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Fillmore Slim became friends with Eli's owner Troyce Key, who admired Slim's musical stylings and eventually recorded his first album called Born to Sing the Blues (as Clarence "Guitar" Sims), released in 1987. It was then that, in order to support the album, Fillmore put together a touring band and retired from pimping completely.
In 1996 Mountain Top Records and Fillmore Slim re-released, Born to Sing the Blues, on the Mountain Top label. Several years of touring and playing gigs followed, which led to a record deal in 1999 with Fedora Records and an album called "Other Side of the Road", released in 2000. Fillmore has released more CDs in the years since with a trilogy of CD's on Mountain Top Records: The Game', The Legend of Fillmore Slim and The Blue's Playa's Ball; that tell his story in his own words and music. Fillmore Slim's song writing talents, and musicianship have garnered several awards including being inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Lowell Fulson "Jus' Blues" Award in Memphis in 2011. Since his musical resurgence, Fillmore has found his largest fanbase to be in Europe, where he's played the Zurich Blues Festival and the Blues Estafette in Utrecht, Holland, and France, among others.
Fillmore Slim's life and times are currently in production for a film, The Legend of Fillmore Slim
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