Snooks Eaglin (real name Fird Eaglin, Jr.) was a New Orleans busker who was alternatively known as ‘ the Little Ray Charles’ and the ‘the Human Juke Box’. This guitarist singer had himself a brief run as a R&B barnstormer in the 1960s. His song Careless Love was exemplary of his musical voice. He talked the walk of the blues and he and his guitar walked that talk until his life ended on February 18, 2009.
In his simple as a rolling stone approach, he turned his ditties into profound statements that touched the soul. In his New Orleans sway, he proved he had a lot to say. Careless as a love that whimpered its whisper into the intimacy of acoustic blues, his songs have left their immortal mark in southern blues vocabulary like few others
A few people can play just about anything. Only a handful can make each note count. Snooks Eaglin was one of those who could and did.
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