Jerry McCain, 1930 — 2012

Jerry McCain, 1930 -- 2012

Blues musician Jerry “Boogie” McCain died last Wednesday at the age of 81. A native and life-long resident of Gadsden Alabama, he was a gifted harmonica player and singer and a clever songwriter. Mr. McCain’s recording career began in 1953 and extended into this century, and included two influential tracks recorded (according to Larry Benicewicz) in a room over Brittney’s cafe in Birmingham in 1953. Many harmonica players admire the tone and phrasing of the instrumental “Steady“, but Jerry McCain is better know for his song “She’s Tough,” a regional hit later reprised by The Fabulous Thunderbirds twenty years later.


“Jerry ‘Boogie’ McCain,” Bill Dahl and Al Campbell, AllMusic

“Jerry ‘Boogie’ McCain: Yeah, I’m Still Out Here,” Larry Benicewicz, Blues World


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