sábado, 23 de febrero de 2013

MAGIC SLIM murió el 21/02/2013

Morris Holt 
conocido como 

MAGIC SLIM   
murió el 21 de febrero de 2013 

El guitarrista Magic Slim, uno de los pilares de la escena del blues de Chicago, aventajado alumno de grandes maestros como Muddy Waters y Howlin Wolf, murió el jueves a los 75 años, según ha informado su manager. Ha muerto en un hospital de Filadelfia, donde había estado bajo tratamiento por varias enfermedades. Fumador empedernido, sufría de enfisema y problemas de corazón. Slim se vio obligado debido a sus dolencias a interrumpir una gira con su banda, los Teardrops, a finales de enero.

Slim, hijo de unos aparceros de Mississippi, abandonó el piano y se dedicó a la guitarra después de perder su dedo meñique derecho en un accidente en la desmotadora de una plantación de algodón a los 13 años. 

Nacido Morris Holt, Slim se crió en una granja, hizo su primer viaje a Chicago en 1955, y grabó su primer disco en 1966, en el que ya dio muestras de su genialidad y su personalísima manera de tocar la guitarra, de forma vibrante y juguetona. A los magníficos rasgueos de las seis cuerdas se añadí una voz poderosa, enorme. 

A lo largo de su carrera, Magic Slim grabó treinta discos, que le convirtieron en uno de los grandes del blues de las últimas décadas.


Morris Holt, known as Magic Slim, was an American blues singer and guitarist. Born in Torrence, Mississippi of sharecroppers, he followed blues greats such as Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf to Chicago, developing his own place in the Chicago blues scene.

Magic Slim was forced to give up playing the piano when he lost his little finger in a cotton gin misha. He moved first to nearby Grenada. He first came to Chicago in 1955 with his friend and mentor Magic Sam. The elder Magic (Sam) let the younger Magic (Slim) play bass with his band, and gave him his nickname.

At first Slim was not rated very highly by his peers. He returned to Mississippi to work and got his younger brother Nick interested in playing bass. By 1965 he was back in Chicago and in 1970 Nick joined him in his group, the Teardrops. They played in the dim, smoke-filled juke joints popular in Chicago in the 1970s on bandstands barely large enough to hold the band.

Slim's recording career began in 1966, with the song "Scufflin'", followed by a number of singles into the mid 1970s. He recorded his first album in 1977, Born Under A Bad Sign, for the French MCM label. During the 1980s, Slim released titles on Alligator, Rooster Blues and Wolf Records and won his first W.C. Handy Award. In 1980 he recorded his cover version of "Mustang Sally".  Read more.......


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