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"Goodbye Mr. Cleanhead – things ain't what they used to be…" A Tribute to Eddie Vinson

Tony Burke, Blues & Rhythm, August 1988

EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" Vinson, who died on July 2nd at the California Hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a coronary and cancer of the throat and spine, was one of the last of the great Rhythm and Blues stars of the 1940s, a pioneer of the music that grew out of the big bands of the 1930s, playing music that filled countless jukeboxes, bars and dance halls in the immediate post war years and went on to give birth to rock and roll. Indeed, along with Louis Jordan, Roy Milton and Joe Liggins, Vinson was one of the fathers of rock and roll.

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