K.C. Douglas

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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s


21 November 1913, Sharon, Mississippi, USA, d. 18 October 1975, Berkeley, California, USA. Baptised with initials only, Douglas came from a strict Baptist family, his father a minister who disapproved of blues. Although interested in the guitar, he did not acquire one until 1936, taking instruction from uncle Scott Douglas and cousin Isadore Scott. Moving to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1940, he met Tommy Johnson, having previously copied his style from records. In 1945, he moved to Vallejo, California, as a government recruit to work in the Kaiser shipyard. He then moved north to Richmond and met harmonica player Sidney Maiden. The pair recorded for Bob Geddins’ Down Town label in 1948, Douglas singing ‘Mercury Boogie’, using a guitar loaned by Lowell Fulson, and Maiden singing ‘Eclipse Of The Sun’, songs for which each man was subsequently lauded. In 1954, Douglas moved to Oakland and recorded ‘K.C. Boogie’ for Rhythm, another...

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