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Baker, McHouston T., Sr. "Mickey"

(born: 1925  -  died: 2012) 

Mickey Baker, born in Louisville, KY, spent his younger years in orphanages and learned to play music in school bands. In 1940, he ran away to New York. Baker is a guitarist who has played on hundreds of recording sessions, including those of Ray Charles and Ivory Joe Hunter. Some of his songs are Animal Farm, Baker's Dozen, Hey Little Girl, and Love is Strange. His album Wildest Guitar was released in 2003. Mickey Baker moved to France in the 1960s and he died there in November 27, 2012. He was the son of Lillian Smith, born October 15, 1925, according to the Kentucky Birth Index. Though he lived most of his life in France, he never gave up his American citizenship. For more see Blues Who's Who, by S. Harris; Mickey Baker at the allmusic website; and B. Weber, "Mickey Baker, guitarist, is dead at 87," New York Times, 11/30/2012, p.B17.


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NKAA Source: Animal farm (song)
NKAA Source: Baker's dozen (song)
NKAA Source: Hey little girl (song)
NKAA Source: Love is strange (song)
NKAA Source: The Wildest guitar (album)
NKAA Source: Blues who's who: a biographical dictionary of blues singers
NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)

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