Personalities | Sunnyland Slim | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, vocals, 1906–95)

Albert Luandrew was born in Vance, Mississippi. He was self-taught as a pianist and spent the period 1925–39 in Memphis, playing functions and small clubs. He went to Chicago to find work outside music, but instead fell in with the local blues crowd and worked with Tampa Red, Jump Jackson and Muddy Waters. He began recording in 1947 and recorded for more than two dozen small labels around Chicago. A solid, workman-like performer, Slim was the patriarch of the Chicago blues scene in his later years.

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


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