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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Motherless Child Blues - Washboard Sam, Ransom Knowling

Ransom Knowling b. 24 June 1912, d. 22 November 1967 . Knowling played bass, and was best known for his extensive work as a session player, used by producer Lester Melrose on hundreds of blues records in Chicago in the '30s and '40s, by artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red and Sonny BoyRice Miller Williamson. His rock-solid bass work was also used to add a more urban sound to the work of country blues singers like Tommy McClennan. In later years he claimed never to have liked the blues, preferring more sophisticated sounds, but he owes virtually all his fame to that idiom. Although known to have died, details of Ransom's death are scant. “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!

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