Description: Guitarist, Session Musician, USA
Known For: A member of – “The Four Blasers” joining in 1941.

Instruments: Guitar
Music Styles: Pop, Rock

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 21st July 1915
Location Born: United States of America

Date Died: 22nd July 1995
Location Died: United States of America
Cause Of Death: Heart attack

Web Site:     Floyd McDaniel | Biography | AllMusic

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Floyd McDaniel

Blues guitarist from Alabama, member of “The Rhythm Rascals”
and “The Five Blazers”. An American R&B vocal and instrumental group formed in Chicago and popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Floyd McDaniel and pianist Eddie Harper replaced original members were Jimmy Bennett and William “Shorty” Hill on guitars in 1941.

Mr. McDaniel worked in the loose area between jazz and rhythm-and-blues that had been defined by the singer and saxophonist Louis Jordan. Early in his career he worked at the 1939 World’s Fair with a washboard band called the Rhythm Rascals. A talent scout for the Cotton Club discovered Mr. McDaniel in a performance at the Apollo Theater in New York, and he began a long engagement as leader of the Cotton Club Tramp Band.

In 1941 he joined the Blazes, a group that performed its own material along with hits of the day. The band stayed together until the mid-1950’s, when Mr. McDaniel bought a bar in Chicago.

He continued performing, however, backing the singer Sam Cooke, and in 1971 he joined the Ink Spots as a guitarist, a job that lasted 10 years. In 1986 at the Chicago Blues Festival he was drafted as part of the Big Three Trio, a group run by the bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon. He performed regularly after that, and in 1994 recorded “Let Your Hair Down!’ (Delmark) with the Blues Swingers.

The guitarist and singer Floyd McDaniel, best known as a member of the Five Blazes, died on July 22 in Chicago, where he lived. He was 80.

The cause was cardiac failure, said Doug Engel, the promotion director of Delmark Records, for which Mr. McDaniel recorded.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Portwood and Doris Peck, and a son, Greg.

LINKS:  Floyd McDaniel @ All About Jazz