RIP – Freddy Robinson, 70, was 9 when he saw his 1st blues band in Memphis. He emulated them by plucking wire attached to a barn wall. When he was 13 he saved some money and bought a real guitar, his second, from a Sears catalog. He called it Bessie, and he played that guitar his entire life.
Robinson went on to be an inspirational blues guitarist himself playing with Ray Charles & Howlin’ Wolf. He also found work writing jingles, and recently did one for Southwest Airlines, performing in the TV commercial as well.