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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Blues Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sydney, Australia
Favorite Quote:
What Time The Plane Leave?

Birthplace

Born:
1/23/1967
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Blues Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sydney, Australia
Favorite Quote:
What Time The Plane Leave?

Birthplace

Born:
1/23/1967
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Rodney Dion Baker, who performs as Ronnie Baker Brooks, was born in Chicago on January 23, 1967, to Jeannine Baker and Lee Baker, Jr.—better known as legendary blues singer and guitarist Lonnie Brooks. Brooks has been performing since his ninth birthday, when his father allowed him to join him on stage at Pepper’s Lounge in Chicago to play “Messin’ with the Kid” and “Reconsider Baby.”

After graduating from Hales Franciscan High School in 1985, Brooks worked briefly as a mail clerk before joining his father’s band in 1986. In 1988, Brooks’ work was featured on his father’s album, Live from Chicago—Bayou Lightning Strikes. He later appeared on Lonnie Brooks’ Satisfaction Guaranteed and the Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Tour, during which he had the opportunity to perform with Koko Taylor, Elvin Bishop, and Lil’ Ed Williams. He has since worked with Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Keb’Mo’, among other luminaries.

In 1992, Brooks made his debut as a solo performer, substituting for an ill Lonnie Brooks at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In 1998, Real Blues Magazine selected Brooks as the Best New Blues Artist. Since his show at Buddy Guy’s Legends on New Year’s Eve of that year, Brooks has been a solo artist, releasing the albums Golddigger and Take Me Witcha on Watchdog Records, his own Chicago-based label.

Brooks lives in Dolton, Illinois.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronnie Baker Brooks remembers his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronnie Baker Brooks remembers a boy being killed near his house
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronnie Baker Brooks talks about playing basketball at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes returning to music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronnie Baker Brooks talks about gang activity in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronnie Baker Brooks talks about the death of basketball player Ben Wilson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronnie Baker Brooks recalls his time at Corpus Christi School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronnie Baker Brooks remembers accidentally breaking his dad's guitar as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes his childhood dog, Rex
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes playing basketball and the flute at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronnie Baker Brooks recalls listening to hip hop as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes touring with his father as a teenager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronnie Baker Brooks remembers Chicago, Illinois during Mayor Harold Washington's term
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes different styles of the blues
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes writing 'I'll See You Again'
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes his musical plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronnie Baker Brooks talks about legends in the blues tradition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes his family's values
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronnie Baker Brooks describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronnie Baker Brooks reflects upon his life
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