Fird Eaglin, 21 January 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Eaglin was left blind after a childhood illness and was given the nickname Snooks after a character in a radio series. He played guitar and sang in Baptist churches before winning a local talent contest in 1947. During the 50s he was a street singer in New Orleans, performing a variety of pop, blues and folk material. However, his first recordings, made by Harry Oster for Folkways and Folk-Lyric in 1958, emphasized the country blues side of his repertoire. He was equally at home in R&B, however, and his 1960 records for Imperial were in this format. During the 60s, Eaglin was a popular artist in New Orleans, where he frequently accompanied Professor Longhair on guitar. Eaglin returned to a songster mix of folk and pop when recorded in 1972 by Quint Davis, and his later records showed a versatility ranging from flamenco to swamp-pop. Eaglins 80s albums for Black Top were produced by...
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