Little Joe Blue

Joseph Valery Jr., known as "Little" Joe Blue, was born on September 23, 1934 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Valery was greatly influenced by the music legend B.B. King as well as Louis Jordan, Joe Liggins, Roy Milton, and Lafayette Thomas. Valery did not began his professional music career until the late 1950's when he formed the group, The Midnighters in Detroit, Michigan. During the early 60's Valery moved to Los Angles, California by way of Reno, Nevada where he began his recording career while performing in local clubs. Valery recorded on the Kent, Movin', and Checker labels in Los Angeles during the mid 1960's. From 1968 to 1972 Little Joe recorded with Chess in Chicago and the Jewel label in Louisiana and California. In the late 1960's Joe began touring extensively throughout the South. During the 1970's Valery toured throughout California particularly in the San Francisco area. His tours also took him to Texas and areas across the United States. In 1975, 1982, and again in 1986 Valery toured Europe working festivals and clubs, including the International Jazz Fest in Barcelona, Spain.

Joseph "Little Joe Blue" Valery Jr. died of cancer on April 22, 1990 and is buried in Reno, Nevada.

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