By Wayne Everett Goins, Kim Wilson
In Blues All Day Long, Wayne Everett Goins mines seventy-five hours of interviews with Rogers' kinfolk, collaborators, and friends to stick to a existence spent within the blues. Goins' account takes Rogers from recording Chess classics and barnstorming around the South to a late-in-life renaissance that integrated new tune, access into the Blues corridor of popularity, and excessive profile excursions with Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. proficient and definitive, Blues All Day Long fills a niche in 20th century track historical past with the tale of 1 of the blues' eminent figures and one of many genre's seminal bands.
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But see, he was old and hard so he could fight! ’ That’s why we got to be real good friends, ’cause he was a good boxer, good with his fists. ”12 From early 1936 to early 1938, when Jimmy was between the ages of twelve and fourteen, he left Vance for almost two years when he went with his grandmother to West Memphis, Arkansas, which was where he first encountered James Peck Curtis, Joe Willie Wilkins, and Robert Junior Lockwood. Although Jimmy wasn’t as mature as they were, they allowed him to accompany the group, due to his persistence and fascination with the blues life.
Uncle Willie” lived on Lake Street and had sons about the same age as Jimmy. 8 Jimmy felt more comfortable than ever now, surrounded by relatives who were numerous and scattered across several cities, including St. Louis; Detroit; and South Bend, Indiana. It was a perfect setup for Jimmy because it meant he had a place to lay his head whenever he traveled on the road, which was his preferred lifestyle during these lean years. Now that he had settled into his own apartment, Jimmy wasted no time looking for a day gig to make ends meet.
One of those return trips to the city would help convince him to move there permanently. Near the end of 1944, he realized that the relatively few gigs he was getting in St. Louis were both too infrequent and too unrewarding financially. Although he had made several extended visits earlier, it was not until early 1945 that he made the permanent move to Chicago. His grandmother made sure he was in good hands, putting him in the care of her brother, Willie Miller. “Uncle Willie” lived on Lake Street and had sons about the same age as Jimmy.