Pink Anderson

Genres: Blues
Descriptive "tags": blues piedmont blues delta blues guitar singer-songwriter Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s


Pinkney Anderson, 12 February 1900, Laurens, South Carolina, USA, d. 12 October 1974, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. For much of his life, Anderson was Spartanburg’s most famous songster and medicine show huckster. He was 10 when he first learned to play the guitar in open tuning. He also earned money as a buck dancer on the streets of Laurens. In 1917 he joined ‘Doctor’ W.R. Kerr’s medicine show, learning every facet of the calling, and stayed with the show, with Peg Leg Sam as his straight man, until it ceased in 1945. When not on the road, he partnered Simmie Dooley, a blind guitarist from whom he learned to tune his guitar and play chords. In 1928 the pair recorded four titles for Columbia Records in Atlanta. One of the songs, ‘Every Day In The Week’, also featured on a May 1950 session, recorded while Anderson was performing at the State Fair in Charlottesville, and released in conjunction with titles by another Laurens...

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