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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Louise Louise Blues - Johnnie Temple

Johnny Temple (October 18, 1906 – November 22, 1968) was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, who operated in in the 1930s and 1940s. An acquaintance and near-contemporary of Skip James, Temple delivered sedate blues in the vein of Lonnie Johnson. He was variously billed as Johnny Temple, Johnnie Temple and Johnnie "Geechie" Temple. Temple was born in Canton, Mississippi, United States. Growing up around Jackson, he moved to Chicago in early 1930s, and started playing with Joe McCoy in the clubs. His most popular record, "Louise Louise Blues," on the Decca label, was a hit in 1936. The Harlem Hamfats, a Chicago jazz band formed in 1936, provided backup music for Temple, and other singers. Temple continued recording with various labels through most of the 1940s. His connection with the record producer Mayo Williams, earned him recording opportunities until 1949. He returned to Mississippi in the mid-1950s, where he continued to perform in and around Jackson, Mississippi. He died from cancer in 1968, aged 62, in Jackson “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

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