There's no one in the pop music world quite like Lee Oskar. His unique role as a founding member and former lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz group, WAR, won him international renown for over two and a half decades (1969-1993). Oskar's signature harp solos helped define the WAR sound from the band's beginning in 1969, adding dashes of color to their R&B/Jazz/Rock and Latin influences. Oskar's position with WAR was a prominent one from their early days with Eric Burdon onwards. Audiences have marvelled at his improvisational wizardry, not to mention his animated stage presence.
A number of years ago Sarge bought his first Lee Oskar harmonica. Sarge was so impressed with the Lee Oskar harp that he sent a cassette of his "Vietnam Blues - Combat Tested Blues... For Peace" recording to the address on the paper insert in the harp case. A few months later Lee Oskar called Sarge and told him that he loved Sarge's "Vietnam Blues", and he wanted to come to Phoenix and jam with Sarge and the players on Sarge's recording. Sarge told him that he did a lot of benefits for worthy causes (to help him heal from the war), and Lee loved the idea.
Now this is where, Leslie, Sarge's wife, comes in. Leslie makes it possible for Sarge to keep up with his vigorous schedule. She produces all of the benefits that she and Sarge put on. Working with the Rhythm Room Blues Bar in Phoenix, Leslie produced "Harmonicas Against Hunger", for the St. Mary's Food Bank, staring Lee Oskar and Sarge, and featuring all four of the other harmonica players on Sarge's recording.
Between recording, performing and running his immensely successful harmonica company, Lee Oskar has still made the time to come to Phoenix and perform at Sarge and Leslie's benefits on five occasions to the date of this writing. We at Mr. & Mrs. Sarge Enterprises would like to thank Lee Oskar and his wife, (also named) Leslie, for their wonderful support and cherished friendship.
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CHICO CHISM ENDORSES SARGE'S
"VIETNAM BLUES" RECORDING
(Former drummer for the late, great, Howlin' Wolf!)
Chico Chism and Sarge Lintecum
CHICO CHISM is an Arizona Blues Ambassador. He is known all over the state as one of the most unique and memorable Blues stars to ever call Arizona home.
Chico sits in on drums in the song, "Sister Soldier" on Sarge's "Vietnam Blues - Combat Tested Blues... For Peace" recording!
Chico is best known for his work with Chester Burnett, the famous "Howlin' Wolf". Chico played drums with the Howlin' Wolf during the middle 1970's. When Howlin' Wolf passed away, he continued playing with the band known as "Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang".
He was band leader for Roscoe Gordon for two years. During Chico's time in the Blues clubs of Chicago, he played with many great Blues artists including: Eddie Boyd, Sunnyland Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Mabon, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Memphis Slim and many more.
Chico's drumming was included on a vast number of studio sessions on several major Chicago Blues labels.
He toured on the road throughout the United States and Europe with such people as: Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker, Freddy King, Lowell Fulsom and Junior Wells. In 1987, after an extended time of playing in Europe, Chico moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
Chico Chism's endorsement of Sarge's
"I've recorded with many artists; it was my pleasure to record on Sarge's album. It should do a million copies." Chico Chism, Cher-Kee Records, U.S.A., Big Bear Records, England.