American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918. Before his death on May 24, 1963, he would become known as the “King of Slide Guitar” who used loud amplification and his wailing voice to blaze the trail for all the blues that followed him.
Elmore James was already playing his music at the age of 12 under the name of Cleanhead. The clearest influences on James were Robert Johnson, Kokomo Arnold and Tampa Red. After inheriting two members from Tampa Red’s band who became known as the Broomdusters, Dust My Broom became a signature song for James after it became a surprise hit in 1952.
When thinking on Elmore James’ legacy, it might be best summed up as his work might as well be the shadow history of every blues influenced rock guitarist. On a scale of one to 10, Aloha Promises Forever rates this compilation album a rock solid 10.
You may listen to the entirety of Elmore James’ The Sky Is Crying here: