Funny story concerning Fred McDowell that Steve Cheseborough
relays in his book, Blues Traveling, that I would like to pass
Steve writes,"Despite his international success, McDowell continued to work at the Stuckey's Store and gas station at MS 310 and I-55. His agent, Dick Waterman (during the 60s and 70s), once asked Fred why he kept the job.
'All my friends are here, so you know I'll be here,' McDowell told Dick. 'There's nothing for me to do at that trailer all day. And if a car comes in and needs gas, I might as well go fill it up. I'm going to be here anyways. They give me $32 a week and I am just stealing that money, Dick.'
Stuckey's also served as an office for McDowell, who did not have a telephone at home. The other employees got used to receiving phone calls from people with strange accents: 'We got Paris, France, on the phone, Fred.' "
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