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Doc Terry and the Pirates

Mr. Doc TerryBorn in Sunflower, Mississippi in l921, Terry Adail, more commonly known in the Blues Music World as “Doc Terry" started to play harmonica at the age of 12. Influenced by “Sunny Boy” Williamson, "Doc” was active in the Blues Music scene since the late 40’s playing at times in his career with Blues Legends: Muddy Waters, “Howling Wolf”, Yank Rachel and Henry Townsend. He has been active in the St. Louis area and played in every major Blues club. “Doc” recorded on his own “Doc Terry and the Pirates” record label in the early 70’s. Songs include: “Things Can’t Stay the Same”, “Dr. Boogie”, "Rock with Doc’ and “Hoodo Blues”. He has been written about in England’s “Blues Unlimited” magazine and is featured in “Blues Who’s Who” (the reference “Bible” of America’s most significant Blues Players).

“Doc” performed around the metropolitan St. Louis area with his band “Doc Terry and the Pirates”, which featured:

Doc Terry - Harmonica/Vocals | Patti Thomas - Vocals
Thomas Johnson - Guitar | Nathaniel Thomas - Drums
Peter Smorodin - Bass

“Doc Terry and the Pirates” performed on the SS President as part of the 1987 WMRY Blues Cruise summer concerts, also performed for the Monday Nite Blues series at Union Station Biergarten and the Budweiser Blues Barge summer concert series on the Mississippi Riverfront.

They performed throughout the St. Louis area at: The Broadway Oyster Bar, Blue Mondays, Blueberry Hill, Webster Grill, and Players Pub. “Doe Terry and the Pirates” were active members in the East St. Louis Arts Council and play at various functions for Southern Illinois University and Washington University in St. Louis and University Missouri at Rolla. The group helped sponsor and perform in a Blues festival for the city of East St. Louis in 1988.

"Doc Terry and the Pirates” were featured in a documentary on St. Louis Blues artists which was televised on Channel 9 (PBS) in St. Louis March 1988. The documentary also featured other Blues artists such as: James Crutchfield, James DeShay and George McCoy.

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