Blues America:Blues America 158 - Death of Johnny Ace 
Series: Title: Sub-title:
Blues America  Blues America 158 - Death of Johnny Ace  Blues + Interview + Talk + Music + Weekly Program + Series 
Producer: Program type: Broadcast Restrictions:
Drew Verbis  Weekly Program  For non-profit use only. 
Summary: Featured speakers/guests:
Authors Steve Bergsman and R. Gary Patterson discuss the mysterious death of Johnny Ace. Johnny Ace was considered one of the first African-American pop stars with a string of eight consecutive hits on the R&B Charts and becoming the most radio programmed artist of his day. Before launching his solo career, he was a member of the Beale Streeters with some of the biggest artist of the time, including B.B. King, Junior Parker, Willie Nix, Rosco Gordon and Earl Forest. At the height of his career, on Christmas evening, Johnny mysteriously died backstage from a single gunshot wound to the head. The cause of death was reported as Russian roulette and one police detective stated he succumbed to pistolitis. Big Mama Thornton was among the eye-witnesses. Johnny had a posthumous number one hit, Pledging My Love, which became the biggest cross-over hit of his era. Special guests: Steve Bergsman is a musicologist and author of the books The Death of Johnny Ace, and The Seduction of Mary Wells. R. Gary Patterson is a music historian and author of the books Hellhounds on Their Trail, The Walrus was Paul and Take a Walk on the Darkside. Gary is considered the Fox Mulder of Rock and Roll and regularly appears on VH1, E! Networks and Coast to Coast am.  Steve Bergsman, R. Gary Patterson 
Notes: Credits:
Blues America is where the blues talks. An hour-long weekly series featuring conversations with blues people who share their stories and music. Blues America is heard around the country on over 50 public radio stations and the podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times. The series is independently produced at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix by award winning host, Drew Verbis. It is a featured station on the Living Blues Magazine radio-charts.   Clock
PROGRAM 158 - Total 58:00
Production Date 10/26/2018
Segment 1
00:00 - 34:34
Floating Station Mid-Break
34:28- Clip: "...Blues America Will be Right Back"
34:34 - Outcue: Tone
35:56- Incue: Tone
Segment 2
35:56 - 58:00
57:35 - Clip: "Blues America Singing"
57:40 - [ Optional] Cutaway Music Bed
58:00 - End

Special Guest: Steve Bergsman, R. Gary Patterson
Studio: Chico Chism Memorial Studio
Label: Duke (Johnny Ace)
Host: Drew Verbis
Voice Overs: Nikki Nicole, Jason Stephens
Underwriting Voice Over: Milky Smooth
Morgan Freeman Monologue Edit: Drew Verbis, Jason Stephens
Underwriters: Record High Vinyl Store, The Rhythm Room, SWMAF

Full Length Plays (Artist, Song, Album, Label)
Johnny Ace w/ Big Mama Thornton, Yes Baby, R'N'B Hits, Duke (2:48)
Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, I Like My Hot Sauce Cold, Big Sound, Alligator (2:59)
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, It's Been a Long Time, Seeing is Believing, Severn (2:58)
Peetie Wheatstraw, Devil's Son-in-Law, 67560-1, 1931, Bluebird (3:30)  
Music | American | Classic Rock | Ethnicity | African-American | Folklore and Folkways | Blues | Jazz  
Version 1: Blues America 158  
Total Length (HH:MM:SS)
Program 158 
Transcript, Announcer Script Location Recorded Release Date Language
View Script  Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix  10-26-2018  English 
Segment Length
File Info
bluesamerica158  256Kbps mp3 (106.46MB) Stereo 


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