Charlie Musselwhite (born January 31, 1944 in Kosciusko, Mississippi) is an American blues-harp player and bandleader, one of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s, along with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Kosciusko is a city in Attala County, Mississippi, United States. There are numerous techniques available for Harmonica. A few are described here A bandleader is the leader of a band of Musicians The term is most commonly though not exclusively used with a group that plays Popular music as The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 For the astronaut see Michael J Bloomfield. Michael Bernard Bloomfield ( July 28 1943, Chicago, Illinois Paul Butterfield ( December 17 1942 – May 4 1987) was an American Blues Harmonica player and Singer Though he has often been identified as a "white bluesman", he claims Native American and Thai heritage.
Musselwhite was born in the rural hill country of Mississippi. Rural areas can be large and isolated (also referred to as "the country" and/or "the countryside over the course of time Mississippi ( is a state located in the Deep South of the United States He has said that he is of Choctaw descent, and he was born in a region originally inhabited by the Choctaw. The Choctaw are a Native American people originally from the Southeastern United States ( Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana) However, in a 2005 interview, he said his mother had told him he was actually Cherokee. The Cherokee (ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ a-ni-yv-wi-ya, in the Cherokee language) are a people native to North America, who at the time of European contact
His family considered it normal to play music, with his father playing guitar and harmonica, his mother playing piano, and a relative who was a one-man band. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers A one-man band is a musician who plays a number of Musical instruments simultaneously using their hands feet limbs and various mechanical contraptions At the age of three, Musselwhite moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is a City in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the County seat of Shelby County. When he was a teenager, Memphis experienced the period when rockabilly, western swing, electric blues, and some forms of African American music were combining to give birth to rock and roll. Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of Rock and roll music and emerged in the early 1950s This article is about the Musical genre. For the popular western swing Steel guitar tuning see E9 tuning. The electric blues is a type of Blues music distinguished by the amplification of the Guitar, the Bass guitar, and/or the Harmonica African American music (also called black music) is an umbrella term given to a range of Music and Musical genres emerging from or influenced by the Rock and roll emerged as a defined musical style in America in the 1950s though elements of rock and roll can be seen in Rhythm and blues records as far back The period featured legendary figures such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, as well as minor legends such as Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, Will Shade, Royal Bell, Memphis Willie B. A legend ( Latin, legenda, "things to be read" is a Narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935) is an American Rock and roll and Country music Singer, Songwriter Johnny Cash (born J R Cash; February 26 1932 - September 12 2003 was a Grammy Award -winning American country Singer-songwriter. Gus Cannon ( 12 September 1883 — 15 October 1979) was an American Blues Musician who helped to popularize Furry Lewis ( March 6 1893 - September 14 1981) was a Country blues Guitarist and Songwriter Will Shade ( February 5, 1898 – September 18, 1966) was an African-American Memphis blues musician best known for his , Johnny Burnette, Red Roby, Abe McNeal, and Slim Rhodes. Johnny Burnett redirects here for the baseball infielder see Johnny Burnett (baseball player. Musselwhite supported himself by digging ditches, laying concrete and running moonshine in a 1950 Lincoln. Concrete is a construction material composed of Cement (commonly Portland cement) as well as other cementitious materials such as Fly ash and Slag Production Uses Usually large scale distillation is practiced for the purpose of making ethanol for drinking, yet it may also practiced for creating Biofuel Year 1950 ( MCML) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Lincoln is an American Luxury car manufacturer operated under the Ford Motor Company. This environment was Musselwhite's school for music as well as life, and he acquired the nickname "Memphis Charlie. "
In true bluesman fashion, Musselwhite then took off in search of the rumored "big-paying factory jobs" up the "Hillbilly Highway", legendary Highway 51 to Chicago, where he continued his education on the South Side, making the acquaintance of even more legends including Lew Soloff, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Big Walter Horton. The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression US Route 51 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1286 miles (2070 km from northern Wisconsin to the western suburbs of New Orleans Louisiana Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Lew Soloff (born February 20, 1944 in New York City) is a Jazz Trumpeter, Composer and Actor. For the album by Redman, see Muddy Waters (album. For the college football coach see Muddy Waters (football coach. Junior Wells ( December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998) born Amos Blakemore, was a blues Vocalist and Harmonica Sonny Boy Williamson may refer to either of two 20th-century American blues harmonica players Sonny Boy Williamson I (1914–1948 John Lee Curtis Williamson George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American Blues and rock Guitarist Chester Burnett redirects here For the American football player see Chester Burnett (American football Chester Arthur Burnett ( June 10, 1910 For the radio personality see Little Walter DeVenne. Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville LA and raised Big Walter Horton or Walter "Shakey" Horton ( April 6, 1917 – December 8, 1981) was an American Blues Harmonica Musselwhite immersed himself completely in the musical life, living in the basement of, and occasionally working at Jazz Record Mart (the record store operated by Delmark Records founder Bob Koester) with Big Joe Williams and working as a driver for an exterminator, which allowed him to observe what was happening around the city's clubs and bars. Delmark Records is the oldest Independent record label in the United States. Robert Gregg Koester (born October 30 1932 is the founder and owner of Delmark Records, the oldest Independent record label in the United States and one Big Joe Williams (born Joseph Lee Williams, October 16, 1903 - December 17, 1982 He spent his time hanging out at the Jazz Record Mart at the corner of State and Grand and the nearby bar, Mr. Joe's, with the city's blues musicians, and sitting in with Big Joe Williams and others in the clubs, playing for tips. There he forged a lifelong friendship with John Lee Hooker; though Hooker lived in Detroit, Michigan, the two often visiting each other, and Hooker serving as best man at Musselwhite's wedding. John Lee Hooker ( August 22, 1917 &ndash June 21, 2001) was an influential American Post-war Blues singer Gradually Musselwhite became well known around town.
