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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Why Ampers was put off Fox Hunting - not what you might expect!

Please don't misunderstand me, I am not for or against the sport, but when I heard Sonny Terry play his "Fox Chase" it did turn me from being very pro fox hunting to totally indifferent.

The screaming rabble of the left chasing member of the hunt didn't do it. The politicians and the newspapers railing against it didn't do it. Here is what did it for me.

This was performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York at Christmas, 1938. The following was taken from the YouTube website:
 From Spirituals to Swing was the title of two concerts presented by John Hammond in Carnegie Hall on 23 December 1938 and 24 December 1939. The concerts included performances by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson, Helen Humes, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, Mitchell's Christian Singers, the Golden Gate Quartet, James P. Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Terry.
 If, like me, you love the blues, I am equally sure, like me, you would have loved to have been at those two concerts. I am just surprised that Brownie Macghee isn't mentioned as he so often performed with Sonny Terry.

Listen carefully, and you can here the chase, close your eyes and you can visualise the dogs tearing the fox to pieces. But if you love fox hunting, go in peace, I am not your enemy. If you are one of the rabble who shout and scream about it, stay away from me, I am not your friend.


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