Personalities | Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland | Eighties | Jazz & Blues
(Guitar, vocals, 1937–97)
The Houston guitarist played with bluesman Joe ‘Guitar’ Hughes before forming his own band in the late 1950s. Relocating to New York in 1974, Copeland debuted on Rounder Records with 1977’s Copeland Special. In 1985 he recorded a guitar summit meeting with Albert Collins and Robert Cray (Showdown!) and in 1986 recorded Bringin’ It All Back Home, an adventurous hybrid of African music and blues. He continued this fusion on his last recording – 1996’s Jungle Swing (Verve), featuring jazz pianist Randy Weston. Singer Shemekia Copeland is his daughter.
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