Personalities | Big Maceo | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, vocals, 1905–53)

Major Merriweather was born in Georgia and taught himself to play piano. He moved to Detroit in 1924 and worked at the Ford Motor Company, also playing jobs, mostly as a soloist, before moving to Chicago. There he developed a friendship with Tampa Red and they recorded for Bluebird in 1941. His ‘Worried Life Blues’ is a blues standard, while ‘Chicago Breakdown’ is an instrumental blues masterpiece. He suffered a stroke in 1946, following which his career was sharply curtailed.

Styles & Forms | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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