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Monday, December 12, 2011

I'm Torn Down - Barrelhouse

Barrelhouse – the band with two lives
In 1973, when Barrelhouse first came together as “Barrelhouse Bailey’s Blues & Boogie Band,” the musicians already had years of experience under their belts. Barrelhouse Bailey himself was none other than Han van Dam. It was his stage name in the Oscar Benton Blues Band, where Jan Willem Sligting was known as Jay Walker. The LaPorte surname also stems from this period and isn’t the real last name of brothers Guus and John. The Oscar Benton Blues Band, along with Cuby & the Blizzards, was the premier blues group in the Netherlands in the late 60s and early 70s.
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