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Riley Puckett

George Riley Puckett (May 7, 1894 – July 13, 1946) was an American country music pioneer, best known as a member of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers.

His dynamic single-string guitar playing, featuring dramatic bass runs, earned for him an enviable reputation as an instrumentalist. Many aspiring guitarists who followed him have studied and copied his style. Although he was an accomplished musician on several instruments, his singing was most responsible for establishing him as an important figure in the history of country music.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 7, 1894 (Alpharetta), Died July 13, 1946 (East Point)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist, speaker, banjo, composer, lyricist, whistling, leader

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 481 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-82684 10-in. 3/29/1934 Tanner's boarding house Riley Puckett ; Gid Tanner Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82685 10-in. 3/29/1934 On Tanner's farm Riley Puckett ; Gid Tanner Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82686 10-in. 3/29/1934 I'm satisfied Riley Puckett ; Gid Tanner Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82687 10-in. 3/29/1934 Three nights drunk Riley Puckett ; Gid Tanner Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, and mandolin instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-82688 10-in. 3/29/1934 Tokio rag Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Guitar and mandolin duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82689 10-in. 3/29/1934 Texas hop Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Guitar and mandolin duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82690 10-in. 3/29/1934 Raindrop waltz Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Guitar and mandolin duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82691 10-in. 3/29/1934 Rainbow waltz Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Guitar and mandolin duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82695 10-in. 3/29/1934 Careless love Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82696 10-in. 3/29/1934 Waitin' for the evenin' mail Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82697 10-in. 3/29/1934 Chain gang blues Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82698 10-in. 3/29/1934 George Collins Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82699 10-in. 3/29/1934 I'm gettin' ready to go Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82700 10-in. 3/29/1934 Ragged but right Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82711 10-in. 3/30/1934 K. C. Railroad Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82712 10-in. 3/30/1934 Four day blues Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82713 10-in. 3/30/1934 Just as we used to do Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82714 10-in. 3/30/1934 I'm drifting back to dreamland Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82715 10-in. 3/30/1934 My Carolina home Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82716 10-in. 3/30/1934 The old spinning wheel Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82717 10-in. 3/30/1934 Down in the valley Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Male vocal duet, with 2 fiddles (violins) and guitar vocalist  
Victor BVE-82718 10-in. 3/30/1934 Zelma Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82719 10-in. 3/30/1934 I ain't no better now Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82722 10-in. 3/30/1934 Soldiers' joy Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82723 10-in. 3/30/1934 Flop-eared mule Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 481 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Puckett, Riley," accessed May 28, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102247.

Puckett, Riley. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102247.

"Puckett, Riley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 28 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102247

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