Omar Sharriff

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... read moreTexas blues singer and pianist Omar Shariff was born March 10, 1938; during the 1960s he relocated to San Francisco, where in 1971 he recorded a pair of albums for the Arhoolie label under his given name, Dave Alexander. Upon adopting his stage name, he kept a low profile and did not record for...

Key songs

San Francisco Can Be Such A Lonely Town
Omar Sharriff
4:31
The Raven
Omar Sharriff
4:24
Cold Feeling
Omar Sharriff
4:48
Fillmore Street Boogie
Omar Sharriff
2:39
House Built By The Blues
Omar Sharriff
3:23

Key albums

The Raven
The Raven
2011

Biography

Active: 1960s-2000s
Country Of origin: United States of America

Texas blues singer and pianist Omar Shariff was born March 10, 1938; during the 1960s he relocated to San Francisco, where in 1971 he recorded a pair of albums for the Arhoolie label under his given name, Dave Alexander. Upon adopting his stage name, he kept a low profile and did not record for another two decades; The Raven, a collection made up of ten songs cut in 1991 and seven songs cut in 1972 , marked his return to prominence. Shariff was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in 1993. In 1996 small blues label Have Mercy released Baddass and followed it up with Black Widow Spider in 2000. Both records are stripped-down nasty blues: song titles like "My Life Is a Nightmare" and "Seven Years of Torture" give the listener an idea where Shariff is coming from. His next album, Anatomy of a Woman, was a concept album about Shariff's favorite subject: women. Shariff remained an obscure but blues-to-the bone artist until his passing January 8, 2012. ~ Jason Ankeny & Tim Sendra~ Rovi