Thanks for the link - an interesting point ( for me ) raised as to whether a young, white musician 'should' have helped Son back to some sort of musical prowess - having seen House perform in 1967, I can only say that I'm glad he did, for Son was very competent & powerful by then, & wonderful to see & hear; I also recall that around that time I bought an album by a re-discovered Peg Leg Howell, which I found pretty well unlistenable because his abilities were so diminished - maybe if he'd had similar kind of sympathetic coaching, he could have regained some of his earlier magic?
I saw Al play with Son ( in fact he used my C harp at the gig) and at the time had no idea that he had ‘nursed’ Son back to playing. It is (to me) shocking that Son was about my present age when I saw him, and how old he seemed, we owe Al a debt that can never be repaid. Pete
Son House performed at Birmingham Town Hall on October 25th 1967...and I carried his National to the edge of the stage just after he signed my programme. Yeaaah! (Sorry about the Venetian blind...the photo's behind glass in my office!)
The other artists on the bill were Bukka White, Skip James, Sonny and Brownie, Little Walter, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Odie Payne and Dillard Crume
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Yes, he was helped on to the stage. He was very frail and leaned on my shoulder wheezing heavily while he struggled to sign my programme - he pressed on so hard, the indent of the biro went through all the other pages! He had a helper on each arm to support him as they took him from the dressing room to the stage. That's why they left his national standing against the wall. I spotted it and followed the three of them to the stage and passed it up to them.
bukka White was a big, strong, vibrant character. It was he who got me all the other signatures in the dressing room. He just grabbed my programme and rushed round the room, forcing Little Walter and Skip James to sign. He even kicked Sonny Terry in the leg to wake him up in his armchair to rubber stamp his picture!
While this was going on, I strummed a Martin D35 that was standing by the door. I heard a high pitched voice behind me say "Be careful of that boy, it's worth more than both of us!".....Skip James
MM - I DO like 'Blind Venetian!"
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