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Brim, John

(born: 1922  -  died: 2003) 

John Brim was born in Hopkinsville, KY. He taught himself to play the guitar and the harmonica. In 1941 he moved to Indianapolis, then on to Chicago. Brim owned a dry cleaning business and a record store in Chicago. He was also a blues vocalist, song writer, and guitarist. He worked with "Sonny Boy" Williamson, Muddy Waters, and others. Brim had a number of recordings in the 1950s; his songs include Be Careful, Ice Cream Man, and Tough Times. His wife was Grace Brim (1924-1999), blues drummer and vocalist. John Brim played at the 1997 Chicago Bluesfest. In 2000 he performed on the album Jake's Blues. For more see Blues Who's Who, by S. Harris; and R. K. Elder, "Simplicity, eloquence shaped bluesman's style," Chicago Tribune, 10/08/2003, Obituaries section, p. 10. 

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NKAA Source: Be careful (song)
NKAA Source: Ice cream man (song)
NKAA Source: Tough times (song)
NKAA Source: Jake's blues (album)
NKAA Source: Blues who's who: a biographical dictionary of blues singers
NKAA Source: Chicago tribune (newspaper)

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