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Lester Melrose with some of his blues artists pictured around 1940. From left: Ernest ‘Little Son Joe’ Lawlars, Big Bill Broonzy, Lester Melrose, Roosevelt Sykes, St. Louis Jimmy Oden. Front: Washboard Sam.

Lester Melrose with some of his blues artists pictured around 1940. From left: Ernest ‘Little Son Joe’ Lawlars, Big Bill Broonzy, Lester Melrose, Roosevelt Sykes, St. Louis Jimmy Oden. Front: Washboard Sam.

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Ma Rainey, “The Mother of the Blues,” frequently sang about pursuing women, 1917

Ma Rainey, “The Mother of the Blues,” frequently sang about pursuing women, 1917

Piano player, Professor Longhair. I seem to remember the turban was in fuchsia or hot pink, to boot.

Piano player, Professor Longhair. I seem to remember the turban was in fuchsia or hot pink, to boot.

Baker Gurvitz Army - In fase di ascolto.

Baker Gurvitz Army - In fase di ascolto.

Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976) was born in Texas. His father was African-American and had been enslaved.  His mother was mixed-race: African-American and Choctaw.  He took the name Mance, short for "emancipation."  Lipscomb spent his life as a Sharecropper.   It wasn't until he was "discovered" and recorded by two white musicologists that he was heralded as a musician.  He became an important figure in the folk music revival of the 1960's influencing Dylan and Janis Joplin among others.

Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976) was born in Texas. His father was African-American and had been enslaved. His mother was mixed-race: African-American and Choctaw. He took the name Mance, short for "emancipation." Lipscomb spent his life as a Sharecropper. It wasn't until he was "discovered" and recorded by two white musicologists that he was heralded as a musician. He became an important figure in the folk music revival of the 1960's influencing Dylan and Janis Joplin among others.

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