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  Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959)
Blind Willie McTell was one of the great blues musicians of the 1920s and 1930s.
McTell was born in Thomson on May 5, 1898.
McTell was the only bluesman to remain active in Atlanta until well after World War II (1941-45).
www.georgiaencyclopedia.org /nge/ArticlePrintable.jsp?id=h-875   (843 words)

 CMT.com : Blind Willie McTell : Biography
Willie was probably born blind, although early in his life he could perceive light in one eye.
Willie was well known enough that Library of Congress archivist John Lomax felt compelled to record him in 1940, although during the war, like many other acoustic country bluesmen, his recording career came to a halt.
Blind Willie McTell was one of the giants of the blues, as a guitarist and as a singer and recording artist.
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 Blind Willie McTell
Blind Willie McTell (May 5, 1901 - August 15, 1959) (born William McTear) was an influential blues singer and guitarist.
McTell was a twelve-string finger picking guitarist and singer, who recorded from 1927 to 1955.
Blind from birth, and an adept reader of braille, McTell began his recording career in 1927 for Victor Records of Atlanta, following a spell as an intinerant musician.
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 Blind Willie McTell
However, in a 1977 interview, his wife Kate McTell said that somebody on his father's side of the family disguised their name because they were "big whiskey still people." Blind Willie McTell learned the guitar from his mother during his early teens.
Willie McTell died of a cerebral hemhorrage on August 19, 1959 at the Milledgeville State Hospital in Georgia.
Blind Willie McTell did not live to be "rediscovered" during the early 1960's folk-blues revival.
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 Untitled Document
Willie and his mother moved a few miles south to Stapleton a town that was enjoying some prosperity at the time due to a boom in the lumber and turpentine industries.
McTell instead seems to be doing his own private dance, a style pre-eminent in the state of Georgia and one that is often done solo and without musical accompaniment, the feet of the dancer tapping out the rhythms on a floor in quick bursts of energy.
Blind Willie McTell died in August 1959, and his wish to be buried with his 12-string guitar was not honored.
www.learnlink.emory.edu /~libmlm/williemctell.html   (4113 words)

 Willie McTell
McTell played blues songs not because they were blues but because they were popular, and he handled them superbly not because he was a blues musician but because he was a pop musician.
McTell is the ideal musician for the dreamy grimy rubbery urbanity of archy and mehitabel, for E. Segar's Thimble Theater (or for the early Fleischers' Popeye -- they never found a scorer as perfect as Cab Calloway was for Betty Boop), for the silent comedies of miracle-working white-faced saints with dirt-flened hands....
Blind Willie McTell's recordings were made over three decades, and each block has its champions.
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 East Coast Piedmont Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Blind Willie was born into a family rich with musicians.
McTell was able to develop a very unique style that enabled him to sound like he was playing more then one guitar at any given moment, hence his desire to play with the twelve string as opposed to the six-string.
Blind Willie recorded his last session in 1956 for a small local record shop after many days of a young many trying very hard to get Willie to come and record.
facstaff.unca.edu /sinclair/piedmontblues/mctell.html   (569 words)

Although recorded in 1983, "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL" was not officially released until 1991 and was not performed by Bob Dylan in concert until 1997.
The first performance of "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL" in 2006 was during the second of two shows in Kansas City, Missouri; the next one was already three days later, in Des Moines, Iowa, and four days after that "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL" appeared in the second of two shows in Memphis, Tennessee.
The second appeareance of "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL" during the European tour was five days later, at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark; and in mid July, in Le Cannet, France, it was sung by Dylan in the same concert as the second "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND" of the tour.
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 Blind Willie, info & bios
Blind Willie's name is a tribute to early 20th century bluesman Blind Willie McTell, probably most widely known as the composer of Statesboro Blues, popularized by the Allman Brothers.
Blind Willie's repertoire consists of "classic" rock cover tunes from Aerosmith to ZZ Top and everything in between, from the '50s to the '90s.
While Blind Willie does keep it danceable and familiar, they also like to mix it up and keep you guessing and saying, "man, I haven't heard that one in a while!".
www.blindwillie.net /Bandbio.htm   (446 words)

