Ben Branch – Motherless Child – Chess


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Ben F. Branch was born on January 8th, 1928, who was better known as being one of the last people Martin Luther King Jr spoke to moments before his assassination, but was an American entrepreneur, jazz tenor saxophonist, and bandleader. For much of the 1950’s, Branch was the bandleader for the house band, the Largos, at Curry’s Club in North Memphis, and continued his involvement in music through the decades and in 1982, Branch founded the American Music Hall of Fame, a private music school in Chicago. A few months before his death, Branch appeared with his band at the 1987 Chicago Blues Festival backing Rosco Gordon. This disc from 1968 has a partial “drill hole” in the run out groove, that does not affect play whatsoever, conservatively graded in VG++ condition, worth checking out the flip too