Personalities | Snooks Eaglin | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1936)

Glaucoma and a brain tumour left Eaglin blind at the age of 19 months, but his unorthodox fingerpicking style and a sensibility based on the Crescent City’s Caribbean rhythms made him the king of New Orleans guitar. He first performed gospel in churches, before turning to blues and recording his debut album, New Orleans Street Singer (1959). Eaglin’s music became more sophisticated through associations with Dave Bartholomew and Professor Longhair, and he remains a vital performer, although he rarely tours.

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


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