Personalities | ‘Hambone’ Willie Newbern | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, guitar, 1899–1947)

A resident of Brownsville, Tennessee, Willie Newbern had only one recording session, for OKeh in Atlanta in 1929. Although he was not widely known outside his area, he influenced quite a few musicians: he recorded the first known version of ‘Roll And Tumble Blues’ and is said to have taught it to Charley Patton, among others. Allegedly he was killed while serving time in prison.

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


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