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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ernest Lane RIP

  •    From Bob Corritore
    RIP Ernest Lane - March 16, 1931 to July 8, 2012 Clarksdale, Mississippi native Ernest Lane was a highly respected blues piano player who was perhaps better known by his musical peers than by the general public. Ernest seemed born into blues piano; not only was his father an acomplished player but at an early age Ernest and his childhood buddy Ike Turner studied under fellow Clarksdalean Pinetop Perkins. Ernest will likely be best remembered for stirring piano on the late 1940s Robert Nighthawk session that produced "Sweet Black Angel" and "Anna Lee." Ernest would also work with Earl Hooker and Houston Stackhouse in the Southern music circuit. He would relocate to California in 1956 where he performed with Jimmy Nolen and George "Harmonica" Smith before becoming a part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. He also made records with the Monkees and Canned Heat. He quit music for a number of years until once again joining Ike Turner for Ike's musical comeback. Ernest led the band at Ike's 2007 funeral performing classics by his lifelong friend. In recent years Ernest released 2 CD's under his own name. We say goodbye to a true piano great. To hear  Ernest Lane playing piano on Robert Nighthawk's "Anna Lee" click here Ernest Lane's website is http://ernestlaneblues.com/.

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