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Friday, January 25, 2008

The Weekly Bob Corritore Newsletter

January 24, 2008

  • Plans for Jimmy Rogers Book announced: Though still in the research stages, Dr. Wayne Everett Goins has announced his intentions to author a book that will be titled That's All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story. Jimmy Rogers is simply one of the greatest blues artists that ever lived, and he, along with Muddy Waters and Little Walter, were architects of the classic Chicago Blues style of the early 1950s. I had heard about this book project last year from Jacque Lane, Jimmy's daughter who had called me to tell me to expect a call from Dr. Goins. The call came this week, and I found Dr. Goins to be a simply wonderful person with a great love for Jimmy's music. I was able to provide him with photos, stories, contacts, and support. He has already compiled a long list of interviews with others who knew and worked with Jimmy, but his work is far from complete. If anyone would be willing to share stories, information, photos or memorabilia on Jimmy Rogers, please contact Dr. Goins as soon as possible. His contact information:

Wayne Everett Goins, Ph.D.

Director of Jazz

Associate Professor of Music

222 McCain Auditorium

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506-4703

(785) 532-3822 Office

(785) 532-3817 Fax

Any help that can be provided for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated. To see a photo page dedicated to Jimmy Rogers on the Bob Corritore website, please click here. For a brief bio of Jimmy Rogers, please click here.

  • Chico Chism Remembered on Bob's Radio show: It was January 28th, 2007 when the legendary Chico Chism passed away. Chico was Howlin' Wolf's last drummer, and for his last 20 years he was a pinnacle figure in the Phoenix blues scene. With this week marking the one year anniversary of his death, Chico will be remembered with a one hour tribute from 6-7pm on Bob's radio show, Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ, this Sunday. Listeners may hear Those Lowdown Blues anywhere in the world (real time Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time) via web streaming by clicking here, or on KJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in Cottonwood, 90.1 in Prescott, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman. Also thanks to blues wildman Little Victor for dedicating his new EP Blues Shakedown on Witchcraft International Records to Chico's memory. Chico left an indelible mark on so many people's lives. His name will always be synonymous with Phoenix blues. Click here, here, and here for some photo pages devoted to Chico Chism.
  • Also on this week's Radio Show: In addition to the Chico Chism tribute, Bob will also have a live on-air performance by Long John Hunter, a tribute to the late Francis Clay, and special guest Phoenix music historian John "Johnny D" Dixon for the annual Phoenix vintage R&B special. Johnny will treat us to selections from his vast collection of rare vinyl and unreleased masters.

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