Mighty Mo RodgersMighy Mo (* 1942 in East Chicago, IN), studied classical piano, but was more influenced by witnessing the blues acts that performed at his father's nightclub. In the mid-1960s, the music produced by the American record label Stax also affected his musical ambitions. In high school, Rodgers formed his first band, the Rocketeers. After entering Indiana State College, he fronted the Maurice Rodgers Combo. His love of playing keyboards led Rodgers to leave college and relocate to Los Angeles, CA, becoming a full-time musician.
Mighty Mo played the Farfisa electronic organ on Brenton Wood's 1967 hit "Gimme Little Sign". In 1973, Mighty Mo co-produced the album Sonny & Brownie, by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Following a spell as a session musician, Mighty Mo moved into songwriting for Motown and Chappell & Co. He also worked as a record producer before returning to education and obtaining a philosophy degree from California State University, Northridge. His first solo album, Blues Is My Wailin' Wall, was released in 1999 by Blue Thumb Records. The lyrics of several of the songs on the album present Rodgers's philosophical views of mankind.
In 2000, Rodgers performed at the Notodden Blues Festival. His European excursions have included concerts at the New Morning nightclub in Paris. In 2001, he performed on the album Memphis, recorded by Jean-Jacques Milteau, which also included contributions from Little Milton and Mighty Sam McClain. Rodgers appeared at the 22nd Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in August 2014. In 2019, he toured with Baba Sissoko and performed at several European blues festivals.
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Blues Is My Wailin' Wall
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Mighty Mo Rodgers, accordion, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, kalimba, vocals
Darrell Dunmore, guitar, dobro, harmonica
Chris Walsh, guitar
Tim Pierce, guitar
Jim Gibson, guitar
Vic Shoemaker, harmonica
Kenny Walker, tenor sax
Harold Bennett, tenor sax
David L. Woodford, sax
Ray Smith, trumpet
Steve F'dor, piano
Michael Murphy, Hammond B-3 organ
Albie Burks, bass
Burleigh Drummond, drums
Clarence Harris, drums
Rasheed Ali, percussion
George James, percussion
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