Blues Birthdays: Booker T. and Bukka W. | November 12, 2012
Booker T. Jones 1944
Booker T. Jones started in music at a young age, playing oboe, saxophone, trombone and piano in school, and organ at church. A semi-professional musician at age 16, he’s best known for fronting Booker T. and the MGs. Americana Music Association selected him as Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2012, and his 2011 CD “The Road from Memphis” earned him a “Best Pop Instrumental Album” Grammy Award.
“I’ve spent a lifetime making music, and had a great time doing it. I’ve earned Grammy Awards and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’ve made a good living and sometimes people come up to me and say thank you for the music.”
Bukka White 1906-1977
Booker (Bukka) T. Washington White’s father was a railroad worker, and the sounds of trains influenced Bukka’s playing and songwriting. His most famous songs were “Parchman Farm Blues,” “Shake ‘Em on Down,” “Poor Boy Far from Home,” and “Fixin’ to Die Blues” which was added to the 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame award recipients.
When White was asked how he got through his term of imprisonment at Parchman Farm, he smiled and said, “Well, I mostly played guitar.”
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