As you might have noticed, when Part 2 was first posted he made tantalizing reference to an image that didn't actually appear with the article:
"Among early press appearances, one recently unearthed item is of particular interest: a photo of Sonny Blount that appeared in the Birmingham World in October of 1940. Republished here for the first time, it seems, in some 70 years, it’s a tantalizing photo for Sun Ra fans, offering a tiny window into the musician’s roots. The Ripple Rhythm Four, the caption reads, were “making a name for themselves in the radio world,” broadcasting Monday through Friday at 12:30 on station WSGN; immediately recognizable, the youthful Sonny Blount stands with the three other singers, two of them holding guitars, each dressed in matching white jackets and black pants."
Happily, I went back to check today, and the photo has magically appeared! Thank you very much for your work Burgin!
|"RARE PHOTO OF SONNY BLOUNT AND THE RIPPLE RHYTHM FOUR, BIRMINGHAM WORLD, OCTOBER 25, 1940." from Burgin Mathews's Weld for Birmingham's 4 part Sun Ra series.|