Born: February 8, 1929 Primary Instrument: Piano
Floyd Dixon - Blues pianist, vocalist ( 1929 - 2006)
This critically acclaimed performer - best known for his 1954 song Hey Bartender - stood alongside Charles Brown, Ray Charles and Louis Jordan as one of a few artists who helped transform swing music into Rhythm & Blues.
A wonderful exponent of what is often referred to as West Coast blues, more piano based and jazz influenced than much of the blues and R&B referenced in the Primer, Floyd is a leading practitioner of this 'California style'. Both the state and the style played host to a great many post war Texas bluesmen, and the jazzy T-Bone Walker approach became a mainstay of the genre....