(Born September 8, 1897,
died May 26, 1933, New York, New
music, then known as Hillbilly
music, started with him and his blue
yodeling. Known for fourteen years as the
Singing Brakman because he worked on the southern
railroads out of his native Meridian,
Mississippi, he later was dubbed the "Father of
Recording for the first time in
1927 at pioneer sessions that included the debut
also of the Carter
Family, he reportedly sold over 20 million
records in the six year stretch of his career.
Though white and a superb yodeler, he was also a
great blues singer.
Virtually all of his albums are
blues titled. He died of tuberculosis in New
York City two days after a final RCA session in May
1933, leaving a legacy of song that influenced many
singers, including Ernest Tubb, and Howlin’
Wolf. In 1963, he was the first
performer -- together with Hank Williams and Fred
Rose -- to be elected to the newly formed Country
Music Hall of Fame.
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