Charley Patton

Genres: Blues
Tags: blues delta blues classic blues country blues folk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1891, Bolton, Mississippi, USA, d. 28 April 1934, Indianola, Mississippi, USA. Charley Patton was small, but in all other ways larger than life; his death from a chronic heart condition at the age of 43 brought to an end his relentless pursuit of the good things then available to a black man in Mississippi - liquor, women, food (courtesy of women), music, and the avoidance of farm work, which carried with it another desideratum, freedom of movement.

By 1910, Patton had a repertoire of his own compositions, including ‘Pony Blues’, ‘Banty Rooster Blues’, ‘Down The Dirt Road’, and his version of ‘Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues’, all of which he recorded at his first session in 1929. He also acquired a number of spirituals, although the degree of his religious conviction is uncertain. By the time he recorded, Charley Patton was the foremost blues singer in Mississippi, popular with whites and blacks, and...

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