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Charley Patton was the grandaddy of the Delta blues musicians, according to Jack White: "He's the one that all the other blues musicians looked up to. He's almost the beginning of the family tree."
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January 31, 2015 Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.
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A levee on the Mississippi River in Louisiana during the Great Flood of 1927.
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May 18, 2011 Along the mighty Mississippi River, rising waters carry musical echoes of the river's long history of floods. Many of those sonic tributaries reach back to perhaps the worst one in U.S. history: the Great Flood of 1927. Its history can be found in textbooks, but it comes to life in music.
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One of the two known photos of Robert Johnson. This portrait was taken by the Hooks Bros. Photography Company in Memphis, Tenn., circa 1935.
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February 16, 2010 Influencing everyone from The Rolling Stones to Cassandra Wilson, the blues recordings that came out of the Mississippi Delta from the late 1920s through the late '30s have had an enormous impact on American music. Hear songs from Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House and more.
September 23, 2005 Noah Adams speaks with University of Memphis musicologist David Evans about songs inspired by the Mississippi Delta floods of 1927. We listen to Lonnie Johnson's "Broken Levee Blues" and Charlie Patton's "High Water Everywhere."
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