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Covington, Ben, 1890-


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    • Covington, Ben, b. 1890
    • Covington, Blind Ben, 1890-
    • Covington, Blind Bogus Ben, 1890-
    • Covington, Bogus Ben, 1890-
    • Covington, Bogus Blind Ben, 1890-
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        1890
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    • Covington, Ben, b. 1890
  • Sources

    • found: Times ain't like they used to be, Vol. 5 [SR] p2002:insert (Ben Covington; blues singer)
    • found: EHarmonica.net WWW website, Apr. 17, 2003:(Ben Covington, blues banjo, guitar, harmonica player; b. 1890, Columbus, Miss., d. 1930s, Homer City, Penn.)
    • found: Blues Trail, WWW site, Apr. 20, 2011(Bogus Ben Covington; nicknamed "Bogus Ben" because he pretended to be a blind performer; "It is thought that he was a vocalist, played banjo, and mandolin, and was possibly a juggler as well! It has been suggested that his real name was Ben Curry and that he travelled with Speckled Red and King Solomon Hill"; recorded for Paramount in 1928 and possibly again in 1929, using the name "Memphis Ben" at the later session; "A final session recorded in 1932 for Paramount and credited to Ben Curry is usually accepted as being by the same Bogus Ben!"; reportedly died in Pennsylvania ca. 1935)
    • found: The Paramount masters [SR] p2004:CD B, container (Bogus Ben Covington) CD C, insert (similarities between the voices of Ben Curry and Ben Covington "and the fact that Curry's Boodle de bum bum was first recorded by Covington make the identification a reasonable assumption")
    • found: Dixon, R.M.W. Blues & gospel records, 1890-1943, 4th ed.:p. 180 (Blind (Bogus) Ben Covington; Bogus Ben Covington; Blind Ben Covington; may be the same person as Ben Curry) p. 611 (under Memphis Ben: "may possibly be the same artist as Ben Curry or Ben Covington; it has been suggested on aural grounds that Curry and Covington were the same person. Note that Ben Curry recorded Hot dog for Paramount c. January 1932, while Ben Covington recorded Adam and Eve in the garden for Paramount c. September 1928," both also recorded by Memphis Ben for Vocalion in 1928 as unissued trial recordings)
    • found: All music guide to the blues, 3rd ed.:p. 639 (Bogus Blind Ben Covington; probably a pseud. for Ben Curry, a banjo and medicine show entertainer)
    • found: Encyc. of pop. mus. online, Apr. 21, 2011(Covington, Blind Bogus Ben; played banjo and rack harmonica in the streets of Birmingham, Ala., singing blues and hokum; probably the same man as Ben Curry)
    • found: Harris, S. Blues who's who, 1981, c1979(Covington, "Bogus"/"Blind" Ben; b. ca. 1900, Columbus, MS; d. ca. 1935, Homer City, PA (unconfirmed); banjo/guitar/harmonica)
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    • 2003-05-09: new
    • 2013-03-21: revised
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