Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Seven-Inch-Vinyl: Character Profile: Chanticleer

Chanticleer's true age is never made clear. He's described as a: "...grizzled old negro," with a true talent for playing the guitar. Joseph meets him at the filling station while Danny's car is being repaired. We learn that as a young man, he made recordings for a man named John Lomax, who came south to document black music for The Library of Congress in 1933. Chantey, as he is known, deserted his family and hopped a freight train north to play in the jazz clubs of Chicago and St. Louis. He worked his way to New York where he appeared with Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington at The Cotton Club. After years on the circuit, he returned to Kentucky and opened a filling station, though most people are unaware he is more than just a worker.

Rock and Roll quote of the day: "Tonight with words unspoken, you tell me I'm the only one. But will my heart be broken, when the night meets the morning sun?" From: Will You Love Me, Tomorrow." By: The Shirelles.

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