“Well, I used to go around to all these junk stores in Memphis and buy blues records – old 78s.
And then I knew a guy that was a distributor for jukeboxes, and he had a garage that was stacked up with literally thousands of 45s. Maybe about half of them were blues – blues and hillbilly.
So I had access to recorded blues from a pretty early age – at least from the time that I was in my teens.
I can remember buying albums by Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters and Little Walter, but I don’t actually remember the first one.”
Illustration by Charles Haymes