In time, Musselwhite led his own blues band, and, after Elektra Records' success with Paul Butterfield, he released the classic Stand Back! album in 1966 on Vanguard Records (as "Charley Musselwhite"), to immediate and great success. Elektra Records is a now-dormant American Record label owned by Warner Music Group (WMG and from 2004 on operating under WMG's Atlantic Records Paul Butterfield ( December 17 1942 – May 4 1987) was an American Blues Harmonica player and Singer Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Vanguard Records is a Record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York. He took advantage of the clout this album gave him to move to San Francisco, where, instead of being one of many competing blues acts, he held court as the king of the blues in the exploding countercultural music scene, an exotic and gritty figure to the flower children. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Counterculture (also " counter-culture " is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a Cultural group, or Flower child or Flower Children usually someone born between 1940 and 1955 originated as a synonym for Hippie, especially those who gathered in San Francisco Musselwhite even convinced Hooker to move out to California.
Since then, Musselwhite has released over 20 albums, as well as guesting on albums by many other musicians, such as Bonnie Raitt's Longing in Their Hearts and The Blind Boys of Alabama's Spirit of the Century, both winners of Grammy awards. Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American Blues Singer-songwriter who was born in Burbank, California Longing in Their Hearts is the twelfth Album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music) The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel group from Alabama that first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. Spirit of the Century is a pulp role-playing game published by Evil Hat Productions, and based on Evil Hat's FATE system The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences He also appeared on Tom Waits' Mule Variations and INXS' Suicide Blonde. Thomas Alan Waits (born 7 December 1949) is an American Singer-songwriter, Composer, and Actor. Mule Variations is an album by Tom Waits, released 1999 on the ANTI- sub-label of Epitaph Records. INXS (pronounced "in excess" are an Australian rock and New Wave group " Suicide Blonde " was the name of the first single from the INXS album X. He himself has won 14 W. C. Handy Awards and six Grammy nominations, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Monterey Blues Festival and the San Javier Jazz Festival in San Javier, Spain, and the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Blues Music Awards are presented by the Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to foster the Blues and its heritage Murcia-San Javier Airport is a military air base and civilian passenger airport located in San Javier, 17 miles south of Murcia Spain.
In 1979, Musselwhite recorded The Harmonica According to Charlie Musselwhite in London for Kicking Mule Records, intended to go with an instructional book; the album itself became so popular that it has been released on CD. Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Kicking Mule Records was a Record label founded in 1972 by Stefan Grossman and Eugene "ED" Denson, who had previously been a co-founder
Unfortunately, Musselwhite, as with many of his peers, fell victim to alcoholism; by his own admission, he had never been on stage sober until after he stopped drinking entirely in 1987. Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions Sobriety is solemn or dignified personal Behaviour, in particular Abstinence with regard to (typically the consumption of Alcoholic beverages or Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar)
In 1990 Musselwhite signed with Alligator Records, a step led to a resurgence of his career. Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) Alligator Records is a Chicago -based independent Blues Record label founded by Bruce Iglauer in 1971.
Over the years, Musselwhite has branched out in style. His 1999 recording, Continental Drifter, is accompanied by Quarteto Patria, from Cuba's Santiago region, the Cuban music analog of the Mississippi Delta. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The Republic of Cuba (ˈkjuːbə or) consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles) Isla de la Santiago de Cuba is the capital city of Santiago de Cuba Province in the south-eastern area of the island nation of Cuba The Mississippi Delta is the distinct northwest section of the state of Mississippi that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers Technically Because of the political differences between Cuba and the United States, the album was recorded in Bergen, Norway, with Musselwhite's wife ironing out all the details. The Republic of Cuba (ˈkjuːbə or) consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles) Isla de la is the second largest city in Norway. It is located on the south-western coast of Norway in the county of Hordaland in between a group of mountains known as De syv fjell
Musselwhite believes the key to his musical success was finding a style where he could express himself. He has said, "I only know one tune, and I play it faster or slower, or I change the key, but it’s just the one tune I’ve ever played in my life. It’s all I know. "
His past two albums, Sanctuary and Delta Hardware have both been released on Real World Records. Sanctuary is an album by American Singer and harpist Charlie Musselwhite. Delta Hardware is an album by blues harp player and vocalist Charlie Musselwhite. Real World Records is a record label started in 1989 by Peter Gabriel to help promote World music.
In 2002, he featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!, performing the song "Hey Bo Diddley". Bo Diddley ( December 30 1928 &ndash June 2 2008, born Ellas Otha Bates) was an original and influential American Hey Bo Diddley is Bo Diddley 's 7th single The B-side "Mona" was covered by The Rolling Stones.
Musselwhite lost both of his elderly parents in December 2005, in separate incidents. His mother, Ruth Maxine Musselwhite, was murdered.