- Dina M. Bennett
(b Indianola, MS, April 25, 1923; d Memphis, TN, Dec 21, 1992). American blues guitarist and singer. He began his musical career singing with a family gospel group before becoming a blues musician. A self-taught guitarist, he played left-handed and held his Gibson Flying V electric guitar upside-down with the strings set for a right-handed player. He concentrated on tone and intensity and was known for bending his strings to produce a distinct blues sound. He had his first major hit in 1961 with the release of “Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong,” but did not become a big blues star until he signed with Stax Records in 1966. There he created a blues sound with Memphis soul underpinnings which gave him crossover appeal with rock fans through records such as “Born Under A Bad Sign” (1967), with Stax’s house band Booker T. & the MG’s. He was the first blues artist to play the San Francisco rock venue the Fillmore West and the first bluesman to record with a symphony orchestra when he performed with the St. Louis Symphony in ...