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Hollywood Fats consolidated threads

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And there ain't much, especially for a player of his stature;
https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/1231511&highlight=Hollywood+Fats
https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/1150076&highlight=Hollywood+Fats
https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/876931&highlight=Hollywood+Fats
https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/769766&highlight=Hollywood+Fats
https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/501710&highlight=Hollywood+Fats
Hollywood Fats was born Michael Leonard Mann 5-17-74 in Los Angeles, and started playing guitar at the age of 10. While in his teens, his mother would drive him to various clubs in South Central Los Angeles to jam with well-known blues musicians when they came to town. Hollywood Fats' father was a doctor and his siblings went on to become doctors and lawyers. He met Buddy Guy and Junior Wells who gave him the nickname. Hollywood Fats toured with James Harman, Jimmy Witherspoon, J. B. Hutto, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Albert King. During the 1970s and 1980s he worked with the blues harmonica player and singer James Harman. He played on a number of his records including Extra Napkin's, Mo' Na'Kins, Please , Those Dangerous Gentlemans and Live in '85. Other guitarists with whom he played included Junior Watson, Kid Ramos and Dave Alvin. Hollywood Fats was invited to be a sideman to Muddy Waters and later met the harmonica player Al Blake. Blake had just moved to Los Angeles from Oklahoma. In 1974, Hollywood Fats and Blake formed a band consisting of pianist Fred Kaplan, Richard Innes on drums and Canned Heat bassist Larry Taylor called the Hollywood Fats Band. For a King Biscuit Flower Hour concert on September 7, 1979, which was later to be released on record, Hollywood Fats played the lead guitar in Canned Heat.
The Hollywood Fats Band released a self-titled album in 1979, the only album under their name. The band broke up not long after and Hollywood Fats continued to play with Harman's band, and The Blasters in 1986 replacing Dave Alvin. Hollywood Fats also played with a non-blues band called Dino's Revenge from 1985 through 1986. He recorded three songs with Dino's Revenge as well as playing several live performances. The band consisted of Marshall Rohner of T.S.O.L. as well as Kevan Hill, Butch Azevedo and Steven Ameche all of The Twisters.
Hollywood Fats died of a heroin overdose in 1986 in Los Angeles at the age of 32. At the time of his death, he was playing with the James Harman Band, the Blasters and Dino's Revenge.
The album Road To Rio came with a CD titled Larger Than Life which consisted of previously unreleased live recordings of the original Hollywood Fats Band. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Fats)
Some scarce recordings w/Fats;
http://avaxhome.cc/music/blues/piazza2.html
ROD PIAZZA - VINTAGE LIVE 1975
As noted in some threads, bootlegs of Fats are available if you look for them but I've search my ass off and came up with bupkis. What are some titles to aid in the search?
 






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