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Old 05-13-2010, 10:39 PM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I was surprised to learn the "House" band style of music heard in nightclubs is unique to Chicago.

Chicago has had its share of famous musicians for several decades. Here are a few names of the old-time musicians: Jack Benny was an accomplisned violinist, tv star and comedian. There was also Chuck Berry, Nat "king" Cole, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Bennie Goodman,, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Gene Krupa, Ramsey Lewis, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme (The Velvet Fog), Muddy Waters, Homer and Jethro the famous Country Western musical comedians team that sang parodys accomapnied by their guitar and mandolin.

Born and raised in Chicaog, pianist Jimmy Yancy is considered the "father" of Chicago blues piano. He was a groundskeeper for the White Sox, the first artist to record on Atlantic Records and a professional ballplayer in the Negro League. He was the only one of the Chicago Blues piano that was born, raised and died in Chicago. The others, equally famous, were born in the South and mgtrated to Chicago at a later daye. The names included Jack Dupree, Lafayette Leake, Major Merriweather, Pinetop Perkins, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Spann, Roosevelt Sykes,

I should add most of the well-known American entertainrers and bands of note from the '30s and '40s played at Chicago's famous Aargon Ballroom.

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Old 05-14-2010, 09:12 AM
Location: Mokena, Illinois
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Default Coco Taylor

Though not born in Chicago, she made the area home for most of her life and inspired many with her style:

Koko Taylor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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