Personalities | Texas Alexander | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1900–54)

Alger ‘Texas’ Alexander’s broad-toned, pugnacious vocal delivery recalled older work songs and field hollers, while his themes evoked the hard-travelling lives of migrant workers and hoboes. His recordings on OKeh in the 1920s paired him with sophisticated instrumentalists such as Clarence Williams, Lonnie Johnson and King Oliver. In his later years, he often worked alongside his cousin, vocalist-guitarist Lightnin’ Hopkins; the pair recorded for Aladdin in 1947.

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


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