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The 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 Howlin' Wolf.

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 with Little Milton, and I've been stranded here ever since."

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 down at BB's!

Oliver Sain
Speaking of Oliver, here he is!

Oliver Sain

Marsha Evans
Jimmie Hines and the All Stars opened the evenings festivities, soon joined by the soulful vocal stylings of Marsha Evans

Marsha Evans

David Dee
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 Temptations.

David Dee

Renee Smith
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

Renee Smith, "Queen of St. Louis Soul"

Ike Turner
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!

Ike Turner

Johnnie Johnson

Johnnie JohnsonA 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 Clapton, Keith Richards, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Bonnie Raitt, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lee Hooker Albert King, Little Walter, Memphis Slim, Charlie Musselwhite, the late Jimmy Rogers, Roy Rogers, and of course, Chuck Berry

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