Ed Bell Biography

Edward Bell, May 1905, Forest Deposit, Alabama, USA, d. 1960, Greenville, Alabama, USA. A guitarist who, it has recently been confirmed, also recorded as ‘Barefoot Bill’ and ‘Sluefoot Joe’ between 1927 and 1930. Bell stands as the most influential Alabama artist in pre-war blues recordings. With well over three-quarters of his material issued, Bell’s ‘Mamlish Blues’ and ‘Hambone Blues’ came to define the style of the region and his contemporaries. His influences could still be detected in the 70s recordings of fellow Alabamian, John Lee. The circumstances of Bell’s death are shrouded in mystery but it is thought he died in the 60s during a civil rights march.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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