b. 9 December 1919, Woodville, Mississippi, USA, d. April 1982, Oakland, California, USA. Also known throughout his career as Vince Monroe, Polka Dot Slim and Mr. Calhoun, Vincent was 40 years old and living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before he made his first records, although he had been playing harmonica and singing blues since his youth in Mississippi. Having developed a style that mixed elements of Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williamson and Louisiana R&B, he seems to have been something of an all-purpose performer at J.D. ‘Jay’ Miller’s Crowley studio in the late 50s, recording in slightly different styles and using two different names, with the resulting records appearing on two different labels. He was resident in New Orleans for many years, playing in local bars and clubs, and making more records, under yet another pseudonym, in the early 60s. Later in his life, he moved to the west coast.
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