Rambling Thomas

Willard Thomas, better known as Ramblin' Thomas (c. 1902–c. 1945), was an American country blues singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is best remembered for his slide guitar playing and for several recordings he made in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Blues scholars seem undecided if his nickname referred to his style of playing or to his itinerant nature. He was the brother of the blues musician Jesse Thomas.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1902 (Logansport), Died 1945 (Memphis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar

Notes: Name also appears as Ramblin' Thomas.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-70666 10-in. 2/9/1932 Ground hog blues Rambling Thomas Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-70667 10-in. 2/9/1932 Shake it gal Rambling Thomas Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-70668 10-in. 2/9/1932 Ground hog blues, no. 2 Rambling Thomas Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-70669 10-in. 2/9/1932 Little old mamma blues Rambling Thomas Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Thomas, Rambling," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106347.

Thomas, Rambling. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106347.

"Thomas, Rambling." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106347

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