21 March 1930, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, d. 24 April 1970, Chicago, Illinois, USA. One of the finest pianists of post-war blues, Spann learned the instrument as a child. He initially played in his stepfathers church, but by the age of 14 was a member of a small local group. Having pursued careers in football and boxing, Spann moved to Chicago where he returned to music through work with several established attractions, including Memphis Slim and Roosevelt Sykes, before fronting the house band at the citys Tick Tock club. In 1952 the pianist made his first recordings with Muddy Waters and the following year he became a permanent member of this seminal artists group, with whom he remained for most of his professional life. Spann did complete a solo session in 1955 with the assistance of Willie Dixon and Robert Lockwood, but session appearances for Bo Diddley and Howlin Wolf apart, he is recalled for the subtle yet complementary support he...
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