Personalities | Furry Lewis | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, guitar, 1893–1981)

Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, Walter ‘Furry’ Lewis played medicine shows as a young man. After moving to Memphis, he recorded 23 sides for Vocalion and Victor between 1927 and 1929. Despite a somewhat chaotic guitar technique, he was an indefatigable entertainer and he became a beloved figure among younger-generation aficionados throughout his post-1959 ‘rediscovery’ period. In 1975 he had a cameo alongside Burt Reynolds in the film W.W. And The Dixie Dance Kings.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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