Can White Guys Sing The Blues?

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  1. automatic slim

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    They wanted Muddy to do that scene in the street, but didn't want any white guys in it. Bob and Jerry (guitar, harmonica) are white. Muddy told the producers, if they don't want his boys, they don't want him, so they called John Lee Hooker. That is the rest of Mud's band backing him up, with the addition of Walter Horton on harmonica.

    So yeah, Muddy Waters was a real racist. Haha!
     
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    I was surprised a couple of people here went to "Muddy Waters is a racist". I suppose, given what he'd been through in his life, he had every right to be. I met him a couple of times, and my impression was that he was no nonsense, smart as a whip and could size people up very quickly. The story you relate sounds exactly like Muddy Waters. He was one of the greats in many ways.
     
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    yea what i said was i am calling racism on muddy.... it was suppose to be a kind of a tongue in cheek thing... showing how progressives do it. but saying only black people can sing the blues in my opinion is a racist statement kind of like only black people can play basketball or only white people can sing country. when i listen i do not hear color i hear music that i like or do not like. sorry i was not clear on my "muddy" post.
     
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    That's how Sam Phillips marketed him - a white guy that sounded black. Back then the lines were kind of blurred in the south. Still pretty easy to tell who was who on back to back versions of Mystery Train when you compare Presley to Junior Parker (who cowrote the song with Phillips).

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KbjWK6kTQg
     
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    On the other hand, black guys can't sing opera.
     
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    Heard From The Cradle yesterday. That is a pretty good blues album. I like to hear it when reloading. Clapton wasn't black, but was getting a little older by '94.
     
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    Not real sure.......
     
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    Went to a benefit concert last night for Steve Pringle and family.
    "Blues Fest" at the old Roseland Theater.
    There were black and white folk singing the blues pretty dang well !
     
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    Can bluemen sing the whites, or are they hypocrites to sing the blues?
     
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    Ironic, isn't it. Sam Phillips tries to market him as a white guy who sounds black and he has a number one hit on the country charts.
     
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    Johnny Lang and Marc Broussard. My two favorites.
     
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    I liked his playing on David Bowie's Let's Dance album, particularly on China Girl. Also liked Stang's Swang a lot. But I generally prefer his brother Jimmy's style of less is more. Not so much a fan of the tumeni notes approach to traditional blues. Different strokes I guess. For vocals I prefer the approach that Delbert McClinton or Ronnie Van Zant use on the blues. Again different strokes.