Papa Charlie Jackson: The First Popular Male Blues Singer

Posted: September 13, 2011 in Jas Obrecht, Papa Charlie Jackson

Author : Jas Obrecht

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“Papa Charlie Jackson was the first commercially successful male blues singer. A relaxed, confident crooner and seasoned 6-string stylist, he launched his recording career in 1924 and became one of Paramount’s more popular artists, releasing 33 discs by 1930. His classic versions of “Salty Dog,” “Shake That Thing,” “Alabama Bound,” and “Spoonful” set the template for many covers that followed. Playing fingerstyle or with a flatpick, Papa Charlie conjured a strong, staccato attack on his big guitar-banjo. His unstoppable rhythms were perfectly suited for dancing, and along with his label mate Blind Lemon Jefferson, he was one of the first bluesmen to flatpick solos on record.”



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