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The Deep Ellum Blues-A few notable blues artists who got their start in Deep Ellum

By Sara Pintilie/entertainment editor

Photo courtesy www.Amazon.com, www.Blues.at
Photo courtesy www.Amazon.com, www.Blues.at

Blind Lemon Jefferson
The noted blues musician started playing in Deep Ellum around 1912. He met Ledbetter, and the two teamed up and played together until 1915. His first album was recorded in 1925 in Chicago, and he was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1980. Most notable songs are “That Black Snake Moan” and “Tin Cup Blues.”

Photo courtesy www.Amazon.com, www.Blues.at
Photo courtesy www.Amazon.com, www.Blues.at

Lillian Glinn
She performed at the Park Theatre in the ’20s. She was signed to Columbia’s label during that time period. Her most notable songs are “”Cravin’ a Man Blues,” “Shreveport Blues” and “Front Door Woman.”

Photo courtesy www.Amazon.com, www.Blues.at
Photo courtesy www.Amazon.com, www.Blues.at

Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter
He started playing in Deep Ellum around 1910. He teamed up with Jefferson until 1915. In 1918, Ledbetter was sentenced to prison for murder. In 1935, he was released from his second prison term with a pardon and became a folk singer. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. His notable tracks are “Goodnight Irene” and “Midnight Special.”

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