Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Blues Life of Baby Face Leroy

Today in 1958, Leroy "Baby Face" Foster died in Chicago suffering from alcoholism. He was only 33 years old; but this is the life of a bluesman.

He came to attention for performing in the mid-40's with the future king of the blues, Muddy Waters, and other greats such as Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

He was a drummer mostly, but also played guitar. Along with the above musicians, they performed at clubs, and gained the attention of several record heads.

He did record a few records for Parkway, but once Muddy Waters was signed to Chess Records, he sought to do his own thing but never really caught on.

Known for being rowdy and clowny, it even shows in his vocals, as seen in his track, "My Head Can't Rest No More".

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