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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 176-200 of 481 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W141081 10-in. 10/2/1925 The Boston burglar Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W141082 10-in. 10/2/1925 The orphan girl Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W141083 10-in. 10/2/1925 Hello Central, give me heaven Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W141084 10-in. 10/2/1925 In the good old summertime Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W141085 10-in. 10/2/1925 You'd be surprised Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W141086 10-in. 10/2/1925 I'll never get drunk any more Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W142034 10-in. 4/17/1926 Hand me down my walking cane Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble vocalist  
Columbia W142035 10-in. 4/17/1926 Bully of the town Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142036 10-in. 4/17/1926 Pass around the bottle and we'll all take a drink Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
Columbia W142037 10-in. 4/17/1926 Alabama jubilee Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W142038 10-in. 4/17/1926 Watermelon on the vine Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio vocalist  
Columbia W142039 10-in. 4/17/1926 Don't you hear Jerusalem moan Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet vocalist  
Columbia W142040 10-in. 4/17/1926 Ya gotta quit kickin' my dog aroun' Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo, male vocal duet, and dog sound effect vocalist  
Columbia W142041 10-in. 4/17/1926 Turkey in the straw Riley Puckett ; Skillet Lickers ; Gid Tanner String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal duet vocalist  
Columbia W142054 10-in. 4/20/1926 Wal I swan Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142055 10-in. 4/20/1926 Rock-a-bye baby Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142056 10-in. 4/20/1926 Sauerkraut Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142057 10-in. 4/20/1926 Everybody works but Father Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Columbia W142058 10-in. 4/20/1926 Jack and Joe Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142059 10-in. 4/20/1926 Put my little shoes away Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142084 10-in. 4/22/1926 I'm drifting back to dreamland Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar vocalist  
Columbia W142085 10-in. 4/22/1926 My Carolina home Bob Nichols ; Riley Puckett Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142086 10-in. 4/22/1926 Sally Goodwin Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142087 10-in. 4/22/1926 Ida Red Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Columbia W142088 10-in. 4/22/1926 Down in Arkansas Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin) and guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
(Results 176-200 of 481 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Puckett, Riley," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102247.

Puckett, Riley. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102247.

"Puckett, Riley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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