Papa George Lightfoot Biography

2 March 1924, Natchez, Mississippi, USA, d. 28 November 1971, Natchez, Mississippi, USA. A self-taught harmonica player, Papa Lightfoot first recorded in 1949 for Peacock Records as part of the Gondoliers vocal group. He had a sporadic recording career in New Orleans in the early 50s (and accompanied Champion Jack Dupree on the King label). The majority of his 50s recordings remained unreleased until Bob Hite, famed blues collector and lead singer with Canned Heat, persuaded Liberty Records to issue them in their 1968 Legendary Masters series. This resulted in Lightfoot being rediscovered in 1969 and recording for the Los Angeles-based Vault Records. He was unable to capitalize on this new-found fame: the following year he fell ill and in 1971 died from a heart attack in his home town.


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


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