I heard my second cousin, Art Sutton who worked with Lyn Vernon many years at the Peabody, talk about how great he was. I was too young to know many of these cats, my Mother and Grandmother, aunts and uncles were all from Memphis, and it's great to hear stories like this. Wow, what a musical legacy.
Art Sutton was my second cousin, my Mom's first cousin, was my favorite relative, and got me my first alto sax. He was the one who encouraged my music career, and told me amazing stories of his life in music, and the Memphis music scene. I didn't realize as a child what amazing times those were, meeting Elvis, and having someone in the family a living link of history, with W.C. Handy, and our musical legacy. Sadly, I didn't see as much of him in my later life. I moved to California, and didn't get back as much. I was nominated for a WC Handy Award in 2004, and went back and retraced my roots in Memphis.John Lee Sandershttp://johnleesanders.com
By Wendi C. Thomas
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