Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Doc Terry: Playing Harp and Soul

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Doc Terry: Playing Harp and Soul

Article excerpt

TO say that Doc Terry has done it all and seen it all would be an exaggeration, but hardly a great one.

Terry has played the blues all the over the world. For the last seven years, however, he has been in St. Louis with his band, the Pirates.

"I have been playing juke joints around town since the early 1950s," Terry said.

"But I first picked up the harmonica when I was a kid down in Greenville, Miss. I would go to the country picnics to hear Sonny Boy Williamson play."

Terry also recalled his initial public performance.

"First time I ever played for a crowd was in 1944. We were goin' overseas, and I blew a couple of tunes for the 6,000 men on the ship. They went wild!"

Most people feel lucky to own old albums by blues masters such as Robert Nighthawk, Curtis Neil, Big Walter and Howlin' Wolf. …

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