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8 April 1908, Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA, d. c.1960, Chicago, Illinois, USA. McClennans biography is fairly typical of many blues singers of his time and place. He was raised on the J.F. Sligh farm in rural Mississippi and learned to play the guitar at an early age. Working for tips on the streets and at private parties, he became acquainted with other performers such as Honeyboy Edwards and Robert Petway. Petway and McClennan shared a style so close that, later on record, it became difficult to tell them apart, a confusion they sometimes compounded by recording together. McClennan had a limited but effective percussive guitar style, often played by working on a single string. His voice was rough but full of humour, and also capable of expressing poignancy and subtle emotions. Around 1939, he moved to Chicago (as did Petway) and made a name for himself playing at clubs where expatriate southerners gathered to hear the down-home sounds of their...