Blind Lemon Jefferson, guitarist, singer
Singer

Blind Lemon Jefferson

September 24, 1893, Couchman, TX ~ December 19, 1929, Chicago, IL

An American blues singer and guitarist from Texas. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s, and has been titled “Father of the Texas Blues.” Jefferson's singing and self-accompaniment were distinctive as a result of his high-pitched voice and originality on the guitar. Though his recordings sold well, he was not so influential on some younger blues singers of his generation, who could not imitate him as they could other commercially successful artists. However, later blues and rock and roll musicians attempted to imitate both his songs and his musical style. His recordings would later influence such legends as B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Son House and Robert Johnson. ~ Wikipedia: Blind Lemon Jefferson ~ retrieved September 22, 2013 © Wikipedia

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Country blues guitarist and vocalist Blind Lemon Jefferson is indisputably one of the main figures in country blues. He was of the highest in many regards, being one of the founders of Texas blues (along with Texas Alexander), one of the most influential country bluesmen of all time, one of the most popular bluesmen of the 1920s, and the first truly commercially successful male blues performer. Up until Jefferson's achievements, the only real successful blues recordings were by women performers, including Bessie Smith and Ida Cox, who usually sang songs written by others and accompanied by a band. With Jefferson came a blues artist who was solo, self-accompanied, and performing a great deal of original material in addition to the more familiar repertoire of folk standards and shouts. These originals include his most well-known songs: Matchbox Blues, See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, and Black Snake Moan. In all, Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded almost 100 songs in just a few years, making his mark on not only the bluesmen of the time (including Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins) but also on music fans in the years to come. The legacy of Jefferson's unique and powerful sound did not fade with the passing decades. ~ Allmusic: Blind Lemon Jefferson ~ retrieved September 22, 2013 © Allmusic

Blind Lemon Jefferson ~ Matchbox Blues ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.



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