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Frank Stokes

Frank Stokes (January 1, 1877 or 1888 – September 12, 1955) was an American blues musician, songster, and blackface minstrel, who is considered by many musicologists to be the father of the Memphis blues guitar style.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1888 (Tennessee), Died September 12th, 1955 (Memphis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1929

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

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41821 10-in. 2/1/1928 Right now blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-41822 10-in. 2/1/1928 Downtown blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-41825 10-in. 2/1/1928 Bedtime blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-41826 10-in. 2/1/1928 What's the matter blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-45419 10-in. 8/27/1928 Mistreatin' blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45420 10-in. 8/27/1928 It won't be long now Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-45421 10-in. 8/27/1928 Nehi mamma blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-45422 10-in. 8/27/1928 I got mine Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-45426 10-in. 8/28/1928 Stomp that thing Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-45427 10-in. 8/28/1928 Killing me Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45452 10-in. 8/30/1928 'Tain't nobody's business Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-45453 10-in. 8/30/1928 'Tain't nobody's business Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-45454 10-in. 8/30/1928 Take me back Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-45455 10-in. 8/30/1928 How long Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-55573 10-in. 9/23/1929 South Memphis blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55574 10-in. 9/23/1929 Bunker Hill blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55584 10-in. 9/25/1929 Right now blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55591 10-in. 9/25/1929 Shiney town blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56303 10-in. 9/30/1929 I'm going away blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-56304 10-in. 9/30/1929 Old sometime blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with violin and guitar vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BVE-56305 10-in. 9/30/1929 Frank Stokes' dream Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-56306 10-in. 9/30/1929 Memphis rounders blues Frank Stokes Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stokes, Frank," accessed August 8, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106849.

Stokes, Frank. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106849.

"Stokes, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 8 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106849

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