Personalities | Scrapper Blackwell | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, guitar, 1903–62)

Francis ‘Scrapper’ Blackwell is best known as Leroy Carr’s musical partner, but he was also a gifted artist in his own right. In 1928 he recorded ‘Kokomo Blues’, which Kokomo Arnold covered as ‘Original Old Kokomo Blues’, before Robert Johnson retooled it as ‘Sweet Home Chicago’. After Carr died in 1935, Blackwell retired from music until 1959, when he was ‘rediscovered’ by photographer Duncan Scheidt. In the midst of a somewhat tentative comeback, he was shot to death in an Indianapolis alley.

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


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