Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
|Died||November 2002 (aged 85)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
|Genres||Boogie-woogie, blues, jazz|
|Labels||Sun Records, Bear Family Records, Wolf Records|
|Associated acts||James Cotton|
Mose Vinson (1917 – November 2002) was an American boogie-woogie, blues and jazz pianist and singer. His best known recordings were "Blues With A Feeling" and "Sweet Root Man". Over his lengthy career, Vinson worked with various musicians including Booker T. Laury and James Cotton.
Vinson was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He taught himself how to play the piano as a child. In his teenage years, Vinson started playing his own style of barrelhouse boogie-woogie in local juke joints in Mississippi and Tennessee, incorporating both blues and jazz in his repertoire. In 1932, following a chance meeting with Sunnyland Slim, Vinson relocated from Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Vinson continued to play at local juke house and rural community parties. By the early 1950s, Vinson found employment as a custodian at the Taylor Boarding Home, where artists often stayed whilst recording next door at Sun Records studios. In the studios, Sam Phillips occasionally requested that Vinson accompany musicians. These included James Cotton on "Cotton Crop Blues" (1954), and Jimmy DeBerry on the latter's "Take a Little Chance". Phillips also allowed Vinson to record some tracks of his own, although these were not released until the 1980s. Vinson recorded two versions of "Forty-Four", one retitled "Worry You Off My Mind", and the other as "My Love Has Gone" (also known as "Come See Me"). Session musicians on these recordings included Walter Horton, Joe Hill Louis and Joe Willie Wilkins.
After a period of lesser musical activity, by the early 1980s, the Center for Southern Folklore had enlisted Vinson to perform at various cultural events, and at local schools. He became a regular at the Center, where he played and taught for twenty years. In 1990, his contribution towards the album, Memphis Piano Blues Today, was recorded at his home.
Mose Vinson died of diabetes, in November 2002 in Memphis, at the age of 85.
In 2007, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival was dedicated to his memory.
There is some confusion over both the birth and death dates for Vinson. Allmusic quotes August 7, 1917 and November 30, 2002; whilst the Encyclopedia of Popular Music cites August 7, 1917 and November 16, 2002; yet another on-line source specialising in death details quotes June 2, 1917 and November 23, 2002.
|“||I just play my own style, I never did practice anyone else's style.||”|
|Album title||Record label||Year of release|
|Memphis Piano Blues Today||Wolf Records||1990|
|Mose Vinson: Piano Man||Center for Southern Folklore||1997|
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