Saturday, September 17, 2016

Today In Blues History September 17

Today in Blues History

September 17

On this date in 1923, a man not normally associated with the blues, Hank Williams, was born in Butler County, Alabama. While living in Georgiana, Williams met Rufus "Tee-Tot" Payne, a street performer. Payne gave Williams guitar lessons in exchange for meals prepared by Williams’ mother Lillie or money. Payne's base musical style was blues. He taught Williams chords, chord progressions, bass turns, and the musical style of accompaniment that he would use in most of his future songwriting. Later on, Williams recorded one of the songs that Payne taught him, "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It." Williams musical style contained influences from Payne along with several other country influences, among them "the Singing Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers, Moon Mullican, and Roy Acuff.

My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It:

In 1952, Little Walter’s recording of Juke reaches #1 on Billboard's R&B Chart where it stays for eight weeks.

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