Booker T. Washington White
"Bukka"

Doing the Booker Boogie at Memphis' Ellis Auditorium.

Bukka White's powerful pre-war recordings inspired a posse of blues fans to search the South for him. (See 1963 Isn't 1962 for more information.)

Unlike some of his contemporaries, Bukka was thrilled to be "rediscovered," since his passion for music had never diminished. With pure enthusiasm for life, Booker (as he preferred to be called) made the most of the 60's, introducing young audiences to the thundering, primal sound of World Boogie.

This clip is unusual because we catch Booker playing a wooden body Gibson rather than his National Steel. Booker usually couldn't be trusted with fragile instruments. His beefy build and power playing style had been known to crush ordinary guitars.

Listen to Bukka White in RealPlayer8 format for dialup users or for broadband users.

(Note: The difference in quality is significant.
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