chitlin' circuit (Dec. 1966)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 18 05:43:42 UTC 2014

On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:34 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:

> This isn't exactly what Lou Rawls was talking
> about in the '60s, but it's a significant predecessor.

I know what Rawls was talking about. Saint Louis was a major stop on that
circuit. Did y'all know that Ray Charles, among his other talents, could
also play the saxophone? I saw him do it at the old Club Riviera, back in
'55. He also played something called an "electric piano." a term and an
instrument that was new to me. A casual Googling traces the term and the
instrument back to ca. 1909: "... the International Electric Piano Company,
a corporation having its office in the city of St. Louis ..."


The question is, what was Sachs talking about? Just the South in general?
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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