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Showing posts with label Hi Tide Harris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hi Tide Harris. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Everyday I have the Blues - Hi Tide Harris

b. 26 March 1946, San Francisco, California, USA. His real name was reportedly Willie Boyd or Willie Gitry. He was brought up in Richmond, California, and sang in vocal groups as a youngster; he also learned to play guitar in the early 60s, going on to play with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy McCracklin, and others (he also recorded with McCracklin). Following a spell in Los Angeles (1969-1971), he formed his own band around 1972. In 1973 he joined Charlie Musselwhite’s band, and the following year he toured and recorded with John Mayall. Harris was also involved in film work: he wrote the theme song for Mandingo (sung by Muddy Waters) and sang on the soundtrack of Leadbelly. Harris was ‘an excellent guitarist in both the slide and regular fingerstyles’ (Blues Unlimited).

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Everyday I Have the Blues - Hi Tide Harris

Hi Tide Harris was born either as Willie Boyd or Willie Gitry in San Francisco on March 26, 1946. He sang with doo-wop groups in his youth and in 1963 learned how to play guitar from Herbert Owens. The following year and through 1967 he toured the South playing in the bands of Johnny Taylor, Ella Thomas, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin & Big Mama Thornton. From 1969 to 1971 he was a member of Shakey Jake's group. He toured The United States with Charlie Musselwhite in 1973, and in 1974 he was picked by John Mayall on a tour covering the U.S., Europe and Japan. (Recordings from this tour from Los Angeles have been released on a 2009 CD John Mayall:The Latest Edition). Harris composed the title song to the 1975 film "Mandingo", and provided the vocal tracks to the 1976 film "Leadbelly". Harris later relocated to Japan where he is a fixture on the Yokohama blues scene in present day.
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