Oliver Sain Tribute
- Dec. 2000
The Man with the Golden Horn,
Mr. Oliver Sain was honored by St.
Louis and all his friends at the recent Oliver
Sain Tribute. Born in Dundee, MS. in 1932, it
was almost inevitable that Oliver would become
a musician. His stepfather was pianist Willie
Love, and his grandfather was guitarist Dan
Sane, a partner of Frank Stokes in the Beale
Street Sheiks (the difference in spelling
of the surname resulted from a birth certificate
error). His early days in music consisted
of sitting in on sessions with legendary artists
such as Sonny
Boy Williamson, and
Saxophone player, band leader, songwriter,
producer, studio owner and all-around St. Louis
music legend, Sain has been making music since
the late 1940s."I came in 1959 to play a weekend
Milton, and I've been stranded here ever
On hand was a "Who's Who" of St. Louis talent,
paying homage to this man who has been making
music in St. Louis for over 50 years. Oliver
was honored by Mayor Clarence Harmon, as everyone
that packed the
Pageant on a frigid St. Louis winter's night
was on hand to witness.
Here are just a few of the pictures of that
incredibly fun evening, hope you enjoy! Keep
checking back, as we'll be adding more Tribute
pictures all the time! Oliver, thanks for being
a friend of the Bluesnet. We'll see you soon
Speaking of Oliver, here he is!
Jimmie Hines and the All Stars opened the evenings
festivities, soon joined by the soulful vocal
stylings of Marsha Evans
David singing of how he's "Going Fishing".
David Dee is well known in this Blues town. David
has been a musical fixture in St. Louis since
the days of his first vocal group, David and the
Renee Smith, "The Queen of St. Louis Soul", set
the tempo with her rendition of Let the Good Times
Roll, and delivered an excellent cover of Etta
James "Damn Your Eyes". Always a treat to catch
this gifted vocalist
"Queen of St. Louis Soul"
Ike Turner began as a bandleader and talent
scout in the '40s for blues and R&B performers.
He recorded "Rocket 88," considered by many the
first rock 'n' roll recording, under the name
of his baritone sax player, Jackie Brenston, in
1951. And the rest is music history!
fine performance of "After Hours" was a real treat
of the evening. Johnnie is a legend in this town.
So much can be said about Johnnie Johnson and
his influence on modern music. His styles can
be heard in rock, pop, blues, and even country.
A short list of the musicians he's performed with
over the years includes Eric
Lee Hooker Albert
Musselwhite, the late Jimmy
Rogers, and of course, Chuck