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Doctor Ross (October 21, 1925 – May 28, 1993), also known as Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss, born Charles Isaiah Ross in Tunica, Mississippi, was an American blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and drummer.
|Birth name||Charles Isaiah Ross|
|Born||October 21, 1925|
Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||May 28, 1993(aged 67)|
|Instruments||Guitar, harmonica, drums|
Ross's blues style has been compared to that of John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson I. His recordings for Sun Records in the 1950s include "The Boogie Disease" and "Chicago Breakdown". Within the lyrics of "The Boogie Disease", Ross notably sang "I may get better / but I'll never get well".
In 1954 Ross moved to the Detroit area and began working for General Motors in Flint, Michigan. He recorded some singles with Fortune Records, including Cat Squirrel and Industrial Boogie. He recorded an album issued by Testament Records and toured with the American Folk Blues Festival in Europe in 1965. (Cat's Squirrel (sic) was covered by the supergroup Cream on their debut album Fresh Cream"). Ross recorded an album for Blue Horizon while he was in London and worked with Ornament Records in Germany in 1972.[self-published source?]
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