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Includes liner notes by Frank-John Hadley. A budget sampling from Copeland's five Rounder albums from the s. All in all, a nice cross-section and a good introduction to this artist's later work.
Special bonus points for including his collaboration with African musicians on their closer, "Kasavubu. Johnny Copeland. His big voice could be heard over the horn-driven Houston bands. Frustrated with the disco boom and the number of clubs replacing live bands with DJs, Johnny moved to Harlem in , playing local clubs and house parties.
He took a day job while continuing to play at night. But it was in New York that his break finally came. Unfortunately, he was forced to slow down in because of heart-related complications, yet he continued to perform shows until his death in July of Johnny Copeland was born March 27, , in Haynesville, Louisiana, about 15 miles south of Magnolia, Arkansas formerly Texarkana, a hotbed of blues activity in the '20s and '30s.
The son of sharecroppers, his father died when he was very young, but Copeland was given his father's guitar. His first gig was with his friend Joe "Guitar" Hughes. Soon after, Hughes "took sick" for a week and the young Copeland discovered he could be a frontman and deliver vocals as well as anyone else around Houston at that time.
After his family sans his father moved to Houston, a teenage Copeland was exposed to musicians from both cities. While he was becoming interested in music, he also pursued boxing, mostly as an avocation, and it is from his days as a boxer that he got his nickname "Clyde. Reset password. Already have an account? Log in. An error has occured - see below:. You have been subscribed to Amoeba newsletter.
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