Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Wrote and recorded "Black Snake Moan."

Founded

September 24, 1893 in Coutchman, Texas

Full Name

Lemon Henry Jefferson

Date of Birth

September 24, 1893 in Coutchman, Texas

Still Alive

Date of Death

December 19, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois

Influenced By

Street musicians, Mexican guitarists

Later Influenced

Lead Belly, Lightin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Bob Dylan

Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Lemon Jefferson

About The artist

"The first truly commercially successful male blues performer. Up until Jefferson's achievements, the only real successful blues recordings were by women performers, including Bessie Smith and Ida Cox, who usually sang songs written by others and accompanied by a band. With Jefferson came a blues artist who was solo, self-accompanied, and performing a great deal of original material in addition to the more familiar repertoire of folk standards and shouts."
Joslyn Layne, Allmusic.com

"His commercial success, in turn, opened the door to recording opportunities for hundreds of other guitar playing blues singers, male and female, black and white."
David Evans, "Musical Innovation in the Blues of Blind Lemon Jefferson"

Did you know...

Jefferson taught T-Bone Walker the basics of blues guitar, in exchange for Walker's occasional services as a guide.

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Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.

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The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.

Country & Folk

Country & Folk

Black musical tradition is a part of its core.

Gospel

Gospel

The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.