Personalities | Mickey Baker | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, b. 1925)

McHouston Baker was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally a jazz player, he switched to blues after seeing guitarist Pee Wee Crayton. He began his recording career at Savoy in 1952 and became the first-call guitarist for R&B session work in New York. He teamed with vocalist Sylvia Vanderpool and, as Mickey & Sylvia, they had a huge hit with ‘Love Is Strange’ in 1956–57. Baker has published several books on guitar instruction. He settled in Paris, France in 1961.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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