Morris Holt (August 7, 1937– February 21, 2013), called Magic Slim, was an American blues vocalist and guitarist. Born at Torrance, near Grenada, Mississippi, the kid of sharecroppers, he adhered to blues greats such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf to Chicago, establishing his own location in the Chicago blues scene.
Magic Slim was compelled to give up playing the piano when he lost his little finger in a cotton gin incident. He relocated initially to nearby Grenada.He initially pertained to Chicago in 1955 with his pal as well as advisor Magic Sam. The elder Magic (Sam), (by 6 months), allow the younger Magic (Slim) play bass with the atrioventricular bundle and also provided him with his label.
In the beginning, Slim was not ranked quite extremely by his peers. He returned to Mississippi to function and got his younger brother Nick curious about playing bass. By 1965 he was back in Chicago and also in 1970 Nick joined him in his team, the Teardrops. They played in the dim, smoke-filled juke joints preferred in Chicago in the 1970s on bandstands barely big sufficient to hold the band.
Slim and the Teardrops
Slim’s recording occupation started in 1966 with the tune “Scufflin'”, followed by a number of singles into the mid-1970s. He videotaped his initial cd in 1977, Born Under A Bad Sign, for the French MCM tag. During the 1980s, Slim launched titles on Alligator, Rooster Blues as well as Wolf Records and won his very first W.C. Handy Award. In 1980 he tape-recorded his cover version of “Mustang Sally”.
In 1982, the guitarist John Primer signed up with the Teardrops as well as stayed and also played for him for 13 years. Releases consist of Spider in My Stew on Wolf Records, and also a 1996 Blind Pig release called Scufflin’, which presented the post-Primer line-up with the brand-new addition of the guitar player and vocalist Jake Dawson.
In 1994, Slim relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where the Zoo Bar had been booking him for years. Slim was frequently come with by his son Shawn Holt, an accomplished guitarist and also the vocalist.
In 2003, Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the W.C. Handy Award as ‘Blues Band Of The Year’ for the sixth time. They released a real-time performance on CD as well as DVD in August 2005 qualified Anything Can Happen.
Slim passed away at a medical facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 21, 2013, at age 75. He had a health issue that had worsened while he got on tour a number of weeks earlier. His manager had mentioned hemorrhaging ulcers had actually sent out Slim to the hospital, but that he additionally suffered from heart, lung as well as kidney troubles.
In May 2013, Magic Slim was posthumously granted another Blues Music Award in the ‘Traditional Blues Male Artist’ group.