Lester Melrose with some of his blues artists pictured around 1940. From left: Ernest ‘Little Son Joe’ Lawlars, Big Bill Broonzy, Lester Melrose, Roosevelt Sykes, St. Louis Jimmy Oden. Front: Washboard Sam.
RL. From left: Paul Butterfield, Jerome Arnold, Nick Gravenites, Sam Lay, Elvin Bishop and Mr. Bloomfield, of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in Credit: David Gahr/Getty Images