By JD Hathaway
(Re-posted from BlindedBySound.com)
Among the works being enshrined in the Blues Hall of Fame this year are singles by Jimmy Weatherspoon, Eddie Boyd, Robert Johnson, Skip James, and Robert Johnson. It's fitting that a Johnson song is part of this year's class as blues fans celebrate the icon who would have turned 100 this year. It is damn near impossible to count the number of times Witherspoon's "Ain't Nobody's Business," James' "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues," and Boyd's "Five Long Years" have been covered by musicians of legendary and comparatively small stature. They are staples of the idiom. Sam Cooke's Night Beat, Cray's False Accusations, and Howlin' Wolf's The Real Folk Blues albums are also being immortalized, as is John Broven's book Walking To New Orleans.
The Hall of Famers will be inducted in a ceremony in Memphis on May 4th as part of this year's Blues Music Awards festivities.
Vivian Carter & Jimmy Bracken
John W. Work III
Walking to New Orleans: The Story of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues by John Broven
"Ain’t Nobody’s Business"- Jimmy Witherspoon (Supreme, 1947)
"Five Long Years"- Eddie Boyd (J.O.B., 1952)
"Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues"- Skip James (Paramount, 1931)
"Love in Vain"- Robert Johnson (Vocalion, 1937 )
Night Beat - Sam Cooke (RCA Victor, 1963)
False Accusations - Robert Cray (HighTone, 1985)
The Real Folk Blues - Howlin' Wolf (Chess, 1965)
Catch Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond at Jazz Alley in Seattle Feb. 22-23 with Opener Mia Vermillion