Rollicking pianist Big Maceo Merriweather was a major architect of Chicago blues | The Secret History of Chicago Music | Chicago Reader

Rollicking pianist Big Maceo Merriweather was a major architect of Chicago blues 

His heyday as a recording artist lasted just five years, but his output includes some of the most widely covered songs in the history of the genre.

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Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place.

  • This posthumous 1992 collection from Arhoolie Records includes "Worried Life Blues," "County Jail Blues," "Things Have Changed," and "Chicago Breakdown."

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