West Side blues guitarist Vernon Harrington, 61, died Jan. 18, 2015 after a serious illness. He appeared several times in the Chicago Blues Festival and was known around the neighborhood as a dedicated follower of the 1960s Cobra Records artist Magic Sam.
Born in 1953, Vernon, and his brother Joe, a bass player, come from an outstanding musical family. Their father Houston Harrington founded the Atomic H label which recorded several blues and gospel acts including their cousin Eddy Clearwater.
Vernon’s uncle Ernest introduced him to Magic Sam when he was only 11 years old, and he used to hang out in Sam’s back yard and play hookie from school to pick up guitar tips. Vernon played in the upbeat strumming style of his mentor.
Vernon Harrington – All Your Love
Vernon Harrington – Chicago Blues Festival 2009
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