Based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, the blues talents of "Little Whitt" Wells (b. 19 February 1931, Ralph, Alabama, USA) and "Big Bo' McGhee (b. 1928, Alabama, USA) remained largely undiscovered until the mid-90s, despite the fact that Wells had previously turned down offers to play guitar with Freddie King, Howlin" Wolf and "Little" Junior Parker. Harmonica player McGhee boasts a similarly intriguing past - having previously worked as a long-distance lorry driver shipping explosives and at one time having died on an operating table. He was revived several hours later after morgue technicians noticed a heartbeat. Wells was first turned on to the blues by the records of Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Lemon Jefferson, his father buying him his first guitar when he was 11. He originally met McGhee prior to forming his own band, Little Whitt And The Downbeats. For his part, McGhee started playing harmonica at the age of six. They began playing together full-time at the turn of the 80s, forming the Kokomo Blues Band. In 1995 the duo travelled to the UK, helped by sponsorship from Debbie Bond and Mike McCracken of the Alabama Blues Project, who also helped out by playing on stage.
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