Birthdays in Blue for a pair of Motown legends: Stevie WonderMary Wells. Other Birthdays in Blue include Our Hero-Big Joe Turner; the Vice President of the Tenor Saxophone-Paul Quinichette; Maxine Sullivan of LOCHLOMOND fame; a pair of New Orleans clarinet immortals-Sidney BechetEdmond Hall; Belated Birthdays in Blue for Fred AstaireIrving Berlin and a Fond Farewell to a founding member of true Nashville Royalty—The Once and Future Tennessee Plowboy—Eddy Arnold
Today we make our annual trek down to the Memphis area to preview some of the nominees for the 2008 Blues Music Awards (better known as the Handys). We also celebrate the birthdays of Robert Johnson and Stevie Wonder. And, for probably the first time ever in Rockhouse history, we feature back-to-back sets containing – gasp – covers by the Beatles.
This show was mixture of champagne and wine…sort of a Cham-pipple kind of show.(A phrase borrowed from TV’s Sanford and Son). Blues music gives the headiness of fine wine and jazz provides the champagne bubbles.