Thursday, October 25, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jimmy Burns
Song:Leaving Here Walking
Album:Live At B.L.U.E.S.
Jimmy Burns toiled in obscurity in Chicago blues clubs for decades. He was discovered in the mid-90s and has a very thriving music career as a senior. It's a story we have seen before from musicians who fell through the cracks in the old days. He was born Feb. 27, 1943 in Dublin, MS. his father was a sharecropper and a singer in medicine shows. His older brother is former John Lee Hooker guitarist Eddie "Guitar" Burns. He has been a fixture in the Detroit blues scene since the late 40s. When Jimmy Burns was 12, the family moved to Chicago and he started hanging around blues clubs. He first recorded in the late 50s as a member of the doo wop group The Medallionaires. In the 60s, Burns recorded R & B singles for USA Records, Tip Top, Minit and Erica and toured with The Fantastic Epics and then Jimmy Burns and the Gas Company. But Burns and his wife Dorothy needed to raise six children and music wasn't paying the bills. So Burns worked during the day and played clubs on weekends until his children were grown in the 90s. His regular gig was at Smokedaddy in Chicago. Delmark Records owner Bob Koester caught his act and signed him up. Burns recorded his debut CD Leaving Here Walking in 1996 at age 53. Since then he has been touring the world. This 2007 CD was recorded live at B.L.U.E.S. in Chicago Aug. 2006. Musicians are Tony Palmer on guitar, Greg McDaniel on bass and James Carter on drums. Carter played with Teddy Pendergrass for many years. This show was taped and is available on DVD. Burns' wife Dorothy died in Feb. 2010. He has returned to touring and released a CD last year. Blues fans should check out Jimmy Burns. Here's Jimmy Burns performing Leaving Here Walking in Mexico I think.