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“Mighty” Joe Houston, the legendary blues saxophonist who helped to revolutionize sax musical styles and stage performance (playing from every possible position including lying on his back, on his knees, and walking the bar), unfortunately has suffered a serious stroke. Although he is improving, and appears on his way to recovery, he is still in the hospital.

Joe’s spirits and prospects for recovery will be greatly improved, if members of SOTW could please take a few seconds and send Joe an e-mail of support. [/B]


Sax Gordon, when compiling his “Top Twenty” Most Recommended R&B Recordings, put Joe Houston’s Cornbread And Cabbage Greens at Number 2, writing the “unique approach to driving riffs and musical mayhem is a constant source of inspiration for me… His relentless energy, brawny tone, and willingness to explore the extremes make Joe Houston one of the all-time greats of Rhythm & Blues Saxophone”.

“All Night Long” was a critically important cut that helped to usher in “The Golden Age” of Blues, R&B, and Rock n’ Roll Sax.

You can hear Joe Houston’s original version here,
http://www.dailymotion.com/group/79797/featured/video/x2tf1y_joe-houston-all-night-long_music

and watch sax great Greg Piccolo's tribute here
http://www.gregpiccolo.com/video.htm

This e-mail came in from Joe Houston's manager:

"Joe Houston's love affair with the blues began over 50 years ago when he met and married his first saxophone. Since then, he has made great music with a list of luminaries that would make the heavens envious, including, John Coltrane, King Kolax, Big Joe Turner, Gatemouth Moore, Amos Milburn and the Rolling Stones. Joe Houston is a honking R&B saxman of wallpaper-peeling potency who recorded for virtually every major independent R&B label in Los Angeles during the 1950s. He was on Modern Records as were B.B. King and John Lee Hooker."

"He has played some shows with The Oozie Blues Show for which he was one of the founding members in 2001."

"The king of the Texas saxophone is doing well… He is walking twice a day now.

Thanks for your prayers"
 

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Thanks Neil, just sent my best wishes to this wonderful player. I got to see him one time and it was a thrill.
Get well soon Joe!
 

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Very sorry to hear about Joe Houston. I've loved his stuff forever. I remember it when it was new!:shock:

That video of "All Night Long" is hilarious. Thanks for that.

I'll send Mr. Houston a message.
 

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Yes Neil, thanks for the links... have sent Joe my best. Got to see him in a club here in Vancouver years ago and he did his walk, no microphone but what a sound! Still had it although he wasn't honkin so much. That honkin and screamin he did was a HUGE inspiration for me years ago.
My internet radio program Hot Sax Trax Radio wouldn't be complete without some of his recordings:
http://www.johnnyferreira.com/sax-radio-1.php

Blow Joe Blow!
Johnny Ferreira
 

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That's really too bad. I met Joe here in Phoenix a few years ago and have seen him twice. In fact my #1 horn-The Martin Tenor, has his autogragh on it in magic marker. I have a nice picture of him with me and my wife.I will certainly send him my regards and prayers.Thanks for the heads-up.
 

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I just sent Joe an e-mail and also took the liberty of forwarding a copy of Neil's post to Sax Gordon.

If Joe is walking twice a day now, it sounds like he is making really good progress. My Dad, now 82, had a stroke seven years ago and I can say from personal experience that the physical and occupational therapists who work with stroke victims are true miracle workers.
 

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just sent an e-mail. Only ever seen him play once over here in the UK, but cover his music regularly with my band.
 

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I received an e-mail from Joe Houston's manager thanking everyone for their wonderful support.

"Thank you so much for your letters of hope to him. This has been a blessing".

If you haven't had a chance to send Joe an e-mail, please consider doing so. When you're stuck in a hospital bed for any length of time, e-mails of support can really help.

Thanks very much!
 

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Another e-mail regarding Joe Houston which says it all.

"Talked to Joe Houston this morning; he is up walking after two years. I think all your E-Mail letters gave him his will to stand in hope."
 

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This update as of today, Oct. 13/07:

"The News on Joe Houston is today he is walking on his own and he will be up playing in one month. Keep those letters coming, they have made a big difference in his recovery."

Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write.
 

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