Arthur "Big Boy" Spires

Another great Chicago bluesman, Spires was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1912.  By the early 40s he had moved to Chicago and was playing guitar and singing at house parties. Among his accomplishments, he recruited young guitarists David and Louis Myers who went on to form the Aces.  Spires started recording for Chess in the early fifties working with a backing band called the Rocket Four which included Willie "Big Eyes" Smith on drums and harp and Eddie El on guitar. Although it was not commercially successful, one of the songs that came out of their first session was "Murmur Low," a song done in the style of Tommie Johnson, which became a blues classic.

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