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Skip MacDonald ‘Never Turn Back’ 13th March 2010

Blues musician Skip McDonald was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1949. He played jazz, doo-wop, and gospel when young, and moved to New York as a teenager with his band of friends, called The Entertainers.

He joined the group Wood Brass & Steel in 1973 with bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Harold Sargent; the group recorded two albums before their 1979 breakup. McDonald then became one of the members of the house band for Sugarhill Records and appeared as guitarist on many early rap albums, including The Message by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

After leaving Sugarhill, McDonald, Wimbish, and drummer Keith LeBlanc began working with Adrian Sherwood, and eventually formed the trio into the group Tackhead.

In the 1990s McDonald took the name Little Axe and began recording blues albums, continuing to appear as a guest act on other artists’ albums as well. His most recent albums have been released on Real World Records.

Filmed by the Band on the Wall AV Unit on 13th March 2010