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Title Oral History of Jimmy Dillon
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this musically infused and engagingly narrated oral history, guitarist, songwriter, and musical educator Jimmy Dillon recounts his devotion to music since the age of 12 when he decided he wanted to be a guitarist. Born in 1951 in Los Angeles, "in the golden age of rock 'n' roll," Jimmy moved to Michigan with his family as a teenager, where he started gigging with his first band, The Fugitives. In 1969, after finishing high school, he moved back to California with his sister Chloe, settling in Sausalito. Jimmy dates his "love affair with Marin County" back to this moment. He recalls the music scene of the early 1970s in San Francisco and Marin, as well as his own first bona fide Marin band, The Edge. Jimmy recounts his 20-year musical relationship with Clarence Clemons and his deep love of the blues, which prompted him to write a play (or "bluesical") entitled Ascension of the Blues, documenting the West African origins of the blues, its maturation in the United States, and subsequent diffusion throughout the world. Throughout this oral history, Jimmy describes how his career in music has taken him around the world, how he moved back to Michigan and later to Maui, but how, through all these migrations and displacements, Mill Valley - and Mt. Tam - continue to pull him back and occupy a special place in his personal geography. This oral history concludes with a brief guitar lesson on how to play a turnaround in the blues and finally with a moving performance by Jimmy of his original song, "Hold on to Your Dreams."

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Dates of Creation 2015-10-26
Narrator's name Dillon, Jimmy
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 36pp
Recording: 01:15:50
Search Terms Acension of the Blues
Bloomfield, Mike
Blue Star Theater
Blues music
Blues singers
Champlin, Bill
Clemons, Clarence
Cragg, Larry
Dillon, Bill
Dillon, Chloe
Dillon, Johannah
Dillon, Mary Jane Hearn
Dillon, Sr. James
Gravenites, Nick
Hall, Daryl
Hearn, John Hiram
Hill, Kelli
Keystone Corner
Leavell, Chuck
Lewis, Huey
Liberatore, Paul
Montreux Jazz Festival
Music festivals
O'Connell, Ted
Paisner, Jeff
Paul, Les
Prune Music
Roberts, Mike
Rock & roll bands
Rock groups
Rowin, Lorin
Rowin, Peter
San Anselmo Playhouse
Scaggs, Boz
The Beatles
The Edge
Theatrical productions
Throckmorton Theater
Object ID 2016.036.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.