Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Late Night at the Cafe: Charlie Patton

This is a 1930 recording of Charlie Patton (est. 1887/91-1934).  Wiki writes that he "is best known as an American Delta blues musician. He is considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues" and therefore one of the oldest known figures of American popular music. He is credited with creating an enduring body of American music and personally inspiring just about every Delta blues man (Palmer, 1995). Musicologist Robert Palmer considers him among the most important musicians that America produced in the twentieth century."  He has had an enormous impact on Dylan - you can't know Dylan without knowing Charlie Patton.

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