Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blues Hero Papa Charlie Jackson

BT-627 Papa Charlie Jackson
Art by R. Crumb
Born in New Orleans in 1890, musician Papa Charlie Jackson was one of the first self-accompanied blues performers to record. Discovered on the streets of Chicago, he produced over seventy sides between 1924 and 1935, most of them on a guitar tuned, six-string banjo. Jackson combined sophisticated technique with a driving beat. His dance hit "Shake That Thing" was one of the most influential tunes of the era, and his  inspired approach created the hokum style, a spicy form of popular song that made repeated and continual references to sex, a tradition carried on by the likes of Georgia Tom and Tampa Red.

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