I Lived the Life I Sing about in My Songs: Chicago Blues Portraits and Stories | WBEZ
Skip to main content


I Lived the Life I Sing about in My Songs: Chicago Blues Portraits and Stories

Join musicians Larry Taylor, Sharon Lewis, Billy Boy Arnold, and Stan Mosley, along with David Whiteis as they discuss their lives and legacies as Chicago Bluesmen.

Chicago singer-drummer Larry Taylor learned his trade from his stepfather Eddie Taylor Sr. and, for the past thirty years, he drummed behind all the greats of Chicago blues. He is currently organizing a West-Side Revue for the 2008 Chicago Blues Festival featuring his friends and several of the Taylor brothers and sisters.

Sharon Lewis, a Blues vocalist who has performed with such artists as Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Denise LaSalle, and Billy Branch, is an accomplished public speaker who talks about her own life's journey as a Blues artist and the spiritual and healing dimensions of the music.

Billy Boy Arnold, a leading blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning six decades. He lists among his many credits the landmark 1955 Chess hit single, Bo Diddley.

Malaco recording artist and veteran soul blues singer, Stan Mosley has been in the music business for over three decades. He has won the ChicagoMusic Award Best Male R&B vocalist two years in row.

David Whiteis, Ph.D., a Chicago-based freelance writer, educator, and contributing reviewer for Living Blues Magazine, won the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in 2001. His book, Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories, appeared in 2006.

Recorded as part of Blues and the Spirit - A Symposium on the Legacy of Blues and Gospel Music, offering discussion and debate about the legacy of Blues and Gospel music through live musical performances, panel discussion, tours, and workshops exploring the shared historical roots of Blues and Gospel.

Also recorded as part of this event:
God Rode in the Wind Storm
The Theatricality of the Blues
Preserving the Legacy
I Lived the Life I Sing about in My Songs


Recorded Saturday, May 24, 2008 at Dominican University.

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.