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Jackie Washington's Canadian blues

This fun, fast-paced magazine radio program for kids debuted in 1979, the UN's International Year of the Child. Aimed at those aged seven to 14, the program tackled weighty issues such as teen pregnancy, drugs and nuclear power, interspersed with trivia, music, radio plays and more. Kids were heavily involved in the show, conducting interviews, giving news reports and book reviews. Anybody Home? ran until June 1983.

Anybody Home co-host Jessica Porter talks to legendary Canadian blues man Jackie Washington. Listen in for a wonderful interview with some impromptu songs, learn how a childhood illness helped his career and discover the nature of the "Canadian blues."
• Jackie Washington doesn't sound like a melancholy man in this clip, but he's been singing the blues since age five, when he performed as part of The Four Washington Brothers with  siblings Ormsby, Harold, and Doc.

• Jessica Porter mentions that Washington has played with many greats. They include Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as renowned blues men Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Lonnie Johnson.

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: May 7, 1983
Guest(s): Jackie Washington
Host: Robert Hawkins
Interviewer: Jessica Porter
Duration: 9:37

Last updated: January 26, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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