 Willie McTell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Blind Willie McTell is born, possibly on 5 May 1898, outside Thomson, Georgia.
Willie returns to commercial recording in 1949 after an absence of 13 years.
Blind Willie McTell dies in Milledgeville State Hospital, Georgia in 1959.
www.john-meekings.co.uk /williemctell.html   (239 words)

 Bob Dylan's Blind Willie McTell
McTell was from Atlanta, wasn't he, so it's not a reference to his stomping grounds.
The choice of McTell is significant here, I think, in part because he's not one of the most famous of bluesmen.
Signs on doorposts are also left by hobos to inform other homeless travelers of "road conditions: ie where to eat, sleep, who to avoid (cops,etc.), etc. Michelle Shocked (very talented) has been into this symbolism and describes its use in her concerts.
www.expectingrain.com /dok/songs/bwmctell.html   (1500 words)

 Blues Lyrics On Line: BLIND WILLIE MCTELL
Blind Willie recorded it with is partner Curley Weaver in New York City for Vocalion in 1933.
The take from which these lyrics were taken, went unreleased until included in the double CD anthology "The Definitive Blind Willie McTell" (in Columbia's Roots 'n' Blues series); another take, with only very minor differences in the lyrics, was recorded that same day.
The double CD "The Definitive Blind Willie McTell" (Columbia Roots 'n' Blues) has two versions, one recorded 18 september by Blind Willie alone, and the other recorded a day later, with Curley Weaver on second guitar.
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 About Blind Willie
As home to influential Bluesman Blind Willie McTell, Thomson celebrates its association with one of America's most influential musicians annually at the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, promoted by the Activities Council of Thomson (ACT).
Born William Samuel McTell in 1901, Blind Willie lost his sight in late childhood, yet earned the status as one of the most accomplished guitarists and lyrical storytellers in Blues history.
Blind Willie's influence continues to affect music lovers and concert goers regularly; however, through the fundraising and outreach efforts of ACT, it will continue to educate and influence others about the true American art form.
www.blindwillie.com /about/blindwillie.html   (445 words)

 Blind Willie McTell: Jazz y Blues || Perfiles || Tomajazz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
McTell para una foto de publicidad de RCA Victor Records.
La historia de las grabaciones de Blind Willie McTell comienza en 1927, cuando el cazatalentos del sello Victor Ralph S. Peer lo descubre en uno de sus frecuentes viajes a Atlanta y le graba los habituales 4 temas en una primera sesión, que serían seguidos por otros 4 al año siguiente.
Una vez más destacan los espirituales al estilo de Blind Willie Johnson como "Amazing Grace", y "I got to cross the Jordan river", si bien parece que Lomax le induce también a grabar baladas folk más de su gusto, como una curiosa "Delia" en la que casi anticipa a Elvis Presley.
www.tomajazz.com /perfiles/blind_willie_mctell.htm   (2011 words)

 Blind Willie Mctell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
However, in a 1977 interview, his wife Kate McTell said that somebody on his father's side of the family disguised their name because they were "big whiskey still people."
Blind Willie McTell learned the guitar from his mother during his early teens.
Between 1937 and 1948 McTell made a living playing for tips in various cities across the Eastern seaboard rather than recording.
nublues.port5.com /Historyoftheblues/blindwilliemctell.htm   (1009 words)

 Amazon.com: The Definitive Blind Willie McTell: Music: Blind Willie McTell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
While he immortalized that town in the much-covered "Statesboro Blues," it was McTell's move to Atlanta in 1927 that led to his first studio dates--and a recording career that lasted, on and off, until his death in the late '50s.
McTell was equally adept at blues ("Talking to Myself," "Broke Down Engine Blues"), ballads ("Lord Send Me an Angel"), and rags ("Georgia Rag"), and his work is a delightful primer of 1920s Southeastern street music.
McTell had a better voice, he was an infinitely better guitarist, and his songs never have the political focus that Woody's have, but some of McTell's folkier talking-blues tunes do make me think of Woody a bit.
www.amazon.com /Definitive-Blind-Willie-McTell/dp/B0000028WJ   (1605 words)

