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Gunsmoke blues - Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, George "Harmonica" Smith

#George Harmonica Smith (Musical Artist) #Muddy Waters (Musical Artist) #Big Mama Thornton (Musical Artist) #Blues (Musical Genre) #Music
During a production hiatus of the popular TV Show "Gunsmoke", the film crew decided to take off and film a barnstorming blues revue making it’s way across the country and they ended up in Eugene, OR with cameras rolling to film Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner and George "Harmonica" Smith as they performed in a music hall. Date: October 20, 1971.
Setlist, 1. Big Mama Thornton - Early One Morning
2. Big Mama Thornton - Ball And Chain
3. George "Harmonica" Smith - Juke
4. George "Harmonica" Smith - Leaving Chicago
5. Big Joe Turner - Hide And Seek
6. Big Joe Turner - Shake, Rattle And Roll
7. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
8. Muddy Waters - Long Distance Call
9. Muddy Waters - (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
10. Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
11. Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, George "Harmonica" Smith - So Long
12. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog.
13. Big Mama Thornton - Rock Me Baby
14. Muddy Waters - She's Nineteen Years Old
15. Muddy Waters - Walking Thru The Park
Muddy Waters Band, Muddy Waters: guitar, vocals
George "Harmonica" Smith: Harmonica
"Pinetop" Perkins: Piano
Sammy Lawhorn: guitar
Pee Wee Madison: guitar
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones: bass
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith: drums

#Big Joe Turner (Composer) #Gunsmoke Blues

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Here you have black people, white people, young people, old people, women and men, all I can say is DAMN diversity sure sounds good to me!

by Jon Conway 3 years ago

I saw Big Mama Thornton ten years prior to this, at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles. She was a lot heavier then, and fortunately she lost a lot of weight, stopped smoking and added years to her life. But what a performer she was; she commanded the stage. I will never forget her opening, as they darkened the entire room and the stage. All you saw was this cigarette being lit, the glow of the cigarette, then some smoke wafting through the air, a dim red back light and the enormous profile there; and she was tall too, a commanding presence. In that relatively small room she blew the roof off that place. This generation of performer knew how to command a stage and bring it all; they had done thousands of one night stands; they lived on that stage. And they knew how to put on a show. In this decade, the blues became popular with white audiences; but black audiences had stopped listening to it in favor of more modern forms of urban music. In 1969 I saw Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker on the same bill in a small club in Detroit, and they played until about or in the morning, alternating sets. The greatest show I have ever seen in my life. They played like there were 50,000 people in the audience, not 50. Muddy Waters had been in a motorcycle accident and played all night on crutches. In a small venue these performer's musical charisma was awe inspiring. Muddy Waters, when he sang, I still remember thinking - wow, this is like the Moon singing - that face - the resonance - it was so powerful. Hooker was also amazing, with a completely different performance style. He got too drunk to play the guitar, so started singing A Capella sitting on the edge of the stage - and it was even better. When I left that club, I thought - "that was it, it will never get any better."

by JustVinnyBlues 4 years ago

I was there! This was the first blues concert I'd ever attend. I went with my aunt Mardell when I was 10 years old. She said she knew I'd enjoy it and boy did I :-). I'm so glad I found this video on YouTube!!!

by VanPort Notary 2 years ago

Goddam, Big Mama was a seriously good harp player, too!

by Andrew Hawkey 6 months ago

Just one man's opinion but, this is the best thing I've ever found on the internet, and I've been browsing web pages since 1995.

by easternpipistrelle 3 months ago

black, white, men, women... those are just cool cats having fun.

by drmaawenz 5 months ago

this blues music and footage belongs in The Smithsonian...

by Jeff D 5 months ago

Back when real TALENT ruled the stage... oh, how I miss those days! This is GREAT.

by Catherine S. Todd 2 months ago

Had to play it few times , Big Joe Turner in back seat of car at 23 : 00 complaining about " water in the bottle " ..... and Big Momma snapped back " I see you ain't refusing " , some funny sh .

by SACTICAL BAG 6 months ago

This is a fantastic piece of blues history. So cool these guys decided to document this on their hiatus from shooting GUNSMOKE!

by Mark Curran 3 years ago

Talent is most contrasted when it rises from poverty.

by Bill Miller 1 month ago

Ran into her in a blues club in 1980 in Montreal. She sat at our table, as did BB King. One of those great, unexpected events, right place at the right time.

by E Lin 3 months ago

Some days I get Lucky. I found this. Lucky day.

by Mary Willis 1 year ago

This is why I love YouTube. Where else can you find gems like this?!

by Sttonkeoj 5 months ago

The blues, from which all modern music sprang. I'm so glad they filmed these legends. A little bit of heaven.

by Pamela LaPier 1 month ago

Who are the 5 morons who voted thumbs down on this? Only thing I can think of is people who came here looking for Little Joe and Hoss because of the Gunsmoke name. If so, they should've stayed and gotten educated.

by Rich Zaleski 4 years ago

Hound dog was much better sung by Big Momma Thornton than after it was stolen by Elvis.

by Joseph Alberta 2 months ago

Did anyone really know her greatness..meaning big mama...she was not a big mama...but mama to us who loved her and the bluses.

by jose Finidad 2 years ago

It was always amazing to me that these black musicians were able to make it to the studio and record such amazing music, even though they had to fight with so much Injustice at the time. I will always be a fan!

by andy buschek 2 months ago

1971... The year I was born... Music was f'n REAL back then! What it has devolved into today is just plain embarrassing... Bring back this kind of thing and watch people learn to love again...

by cos 4alarm 4 years ago

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