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GUEST,TJ in San Diego Jesse Fuller - Facts & Myths (33) RE: JESSE FULLER - Facts & Myths 06 Oct 09


In the late 1950's and early '60's, a man named Dave Barber operated a coffee house in Fresno, CA, called "The Renaissance." Typical of the day, it had a lot of us local kids doing "open mike" or "open stage" stuff (since the small venue basically made amplification unnecessary). One night, circa 1960, Dave brought Jesse "Lone Cat" fuller in for an evening. There was no cover charge. Jesse and his one-man-band act was amazing to see. He hung out and shared songs and demonstrated his "fodella."

He was a very engaging guy and wanted to hear some of us play between sets. Of course he did "San Francisco Bay Blues," which was his anthem and his best known piece. After nearly 50 years, it's hard to recall much of the rest of his repertoire, but he kept us going all night. Sadly, I left for military service shortly afterward and I never saw him perform again. I count that evening among my musical blessings.


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