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Michael Corcoran

He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes

Label: Tompkins Square

Format: BOOK + CD

Genre: Folk

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A singer sits at the piano and loses all inhibitions while in complete control of the instrument: Little Richard, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis. Although church singer Arizona Dranes doesn't come close to the stature of those icons, she set the mold for rockin' singer/ pianists in 1926 with six 'test records' that have stood the test of time. Until now, very little has been correctly reported about Dranes other than the facts that she was blind, from Texas, had a piercing Pentecostal voice and was the first recording artist to play piano in the secular styles of the day, while singing words of deep praise. Michael Corcoran, former music critic and columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, has spent years unearthing revelatory details on the life of the mysterious woman behind the music. The book includes a CD containing all 16 of Arizona Dranes' recorded tracks, expertly re-mastered from the original OKeh label 78 RPM records by Grammy-winning producer Christopher King.
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Cat. number: TSQ 2677CD
Year: 2012

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