Myers also had three brothers who were musical. Louis played the guitar in the band the "Aces." Curtis played the piano, and Bob played the harp (Living Blues 35). Myers married and has one son, Davie, Jr. (Johnson).Dave Myers You Can't Do That Myers grew up as a child listening to Lonnie Johnson, a pioneering blues and jazz guitarist and banjoist who lived in the basement of Myers’ family home (Center Stage Media).
Myers, along with his brother Louis, sang in a Baptist church choir Michael James states, “Myers was brought up in Mississippi where he learned how to play the guitar” However, in 1942, Myers along with his brother Louis, moved to Chicago where his career began. According to Santelli, “Dave Myers is one of the many unheralded architects of the city’s post-World War II blues scene” (305). Myers sang and played the guitar and bass. He and his brother Louis began playing house parties with Junior Wells, a harp player. Then after Junior Wells left, the brothers, with Little Walter Jacob, a blues musician who played the amplified harmonica, formed a group called The Jukes.
Little Walter joined the band in 1952 and worked with Myers for most of the next three years. The Myers brothers left the harmonica player and reformed the Aces with Junior Wells and Fred Below again for a while and then with Otis Rush. David and Louis Myers played guitars and Fred Below drums. The first recordings were for the Checker subsidiary of Chess in 1952.
According to Santelli, “Myers left Little Walter in 1955 and joined his brother in a new band led by guitarist Otis Rush that also included drummer Odie Payne, Jr.” (Santelli 305). Myers was also hired by Fender Guitarist during the 1950’s to promote and demonstrate the electric bass around Chicago (James). His percussive style earned him the nickname Thumper. When the Aces reformed in 1969, Myers had the chance to record with the rock ‘n’ roll band in which Louis played and also Latisha Tucker, SHS researcheras accompanist to many other great artists (Larkin 2977). James notes, “Myers has performed and recorded hundreds of albums with literally every Chicago blues legend." He appeared on hundreds of records by artists such as J.B.
Hutto, Roosevelt Sykes, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy; Otis Spann, Robert Lockwood Jr., and many others. He released his only solo recording in 2000 called, "You Can't Do That" on the Black Top label, featuring Kim Wilson and Rusty Zinn as guest artists. Dave Myers also performed at the 1999 Chicago Blues Festival. He was the last living member of the Aces until 2001 when he died in September (James).
In March of 2000, Myers's left leg had been amputated due to diabetes (Johnson). Then his right leg was amputated on August 29, 2000. Myers never fully recovered from the surgery. On September 3, 2001, Myers died at the Waterfront Terrace Nursing Home in Chicago at the age of 74. His funeral was held on Chicago’s south side at the Rayner Funeral Home” (Johnson).
Dave Myers is survived by his son, David, Jr., two sisters, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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