b. 12 June 1910, Belzoni, Mississippi, USA, d. 23 December 1976, Fresno, California, USA. A guitarist, although seemingly not recorded as such, and an exuberant singer, Gilmore recorded for Modern in 1952 with Ike Turner on piano and James Scott Jnr. on guitar; Scott was an early victim of recording technology when an introduction and guitar break by Elmore James were spliced into ‘Rambling On My Mind’. The following year, Gilmore recorded for Sun Records, backed by Earl Hooker’s band, but the results were not issued until later. Gilmore performed in delta juke joints for a while, also playing in St. Louis and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, before settling in California for the remainder of his life.
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