THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 7-8, 2019
A Bit of Sad News to report…. Southern Soul Singer Corey Rudolph made the transition last weekend, November 30th. Corey was from Haynesville Alabama, and until a few months he was driving a truck for a living. The 31 year was just coming in to his own with several Southern Soul releases to his credit with the latest titled Southern Soul Music on the CDS label. Corey was funeralized on Saturday, December 7th in Prattville Alabama. Great loss in the Southern Soul music world….Corey would have celebrated his 32nd birthday on Thursday, December 5th…Our condolences go out to Corey’s family, friends and many many fans………
Another transition that was made….This is from AmericanBluesScene.com…Wee Willie Walker, the Minnesota Soul Blues Legend made the transition last week in his home of Minneapolis Minnesota. Willie moved to Minnesota in 1959 from Memphis Tennessee. It was something about Minneapolis that he liked, and he told his band mates back then, after three trips to Minneapolis, he said if they made one more trip there, he was going to stay. They did and he did. He would occasionally return to Memphis for recording sessions, but he remained true to Minnesota. I imagine they called him Wee Willie because he stood 5 feet 2 inches….There will be a celebration of Willie’s life on December 22nd in St Paul. Incidentally, Wee Willie’s birthday falls on December 23rd……Wee Willie Walker was 77 years of age.
And for some uplifting BluesNews here…..The Blues Foundation’s 2020 International Blues Challenge is right around the corner…….The event will be held January 28th through February 1st in Memphis. Hundreds of Blues Bands from all over the world will be in Memphis to compete in the biggest Blues Band competition in the world. If you want to know more about the activities, the lodging, and everything IBC, we have a link on our BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com…..