Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Hole In My Heart

Esquerita was born Eskew Reeder, Jr. in 1935 in Greenville, South Carolina. He spent his early years playing piano in E.W. Watson's Tabernacle Baptist Church. Esquerita established himself as the house rock and roller at the Owl Club on Washington Street under the moniker "Professor Eskew Reeder". It was there that he was 'discovered' by Gene Vincent's rhythm guitarist Paul Peek . On the strength of demos recorded at Greenville radio station WESC, Gene Vincent convinced Capitol Records to sign Reeder, who at this point changed his name to "Esquerita".
His wild piano style and stratospheric pompadour made him a favorite with both fans and his contemporaries, and his name added to his mystique.
There's a lot of wild wailin' and piano poundin' goin' on my friends.

Esquerita - Hole In My Heart

Esquerita - Rockin' The Joint

RIP Gonzo


Blogger mrdantefontana said...

That's so cool! Two days ago I found and bought the Esquerita album 'Wild Cat Shakeout' on vinyl. I just had a comp on CD bfore that. Awesome boogie rock 'n roll!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Damn, I have the same stuff! Love that vinyl.

6:31 PM  

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