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Little Milton: Blues and Soul Man

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 61 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Dan McClosky interviews Little Milton, the well-known blues guitarist and soul singer. Little Milton got his musical education, as did many rhythm and blues artists of his age, in the black churches of the South. In this wide ranging interview he describes his humble beginnings and his early fascination with the guitar, as well as discussing the various blues musicians that influenced him. The interview is peppered with excerpts of many of the songs and performers mentioned, including those by T-Bone Walker, B. B. King, Fats Domino, and many, many more. Little Milton also talks about the surprising need of black musicians to play country and western music in the white clubs in order to make money on the weekdays. Most of this program deals with Little Milton describing how he got his start, and traces his move from one record label to another.

Musical Selections:  [medley of Little Milton songs] -- [excerpt of unidentified blues guitar] -- [excerpt of unidentified blues guitar, possibly by T-Bone Walker] -- Trouble Trouble [excerpt] / Lowell Fulson -- Skinny Woman [excerpt] / Sonny Boy Williamson -- Woke Up This Morning [excerpts] / B. B. King -- Somebody Told Me [excerpts] / Little Milton & Ike Turner -- Beggin' My Baby [excerpt] / Little Milton & Ike Turner -- I’m A Lonely Man [excerpt] / Little Milton -- Life Is Like That [excerpt] / Little Milton -- We’re Gonna Make It [excerpt] / Little Milton -- [unidentified song, excerpt] / Little Milton -- I Can’t Quit You Baby [excerpt] / Little Milton -- If Walls Could Talk [excerpt] / Little Milton
Genre:  Popular Music
Subject:  Little Milton; Walker, T-Bone, 1910-1975; King, B. B.; Fulson, Lowell; Williamson, Sonny Boy, d. 1948; Williamson, Sonny Boy, d. 1965; Turner, Ike; Bland, Bobby; Popular music; Blues (Music); Soul music; Rhythm and blues music
People:  McClosky, Donald; Little Milton; Walker, T-Bone, 1910-1975; Fulson, Lowell; Williamson, Sonny Boy, d. 1948; Turner, Ike
Recording Date:  11/16/1971
First Broadcast Date:  11/16/1971
 
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