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us: Jefferson, Blind Lemon, 1897-1929


  • [Individual was a Blues Foundation Hall of Fame inductee.]

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    • us: Blind Lemon, 1897-1929
    • us: Lemon, Blind, 1897-1929
    • us: Jefferson, Lemon, 1897-1929
    • us: Bates, L. J., 1897-1929
    • us: Brown, J. C., 1897-1929
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    • found: His Blind Lemon Jefferson, 1926-29 [SR] p1984: label (Blind Lemon Jefferson)
    • found: Southern, E. Biog. dict. of Afro-American and African musicians, 1982 (Jefferson, Lemon ("Blind Lemon"); b. July 1897; d. Dec.? 1929)
    • found: New Grove dict. of Amer. mus. (Jefferson, Blind Lemon; b. ca. 1897, Couchman, TX, d. 1930, Chicago, IL; blues singer and guitarist)
    • found: Int. dict. of Black composers, 1999 (Jefferson, Blind Lemon; b. Sept. 1893, near Wortham, Tex., d. Dec. 1929, Chicago, Ill.; folk blues singer/guitarist)
    • found: Santelli, R. Big book of blues, 1993 (Jefferson, Blind Lemon (aka Deacon L.J. Bates); b. July 1897, Couchman, Tex., d. Dec. 1929, Chicago, Ill.; recorded spirituals under the name Bates)
    • found: Harris, S. Blues who's who, c1979 (Jefferson, "Blind" Lemon; aka Deacon LJ Bates/Elder JC Brown); b. July 1897, Couchman (Freestone Co.), TX, d. Dec. 1929, Chicago, IL (unconfirmed))
    • found: Enc. of pop. mus., 3rd ed. (Jefferson, Blind Lemon; b. July 1897, Wortham (Couchman), Tex., d. Dec. 1929, Chicago, Ill.; first recordings were religious songs issued under pseudonym, Reverend L.J. Bates)
    • found: Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition, accessed February 18, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Jefferson, (“Blind”) Lemon; blues musician / singer, guitarist, jazz musician; born July 1897 near Wortham, Texas, United States; lost his sight at least by the time he was a teenager; moved to Dallas and began performing full-time in the Deep Ellum neighborhood (1910s); Paramount invited him to Chicago, Illinois and he began to record his extensive repertoire of original and folk material (1925-1926); died December 1929 possibly, Chicago, Illinois, United States)
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