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Snooks Eaglin

When they referred to consistently amazing guitarist Snooks Eaglin as a human jukebox in his New Orleans hometown, they weren't dissing him in the slightest. The blind Eaglin was a beloved figure in the Crescent City, not only for his gritty, Ray Charles-inspired vocal delivery and wholly imaginative approach to the guitar, but for the seemingly infinite storehouse of oldies that he was liable to pull out on-stage at any second -- often confounding his bemused band in the process! His earliest recordings in 1958 for Folkways presented Eaglin as a solo acoustic folk-blues artist with an extremely eclectic repertoire. His dazzling fingerpicking was nothing short of astonishing, but he really wanted to be making R&B with a band. Imperial Records producer Dave Bartholomew granted him the opportunity in 1960, and the results were sensational. Eaglin's fluid, twisting lead guitar on the utterly infectious "Yours Truly" (a Bartholomew composition first waxed by Pee Wee Crayton) and its sequel, "Cover Girl," was unique on the New Orleans R&B front, while his brokenhearted cries on "Don't Slam That Door" and "That Certain Door" were positively mesmerizing.

Eaglin stuck with Imperial through 1963, when the firm closed up shop in New Orleans, without ever gaining national exposure. Eaglin found a home with Black Top Records in the 1980s, releasing four albums with the label, including 1988's Out of Nowhere (re-released on CD by P-Vine in 2007) and 1995's Soul's Edge. In 2003 P-Vine put out Soul Train from Nawlins, an album drawn from a live set Eaglin did at 1995's Park Tower Blues Festival. A collection of Eaglin's earliest recordings, all done on acoustic guitar, was released in 2005 by Smithsonian Folkways as New Orleans Street Singer. Snooks Eaglin continued performing and recording into the 21st century -- including his final album, 2002's The Way It Is -- and near the end of his life few knew that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer; Eaglin was admitted to New Orleans' Ochsner Medical Center in February 2009, where he died of a heart attack on the 18th of that month at age 73. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Sonet Blues Story

1. Boogie Children

2. Who's Loving You Tonight

3. Lucille

4. Drive It Home

5. Good News

6. Funky Malaguena

7. Pine Top's Boogie-Woogie

8. That Same Old Train

9. I Get The Blues When It Rains

10. Young Boys Blues

11. Tomorrow Night

12. Little Girl Of Mine

13. Shake A Hand

14. Shake, Rattle And Roll

15. Win Your Love For Me

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Track List: Baby, You Can Get Your Gun

1. You Give Me Nothing But The Blues

2. Baby Please

3. Oh Sweetness

4. Profidia

5. Lavinia

6. Baby You Can Get Your Gun

7. Drop The Bomb

8. That Certain Door

9. Mary Joe

10. Nobody Knows

11. Pretty Girls Everywhere

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Track List: That's All Right

1. Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes

4. I Got A Woman

5. Alberta

7. Don't You Lie To Me

8. That's All Right

10. Bottle Up And Go

12. One More Drink

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Track List: New Orleans Street Singer (Reissue)

1. Looking For A Woman

2. Walking Blues

3. Careless Love

4. Saint James Infirmary

5. High Society

6. I Got My Questionnaire

7. Let Me Go Home, Whiskey

8. Mama, Don't Tear My Clothes

9. Trouble In Mind

10. The Lonesome Road

11. Helping Hand (A Thousand Miles Away From Home)

12. One Room Country Shack

13. Who's Been Foolin' You

14. Drifting Blues

15. Sophisticated Blues

16. Come Back, Baby

17. Rock Island Line

18. See See Rider

19. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer

20. Mean Old World

21. Mean Old Frisco

22. Every Day I Have The Blues

23. Careless Love 2

24. Drifting Blues

25. The Lonesome Road 2

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Track List: Country Boy In New Orleans

1. Country Boy Down In New Orleans

2. Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes

3. I've Had My Fun

4. Bottle Up And Go

5. Give Me The Good Old Boxcar

6. Walking Blues

7. Possum Up A Simmon Tree

8. That's All Right

9. Veal Chop And Pork Chop

10. Down By The Riverside

11. Model T And The Train

12. Jack O'Diamonds

13. Death Valley Blues

14. Rock Me Mama

15. John Henry

16. Locomotive Train

17. I Had A Little Woman

18. Rock Me Mama

20. Going Back To New Orleans

21. Mardi Gras Mambo

22. Bottle Up & Go

23. This Train

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Track List: Out Of Nowhere

1. Oh Lawdy, My Baby

2. Lipstick Traces

3. Young Girl

4. Out Of Nowhere

5. You're So Fine

6. Mailman Blues

7. Wella Wella Baby La

8. Kiss Of Fire

9. It's Your Thing

10. Playgirl

11. West Side Baby

12. Cheeta

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Snooks English makes this ballad intimate, played by one for one woman, forever alone.
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cchennessey5
Found myself in a nice little corner of Asheville, NC recently. Heard several songs of the kind I thought were no longer created, much less heard on radio. The lady there introduced me to Pandora, provided some
101 help, and here I am, happy as a peach!
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nice blues
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bpeer
Now I know where Kanye stole the chorus of Gold Digger from, I Got a Woman
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we're pregnant
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312motorsinc
Snooks is as awesome as Pandora!!!
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Pandora's amazing. Introducing me to snooks.
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wow--evermor e to find here on pandora--god bless more and more
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Love Mississippi River Blues, and Minnie Nicole with him, is true life Blues, such as we had in those days he sings about, Calvin
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that was my mommee name! dancing in my seat.... whoo she a fine thang..
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long time fan
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one scotch, one bourban, one bourban. Too much
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michaellaake
thank you brother snooks!
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lafibiflamen c o
deep...
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Snooks has da hooks!!!
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wsteven1
Play it...SNOOKS! ! ! !
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Since he preferred making R&B with a band, and he did make R&B with a band, why isn't that represented on Pandora?
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cspatriot
He gave us his soul. Thanks for the Music...
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snooks we love you, god bless you
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Yes, he passed away Wednesday. The New York Times has his obituary. I'm sure major newspapers in New Orleans have even more. A great loss indeed.
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roscoeotis
Just heard on WWOZ that Snooks passed today. Can't confirm. Will be a great loss in any case.
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hace que despierten mis lujurias.... . . . .
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Snooks performed this weekend at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, it was sublime, featuring the human jukebox at his very best. At the end of his set, the aging Snooks was led off the stage by a host of family members including great grandchildre n . It was beautiful to watch a city and a family celebrate his genius. .

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