Personalities | Peg Leg Howell | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, guitar, 1888–1966)

James Barnes ‘Peg Leg’ Howell, who lost his right leg after being shot when he was about 21 years old, led a three-man band – Peg Leg Howell & his Gang – in Atlanta during the mid- to late 1920s. He recorded for Columbia between 1926 and 1929 and continued to perform locally until the mid-1930s. He was ‘rediscovered’ in the blues revival of the early 1960s and in 1963 cut an album on Testament.

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


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