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Sweet Home Chicago: Part IV. Blame it on the Blues

Thomas Dorsey was an active composer and blues performer before his gospel breakthrough in the early 1930s. In 1910 at age 11 he sold candy at Atlanta’s famous 81 Theater where he first heard William “Pa” Rainey and Gertrude “Ma” … Continue reading

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Sweet Home Chicago: Part V. I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man

There are two interwoven stories surrounding Robert Johnson and “Sweet Home Chicago.” The first involves the power of his recorded music, discovered facts and repeated legends, the intersections of blues and rock ‘n’ roll and claims over ownership. The second … Continue reading

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