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To preserve, honor and showcase New England’s musical heritage.

Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson


Alan Wilson, later renowned as “Blind Owl” of Canned Heat, was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on July 4, 1943. From an early age, he showed a remarkable aptitude for music. This was supported by his mother, who maintained interests in art, jazz, and culture throughout her life. In junior high school, Wilson was given a jazz record, and taught himself the various instrumental parts by ear. Later, he formed a band called the Crescent City Hot Five with some friends. In school, he played trombone, along with other intellectual activities such as chess which he enjoyed. A shift in interest…

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