b. 30 April 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 6 July 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA. In the 40s, ‘Lonesome’ Jimmie Lee Robinson played blues guitar on Chicago’s Maxwell Street, occasionally working with Eddie Taylor. In the 50s he worked in the clubs, associating with artists including Freddie King, Elmore James and Magic Sam. He became an in-demand session player, both as a bass player and guitarist, and recorded under his own name for the Bandera label in the late 50s and early 60s. He toured Europe with the American Folk Blues Festival in 1965 and again in 1975 with the American Blues Legends, recording on both occasions, but was forced to leave the music business as the blues scene went into decline. He worked as a taxi driver and a carpenter before reviving his music career in the 90s. He produced some fine work on his own Amina label, and in August 2000 went on a hunger strike as part of the fight to save Maxwell Street from redevelopment. He also changed his name to J.L. Latif Aliomar in a religious conversion, but shortly afterwards was diagnosed with bone cancer. He was found dead in his car on Chicago’s southwest side in July 2002. The single gunshot wound was ruled a suicide.
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