Sylvester Weaver

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

25 July 1897, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 4 April 1960, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Though little is known of his life and his influences, Weaver has the distinction of being the first country bluesman to have been recorded, almost a year before Papa Charlie Jackson and three before Blind Lemon Jefferson. His first sessions, as a solo instrumentalist and accompanying Sara Martin, were cut for OKeh Records in October and November 1923, with further sessions in March and May 1924. OKeh also used him as a talent scout and three years later, Weaver took Walter Beasley and the 14-year-old Helen Humes to New York for the series of sessions that marked the end of his recording career. He also made his debut as a vocalist and banjo soloist at an earlier April 1927 session. ‘Guitar Rag’, which he recorded in 1923 and 1927, was later used by Bob Wills’ guitarist Leon McAuliffe (without acknowledgement) as the basis for ‘Steel Guitar Rag’, becoming...

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