Blind Lemon Jefferson

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Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson (September 24, 1893 – December 19, 1929)[1] 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".[9]

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Blind Lemon Jefferson
The only known photograph of Jefferson, \ntaken circa 1926
The only known photograph of Jefferson, taken circa 1926
Background information
Birth nameLemon Henry Jefferson
Born(1893-09-24)September 24, 1893[1]
Coutchman, Texas, U.S.
DiedDecember 19, 1929(1929-12-19) (aged 36)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • musician
Years active1912–1929[8]

Due mainly to his high-pitched voice and the originality of his guitar playing, Jefferson's performances were distinctive.[9] 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.[10] Later blues and rock and roll musicians, however, did attempt to imitate both his songs and his musical style.[9]