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Tag Archives: Blind

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Flora Molton : musicians

b. 1908, Virginia, USA, d. 31 May 1990, Washington DC, USA. Molton began preaching at the age of 17, not taking up guitar until 1943, when she moved to Washington DC. Virtually blind, she supported herself by playing in... more.

February 21, 2013

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Blind Blake : musicians

One of the greatest blues guitarists of all-time, Blake seems to have been the primary developer of “finger-style” ragtime on the guitar, the six-string equivalent to playing ragtime on the piano.We still don’t know anything verifiable about Blake which... more.

February 21, 2013

Overlook Hardcover

Blind Tom : musicians

Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (May 25, 1849 – June 14, 1908) was an African American autistic savant and musical prodigy on thepiano. He had numerous original compositions published and had a lengthy and largely successful performing career throughout the... more.

February 21, 2013

Sony Music

Valerie Capers : musicians

Although her 1995 Columbia recording Come on Home was released in a Legendary Pioneers of Jazz series, Valerie Capers is much too obscure and under-recorded to be a legend, and not old enough to be a pioneer. She picked... more.

February 21, 2013

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Stevie Wonder : musicians

Stevie Wonder is a much-beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only of R&B but popular music in general. Blind virtually since birth, Wonder’s heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and... more.

February 21, 2013

Rhino Records

Ray Charles : musicians

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Charles devised a new form of black pop by merging ’50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the ’60s) country.... more.

February 21, 2013

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Blind Willie McTell : musicians

Willie Samuel McTell was one of the blues’ greatest guitarists, and also one of the finest singers ever to work in blues. A major figure with a local following in Atlanta from the 1920s onward, he recorded dozens of... more.

February 21, 2013

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Blind Boys of Alabama : musicians

Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it’s only recently that the group has had the benefit of a major record company behind it. From their inception in the 1930s,... more.

February 21, 2013

Highland Records

Larscene Turk : musicians

Larscene Turk graduated from the Alabama Insitute for the Deaf and Blind, where his musical ideal was Clarence Carter. He now performs as a gospel group with his wife and family. Larscene Turk Interview Transcript more.

February 21, 2013

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Jimmy Carter : musicians

Jimmy Carter is billed as the only founding member of the band still performing. Although he was enrolled at the school and a member of the chorus, he was too young at the time to join when the group... more.

February 21, 2013

Blind Willie Johnson

Blind WIllie Johnson : musicians

Seminal gospel-blues artist Blind Willie Johnson is regarded as one of the greatest bottleneck slide guitarists. Yet the Texas street-corner evangelist is known as much for the his powerful and fervent gruff voice as he is for his ability... more.

February 21, 2013

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Sonny Terry : musicians

Harmonica player Sonny Terry was one of the initial bluesmen who crossed over into areas not normally associated with the genre before. Sonny Terry was born on October 24, 1911, in Greensboro, GA. He lost his sight by the... more.

February 21, 2013

Soulscape Records

Roscoe Robinson : musicians

Roscoe Robinson was actually the second sighted member of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. Born in Arkansas, Robinson’s family moved to Gary when he was ten. He had a sensational hit in 1966, “That’s Enough.” via Allmusic... more.

February 21, 2013

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Reverend Gary Davis : musicians

Davis was partially blind at birth, and lost what little sight he had before he was an adult. He was self-taught on the guitar, beginning at age six, and by the time he was in his 20s he had... more.

February 20, 2013

Blue Bossa – Valerie Capers : music

January 11, 2013

Blood Count – Valerie Capers : music

January 11, 2013

Arrival – Valerie Capers : music

January 11, 2013

Why Heavenly Sight is important : post

As you probably know, we’re in the midst of trying to raise money to help promote the Heavenly Sight hour-long public radio documentary and also establish a visually-impaired-friendly website.  In the course of doing research for this blog... more.

February 17, 2012

The Church: melodies, memory and story : post

After their years of slavery African-Americans kept with them Christianity and the hymnals that sang the religion’s praises.  It was a powerful connection in a community deprived of education, where literacy was a rare achievement.  Where few people read,... more.

February 14, 2012