b. Charles Isiah Ross, 21 October 1925, Tunica, Mississippi, USA. Ross had American Indian ancestry. He learned harmonica at the age of nine and was performing with Willie Love and on radio stations in Arkansas and Mississippi in the late 30s. He served in the US Army from 1943-47. His paramedical training there earned Ross the sobriquet of Doctor when he returned to music, leading his Jump And Jive Band and appearing on radio in the King Biscuit Time Show. Ross also developed a one-man band act, which he frequently performed in the 50s and 60s. His Memphis recordings for Sam Phillips in the early 50s included ‘Country Clown’ and ‘The Boogie Disease’. In 1954, he moved to Flint, Michigan, to work in an car factory. Ross continued to perform and in 1958 set up his own DIR label. In the early 60s, he benefited from the growing white interest in blues, recording for Pete Welding’s Testament label and touring Europe with the 1965 Folk Blues Festival. He returned to Europe during the 70s, recording in London and performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Muddy Waters’ band.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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