Happy birthday to Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson

In addition to his multiple roles in early Canned Heat, Alan Wilson played a significant role in the re-emergance of Delta Blues legend Son House, helping House re-learn the classics that he had long since forgotten, for his 1960’s return. Wilson also played guitar and harmonica on several tracks, on House’s first recordings since the 40’s. As further proof of his Blues cred, John Lee Hooker, whom Wilson and Canned Heat backed on 1971’s Hooker ‘n’ Heat, allegedly called Wilson, “the greatest harmonica player ever”. Oh, and the Blind Owl sobriquet was coined by John Fahey. whom he was supposed to help with his master’s thesis on Charley Patton.

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