Duke Ellington - the 1970's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 261:

When we returned from the Orient in 1972, we had the pleasure of working with Joe Williams for a week in Detroit. I first heard him in Chicago. He was singing around for a while with Jimmy Noone, and at that time he was a very good ballad singer. He sang beautiful sweet songs, and whatever he sang he sang magnificently, but he never got a real good break… Joe Williams was still waiting for his break when he turned to the blues. He was no imitator of other blues singers, but he sang real soul blues on which his perfect enunciation of the words gave the blues a new dimension. All the …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 261. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429613602014 accessed: 20 April, 2024


Duke Ellington
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Ballad singing performed by Joe Williams
Blues singing, male voice performed by Joe Williams

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Date/Time the 1970's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:53:22 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:54:06 +0100