Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Neighborhood Vs. Wynonie Harris

Here are a couple of news items via the Jet magazine archives (02/24/1955 and 11/03/1955, respectively) detailing wildman Wynonie Harris's clashes with touchy neighbors in Brooklyn and Long Island.

I'd give just about anything to see a photo of the flashing sign on his Long Island lawn reading "The World's Greatest Blues Singer Lives Here."  As the great Dizzy Dean once said, "it ain't bragging if you can do it."

Below: Wynonie Harris, via ACE records.


phipps11 said...

He just might be the world's greatest blues singer!
Or blues shouter at least.
-- Jon

Pedro G. said...

I don't know about Long Island in 1955 but in 2014, a light-up lawn saying "The World's Greatest Blues Singer Lives Here" would be the classiest thing in Nassau or Suffolk.