 Leadbelly/Blind Willie McTell CD Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A pathetic figure to strangers who listened to him sing for coins on the streets of Atlanta, William Samuel "Blind Willie" McTell was a blues giant-a stirring guitarist, a composer of stunningly moving songs and an interpreter of the first rank.
He was Blind Sammie for Columbia, Georgia Bill on Okeh, Barrelhouse Sammy for Atlantic and Pig 'n Whistle Red on Regal.
Whatever McTell's aliases, the snapping of his 12-string guitar and his sly voice were unmistakable.
www.mnblues.com /cdreview/biograph-leadbelly-mctell-ma.html   (517 words)

 Blind Willie McTell (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
"Blind Willie McTell" is a song by Bob Dylan, titled after the blues singer Blind Willie McTell.
For the song, Dylan, seated at the piano and accompanied by Mark Knopfler on the acoustic guitar, sings a series of plaintive, heartbreaking verses depicting allegorical scenes which reflect on the history of American music and slavery.
It is unclear why Dylan shelved "Blind Willie McTell" and several other famous outtakes from Infidels in favor of the inferior songs released on the LP.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blind_Willie_McTell_(song)   (365 words)

 Amazon.com: Atlanta Twelve String: Music: Blind Willie McTell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
What Bob Dylan heard in McTell, the title subject of one of his most fabled songs, is both easy and hard to catch, but there's something eerie in the almost cheerful delivery of songs such as "Dying Crapshooter's Blues." A grand album that forms yet another facet of the label's gemlike catalog.
One could assume that Blind Willie Mctell had to have all the markings of a blues artist from the 20's who recorded on 78's, recorded under "psuedo names" for different label, was poor, uneducated, lonley, depressed, a faliure, and to top it of was blind.
But Blind Willie Mctell can really hit the soft spot in your soul if you are a real music lover.
www.amazon.com /Atlanta-Twelve-String-Willie-McTell/dp/B000002ITB   (1473 words)

 New Georgia Encyclopedia: Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959)
NGE >> The Arts >> Music >> Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul >> Individual Artists and Musical Groups >> Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959)
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Blind Willie McTell was one of the great blues musicians
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 Blind Willie McTell CD Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Although he was born on May 5, 1901 to the McTier or McTear family, Blind Willie (Willie Samuel) somehow adopted McTell as a surname.
It's not known for fact whether he was sighted at birth or not, but regardless of his visually impaired state, stories abound of his desire to travel and "see the country," and he was said to have had such intimate knowledge of cities and streets that he could guide strangers through Atlanta and New York.
Keith Briggs covers McTell for the Catfish set, and while their twenty-four page booklet offers sharp graphics and a fine array of photographs, the notes don't offer the detailing of the Columbia and Document releases.
www.mnblues.com /cdreview/2003/blindwilliemctll-2003-cr.html   (1411 words)

 willie mctell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Willie McTell will shave the hair off the back of your neck with his agile guitar playing and his aching thin voice.
Also Known As "Blind Willie McTell, but Steve pointed out that perhaps that's not so respectful (perhaps we should then call him William McTell?).
About Blind Willie from the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival web site.
www.links.net /dox/muzik/blooz/mctell   (231 words)

 Channel4.com - SlashMusic - Blind Willie McTell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Blind Willie McTell would be remembered today if only because Bob Dylan immortalised him in song, but McTell's legacy extends well beyond a single cut.
A masterful 12 string guitar player, McTell came to epitomise the sophisticated blues style popular in Atlanta and up the East Coast.
All the same, the Allman Brothers and others found plenty of gritty fire in his "Statesboro Blues".
www.channel4.com /music/music-core/artist.jsp?artistId=55061   (64 words)

 Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz
Blind Willie McTell Vol 1 1927 - 1931
Blind Willie McTell’s recordings ranged from country blues, through ballads, rags and religious songs all performed with great conviction and skill.
Statesboro Blues was covered by the 1970s American super group the Allman Brothers and was released as a single by Taj Mahal.
www.document-records.com /fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5006   (196 words)

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Reprinted on BluesNet with permission from the author.
At first, Willie refused, but dropped by Mr.
The Definitive Blind Willie McTell, Columbia Legacy, 1994.
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