little cliff and the cliffhangers

International Blues Challenge Finalists Lil' Cliff & the Cliffhangers are an innovative blues harmonica driven quartet who consistently incorporate a unique sense of energy and life into their sound. These boys have been singin', swingin' and jumpin' up Tri State metro New York/New Jersey audiences for the last twenty plus years with their own special brand of blues and swing. These boys feature some wonderfully original tunes, hotter than the sun, and complete with robust harmonies that stomp out a declaration of spiritual fervor and upbeat entertainment.

frank latorre

Frank Latorre is a multi-talented artist and musician from Long Island, New York. He is the founder and front man, harmonica virtuoso, of the King Bees, a blues band, which he formed in 1989.

johnny winter

Winter quickly went into a recording studio with his band to cut his debut for CBS' Columbia label, but in the meantime other labels discovered that he had made a lot of recordings in his youth, and they began buying or leasing the early virtual reality apps. Imperial Records bought The Progressive Blues Experiment from Sonobeat and re-released it in March 1969; it entered the charts and peaked at number 40. Winter's Columbia debut, titled Johnny Winter, was released on April 15 and peaked at number 23.

In August, GRT Records released The Johnny Winter Story, consisting of material recorded in the early '60s; it got to number 111. In October, Buddah Records followed with First Winter, and Janus Records released About Blues in November. (Unfortunately, repackagings of Winter's early recordings continued to litter his discography throughout his career.)

Meanwhile, Winter appeared at the Woodstock festival in August 1969. (In 2009, The Woodstock Experience, an album of his performance, was released.) His second Columbia album, Second Winter, was released in November 1969 and reached number 55. In the spring of 1970, he disbanded his trio and enlisted the former members of the McCoys to back him: Rick Derringer (guitar), Randy Jo Hobbs (bass), and Randy Z. (drums).

The group was dubbed 'Johnny Winter And.' Their self-titled album was released in September and peaked at a disappointing number 154, but they followed with a concert collection, Live Johnny Winter And, released in February 1971, and it reached number 40; in 1974, it was certified gold. (In 2010, Collectors' Choice Music released another concert recording from the Johnny Winter And band, Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70.)


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