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Thread #105397   Message #2626851
Posted By: meself
07-May-09 - 11:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: Six Degrees Of Separation
Subject: RE: BS: Six Degrees Of Separation
Yes - in the music world those degrees-of-separation are pretty tight. It once occurred to me that I am only three or four degrees of separation from Robert Johnson, depending which line I follow. I played for a couple of years with a guy who had toured with James Cotton, who had been a protegee of Sonny Boy Williamson, who had been with Robert Johnson on the night he was poisoned.* Following another line, I used to jam with a piano-player who had been in SBW's band for awhile.

And, come to think, another guy I used to have an act with told some years later that he had had another band with a son of Brownie McGhee - so now I'll have to look up everyone Brownie McGhee ever met ...

And when I was a kid, there was a girl I knew who herself knew Smokey Robinson.

I'd better stop, because more and more of these connections are coming into my head, and I'll be here all night ...

* Of course, if you assembled everyone who claimed to have been there the night RJ was poisoned, it would look like that finale in the second Blues Brothers movie, with everyone from James Brown to Charlie Musselwhite jivin' along ...