Amos Milburn

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Eligible since: 1971 (The 1972 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Amos Milburn be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Amos Milburn is someone I'd be comfortable with being inducted as either an Early Influence or as a Performer, as his recording debut is close enough to what the Hall considers the beginning of the rock 'n roll era (1954/55). His first recording, Amos Blues, was cut in 1946, so he fits the timeline for Early Influences, but his prime years (1948-1953) were just on the cusp of rock 'n roll's emergence into the mainstream.

The Rock Before Elvis site contains some great info regarding Milburn's influence on Fats Domino and the transition from the boogie-woogie to the rock 'n roll piano playing styles. Here it is:

"Texas pianist Amos Milburn (b. Houston, 1927; d. 1980) was a link between boogie woogie and rock 'n' roll piano styles. He improved upon the traditional left hand boogie woogie pattern of a walking bass--the eight-note bass pattern repeating every two bars--and did a faster 4-note pattern, with lightning fast figures on the right hand. You can hear the same thing on Fats Domino's early recordings, and Domino has often said that Amos Milburn was a main inspiration for him. Milburn claimed, as his own inspiration, Louis Jordan, Albert Ammons, Ivory Joe Hunter, and lifetime friend, Charles Brown."

The full page is available here: http://www.hoyhoy.com/artists/amos.htm

The Legacy section of his Wiki entry also has this information:

"The Texan boogie-woogie pianist and singer was an important performer of blues music during the years immediately after World War II.[8] Milburn was one of the first performers to switch from sophisticated jazz arrangements to a louder "jump" blues. He began to emphasize rhythm and technical qualities of voice and instrumentation second.[9] His energetic songs, about getting 'high', were admired by fellow musicians, such as Little Willie Littlefield, Floyd Dixon and his prime disciple, Fats Domino.[5]

He was a commercial success for eleven years and influenced many performers. Fats Domino credited Milburn consistently as an influence on his music.[6]"

Now here's some fascinating info I wasn't previously aware of: Amos Milburn signed with Motown in 1962, long after his peak, and recorded for them for two years. Stevie Wonder even sat in with Milburn during one of his Motown sessions and provided a harmonica solo on the remake of Chicken Shack Boogie.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 10.28.13 @ 14:39pm


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