville (Tenn.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Oakland (Calif.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) New York (N.Y.)
    • Gender

    • Field of Activity

        (naf) Blues (Music)
          (naf) Folk music
        • Occupation

            (naf) Blues musicians
              (naf) Guitarists
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          • Earlier Established Forms

            • McGhee, Walter Brown, 1914-
          • Sources

            • found: His You hear me talkin' [SR] p1978:label (Brownie McGhee)
            • found: LC manual auth. cd.(hdg.: McGhee, Walter Brown, 1914- )
            • found: Washington Post, 02-21-96obit. (Brownie McGhee, 80, guitarist and blues musician, d. 02-16-96 in Oakland, Calif.; b. Nashville, Tenn.)
            • found: Encyclopedia of the blues, 1992(Brownie McGhee, b. 1915)
            • found: All music guide WWW site, Feb. 21, 2006(Brownie McGhee; b. Walter Brown McGhee, Nov. 30, 1915, Knoxville, TN, d. Feb. 23 [sic], 1996, Oakland, CA)
            • found: Classic blues from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, p2003:container (Brownie McGhee) insert (Walter Brown McGhee; born 1915 in Knoxville, Tennessee; died 1996; after the death of his idol, Blind Boy Fuller, McGhee briefly took the name Blind Boy Fuller #2; by his own account, he used the name Blind Boy Fuller Number Two on Columbia, Henry Johnson on Decca, Spider Sam on Atlantic, and Tennessee Gabriel on Circle; when he played piano he was Blind Boy Williams; moved to New York in the early 1940s and teamed up with harmonica ace Sonny Terry, working with him into the mid-1970s)
            • found: Oxford music online, August 6, 2014:Encyclopedia of popular music (McGhee, Brownie; born Walter Brown McGhee, November 30, 1915, Knoxville, Tennessee; died February 16, 1996, Oakland, California; blues singer and guitarist; in 1939 he met Sonny Terry, with whom he formed a partnership that lasted until the mid-1970s; retired to Oakland, California)
            • found:, August 6, 2014(Brownie McGhee; born November 30, 1915, Knoxville, TN; died February 16, 1996, Oakland, CA; folk-blues singer-guitarist; leading Piedmont-style bluesman; in the period following World War II, he also recorded electric blues and R&B on the New York scene; recorded as Blind Boy Fuller No. 2 for the Okeh label; performed for decades in a partnership with blind harmonica player Sonny Terry; also appeared in theater, film, and television productions)
            • found: African American National Biography, accessed January 22, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(McGhee, Brownie; Walter Brown McGhee; blues musician, singer; born 30 November 1915 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States; recorded first sides for Okeh records partnering harmonica player Jordan Webb on harmonica (1940); ran the House of Blues, a school in Harlem for aspiring blues singers and guitarists (1945); scored a hit with Robbie Doby Boogie (1948); one of few black artists of the pre-civil rights era with both a white and black audience; collaborated with Sonny Terry, appearing in Tennessee Williams's Broadway play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955-1958); appeared in Langston Hughes's Simply Heavenly, an off-Broadway musical revue (1957); best recordings known as Hometown Blues with Terry, Blues Is Truth with Sugar Blue on harmonica and brother Stick on guitar (1976); died 23 February 1996 in Oakland, California, United States)
          • Change Notes

            • 1983-12-16: new
            • 2015-12-15: revised
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