George Brock Wiki – George Brock Bio
George Brock Was born on May 16, 1932 -billed as Big George Brock, was an American blues musician. A native of Mississippi, he moved to Missouri in the 1950s and operated a series of nightclubs. He played alongside Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and Albert King. Brock starred in the 2006 film Hard Times, a documentary about his life.
George Brock Age
He was 88 years old.
George Brock Wife & Children
Brock was married three times and claimed to have forty-two children.
George Brock Cause & Death
St. Louis blues musician Big George Brock, a longtime staple of St. Louis’ blues scene, has passed away at the age of 88. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
George Brock Life & Career
Brock was born in Granada, Mississippi, on May 16, 1932. When he was eight years old, he worked as a sharecropper picking cotton. Brock was surrounded by blues music, he recalled that Brock says, “The blues grew like grass out of the ground.” His father taught him and his brothers how to play the harmonica as a child. When he was a teenager he moved to Mattson, Mississippi. There he met Muddy Waters (Wikipedia: Brock, b1932, turned 13 in 1945. Muddy moved to Chicago in 1943) and they performed together on the weekends. In the late 1940s he moved to Walls, Mississippi. While working as a gas pipeline on Highway 61, Brock met Howlin ‘Wolf. He became her roadie and performed with him. Brock also met Memphis Minnie on the Walls and played her at house parties. Brock moved to St. Louis in 1950, where he was an amateur boxer for a time. In 1952 boxer Sonny Liston was training in a gym alongside Brock. Liston challenged Brock to combat. Brock won the fight in the second round, recalling that “he had just come out of the corral. He thought it was pretty tough.” Brock decided to focus on his music career because it was more lucrative, forming his own band Big George & the Houserockers. Blues guitarist Albert King played in Brock’s band before forming his own.
In 1952, Brock opened his own nightclub, Club Caravan, near North Garrison and Franklin Avenues. Brock worked as a gorilla and performed there with his band that sometimes featured King, Big Baddy Smitty or Riley Coatie on the lead guitar. The club featured acts like Howlin ‘Wolf, Muddy Waters, Ike & Tina Turner, and Jimmy Reed. In the early 1960s, Muddy Waters arranged a meeting with Chess Records executives. Brock rejected the record deal because, although he was offered a tour bus and the proceeds from the shows, he would not have received royalties from his recordings. He decided to continue playing on the club circuit, at one point he owned up to three nightclubs at once. Brock closed the Caravan Club after his wife was killed during the 1970 shooting incident. He opened another Caravan Club on Delmar Boulevard and Taylor Avenue, but that closed in the late 1980s. In 2005, Brock signed with the Cat Head label Delta Blues & Folk Art. He released the Club Caravan album which received rave reviews and a Blues Music Award nomination last year for Best Comeback Album. In 2006 he released the album Round Two, which received three Blues Music Award nominations. In 2006 Brock appeared in a documentary about his life titled Hard Times. In the film, he visits the plantations where he worked as a child in Mississippi. In 2017 Brock was honored with a special concert at the National Blues Museum in St. Louis. Brock traveled abroad in England, Italy, Switzerland, and France. He continued to perform and regularly led several blues festivals, including the Bluesweek Festival and the Big Muddy Blues Festival.