About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I'm Chicano from southern Californian, a GenXer, and a fan of the Dodgers and Elvis. I am a husband, a father of three, and in my spare time I'm an asociate professor of Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies and History at Pomona College.
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On December 15, 1992, Dr. Dre released his solo debut album “The Chronic.” Dre was already a well-known figure in rap and hip-hop from his days as part of the LA group N.W.A. The success of his 1992 solo endeavor … Continue reading
Elvis Presley died 34 years ago today. What better way to remember the King than to look back at his 34th year of life? Elvis turned 34 in January of 1969. The once reigning King of popular music had become … Continue reading
Chavela Vargas turned 92 yesterday. Born in Costa Rica, she migrated to Mexico at the age of 15 and, in time, became a well-regarded singer in small bars and cantinas. At the age of 32 she began her professional recording … Continue reading
I don’t have the words to say what needs to be said about Son House (c. 1902-1988, Mississippi). Fortunate for us, he does just fine on his own. Here is the master performing “Downhearted Blues,” sometime near the end of … Continue reading
Welcome to “Monday Blues”–the Spring Break Edition! Here’s a little love song for you from Stevie Ray Vaughan (Texas, 1954-1990). It’s his own tune, “Life Without You.”
Ike Turner (Mississippi, 1931-2007), “Rocket 88″ (1951). (Listen to the song here.) Born in the delta region of Clarksdale, Mississippi, the Kings of Rhythm included Raymond Hill and Jackie Brenston on sax, Willie Kizart on guitar, Willie Sims on drums, … Continue reading
Susan Tedeschi (Boston, MA, 1970-) performing “Wait For Me” (written by Felix Reyes) at Austin City Limits (2003).
Sammy Davis Jr. (New York, 1925-1990) might not be thought of by anybody as a performer of the blues. As a dancer and a vocalist, however, he drew heavily from his upbringing on the Vaudevillian stage, from a performance space … Continue reading
Blues god Albert King (Mississippi, 1923-1992) and the prophet Stevie Ray Vaughan (Texas, 1954-1990) performing King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” in 1983. (King made the tune famous, but it was penned by William Bell and Booker T. Jones.)
The great Muddy Waters, with Sonny Boy Williamson on the harp, singing his signature tune, from the American Folk Blues Festival tour (1963).