Blind Boy Fuller
|Tags:||blues delta blues piedmont blues classic blues guitar|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Fulton Allen, 1908, Wadesboro, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 February 1941, USA. One of a large family, Fuller learned to play the guitar as a child and had begun a life as a transient singer when he was blinded, either through disease or when lye water was thrown in his face. By the late 20s he was well known throughout North Carolina and Virginia, playing and singing at county fairs, tobacco farms and on street corners. At one time he worked with two other blind singers, Sonny Terry and Gary Davis. Among his most popular numbers were Rattlesnakin Daddy, Jitterbug Rag (on which he demonstrated his guitar technique) and the bawdy Whats That Smells Like Fish? (later adapted by Hot Tuna as Keep On Truckin) and Get Your Yas Yas Out. At one point in his career he was teamed with Brownie McGhee. In 1940 in Chicago, Fullers style had become gloomy, as can be heard on When You Are...