Bawdy blues-singing Joe Poonanny, aka the God Father of the Chitlin' Circuit, came up in Birmingham, AL. His parents' house was across the street from a show bar, and he could look out his window and watch the drummer play, and aspired to do the same, especially after watching The Gene Krupa Story. He practiced daily and played his first professional gig at 17. He drummed around for years but wanted something more substantial, so in 1975 he worked behind the scenes operating night clubs and managing bands, but quit in 1981, citing a dislike of the lifestyle. Always the clown, Poonanny built a reputation by singing risquÃ©, double entendre blues tales in clubs and cabarets but didn't record until 1993 when Waldoxy Records released Poonanny Be Still! It became a hot item in the South and several more followed, including The Grindin' Man, Ponyrider, and That Baby Ain't Black Enough! ~ Andrew HamiltonPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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