TRIBUTE TO BIG JACK JOHNSON

Called the “oil man” when driving an oil truck, Big Jack started playing country & blues at the age of 13 in his dad’s band. At 18 he picked up on BB King’s guitar style.  Playing with with Frank Frost and Sam Carr  in 1962 in the Savoy Theatre in Clarksdale he recorded on Phillips International and on Jewel Records with Frank Frost.

In 1975 Michael Frank discovered them in the Black Fox tavern and signed them to Earwig Records, billing them as The Jelly Roll Kings with Rockin’ the Juke Joint Down in 1979. Many recordings would follow.

Big Jack passed away in 2011. Our new exhibit features photos which we made at his last recording session in Clarksdale for Big Jack’s Way. 




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