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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Otis Spann: St. Louis Blues

Here is a video of Otis Spann at Newport in 1960. He is performing WC Handy's St. Louis Blues. Spann was an amazing piano player who was Muddy Water's right hand man for many years. I found Spann by accident. When I was in high school and trying to steal every lick Billy Powell played, I stumbled upon an old cassette tape that featured heroes of rock and roll. On the backside was Otis Spann. The first time I heard it I was blown away. All those licks of Billy Powell, were right there, and a ton more! Needless to say it was a life changing experience!

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