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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.

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.

WDIA Radio Broadcast, (from left)  Joe Hill Louis, BB King, Ford Nelson, Rufus Thomas, Willa Monroe, Nat D Williams and Starr McKinley, Memphis,TN, early 1950′s

WDIA Radio Broadcast, (from left) Joe Hill Louis, BB King, Ford Nelson, Rufus Thomas, Willa Monroe, Nat D Williams and Starr McKinley, Memphis,TN, early 1950′s

The Aces, from left to right, were Eli Toscano (behind the drummer), Eugene Lyons, Louis Myers, Dave Myers, Willie Dixon, and Freddie Hall (seated at the piano). probably Chicago.

The Aces, from left to right, were Eli Toscano (behind the drummer), Eugene Lyons, Louis Myers, Dave Myers, Willie Dixon, and Freddie Hall (seated at the piano). probably Chicago.

Little Johnny Jones and Otis Spann with George 'Mojo' Buford, Chicago, late 1950s; source: Living Blues 42 (1979), p. 24 ("Courtesy Letha Jones")

Little Johnny Jones and Otis Spann with George 'Mojo' Buford, Chicago, late 1950s; source: Living Blues 42 (1979), p. 24 ("Courtesy Letha Jones")

Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (March 21, 1902 – October 19, 1988) was an American blues singer and guitarist. House pioneered an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of slide guitar, and his singing often incorporated elements of southern gospel and spiritual music.

Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (March 21, 1902 – October 19, 1988) was an American blues singer and guitarist. House pioneered an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of slide guitar, and his singing often incorporated elements of southern gospel and spiritual music.

Lonnie Johnson [Watch & Listen to Lonnie Johnson perform “Another Night To Cry”] [Listen to Lonnie Johnson’s “She’s Only A Woman”]

Lonnie Johnson [Watch & Listen to Lonnie Johnson perform “Another Night To Cry”] [Listen to Lonnie Johnson’s “She’s Only A Woman”]

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