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Doctor Ross Sunderland Black Cat Club 1975

Doctor Ross Sunderland Black Cat Club 1975
Dr Ross was THE MAN.  This gig was at the Black Cat Club, which sat in the grounds of Roker Park, the old Sunderland football ground. The Doctor had played previously in Sunderland at the Glebe Folk and Blues Club, and had built up quite a following on local blues aficionados. Doctor Ross was a black blues singer in the traditional style of John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. He was a true one-man band, and played harmonica, acoustic guitar, bass drum, and hi-hat simultaneously.
Ross was born in Mississippi in 1925. He was apparently nicknamed Doctor because he carried his harmonicas in a black doctor’s bag. Doctor Ross achieved greater success in the UK and Europe than in his home country and spent quite a bite of time touring here during the 70s. His shows were impressive, great traditional blues with this one guy playing all the instruments as well as singing. He seemed an old guy at the time, but actually he was 50 years old (which seems very young now…).
A 1973 album: “Live an Montreux” contains the tracks: Doctor Ross Rockin’; Freight Train; Mama Blues; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl; General Motors Blues; Got Something to Tell You; Hobo Blues; Let’s Boogie All Night Long; Honey Bee Blues; My Airplane Chick, giving an indication of the set he was playing in the 70s. Dr Ross passed away in 1993, at the age of 67.

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