Johnny Copeland

Genres: Blues
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 March 1937, Haynesville, Louisiana, USA, d. 4 July 1997, New York, USA. A former boxer, Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland was active as a guitarist and singer on the Houston blues scene during the late 50s and 60s. While there is no doubt as to Copeland’s blues credentials, throughout the 60s in particular, he recorded a wide body of genuinely top-drawer soul. Although all of his 60s soul tracks appear to have been recorded in Houston (from the 70s onwards, some were cut in Los Angeles), Copeland was a ‘label-hopper’ supreme. He made numerous singles for such labels as Mercury Records (‘All Boy’ 1958), Paradise, Golden Eagle (‘Down On Bending Knees’) and Crazy Cajun. His version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ was issued by New York-based Wand Records in 1965 and there were later albums for Atlantic Records. The renewed interest in the blues during the 70s brought a recording contract with Rounder...

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