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Walter “Furry” Lewis

By Doyle M. Pace, originally published in the December 1990 Blues News Beale Street, for the first quarter of this century, was one of the roughest and toughest, most rocking and swinging, wide-open streets in the country. It was a close counterpart of Kansas City’s Eighteenth and Vine.  Memphis was the next major port up the Mississippi…

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Blind Boy Fuller

By Doyle M. Pace, originally published in the August 1996 Blues News Sixty years ago, a slight, neatly dressed black man stood on the corner of Seventh and Patterson Streets in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He was playing his guitar and singing ragtimey blues. This guitar player was Blind Boy Fuller.  He would become one of four great…

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