American Blues, Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter. Elmore James. Elmore James was known as ‘’the king of the slide guitar’’, he has a unique guitar style, and was particularly noted for his use of loud amplification and of his stirring voice. Elmore.
James was born named Elmore Brooks in Holmes County, Mississippi.
He was the son of Leola Brooks, a field hand and Joe Willie James who moved in with Leola after he was born, which is why he took the name James, after his father.
His parents also adopted an orphaned boy called Robert Holston soon after he was born who James became close with.Elmore james. January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963
Elmore was very much influenced by Robert Johnson’s music, the king of Blues . There is a dispute as to whether Robert or Elmore wrote the trademark song ‘’dust my broom’’.
No Matter who it was, Elmore’s style and cover of this song was extremely popular. Here it is for you to hear.
This shows his unique guitar style and soulful voice.
There has been at least 5 artists that have covered this song as well after it was released.DUST MY BROOM....
After listening to a lot of his songs a few times i began to really take to this particular song. The lyrics are very repetitive like most Blues songs It is a slow tempo twelve bar blues song, notated in 12/8 time in the key of C. It really shows off his talent for playing the guitar and of course that unique sound that he can produce.
It was one of his most popular songs and was know as one of his most ‘durable compositions’.
Eric Clapton also recorded this in 1964
‘THE SKY IS CRYING.........
Singing with a strong and rough voice, Elmore did not need a microphone.
In most of his recordings his voice reached a climax and created such a tension that it was unmistakably the down and out blues.
He has a raw voice, and sang his blues with a particular feeling, an emotion and depth that showed his country backgroundand how he felt.
Of course he was brought up at the time of slavery in Mississippi and his emotions showed this in his music, he was nostalgic.
His singing was reinforced by his own guitar accompaniment which was as rough, violent and expressive like his voice.
Together created the overall remarkable blues feeling in all of his recordings…His voice…
In general, it is quite hard to find a lot of information about Elmore James but it
Is safe to say that Elmore is the most influential slide guitarist of that period of time.
His Wake was attended by over 400 blues luminaries which shows how popular he
Was and his music.
He was elected to the Blues Foundations Hall of Fame in 1980 and was later elected
To the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame too.
He may not have lived to reap the rewards
of the blues revival, but his music and
Influence continues to inspiretoday....