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Blind Lemon Jefferson

Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson (September 24, 1893 – December 19, 1929) was an American blues and gospel singer-songwriter and musician. He was one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s and has been called the "Father of the Texas Blues".

Jefferson's performances were distinctive because of his high-pitched voice and the originality of his guitar playing. His recordings sold well, but he was not a strong influence on younger blues singers of his generation, who could not imitate him as easily as they could other commercially successful artists. Later blues and rock and roll musicians, however, did attempt to imitate both his songs and his musical style.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 24th, 1893 (Coutchman), Died December 12th, 1929 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W143480 10-in. 2/16/1927 The black snake moan Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W145348 10-in. 12/9/1927 Long lonesome blues Rube Lacy Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80523 10-in. 3/14/1927 Black snake moan Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80524 10-in. 3/14/1927 Match box blues Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80525 10-in. 3/14/1927 'Stillery blues Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh W80526 10-in. 3/14/1927 Woman's labor man Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh W80527 10-in. 3/14/1927 My easy rider Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh W80528 10-in. 3/14/1927 Elder Green's in town Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh W80529 10-in. 3/14/1927 English stop time Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh W80536 10-in. 3/15/1927 Laboring man away from home Blind Lemon Jefferson Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jefferson, Blind Lemon," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104663.

Jefferson, Blind Lemon. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104663.

"Jefferson, Blind Lemon." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104663

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