• 25 August 2014: Just released, Jimmy McCracklin: West Coast Bluesman, Prolific Songwriter, Pianist and Singer. Bluesman Jimmy McCracklin was one of the most prolific songwriters on the West Coast from the 1940s until his death in 2010. His first hit, “The Walk,” was recorded by his band the Blues Blasters on Checker Records in 1958, and was later covered by the Beatles in their Let It Be sessions. Other hits followed, such as “Think,” “Just Got to Know,” and “Shame, Shame, Shame,” and McCracklin was soon booked on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.

  • See also Caroline Crawford's 2004 documentary Jimmy Sings The Blues, based on Jimmy McCracklin's oral history.

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