Elmore Brooks, 27 January 1918, Richland, Mississippi, USA, d. 23 May 1963, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although his recording career spanned 10 years, Elmore James is chiefly recalled for his debut release, 1951s Dust My Broom. This impassioned, exciting performance, based on a virulent composition by country blues singer Robert Johnson, was marked by the artists unfettered vocals and his searing electric slide guitar. James formative years were spent in Mississippi juke joints where he befriended Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson), a regular performer on the US radio station KFFAs King Biscuit Time show. Elmore accompanied Miller for several years, and through his influence secured his initial recording contract with the Trumpet label in 1951. Dust My Broom, released under the Elmo James moniker, became the surprise R&B hit of the year, reaching the Top 10 and led to several offers from different record labels....
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