|St. Louis City Resolution Number 202
December 14, 2012
|Resolutions adopted during the 2012 session by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
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WHEREAS, born as Emmit Ellis, Jr. on November 10, 1940 in Homer, Louisiana, Bobby Rush has become a blues legend with a signature sound he calls "Folk Funk"; and
WHEREAS, while initially a Chicago blues singer he eventually broke through with his funkified, soul/blues with risqué subject matter. In 1971 he scored a #34 R & B hit with "Chicken Heads" and soon followed that up with regional hits on Jewel Records like "It's Alright", "Bow-Legged Woman, Knock Kneed Man" & "She's A Good'un"; and
WHEREAS, Bobby began crafting a unique style that incorporated blues, funk and folk. From Jewel, he went to Warner Brothers then to Philadelphia International Records. By 1982, Rush had signed with LaJam Records out of Jackson, Mississippi, where he released five albums, one of which was the phenomenally successful hit, "Sue" and became a major attraction in the South; and
WHEREAS, but it was in 1995 that Bobby found a home at Malaco's Waldoxy label. At Waldoxy, he released "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" which was nominated for two W. C. Handy Awards. The Living Blues Critics' Poll named him the year's Best Live Performer in 1995; and
WHEREAS, in 1996 and 1997, he captured the Real Blues Magazine Award as the Best Soul/R & B Live Performer. After leaving Waldoxy 2003 was a pivotal year for Rush as he was prominently featured in Richard Pearce's documentary film "The Road To Memphis," broadcast on PBS as part of Martin Scorsese's film series "The Blues" and also saw the launch of his Deep Rush record label; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis that we pause in our deliberations to recognize Bobby Rush and we wish him continued success, achievement and accomplishment and we further direct the Clerk of this Board to spread a copy of this Resolution across the minutes of these proceedings and to prepare a commemorative copy to the end that it may be presented to our honoree at a time and place deemed appropriate by the Sponsor.
Introduced on the 14th of December, 2012 by:
Honorable Marlene Davis, Alderwoman 19th Ward
Adopted this the 14th of December, 2012 as attested by:
David W. Sweeney
Clerk, Board of Aldermen
Lewis E. Reed
President, Board of Aldermen
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