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King Biscuit Time, Radio Station KFFA, Helena, Ark. Left to right, Joe Willie, Dudlow, Sonny Boy Williamson, Mr. Langston (announcer), Peck and Willie Love

Author: Ken Hubbell; Arkansas History Commission.
Publisher: 1942.
Series: Persistence of the Spirit Collection.
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Photograph : Picture   Archival Material : No Linguistic Content
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Summary:
Negative taken of King Biscuit Time, a blues radio show broadcast from Radio Station KFFA in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas in 1942. People in the image include from left to right: Joe Willie Wilkins, Dudlow Talyor, Sonny Boy Williamson, Mr. Herb Langston (announcer), James "Peck" Curtis and Willie Love.
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Genre/Form: Negatives
Film negatives
Named Person: Joe Willie Wilkins; Sonny Boy Williamson; Willie Love; James Peck Curtis; Dudlow Taylor; Herb Langston
Material Type: Graphic, Photograph, Picture, Internet resource
Document Type: Visual material, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Hubbell; Arkansas History Commission.
OCLC Number: 47210910
Notes: Title supplied by donor.
Description: 1 copy negative : b&w ; 13 x 10 cm. (5 x 4 in.)
Series Title: Persistence of the Spirit Collection.

Abstract:

Negative taken of King Biscuit Time, a blues radio show broadcast from Radio Station KFFA in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas in 1942. People in the image include from left to right: Joe Willie Wilkins, Dudlow Talyor, Sonny Boy Williamson, Mr. Herb Langston (announcer), James "Peck" Curtis and Willie Love.

Joe Willie Wilkins was born in 1921 in Davenport, Mississippi. His father was Papa Frank Wilkins. He learned to play the guitar when he was quite young and became known as "The Walkin' Seeburg" because he could perform requests so easily. He became Sonny Boy Williamson's accompanist in 1941. During the 1970's, he became part of the Memphis Blues Caravan for the reorganized King Biscuit Boys.

Sonny Boy Williamson was a famous blues musician during the 1940s and 1950s. He was born between 1899 and 1910 under the name Aleck Ford and was also known as Rice Miller or Aleck Miller and grew up in Mississippi and taught himself how to play the harmonica. In 1965, he returned to Helena and appeared again on "King Biscuit Time" and died May 25, 1965.

James "Peck" Curtis was a drummer with Sonny Boy Williamson [a.k.a. Rice Miller]. He was also known as "Peck", "Four by Four"and one of the "King Biscuit Boys." Peck was raised on a farm and went to Helena in 1929. As a talented musician that played drums, jug, and washboard, Peck toured with travelling shows, ministrels, carnivals, and also worked with the Memphis Jug Band in 1933. He worked with Sonny Boy Williamson on the King Biscuit Time KFFA Radio show in Helena and with Houston Stackhouse from 1947 to the 1960s. Peck died November 1, 1970 at Helena, Arkansas.

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