Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Big Joe Williams

The material for this interesting post was provided by Joe B. Stewart, who knows an awfully lot of stuff about an awfully lot of stuff. You'll have to click on the photos to read the text. Sorry. My posting skills are limited.

Big Joe Williams, the famous Miss. blues man grew up on my grandfather Marion Stewart's farm outside Crawford, Mississippi.

I took George Cummings (a founder of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) to Crawford in May of 1978 to meet Big Joe. They sang and played together at that time on a back porch. It was memorable. So George and I arranged to take Big Joe up to Muscle Shoals, Alabama for a recording session in late August and early Sept. of 1978. We did this and a CD was released some years later in or around 1998.

Big Joe Williams is not to be confused with Joe Williams who was a jazz singer who performed with the Count Basie band.

Below is a picture of me and Big Joe with a 60 pound watermelon. (Joe B. Stewart)

This picture was taken in Crawford in August 1978 as we got ready to leave for Muscle Shoals.

Big Joe's signature song that he is credited as having written was:
It has been covered by many artists from Mose Allison to Bob Dylan.

1 comment:

Martha Markline Hopkins said...

Fabulous music! Enjoyed it.