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ASA/GSA collection of Bo Diddley Track program materials

ASA/GSA collection of Bo Diddley Track program materials

American Society on Aging/Gerontological Society of America

Collection, dated 1993–2009 and undated, consisting of sound and video recordings, meeting materials, photographs, and posters for a program track at the two major gerontological societies in the United States, honoring elderly blues musicians.

2 boxes + 4 outsize folders

Donations by Suzanne Flandreau, 1993, and by John N. Migliaccio, 1994–2010.
More donations are expected from upcoming programs.

Institutional note:

In 1993, two gerontologists and blues lovers, Michael Marcus and John Migliaccio, decided that there should be sessions at meetings of the two major gerontological societies, the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), to recognize elderly blues musicians and to present them and their concerns. The Bo Diddley program track was named for the major musician who was the presenter at the second session, in San Francisco, in 1994. A committee of blues fans among the gerontologists has attempted to keep the track going at one or both societies since 1993 by locating local musicians in the cities where each meeting was held and inviting them to talk at the session. Often the daytime session is followed by an evening concert in a blues club.

Scope note:

Materials from each year are varied, and no materials exist for some years. Sometimes the sessions are recorded by the official recording company for the meeting; sometimes the recordings are made by attendees representing the organizers of the program track; sometimes no recordings were made. After 2003, some sessions have posters printed at the primary printer for blues concert posters, Hatch Show Print in Nashville.

Musicians presented at the sessions include Sunnyland Slim, Charles Walton, Bo Diddley, Miss Lavelle White, Mama Laura Mae Gross, Earl Gaines, Roscoe Shelton, Clifford Curry, Robert “H-Bomb” Ferguson, “Weepin' Willie” Robinson, Wylie Trass, Eddie “Bluesmaster” Watson, Deacon Jones, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Mary Lane, Tommy Brown, and Sandra Hall.