Sunday, April 28, 2013

Remembering the 'Father of the Delta Blues', Charlie Patton

Born in Mississippi On April 28, 1891 (the date is still disputed)  and on the same day died in 1934, Charlie (or as it's spelled sometimes, Charley) Patton was credited to being the founder and father of the Delta blues.

His legacy is an important one, as many of the great bluesmen of their time, such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Howlin; Wolf among dozens of others.

His guitar showmanship and raspy voice sent sparks flying and his influence is evident, and travelled across several plantations in Mississippi and elsewhere spreading this new type of music. He also performed other types of music such ragtime and hillbilly music too.

The box set collection 'Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton'  won three different Grammys s in 2003,  for Best Historical Album, Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, and Best Album Notes.

Here's one of his late songs called "Stone Pony Blues":

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