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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 (Results 26-50 of 481 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-82724 10-in. 3/30/1934 Prosperity and politics Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with string band speaker, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82725 10-in. 3/30/1934 Prosperity and politics Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82726 10-in. 3/30/1934 Kimball House Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Guitar and mandolin duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82727 10-in. 3/30/1934 Hop light ladies Ezra "Ted" Hawkins ; Riley Puckett Guitar and mandolin duet instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82728 10-in. 3/30/1934 Practice night with the Skillet Lickers Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82729 10-in. 3/30/1934 Practice night with the Skillet Lickers Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner Descriptive scene, with vocal and instrumental ensemble speaker, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82848 10-in. 7/31/1934 Wednesday night waltz Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-82849 10-in. 7/31/1934 Renfro Valley home Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-82850 10-in. 7/31/1934 I only want a buddy (Not a sweetheart) Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-82851 10-in. 7/31/1934 Lost love Red Jones ; Riley Puckett Male vocal duet, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-82852 10-in. 7/31/1934 Saxophone waltz Red Jones ; Riley Puckett Male vocal duet, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-82853 10-in. 7/31/1934 Puckett blues Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BS-94368 10-in. 8/8/1935 The Isle of Capri Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94369 10-in. 8/8/1935 My buddy Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94370 10-in. 8/8/1935 Caroline sunshine girl Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94371 10-in. 8/8/1935 Put on an old pair of shoes Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94372 10-in. 8/8/1935 Blue Ridge Mountain blues Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94373 10-in. 8/8/1935 Don't let your deal go down Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94374 10-in. 8/8/1935 Curly-headed baby Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94375 10-in. 8/8/1935 Nobody's business Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94376 10-in. 8/8/1935 Roll back the carpet Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-94377 10-in. 8/8/1935 What's the reason (I'm not pleasin' you) Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-99123 10-in. 2/14/1936 In a little Gypsy tea room Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist  
Victor BS-99124 10-in. 2/14/1936 When I grow too old to dream Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-99125 10-in. 2/14/1936 Old maids Brown Ferry blues Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 26-50 of 481 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Puckett, Riley," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102247.

Puckett, Riley. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102247.

"Puckett, Riley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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