Question: Who is the most famous spoon player in the history of music.
If you’ve seen the Soundgarden video for “Spoonman” or heard the song, you’ll know about Artis, an Alaskan-born street performer originally from Santa Cruz, California, who moved to Seattle and was often seen at the Pike’s Place Market, a place where Chris Cornell once worked.
His real name is Roger Leroy Wensel and playing the spoons was his only source of income since 1974. He was 40 when he contributed to the Soundgarden song and is still playing the spoons today at age 72.
And he’s done well. After “Spoonman” came, he was sent on an international cultural tour by the Smithsonian Institute.
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