Let’s Explore The Blues – Charley Patton
Charley Patton, born between 1887 and 1894, maybe, and passed away on April 28, 1934, definitely. Charley was a delta blues player, and some credit him with creating Delta Blues. It is said that he may be the most important American musician of the 20th century. With this great lead up, it is time to explore his life and music.
There are many mysteries surrounding Charley. His birth-date, his name (some spell it Charlie), and even his race. He may have been the son of a slave, or he may have been Mexican or possibly a Cherokee Native-American. Interestingly, the slave named as a potential father was Henderson Chatmon, the father of many of the Mississippi Sheiks. The genetics are there for sure. He was friends with, and influence a very young Howlin’ Wolf. John Lee Hooker also spent some time with Charley and was influenced by his…
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