Sleepy John Estes

John Adam Estes (January 25, 1899 or 1900  – June 5, 1977), known as Sleepy John Estes, was an American blues guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 25th, 1899 (Ripley), Died June 5th, 1977 (Brownsville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 70 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-55531 10-in. 9/17/1929 Broken hearted, ragged and dirty, too Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with mandolin, guitar, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-55581 10-in. 9/24/1929 The girl I love she got long curly hair Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with mandolin, guitar, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-55596 10-in. 9/26/1929 Diving duck blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with mandolin, guitar, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-55597 10-in. 9/26/1929 Little Sarah Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with mandolin, guitar, and piano vocalist  
Victor BVE-56335 10-in. 10/2/1929 Black Mattie blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with harmonica, mandolin, and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-56336 10-in. 10/2/1929 T-bone steak blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with harmonica, mandolin, and guitar instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BVE-59918 10-in. 5/13/1930 Milk cow blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-59919 10-in. 5/13/1930 Street car blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-59934 10-in. 5/17/1930 Expressman blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59935 10-in. 5/17/1930 Wadie green blues Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-59967 10-in. 5/21/1930 Whatcha' doin' Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-59968 10-in. 5/21/1930 Poor John blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-62547 10-in. 5/30/1930 Stack o' dollars Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-62548 10-in. 5/30/1930 My black gal blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-62549 10-in. 5/30/1930 Ninety pound mama Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal duet, with guitar, mandolin, and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-62550 10-in. 5/30/1930 Sweet mama Sleepy John Estes ; Yank Rachell Male vocal solo, with guitar, mandolin, and piano instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-64736 10-in. 11/26/1930 Ticket agent blues Noah Lewis' Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-64737 10-in. 11/26/1930 New Minglewood blues Noah Lewis' Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-64738 10-in. 11/28/1930 Selling the jelly Noah Lewis' Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-64739 10-in. 11/28/1930 Bad luck's my buddy Noah Lewis' Jug Band Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-064915 10-in. 9/24/1941 Don't you want to know? Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BS-064916 10-in. 9/24/1941 You shouldn't do that Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064917 10-in. 9/24/1941 When the saints go marching in Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064918 10-in. 9/24/1941 Black gal swing Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Victor BS-064919 10-in. 9/24/1941 Get up and go Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 70 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Estes, Sleepy John," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104491.

Estes, Sleepy John. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104491.

"Estes, Sleepy John." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.

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