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Jukebox Hero and Gordon Dorsey

"One of the things that he brought to the San Francisco blues scene that nobody else did, and I don't know if anybody will do now," says South Park Blues Band guitarist Bob Clic, "is that he taught real blues. The music scene here is really dominated by people who want to be Texas white-boy guitar gods. There are a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughan-influenced blues bands. Big Daddy brought in Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed -- which all these bands look at as old-fashioned.

"I've been playing since 1965, and I thought I could play blues," he adds. "Playing with Big Daddy, I found out I sucked. There's about 20 or 30 people locally that he made real blues players out of. I don't know where we can apply it now."

The South Park Blues Band and other members of the local blues community will convene to honor Dorsey at the Boom Boom Room Dec. 6. Call 673-8000 for more info.

Glass' jukebox patent.
Glass' jukebox patent.

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