Monday, February 22

West Oakland - 1940s and ’50s

"Seventh Street blossomed in the post-World-War-II era because of its proximity to Oakland’s waterfront, where workers had migrated from around the country to work in the naval shipyards during the war. Sailors and soldiers stationed at the military bases along the bay settled in West Oakland after the war, including a large number of African Americans from the South who brought with them the blues sounds from states like Louisiana and Texas. West Oakland also was the terminus of the transcontinental railroad and the West Coast headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first national black union. Read more of this entry or explore the people, places, clubs, and topics of 7th Street below."
Virtual Oakland Blues & Jazz
Oakland's legendary blues district getting a walk of fame
DEATH OF THE BLUES IN OAKLAND (Video), amazon: Blues City: A Walk in Oakland by Ishmael Reed
Saunders King on Charlie Christian and Early Electric Guitar (Video)
YouTube: Saunders King And His Rhythm - Swingin' (1946), SK Blues part 1&2 - Saunders King (1942), Mary Williams And Big Joe Williams - Oakland Blues, Oakland blues - Mississippi Johnny Waters, Lowell Fulson - Blue Shadows (1950), Let's Live Right - Lowell Fulson, Don't Talk Back · Big Mama Thorton