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Blind Lemon Jefferson:

The most popular male blues recording artist of the 1920s. Born in Couchman, near Wortham in Freestone County, Texas, in July 1897. Blind from childhood. Between 1925 and 1929, he made at least 100 recordings, including alternate versions of some songs. Had 43 records issued, all but one on the Paramount label. By 1929 he was America's top selling recording artist. Died in Chicago, in mysterious circumstances, towards the end of December, 1929. Inspired a generation of male bluesmen, but had few imitators, due to the complexity of his guitar playing and the distinctiveness of his high, clear voice. Blind Lemon was the Texan who first took blues music to the world.