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Monday, January 1, 2018

Johnny "Man" Young's 100th Birthday

Today (Monday, January 1, 2018) would have been Johnny "Man" Young's 100th birthday.

From Wikipedia:

Johnny Young (January 1, 1918 – April 18, 1974) was an American blues singer, mandolin player and guitarist, significant as one of the first of the new generation of electric blues artists to record in Chicago after the Second World War. He was one of the few mandolin players active in blues music in the postwar era. His nickname, Man, came from his playing the mandolin.

We asked local musicians for comments about Johnny:

Corey Lueck (Smoke Wagon Blues Band)
I never listened to a lot of Johnny Young when I was getting into Chicago Blues because there was so much emphasis on the Muddy and Wolf camps. But when you listen back now, mandolin playing blues with the popular Chicago artists of the day left a fascinating contrast and sound between urban and country blues, and makes you want to ride that mule 😎

Links: Johnny "Man" Young, Videos above courtesy of TravelerIntoTheBlueMore 100th Birthday Celebrations

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