Harpist Good Rockin' Charles
is best-known for a solo he didn't play. Suffering from a bad case of studio fright, Charles
chickened out of playing on guitarist Jimmy Rogers
' 1956 Chess waxing of "Walking by Myself" -- leaving the door wide-open for Big Walter Horton
to blow a galvanic solo that rates among his very best. Charles
' domestic solo discography consists of one nice album for Steve Wisner
's short-lived Mr. Blues logo in 1975.
Inspired by both Sonny Boys and Little Walter
, Charles Edwards
began playing harp shortly after hitting Chicago in 1949. He played with a plethora of local luminaries -- Johnny Young
, Lee Jackson
, Arthur Spires
, Smokey Smothers
-- before joining Rogers
's combo in 1955. Cobra Records also tried and failed to corral him for a session in 1957.
Bassist Hayes Ware
was instrumental in finally convincing the elusive Good Rockin'
into a studio for Mr. Blues, where he shook the walls with revivals of classics by both Sonny Boys, Rogers
, and Jay McShann
. Unfortunately, it would prove the extent of the mysterious harpist's recorded legacy.
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