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us: Big Maceo, 1905-1953

  • [Individual was a Blues Hall of Fame inductee.]
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    • us: Merriweather, Big Maceo, 1905-1953
    • us: Merriweather, Maceo, 1905-1953
    • us: Merryweather, Major, 1905-1953
    • us: Meriweather, Major, 1905-1953
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        (naf) Atlanta (Ga.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Chicago (Ill.)
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        (naf) United States
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        • Organization: (naf) RCA Victor Records
        • Organization: (naf) Bluebyrd Records (Firm)
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        (lcsh) Blues musicians
          (lcsh) Singers
            (lcsh) Pianists
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        • Sources

          • found: Big Maceo. Chicago breakdown [SR] p1975: label (Big Maceo) container (Big Maceo; b. Major Meriweather, 3-31-05 in Newnan, Ga.; d. 2-26-53; always spelled the family name "Merriweather")
          • found: LC in OCLC, 5-2-96 (MLC hdg.: Merriweather, Big Maceo, 1905-1953)
          • found: OCLC, 5-2-96 (hdgs.: Merriweather, Maceo; Merryweather, Major; Big Maceo, 1905-1953; Big Maceo Merriweather; Big Maceo (Musician), 1905-1953)
          • found: African American National Biography, accessed March 1, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Merriweather, “Big Maceo”; Major Merriweather; blues musician/ singer, pianist; born 31 March 1905, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States; met the renowned Chicago guitarists Tampa Red and “Big Bill” Broonzy (1941); recorded for his first session fourteen tracks for the RCA Victor label; first hit record, “Worried Life Blues”; Big Maceo and Tampa Red went on to record a number of songs together for Bluebyrd, creating a unique, new sound that became known as the “The Bluebird Beat”; suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side (1946); “Worried Life Blues” has become a blues standard and was among the first batch of songs inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame; died 23 February 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, United States)
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          • [Individual was a Blues Hall of Fame inductee.]
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          • 1996-05-30: new
          • 2015-04-11: revised
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