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This is an online tribute dedicated to Dave Alexander aka Omar Sharriff and aka Omar Hakim Khayam who was an American Texas blues singer, and pianist.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1938, Dave Alexander grew up in Marshall, Texas. His father was a pianist and his mother encouraged him to play in the church. Dave Alexander joined the United States Navy in 1955, moved to Oakland, California in 1957, and began a long history of working with various San Francisco Bay Area musicians. A self-taught pianist, he played with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. Later in 1968, he recorded his first songs for the World Pacific label release called Oakland Blues, a compilation
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album of artists from that city. He also performed at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in 1970, and played at the San Francisco Blues Festival, many times from 1973 onward. He was also the warm up act at the Last Waltz at Winterland, Thanksgiving, 1974. He also performed in Europe.
Dave Alexander recorded a pair of albums The Rattler (1972) and The Dirt on the Ground (1973), for the Arhoolie label under his given name Dave Alexander. Songs include "The Hoodoo Man (The Voodoo Woman & The Witch Doctor)", "St. James Infirmary", "Blue Tumbleweed", "Sundown", "Sufferin' With The Lowdown Blues", "Strange Woman", "Cold Feelin", "Jimmy, Is That You?", "So You Wanna Be A Man" and "The Dirt On The Ground".
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1976, he began to perform as Omar the Magnificent having changed his name to Omar Khayam.
He was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in 1993.
In 1996 small blues label Have Mercy released Baddass, and followed it up with the hit Black Widow Spider in 2000.
In the 2000s Dave Alexander lived and performed mostly in the Sacramento area, where he recorded on Have Mercy Records. He was an articulate writer and advocate for the blues and African American music. He wrote several articles for the Living Blues magazine.
On Martin Luther King Day 2011, NPR Radio All Things Considered broadcast a segment about Marshall, Texas being the birthplace of the boogie-woogie style of piano. The broadcast described
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how Dr. John Tennison, a San Antonio-based boogie-woogie musicologist, had shared his knowledge of the history of boogie-woogie with the citizens of Marshall, and how Tennison had located Dave Alexander in Sacramento, California. Dave Alexander performed in Marshall during December, 2010, to great acclaim. In February, 2011, Dave Alexander relocated to Marshall, Texas.
Dave Alexander died on the 8th January 2012. This is an online memorial created to honor his life and his music. May he rest in peace.
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This is an online tribute dedicated to Dave Alexander aka Omar Sharriff and aka Omar Hakim Khayam who was an American Texas blues singer, and pianist.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1938, Dave Alexander grew up in Marshall, Texas. His father was a pianist and his mother encouraged him to play in the church. Dave Alexander joined the United States Navy in 1955, moved to Oakland, California in 1957, and began a long history of working with various San Francisco Bay Area musicians. A self-taught pianist, he played with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. Later in 1968, he recorded his first songs for the World Pacific label release called Oakland Blues, a compilation...

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