Interview with Brownie McGhee [Tapes #010 & 011]
TAPE 1: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Sonny Terry in Finian‚Äôs Rainbow [00:09]; Goes into business with Horace Holmes, H & M Studios, Atomic Records [02:00]; Joins Alert Records, BM Studios [05:20]; Recording on Savoy Records [12:40]; Home of the Blues studio, teaching the blues [13:40]; Alert Records and blues scene in Harlem and Brooklyn [22:30]; Discovers Erskine Hawkins in sanatorium, forms band [27:00]; Joins Jack Dupree, first electric guitar [27:50]; Recording on Alert Records and Savoy Records [31:08]; Playing clubs in Brooklyn, Jim White‚Äôs Virginia Tavern [32:57]; House parties in Brooklyn, his radio show on WNYC [37:00]; Jackie Robinson and the origins of the song, ‚ÄúBaseball boogie‚Äù [37:00]; Folk music scene, why he didn‚Äôt switch to electric guitar [45:40] Side B description: Silence [00:00]; Blues as folk music, multi-cultural hootenannies [00:07]; Blues at midnight in the village [02:04]; Stringline Singers and union halls [02:45]; Woody Guthrie says ‚Äúnigger‚Äù on the radio [03:51]; Burl Ives‚Äô ‚ÄúTroubadour Plan‚Äù [04:31]; Hanging out with Woody Guthrie [04:53]; Alan Lomax presenting Lead Belly in prison stripes at the Apollo Theater [06:20]; Music sessions at Lead Belly‚Äôs house [07:36]; First performance in a nightclub at the Village Vanguard [19:22]; Formed trio The Folkmasters [11:05]; The Three Bs, Bob Getty, Bob Harris, and Brownie McGhee, Felton‚Äôs Lounge [14:18]; Blues scene in Harlem and New York City [17:05]; Leaves Alert Record after royalty check for ‚ÄúBaseball boogie‚Äù bounces [19:28]; Meets Ruth McGhee, Mary Hinds [21:50]; Relationship with Ruth McGhee [28:20]; Birth of children, move to 1984 Madison Ave. [32:50]; The Mighty Rockers, The Joot Blockbusters, Bill‚Äôs Tavern [36:15]; Leaves band after Sonny Terry finishes Finian‚Äôs Rainbow [38:16]; Amps, association with communists [39:25]; Performing at Bill‚Äôs Tavern in Elizabeth, New Jersey [42:55]; Meets Langston Hughes [44:05] TAPE 2: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Langston Hughes [00:07]; Song, ‚ÄúPawnshop blues‚Äù [02:05]; Cast as Gitfiddle in Langston Hughes‚Äô play Simply Heavenly [04:02]; Cast in production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [05:01]; Family life while working on Broadway [19:00]; First visit with Langston Hughes [20:45]; Audition and cast in Simply Heavenly [24:20]; Meets and becomes friends with Andy Griffith, cast in A Face in the Crowd [27:15]; First time in California, on set of No Time for Sargent [43:20]; Bill Bill Broonzy [45:25] Side B description: Silence [00:00]; Travels with Big Bill Broonzy to England [00:10]; Travels to France, Germany [09:55]; New York Times interview [11:10]; Second trip to England [13:50]; Move to California, performing at the Ash Grove, Idyllwild [17:05]; Death of Big Bill Broonzy [22:34]; Travels with Sonny Terry to India on State Dept. trip [23:12]; TB blues, Harry Belafonte‚Äôs band [27:05]; Trip to the far east for State Dept. [28:25]; Gerde‚Äôs Folk City [32:05]; Move to California in 1961 [33:30]; Touring with Harry Belafonte [35:30]; Signs with Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) [45:14]; Trip to Australia [47:45]
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