January 14, 2014 – 4:50 am

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Chicago 1965 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the WFMT Studios, Chicago, IL; Recorded April 19, 1965; Broadcast January 3, 2014. Excellent FM broadcast.

Thanks to mdshrk1 for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Studs Terkel’s 1965 interview with Son House will be aired tonight (Fri January 3, 2014) on Chicago radio station WFMT - here’s the info posted on FB by WFMT’s Andrew Patner:

“This should be a must-hear program TONIGHT: Studs Terkel’s 1965 hour with legendary Mississippi Delta Blues singer and guitarist Son House (1902-1988). His first active period, from 1927 to 1943, made Son House an influence in live performance and recordings on Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan. “Rediscovered” in retirement from music in Rochester, New York, in 1964 Son House became a staple on the coffee house and campus folk revival scene, adding Bonnie Raitt and others to the roll of his disciples, until retiring a second time, in Detroit, in 1974.”

Thanks also to chazarrelli for the artwork.

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Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Death Letter 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 02. Interview 13:44 (23.1MB)
Track 03. Levee Camp Moan 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 04. Interview 7:21 (12.4MB)
Track 05. Song Sermon 0:34 (943k)
Track 06. Interview 0:31 (878k)
Track 07. I Shall Not Be Moved 0:55 (1.5MB)
Track 08. Interview 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 09. Preachin’ the Blues 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 10. Interview 6:57 (11.7MB)
Track 11. Louise McGee 2:28 (4.2MB)
Track 12. Interview 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 13. Empire State Express 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 14. Interview 1:43 (2.9MB)
Track 15. Don’t Mind People Grinnin’ In Your Face 1:37 (2.7MB)
60 mins

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  1. 31 Responses to “SON HOUSE WITH STUDS TERKEL - CHICAGO 1965”

  2. Now we`re talking!!!

    By sluggo on Jan 14, 2014

  3. WOW!! This is a real treasure. Thanks Big O!!

    By Ernie Clark on Jan 14, 2014

  4. if theres suddenly access to this collection.. how about the other 200 shows? there was a list of them somewhere of all of them with dates and details. i had it saved. not sure if i still do. been waiting for years for them to be made available. some of them are out there in collectors hands. course the dylan one is legendary. ive had that one since 80 or 81. thank u very much for this one even if no others are forthcoming.

    By darth on Jan 14, 2014

  5. Great find - can’t wait to hear!

    By lowendbill on Jan 14, 2014

  6. Splendide !

    By Stéphane (Paris) on Jan 14, 2014

  7. I am ahuge fan of Son House and this,or any really,unheard recordings make my day.I know the stations where I live would never play anything like this in a million years.Thanks Big-O.

    By Couz on Jan 14, 2014

  8. Thank you for this one, BigO! “Son House was king” (Muddy Waters).

    By Kint on Jan 14, 2014

  9. Hiowdy! My dad and his school teacher buddies saw Son House in London, England in 1967…I was genuinely pissed off that I wasn’t invited along, as I had been fooling around with the guitar for a couple of years by then!

    Cheers! Blind Brand X.

    By Blind Brand X on Jan 14, 2014

  10. thank you very much for this gem bigO.

    i went to wfmt’s web site but there doesnt seem to be an archive section for older material like this. studs terkel’s site has several sections of his interviews and downloadable mp3’s. the “folk music” section does not have son house but theres an extensive interview with alan lomax. other interviews include joan baez, judy collins, dave van ronk, and jean ritchie.

    By barth on Jan 14, 2014

  11. Thanks for making this available !!!!

    By Andries van den Berg on Jan 14, 2014

  12. again guys, this is your pearl for the month ! thanks…

    By sluggo on Jan 14, 2014

  13. Great stuff — thank you very much for posting this!

    By Ralph on Jan 14, 2014

  14. Excellent! Nice to hear something recorded by a professional. Interesting…

    By Timmy on Jan 14, 2014

  15. Thanks to everyone for posting this rebroadcast. Thanks also to Barth for posting the link to Studs website. It’s a favorite of mine since I discovered it awhile ago. I used to give books of his collected columns as gifts until most of them went out of print. The website helps fill that void.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jan 15, 2014

  16. This is very appreciated!

    By John Schott on Jan 15, 2014

  17. big O, tremendous selection!


    By I-) on Jan 15, 2014

  18. Wow. This is a real treat. Thanks Bigo.

    By JB on Jan 15, 2014

  19. @sluggo:

    Second that! Heartiest thanks, Bigo.

    By kingpossum on Jan 15, 2014

  20. Lossless..?

    By aaron eel on Jan 15, 2014

  21. Wow! This is great! The legend that is Son House speaks for itself, but Studs Turkel is quite the legend also. His oral histories give a glimpse of American life as it is from the mouths of those who lived it.

    By David on Jan 15, 2014

  22. Man wish I’d have known it was being broadcast as that Sangean HD tuner is a piece of crap…sorry.

    By Randolph on Jan 16, 2014

  23. i just happened to be flipping channels and came across a channel called aspire. it has a program called blues greats on. its an hour long. however right afterwards is another one that doesnt seem to say anything different and it says the same thing. it could just be another hour long show similar to the first hour. its on now. 8-9pm and 9-10pm eastern time. i noticed it repeats at 11pm and 12midnite. the footage is extraordinary. what im watching is very very early b/w footage of willie dixon and matt gtr murphy from either the late 50s or early 60s. its only 12mins into the show. quality is amazing. if u can find this channel on your system i highly recommend this. the narrator didnt walk on the music at all.

    By darth on Jan 18, 2014

  24. ok i found the video on youtube for those who cant find it on tv. it isnt 2 hours long and the yt video has subtitles but its better than nothing -

    By darth on Jan 18, 2014

  25. found much more info here if anyone is interested in the above program -

    By darth on Jan 18, 2014

  26. Awesome. He seems like, you know… not shitfaced! Earlier on in the ‘rediscovery’ period, I suppose. Great stuff!

    By Ben on Jan 19, 2014

  27. This is amazing! As DJ Jim Ladd says, “Lord, have mercy!”

    By Martin on Jan 23, 2014

  28. Absolutely fantastic and thrilling!! Son House is one of my top 10 favorite bluesmen, and maybe in my top 5. What a force he was!!

    By Paul on Jan 23, 2014

  29. Fantastic: And Son House is in very fine form! Great bluesman. Thanks a lot for those gems

    By gerard on Jul 5, 2014

  30. if u like this sort of blues and son house in particular and that type.. do a search for ‘give my poor heart ease’ on youtube. when u look for this video.. which i think is about 21mins.. u might also look for other similar films made around that time that include other musicians of that ilk and era that include rare live performances. ive collected those videos and made audios of them when i got ahold of them. there are dozens of them. in the 80s and early 90s a bunch of films that were made in the 40s thru early 70s were made available again via various channels but i never saw these issued on dvd only vhs. they went out of print quickly. some were shown on tv on channels like bet etc but never actually issued. thank god theres a site like youtube eh? when u look for that particular title u may find others. give it a go.

    By darth on Jul 5, 2014

  31. any new chinese jeff beck vids on youtube darth ?

    By tin ear frohman on Jul 5, 2014

  32. darth you wouldn`t know a blues man from a blueberry.give it up,every thing proclaim is trash , lies and bullshit.

    By dropkick sarge on Jul 5, 2014

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