On this day in Jamaican History: Eddie Kirkland

Eddie Kirkland - Photo

Eddie Kirkland – Photo

On (August 16, 1923 blues guitarist, harmonicist, singer, and songwriter Eddie Kirkland was born in Jamaica. Kirkland, known as the “”Gypsy of the Blues”” for his rigorous touring schedules, played and toured with John Lee Hooker from 1949 to 1962. After his period of working in tandem with Hooker he pursued a successful solo career, recording for RPM Records, Fortune Records, Volt Records, and King Records, sometimes under the stage name Eddie Kirk. Kirkland continued to tour, write and record albums until his death in February 2011.

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