Pastor T.L. Barrett is beloved by music fanatics and rappers eager to sample throwback gospel; he also defrauded thousands, as the Reader reported in 1989.
Blues guitarist Luther Johnson made his solo debut on Checker in 1964 but died at 41 in 1976.
Bobby Conn, Ono, Athanor, and VCSR play a launch party tonight for a book collecting the long-running Reader feature the Secret History of Chicago Music.
Guitarist John Hulburt was born on a Wisconsin dairy farm and died in Paris, but it was in Chicago that he made his one immortal album.
Early-70s prog oddballs McLuhan used lots of visuals onstage and recorded their sole LP with the man who’d later produce Thriller.
End Result were mentored by avant-garde troupe Ono and shared members with the likes of Big Black and Articles of Faith.
“The Vampire” should put you in the mood for his Saturday performance at the Promontory as part of Chic-a-Go-Go.
This big, ambitious band scored a couple Billboard hits and wrote several more for other artists, but their discography ends in 1977.
Suburban garage rockers the Riddles released just one original song, but they’re still fondly remembered around the Windy City and beyond.
Jazzy folk-rockers Redwood Landing have reunited a few times since splitting in the late 70s, and in 1994 bassist Ron Kaplan cofounded talent agency Monterey International.
The Hounds toured with REO Speedwagon and Foghat, but despite a huge local following, they never followed those bands into rock-radio immortality.
Marty Grebb’s long career has included sessions with Bonnie Raitt and Leon Russell, a stint in the band Chicago, and soundtrack work for a Steven Seagal movie.
Big Moose worked for years with Earl Hooker and Elmore James and backed Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, and many more, but his own recordings never caught fire.
Leonard Caston helped convince Willie Dixon to pursue the blues instead of boxing, but ended up overshadowed by his friend and fading from public view.
This soulful, sophisticated blues guitarist is best remembered for the slow burner “Somebody (Loan Me a Dime).”