Yank Rachell

Category: Artist
Time period: Pre-WWII and Post-WWII

Date nominated: Apr 11, 2010
Date inducted: Sep 1, 2012
Ratings: 17
Average rating: 3.98

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Born James Rachell, his career as a performer spanned nearly eighty years, and was often teamed with the guitarist and singer Sleepy John Estes. Though a capable guitarist and singer, he was better known as a master of the blues mandolin.

In his later years he appeared in filmmaker Terry Zwigoff's documentary about fellow musician Howard Armstrong, and was a featured performer with John Sebastian and the J-Band. Todd Kwait's 2007 documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" includes footage of Rachell performing with the J-Band.

B.B. King said about Rachell; "It's people like you who made people like me possible.


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