Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr (1931–1995), native of Blytheville, Arkansas, is better known as Junior Walker of Motown legends Junior Walker & the All Stars. Here they are with "Shotgun", a 1965 cut that spent four weeks at number 1 on the R&B Singles chart.
This week marks the 88th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, the historic week and a half at the border of Tennessee and Virginia in a town called Bristol which launched the careers of two of country music's most influential artists: the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Annually in August, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame dedicates a week to celebration of their achievements and the unity of the Nation. Co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Roslyn Smith and Cherice Harrison-Nelson through the spirit of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame works year-round to create community among, honor, and educate about the individuals and groups who create and uphold the arts and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans.
The late great Howlin' Wolf (born 1910 as Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi) doing "Smokestack Lightning" at the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival, a show that toured Europe as an annually during the 1960s. Other performers included blues greats Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson.