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Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Woman Has A Black Cat Bone - Hop Wilson

Hop Wilson
Birth name Hardin Wilson
Born April 27, 1927
Grapeland, Texas, United States
Died August 27, 1975 (aged 48)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Texas blues
Occupations Guitarist, singer
Instruments Steel guitar, harmonica
Years active 1950s–1975
Labels Ivory, Goldband

Hardin "Hop" Wilson (April 27, 1927 – August 27, 1975) was an American Texas blues steel guitar player. Wilson gained the nickname "Hop" as a devolution of "Harp" due to his constant playing of a harmonica as a child. His low sounding playing gave several of his tracks, even "Merry Christmas Darling", a morose, disillusioned feel
Wilson was born in Grapeland, Texas, United States, in 1927, learning to play guitar and harmonica at an early age. Acquiring his first steel guitar sometime between the age of 12 and 18, Wilson performed at various Houston clubs. After serving in the United States Army, Wilson decided to pursue a musical career.
Wilson began his career performing with Ivory Lee Semien in the 1950s, recording tracks in 1957 for Goldband Records in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1960, Wilson signed with Ivory Records in Houston. Wilson led recording sessions, but despised touring, and only played locally until his death in Houston in 1975.
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