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Sunnyland Slim
Sunnyland Slim (*1906 as Albert Luandrew in the Mississippi Delta) was a blues pianist. He moved to Memphis, TN, in 1925, where he performed with many of the popular blues musicians of the day. His stage name came from the song "Sunnyland Train", about a railroad line between Memphis and St. Louis, MO. In 1942, he moved to Chicago, IL.
At that time the electric blues was taking shape in Chicago, and through the years Sunnyland Slim played with such musicians as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Lockwood jr., and Little Walter. His piano style is characterised by heavy basses or vamping chords with the left hand and tremolos with the right. His voice was loud, and he sang in a declamatory style.
Sunnyland Slim's first recording was as a singer with Armand "Jump" Jackson's band for Specialty Records in September 1946. His first recordings as a leader were for Hy-Tone Records and Aristocrat Records in late 1947.
In the late 1960s, Slim became friends with members of the band Canned Heat and played piano on the track "Turpentine Moan" on their album Boogie with Canned Heat. In turn, members of the band contributed to Sunnyland Slim's Liberty Records album Slim's Got His Thing Goin' On.
He was a recipient of a 1988 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He died in March 1995 in Chicago.
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Hawk Squat
Delmark Records DD-617
released 1967
recorded May, August & December 1966 in Chicago, IL/USA
J.B. Hutto, guitar, vocals
Maurice McIntyre, tenor sax
Lee Jackson, guitar
Sunnyland Slim, organ, piano
Herman Hassell, bass
Dave Myers, bass
Junior Pettis, bass
Frank Kirkland, drums

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