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Autographs of Matt Murphy, Lonnie Johnson, Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim     Autographs of Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim
Autographs of (left) Matt Murphy, Lonnie Johnson, Otis Spann, Big Joe Williams and (right) Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim. The above were obtained on the same night at the 1963 American Folk Blues Festival at the Fairfields Hall, Croydon, Surrey, England. After the concert, I went round to the Stage Door and found the tour bus waiting, with various of the performers seated and others arriving.  The above all politely signed the reverse of cards advertising Guy Steven's Monday night Rhythm and Blues Record Session at The Scene, London, Big Joe Williams carefully inscribing his three crosses, to some embarassment on my behalf.  I was politely shooed off the bus before I could complete the set with Victoria Spivey.

Hubert Sumlin's autograph
Autograph of guitarist Hubert Sumlin. This was obtained at the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival, where he was playing with Howling Wolf.

Autograph of Solomon Burke
Autograph of "The King Solomon Burke", obtained in a slightly muddy field after Solomon had performed his set in a tent, wearing a shiny silvery suit, to an audience of dozens.

Autographs of the Modern Jazz Quartet
Autographs of John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Connie Kay and Percy Heath. This was obtained in 1969, when I had a lodger during my undergraduate years who was the Secretary of the Entertainments Committee at the University of Southampton.  He was a great fan of the MJQ and pulled a real coup under the noses of bigger promoters getting a double performance at the University refectory on a Saturday night. The gig had to be seated by the MJQ's contract, and the venue wasn't very big.  So, with the necessity to hire and bring down and return a concert tuned Steinway grand piano from London for the gig, it wasn't exactly profitable.  He wasn't re-elected for the next term.

John Otway autograph
From the sublime to the wonderfully ridiculous, Aylesbury's "Really Free" John Otway. The autograph was obtained at The Joiners Arms in Southampton in the early 1980s, a venue he played quite frequently during that period.

CD cover autographed by Allen & Vincent Toiussaint
Autographs of Allen Toussaint and his elder brother Vincent on the cover of their joint CD. These were obtained at Good Rockin' in New Orleans LA on 26 April 2005, after Allen had entertained the packed, small store for an hour singing and playing solo a selection from his many hit songs.

For Gene Vincent & Blue Caps autographs see Photographs & Autographs section at Micropublisher website
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