21 July 1915, USA, d. 22 July 1995, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Singer and guitarist McDaniel took his first professional engagement in the late 30s with the Rhythm Rascals. After becoming leader of the Cotton Club Tramp Band in New York he found his most famous and enduring professional commitment with the Five Blazes, beginning in 1941. Fusing jazz and R&B, the group stayed together through the war years and into the mid-50s, proving an ever popular attraction on the east coast of America. After their dissolution McDaniel continued to work as a session and live musician. He sang back-up vocals for Sam Cooke for a period before joining one of the numerous line-ups of the Ink Spots for over 10 years. In the 90s he was still active, recording music with the Blues Swingers for Delmark Records as late as 1994 and played at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival. He died of cancer a year later aged 80.