Sunday, June 17, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Lonnie Brooks
Lonnie Brooks is a very solid and popular Chicago blues artist. He was born Lee Baker Jr. Dec. 18, 1933 in Dubuisson, LA. He didn't take up the guitar seriously until his early 20s but his first gig was with Zydeco king Clifton Chenier. He called himself Guitar Junior and recorded for the indy label Goldband in the late 50s. Sam Cooke offered Baker the chance to move to Chicago. But there was already a Guitar Junior in Chicago. Baker also needed to adapt to the Chicago blues style. After an unsuccessful record as Guitar Junior in 1969, he decided to rename himself Lonnie Brooks. Like a lot of blues artists, Brooks' big break was signing with Bruce Iglauer's Alligator Records in 1978. He built a strong following while recording for them over the next two decades. The 1991 CD Satisfaction Guaranteed is very typical of Brooks' style of blues. He has a sense of humour and a lot of showmanship. He last recorded in 1999 but he still tours. His sons Ronnie & Wayne have inherited their father's talent and he works with them a lot. I guess that's only appropriate for Father's Day. Here's Lonnie Brooks performing You're Using Me.