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Street named after Johnny Shines

Johnny Shines Thanks to the many efforts of Johnny Shines's daughter, Carroline, the city of Tuscaloosa has honored Johnny Shines' legacy, renaming the former 4017 11 St NE after the blues man. A dedication ceremony is being planned for after the new year. "I was so excited - what a great Christmas and birthday present rolled into one," said Carroline. "I can even see it from my house!" "Mama, I feel like Grandaddy is the Van Gogh of blues," said Carroline's daughter Anastasia.

Johnny Shines was born John Ned Shines on April 26, 1915 just north of Memphis, Tennessee in the suburb of Frayser. He grew up playing the guitar on the streets of Memphis for tips except for the occasional opportunity to play in a local juke joint for some cash. Johnny originally learned how to play guitar from his mother, and honed his skills playing for anybody that would listen or give him their spare change. His early musical influences include Blind Lemon Jefferson and Howlin' Wolf. Even his stature resembled a young Howlin' Wolf. He recorded for Columbia and Chess in the 1940s and was part of the blues revival of the 1960s.He died in Tuscaloosa in 1992.

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