This unique, first of its kind web-book is comprised of many intimate intra- personal stories and experiences of and with, the many, many wonderful people I’ve met driving and riding along the Blues Highway. It‘s the ‘real deal’ Lowdown, about some incredibly talented, wonderful, famous people, events and sights.
Including : Albert King - his band & personnel, B.B. King - his band & personnel, Sidney Seidenberg Mgt., Bobby “Blue” Bland - his band & personnel, Ray Charles - his band & personnel, Cannonball Adderley - his band & personnel, Champion Jack Dupree, Art Neville, Nina Simone, Muhammad Ali, Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones, The Kingsmen, Albert Collins, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Turre, Chuck Berry, Duke Ellington,“Papa” Willie Mitchell, The Rebbe - Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Isaac Hayes, James Brown, Elvis, Ann Margaret, Angie Dickenson, Redd Foxx, Brother Jack McDuff, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, Chuck Carbo of the Spiders, Irma Thomas, The Turbinton Brothers, The Neville Brothers, The Meters, Charles Brown, Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson, Eric Clapton, Larry Davis, Barbara Lynn, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Phil Donahue, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Jimmie Vaughan, “Big Walter” Horton, “Pinetop” Perkins, Luther and Bernard Allison, Bob Porter - Prestige Records, Hammond & Nauman Scott - of Blacktop Records, Rounder Records, Bullseye Blues Records, Cannonball Records, Hi - Records, Blue Note Records, Rudy Van Gelder, Tone Cool & Vizztone Records - ‘Rosy’ Rosenblatt, Steve Rosenthal of the Magic Shop, Terry Manning, Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells - band and personnel, New Orleans Brass Bands, Mardi Gras Indians, Jerry Garcia, The Memphis Horns, “Famous” Dave Anderson, Frank Sinatra, Karl Denson, Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer Jr., Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Roland Kirk, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Otis Spann, Lloyd Glenn, Hubert Sumlin, Ronnie Earl, Anson Funderberg & Sam Myers, Nappy Brown, James “Thunderbird” Davis, Guitar Slim, Howlin’ Wolf his band and personnel, Muddy Waters his band and personnel, “Big Mama” Thornton, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Luther “Georgia Boy - Snake” Johnson, Bob Margolin, Ola Mae Dixon, Eddy Hinton, The Persuasions, Dr. John, Idris Muhammad, John ‘Jabo” Starks, Bernard “Pretty” Purdy, James Gadson, Bill Withers, Roomful of Blues, The ‘Fabulous’ Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duke Robillard, “Monster” Mike Morgan, Susan Tedeschi, “Sugar” Ray Norcia, Fred Wesley, Maceo, “Smokey” Wilson and many others!
Music scene and recording studio stories from : Boston - Cambridge - Salem, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey & Connecticut, Atlantic City, Memphis, New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago, Austin, Dallas, Detroit, ,Minneapolis - St, Paul, Rhode Island, South Central L.A., Hollywood, San Diego, San Francisco / Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Scandinavia, Western & Eastern Europe, Africa, Australia, Brasil, Japan, Hong Kong, Iran, Israel……
Interesting venues : Apollo Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center N.Y.C., Many USA & International music festivals, Rumble in the Jungle, Zaire, Antones , New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, “Chitlin’ Circuit” gigs in the ‘70s [various ‘black’ clubs & venues], “Hippie Houses” gigs in the ‘70s [Filmore East & West, plus ‘sister’ clubs], Cook County Jail and others.
TV shows : Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin Show, Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson, Midnight Special, Playboy After Dark, Soul Train, In Concert, Hullabaloo, Sanford and Son, Sex and the City, and various local stations around the US and across the globe.
Food : BBQ, Chinese, Japanese, Kosher, Deli, Italian, Gourmet, Soul Food, Southern Cuisine, Cajun Cuisine, Steaks, Fried Chicken, Seafood, Pizza, Greek Gyros………….and many desserts!
Last, but not least at all, much incredible music.
"TALES of a ROAD DOG" - 'The Lowdown Along the Blues Highway' by Ron Levy
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