I also watched him with his french band at the Roger Naber's Mediterranean Blues Cruise in June '96 just not to long before is departure. Thank you KingCake, this stuff is very precious to me. To see Luther Allison and Muddy Waters in a cafeteria must have been truly awesome in the proper sense of that overused term. I absolutely agree ''that the music of your late teens, both shapes your taste and resonates with you for life''.
I saw Luther much later in his career and he was great, but the venue and the band made it a bit too much like a regular rock gig. His Motown work has a bad rep check Rolling Stone guide so I look forward to catching up on all these and proving it wrong. But here I am. While the album is one of the better Luther albums, a lot of it plays like the early recordings of a diamond in the rough.
In spite of the release of his debut album and a respect in the Chicago area for his abilities, Luther was still struggling to earn a real living making music into his 30s. The early s in general were not a friendly time for most blues artists, but Luther did start to make significant professional progress by signing to Motown in Luther was largely known and marketed as the only bluesman to record for Motown though Luther stated there were others that never surfaced.
When he signed to the label, there was a real sense within the Chicago blues community that Luther could break into the mainstream. Parting ways with Motown after the commercial failure of Night Life , Luther slowly started to refocus his sound. In , he performed with the French rock and roll star Johnny Hallyday in 18 shows in Paris , also playing during the intermission.
He won four W. Handy Awards in He won several Living Blues Awards and was featured on the covers of blues publications. During his tour in the summer of , Allison checked into a hospital for dizziness and loss of coordination. It was discovered that he had a tumor on his lung that had metastasized to his brain. His son Bernard Allison , at one time a member of his band, is now a solo recording artist.
Bernard, the youngest of nine siblings, was exposed to all kinds of music by his father. Friday 1 November Saturday 2 November Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 November Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November Saturday 9 November Sunday 10 November Monday 11 November Tuesday 12 November Wednesday 13 November Thursday 14 November Friday 15 November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November Tuesday 26 November Wednesday 27 November Thursday 28 November Friday 29 November Saturday 30 November Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Allison Iraheta.
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