74 year-old blues legend died on September 3, 2001 due to complications from diabetes. In the months leading up to his death, his condition worsened, leading to cancellation of his scheduled Chicago Blues Festival appearance. He had one of his legs amptutated up to the knee, but never fully recovered from the the surgery.
The guitarist/bassist grew up as a child listening to Lonnie Johnson (who lived in his basement). With brother Louis Myers and Junior Wells, he formed "The Four Aces," and became famous backing Little Walter Jacobs (who had just left Muddy Waters' band). After Walter's death, the Myers brothers play at legendary clubs like Theresa's and the Checkboard Lounge, where you can still hear his Muddy Waters-era post-war Chicago-style blues. In the Aces, both he and his brother played the guitar, but Dave's percussive style earned him the nickname "Thumper." His style translated well to the bass, where he became the city's premiere session bass player during the 1950s (he was the first blues musician to play the electric bass), appearing on hundreds of albums including legendary recordings by Little Walter, Otis Rush, and Earl Hooker, and performing with Arthur "Big Boy" Spires, Eddie Taylor, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Junior Wells, Earl Hooker, Luther Tucker, "Big Bill" Broonzy, Otis Spann, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, John Brim, and Bo Diddley.
Born in Byhalia, Mississippi in 1926, Myers was playing in local "house rent parties" by the time he was a teenager with Spires, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Minnie and Robert Nighthawk. When his family migrated north to Chicago in 1941, Myers picked up the guitar from Johnson, and in 1945 formed the "the Aces," Chicago's first electric blues band.
Brother Louis, drummer Fred Below and young harpist Junior Wells were the original members, defining the sound which would come to be known as "Chicago blues." When Wells left to join Muddy Waters' band, Little Walter Jacobs was his replacement, and this configuration recorded many classic songs for Chess Records.
He's capable on guitar and bass, and sings as well, but isn't really spectacular at any of them... Myers has finally released his debut solo album, the 14-song You Can't Do That, which features guests Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) on Harmonica, Rusty Zinn, Ronnie James, Richard Innes, John Firmin, Everett Fuvey, and Steve Lucky. It's a pretty decent ensemble work in the 1950's Chess Records style.
He and His New Aces (which includes Kim Wilson [Fabulous Thunderbirds], Kenny Smith [son of Muddy Waters percussionist Willie "Big Eyes" Smith], and ex-Ace Robert Jr. Lockwood [the step-son of Robert Johnson replaced Myers brother Louis in the original Aces during the mid-'50s]) performed at the 1999 Chicago Blues Festival.
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