Smokey Wilson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Robert Lee Wilson, 11 July 1936, Glen Allan, Mississippi, USA. Wilson was eight when his father bought him his first guitar. His teenage years were spent developing his singing and playing skills. In 1961 he became a member of Junior Green And His Soul Searchers Band, which, after some years, he left to join Roosevelt ‘Booba’ Barnes, with whom he played for four years. In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles, hoping that his down-home style would be popular. He played in a number of clubs and became part-owner of the Casino Club, where he worked on a regular basis. In 1972, Wilson sold his interest in the club and bought the Pioneer Club in south central Los Angeles. Artists such as Percy Mayfield, George Smith, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton played alongside Wilson. His first two albums on the Big Town label featured an uncredited Rod Piazza on harmonica alongside a flashy rock guitarist, and inappropriate accompaniment marred the 1982 Murray Bros. outing...

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