Raful Neal

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Raful Neal (June 6, 1936 – September 1, 2004[1]) was a Louisiana blues singer, harmonicist and songwriter from the United States.[2]

Neal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and reared by his aunt and uncle on a tenant farm in Chamberlin, West Baton Rouge Parish, he began playing the harmonica at age 14. He played with Buddy Guy in a band called the Clouds, his first record, "Sunny Side of Love" (1958) on Peacock Records, was not successful.[1]

Neal's first album, called Louisiana Legend, was initially issued by King Snake Records and later by Alligator Records in 1990, his 1991 album I Been Mistreated was released on Ichiban Records. Neal toured globally. In 1997 his harmonica playing was featured on the album Live: Swampland Jam by Tab Benoit. Neal's album Old Friends was issued in 1998.

Neal died of cancer in Baton Rouge in September 2004.[1] Nine of his ten children are also blues musicians, and several performed with him on his later releases on the Alligator label.

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  1. ^ a b c Allmusic biography
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.

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