Snooks Eaglin Biography

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Fird Eaglin, 21 January 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Eaglin was left blind after a childhood illness and was given the nickname Snooks after a character in a radio series. He played guitar and sang in Baptist churches before winning a local talent contest in 1947. During the 50s he was a street singer in New Orleans, performing a variety of pop, blues and folk material. However, his first recordings, made by Harry Oster for Folkways and Folk-Lyric in 1958, emphasized the country blues side of his repertoire. He was equally at home in R&B, however, and his 1960 records for Imperial were in this format. During the 60s, Eaglin was a popular artist in New Orleans, where he frequently accompanied Professor Longhair on guitar. Eaglin returned to a ‘songster’ mix of folk and pop when recorded in 1972 by Quint Davis, and his later records showed a versatility ranging from flamenco to swamp-pop. Eaglin’s 80s albums for Black Top were produced by Hammond Scott and included accompaniments from Anson Funderburgh (guitar), Grady Gaines (saxophones) and Sammy Myers (harmonica). He continued recording into the 21st Century until cancer slowed him down. He finally died at his home in the New Orleans suburb of St. Rose in 2009 at age 73.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.