Audio: Bill Steber
From Paramount Records
Rosetta Patton Brown, the last surviving child of early blues legend Charlie Patton, stands in the front yard of their home in Duncan, MS with a copy of the only known photo of her famous father. Patton, a slight man with a booming voice that belied his size, was the first star of the Mississippi country blues, recording dozens of sides for Paramount and Vocalion records in the 1920's and early 30's.
His flamboyant performing style and brilliant guitar technique were precursors to later stars like Jimi Hendrix and the rapid sale of his records, along with those of Blind Lemon Jefferson in Texas, set off a wave of talent searches and recordings of other rural black artists throughout the South, thereby assuring rural blues' place in the catalogs of the fledgling music industry. Patton was arguably the most important and influential Mississippi blues man of his time.
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