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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee were the most beloved and influential duo in blues history. Saunders “Sonny” Terrell (1911-1986) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Walter Brown”Brownie” McGhee (1915-1996) in Knoxville, Tennessee. Terry was blind, and McGhee walked with a pronounced limp. They met in 1939 while busking in Durham, North Carolina. Terry was playing harmonica for singer-guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, while singer-guitarist McGhee was performing with harmonica player Jordan Webb. They hooked up again in 1941, following Fuller’s death, and made their first record together three years later.

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