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Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues

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MAC ARNOLD’s musical career has placed him in the center of the many of the most significant places and events of the American musical milieu of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

During the 1950’s and 60’s, the rural blues of the deep south were re-emerging in new forms which were often referred to as “electric blues” and “Chicago Blues”; and the “Chicago Blues” scene was increasingly impacting the rapidly shifting sounds of Rock and Roll Music. By the mid 1960’s, young musicians from both America and Europe were digging the electrified Chicago blues and coming to Chicago to experience the music first hand. Emerging Rock and Roll stars like Eric Clapton, Eric Burdon, Mick Jagger, and others were incorporating the roots-based electrified blues sounds of Chicago in to their own music. The years 1966-7 found MAC ARNOLD right in the center of it all as he lived and worked as a full-time musician in Chicago, playing with top notch bluesmen including MUDDY WATERS, JOHN LEE HOOKER, and OTIS REDDING.

By the end of the sixties, the “new” sound of Rock and Roll had emerged and the blues-influenced sounds of R&B, Soul, and Funk Music were at the top of the charts. Television executives in Los Angeles were quick to capitalize on the emerging sounds and in the early seventies SOUL TRAIN, which featured live in-studio performances by the top artists from around the country, quickly emerged as one of the top television shows. Always on the cutting edge, MAC ARNOLD relocated from Chicago to LA and was soon working as part of the SOUL TRAIN team.

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