Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Maceo Merriweather !



Major ‘Big Maceo’ Merriweather was already a seasoned pianist when he arrived in Detroit in 1924.
After working around the Motor City scene, he ventured to Chicago in 1941 to make his recording debut for producer Lester Melrose and RCA Victor's Bluebird subsidiary.
His first day in the studio produced 14 tracks -- six of his own and eight more as accompanist to renowned Chicago guitarist Tampa Red. One of his initial efforts, "Worried Life Blues," has passed into blues standard status (Chuck Berry was hip to it, covering it for Chess). Merriweather remained Tampa Red's favorite pianistic accompanist after that, gigging extensively with him and Big Bill Broonzy on Chicago's South side.
He died in 1953 after suffering a debilitating stroke in 1946.
Read a more complete bio here !

Maceo Merriweather - Have You Heard About It
Maceo Merriweather - Worried Life Blues #2

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Splendid !
~John

2:44 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Aren't they !

10:49 AM  

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