Magic Slim's got the blues, and he's not afraid to play them his way.
Magic Slim was born Morris Holt in Torrence, Mississippi, on August 7, 1937.
He took an early interest in music, singing in the church choir, and
fashioning a guitar for himself with baling wire from a broom, which he nailed
to the wall. "Mama whooped me for that", recalls Magic Slim. His first
love was the piano, but having lost the little finger on his right hand in a
cotton gin accident he found it difficult to play properly. Undaunted, Magic
Slim simply switched to guitar, working in the cotton fields during the week
and playing the blues at house parties on weekends. When Magic Slim was 11, he
moved to Grenada, Mississippi, where he met and became friends with
who gave him a few pointers on guitar. Years later the two would hook up again
in Chicago, where
would have a major influence on Magic Slim's career. When Magic Slim made his
first trip to Chicago in 1955,
offered his friend encouragement, letting Magic Slim play bass in his band and
even giving the then lanky Magic Slim his nickname. But Magic Slim found it
rough going on the highly competitive blues scene and returned, discouraged,
to Mississippi to perfect his craft. Demonstrating his characteristic
determination, Magic Slim spent the next five years practicing guitar and
teaching his younger brothers, Nick and Douglas (Lee Baby) to play bass and
drums respectively. Confident in his abilities, Magic Slim returned to Chicago
and established himself as a formidable player on the scene. In 1967, Magic
Slim put his own band together called The Teardrops, which included his
younger brothers. In 1972, Magic Slim began playing regularly at a tiny South
Side club called Florence's. In the mid-70's Magic Slim began to hit
his stride as a guitarist, performer, bandleader, and recording artist,
launching a career that has taken him across the country and overseas to
national and international recognition and acclaim. Magic Slim began touring
Europe, where his rough and tumble authenticity was well appreciated. Today
Magic Slim is one of the most sought-after headliners for festivals in the
U.K., Poland, Scandinavia, France, Holland, Belgium, and Greece. By the late
1980's he was also touring Japan and South America. On his first trip to
Brazil in 1989, he became an instant hero, appearing on television, in a dozen
magazine articles and every major newspaper in the country. Magic Slim recorded
many albums and won six times the W.C. Handy Award.
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Biographical Information on Magic Slim
Magic Slim biography at billboard.com.
Magic Slim biography at blindpigrecords.com.
Magic Slim biography at centerstage.net.
Magic Slim biography at wikipedia.org.
Magic Slim biography at alligator.com.
Magic Slim biography at maxctalentgroup.com.
Magic Slim biography by Bill Dahl & Al Campbell.
Various Articles on Magic Slim
Magic Slim Tour Dates on pollstar.com.
Article by Darryl Sterdan.
Reviews and Critiques of Magic Slim Live Performances and Recordings
Magic Slim & the Teardrops @ theRailhead, 7-19-01, Las Vegas, NV. Review by Don Brown Sr.
Magic Slim & the Teardrops @ theRailhead 11-14-02, Las Vegas, NV. Review by Don Brown Sr.
Magic Slim and The Teardrops - Pilegaarden, Copenhagen, 3/10/04.
Magic Slim Interviews
Interview and photos by Tracie Reed, Entertainment Magazine.
Magic Slim interview at ilpopolodelblues.com.
Magic Slim Photos
Magic Slim 2005 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Rauma Blues 2005 in photos: Magic Slim & The Teardrops.
Photos by Dragan Tasic,Baden Blues Festival 2005.
Magic Slim photos at talkinblues.com.
Magic Slim photos by Tracie Reed.
Magic Slim Videos
Magic Slim at the Chicago Blues Fest. Runtime 02:23.
Magic Slim. Runtime 08:43.
Magic Slim Live Mexico City. Runtime 05:55.
BLUE JEANS & MAGIC SLIM - SESC 15 MAIO 2007. Runtime 07:59.
Cazorla XI - I often wondered ... Runtime 02:50.
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