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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Billy Boy´s Jump - John Lee Henley with Billy Boy Arnold

John Lee Henley (Canton, MS, February 13, 1919 - March 12, 1995, Chicago, Ill) was an American harmonica player. The grandson of a preacher and the son of a farmer, he learned how to play harmonica in his youth. He worked around the Canton area in the 1930’s and early 40’s playing with local musicians such as Buddy Cobbs. In 1943 he moved to Chicago to find work outside of music. Muddy Waters let him sit in with his band a few times and he later joined the group Big Boy Spires’ Rocket Four. Henley recorded with Spires as a sideman on his 1953 recordings for Chance. He continued working throughout the 1950’s playing with whomever he could. Henley recorded two sides in 1958 for J.O.B. He made more recordings for the Testament label in the mid-1960’s backed by David “Honeyboy” Edwards on guitar, but they were never issued. His last documented club performance was him playing with Big Joe Williams at the Fickle Pickle in 1964. 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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