Raful Neal

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


6 June 1936, Chamberlin, Louisiana, USA, d. 1 September 2004, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Born on a farm in west Baton Rouge parish, Neal was inspired to play the harmonica after listening to Louisiana native Little Walter on the Nashville-based WLAC station. Buying a harmonica, he was helped by a friend, Ike Brown, to learn its rudiments. Some time later, he was engaged to join the road band of guitarist Little Eddie Lang. His own first group featured Lazy Lester and drummer Murdock Stillwood. When Lester left, Buddy Guy was one of his replacements. The band toured Louisiana and east Texas, finding its first residency at the Streamline Club in Port Allen, where Neal took up residence. He recorded ‘Sunny Side Of Love’ for Peacock in 1958 but the single was shelved after a contract dispute with local producer Jay Miller. The following year he recorded ‘On The Dark Side Cryin’’ and ‘Cryin’ Blues’ for the local Whit label....

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