Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie. Frank Masi/Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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B.B King in 1996. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Lead Belly. William Gottlieb/Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways and the Library of Congress hide caption

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'That Blew My Mind': Raiding The Lead Belly Vault

From his pop covers to his freewheeling radio show, there was more to the late musician than blues.

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New Orleans bandleader John Moore chose his "Deacon" nickname at the suggestion of a mischievous drummer. At 73, he's one of the city's most beloved musicians. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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." Courtesy of the Revenant Archives hide caption

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